HTC One receiving Android 4.3 update in Taiwan

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While an updated HTC One is likely in the works, the Taiwanese company isn’t letting their current flagship grow old. Consistent HTC leaker and ROM developer LlabTooFeR shared a screenshot on Twitter that clearly shows the device receiving the latest version of Android. Attached to the tweet is a message the reads “HTC One in Taiwan just started getting Android 4.3.“ Aside from being bumped up to Android 4.3, the device will also receive camera enhancements for low light situations and the option to add your own music to Video Highlights.

All of the software update’s features are more than welcome. The HTC One’s camera has long been applauded due to its performance in low light, despite having a 4MP lens. Also, being brought up to speed with the latest version of Android is a great thing because of fragmentation concerns for many handset owners. While the update is only appearing in Taiwan at the moment, it will likely be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks.

Source: LlabTooFeR (Twitter)

Leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One appears

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Well would you look at that! It seems as though HTC has made good on their promise of getting the latest versions of Android to their top-line devices as fast as they can. A leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One has appeared, and has been tested by Android Central’s Kevin O’Quinn— so far so good, they let us know. He hasn’t found any bugs, and fluidity is great.

If you want to test it out for yourself, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is required to flash it, of course, head on over to the source link.

Hopefully it won’t be long after that other carriers will start to have their own versions nearing release. Of course we’re all thinking Verizon here, but I guess I wouldn’t expect them to have it for a while considering it wasn’t too long ago that they actually started offering the HTC One to customers.

Source: Android Central

T-Mobile Moto X getting software update to improve camera quality

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The Moto X is an excellent phone, but if there is was anything holding it back, it’s the camera quality. The perception from myself and many other reviewers is that it’s a software issue, and it looks like we were right. An update is now ready to roll and T-Mobile’s Moto X is going to be the first to get it. The changelog is as follows:

  • Enhanced auto-white balance performance and color accuracy
  • Improved exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
  • Reduced noise in low light scenes

Now I know updates don’t always deliver on promises, but in this case, it appears that Motorola definitely fixed the issue. AnandTech’s Brian Klug already did some comparisons, and he is saying it’s a “dramatic improvement.” That’s exactly what I like to hear. So far the update is only available on T-Mobile, but hopefully other carriers won’t be long after. If I were a betting man, I would say Verizon Wireless will be last.

source: AnandTech

Google Play screenshot reveals possible changes to Android 4.4 status bar

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With Google’s newest version of Android tipped off for an October release, there’s bound to be details trickling out up to the final announcement. There is now new information regarding one of the possible cosmetic changes to Android. Yesterday, Google Korean IME (the Korean keyboard) was updated and provided a screenshot that revealed a change in color to the icons in the status bar. Thankfully someone saved the screenshot before it was removed from the Play Store listing. Currently the status bar is blue; however, the screenshot (above) has a gray color. This would be the first major change to the status bar since the change from Gingerbread’s green to the blue in Ice Cream Sandwich.

What is noteworthy, if this change is really going to be made, is that this would move the status bar toward the feel of the status bars on both iOS and Windows Phone. iOS features whites and so does Windows Phone; however, Google may simply allow multiple color options.

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Nestle outs October for Android 4.4 Kit Kat release

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We fully expect the Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat to be released next month, and if you need further confirmation, then take a look at the German Facebook page for Kit Kat. They posted the above image and the 11th comment (from Kit Kat) says, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar.” If you don’t know German, no problem, a quick Google translation yields, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT is available from October.”

Of course I don’t know if I would really classify this as an “out” since Google doesn’t usually put statues on their lawn for a new version of Android unless they plan to release it soon. The statue went up on September 3 and they announced the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean last October. Thank you for the confirmation Nestle, but we didn’t need it.

source: Facebook

Nexus 7 (2013) getting another minor update, could finally fix touchscreen issues

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A minor update is rolling out to Nexus 7 (2013) owners. The build is JSS15R and it’s 8MB in size. We don’t have a changelog, but we are assuming it is for a few bug fixes and/or security updates. We are also hopeful that this update will finally fix the touchscreen issues that many of you are having, including myself. As usual, the update is rolling out gradually, so it might take a couple of days until you get it. Let us know if your touchscreen issues are gone for good.

source: Android Authority

Some HTC One cameras suffering from severe camera issues, fix coming in Android 4.3

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HTC has been using the UltraPixel camera as a major selling point on the HTC One, but apparently more than a few devices are afflicted with some crippling camera issues. Some owners have been reporting that the device has begun failing to take pictures in low light, instead tinting everything purple, blue, or red. Some cameras have the issue so severely that the entire shot turns purple. Some cameras are also imprinting grid lines in low-light shots.

HTC has acknowledged that some devices are experiencing problems, but they claim to have a solution in place and will be pushing it out in Android 4.3. In the meantime, HTC is replacing phones for users that are having problems. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer for the Android 4.3 update to get pushed out to devices, and that the big carriers in the US don’t drag it out for too long.

source: HTC Blog

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DROID DNA to receive Sense 5 update “soon,” may be included with Android 4.2.2 or 4.3

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We now have news that the HTC DROID DNA will be receiving Sense 5 through Verizon soon, but we don’t know whether it will send alongside Android 4.2.2 or 4.3.

We previously believed that HTC would be skipping Android 4.2.2 on most of their devices, as they tweeted that since it was a “minor” update, they would be going straight to 4.3. This might have only been referring to the HTC One Dev Edition, but the tweet was not clear.

Either way, we do know that Sense 5 will be arriving soon, which will bring a series of updates that will improve your device.

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

Nexus 5 could be unveiled October 14, details of Android 4.4 Kit Kat surface

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Now that we know there will in fact be a Nexus 5, now it’s time to figure out when it will be announced. I think October is a safe bet since that is exactly when they announced the Nexus 4 (late October). Ausdroid is reporting that October 14 could be the date, but I stress that no invites have been sent out. It’s simply a tip.

Furthermore, this tipster has some things to say about Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Since it’s 0.1 bump, it probably won’t be a major update, but it does have a new name, which indicates we should see some interesting changes or enhancements. Ausdroid was able to get a feature list and they include….

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