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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday we found out the HTC One Google Play Edition was receiving the JWR66Y update, and unsurprisingly, today we have word that the Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition is also receiving the update. Again this is a minor update that includes a few security fixes and is the same update Nexus devices received a few weeks ago.
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….
Twitter unveiled its newest version of its Android app today, bringing it to version 5.0. The update is only available to beta-testers right now who have previously signed up to be part of Twitter’s app testing for Android program. The update brings a completely revamped look, the ability to view in-line images/videos and a redesigned menu bar. It certainly has aesthetic appeal over the previous version, but after some testing we’ll let you know if the performance is able to keep up.
Unfortunately, the beta-testing group is now closed, so if you didn’t join when you still could, you won’t be able to get the updated version straight through Google Play. (Download via APK is necessary.)
A leaked RUU for an OTA update of Android 4.3 has just appeared on the web for AT&T’s HTC One. If you’re up to the task of flashing it, go right ahead and grab it for your phone. But watch out— the update brings an update to Hboot as well, so you won’t be able to access S-OFF via Moonshine or Revone.
We’re not sure what else HTC has added to the update, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get more information. Grab the zipped file in the source link below.
Google Earth just received an update in the Play Store which will bring geocoded photos to the 3D view in the application. This is certainly a welcome feature which will bring a more rich experience to the user— there could be a bit of a concern with privacy issues, but Google has quelled them by making it necessary for picture uploads to be turned on in your Google+ settings, and geo-location turned on in your camera. Google also isn’t pulling your private photos into the Google Earth database, so no worries here. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.
I have to be honest, I was never a big fan of the KitKat bar, but that’s starting to change thanks to the above image, This special edition Android KitKat was posted by Larry Page on Google+ last night.
We don’t know if these will be marketed, but I sure hope so. One other thing to point out is the photo was taken with a Moto X, not some future Nexus device.