Google adding native “help page” interface on its Android apps

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If you’ve ever needed to go to the “help” section in an Android app by Google, your usual course of action would be to head to the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen, and click on the “Help” tab. Once you tap on it, you are directed to a web page.

It’s a bit old-fashioned to be directed to a web page from an app, and it’s especially old-fashioned if Google is the company that developed the app. In an effort to update things, Google will soon direct users to a native help page within both the Google Wallet and YouTube applications.


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Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks

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Originally, the Motorola DROID line (2013) was set to receive Android 4.4.3 shortly after that version was announced. But due to a security vulnerability that was patched in Android 4.4.4, the company had to wait for the latest version of Android. David Schuster, a member on Motorola’s Software Product Management team, provided the explanation on Google+. Motorola took Android 4.4.4 to work on and it is is now expected that the software update will arrive in about 3-5 weeks.

Hit the break for Schuster’s full post.
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Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X

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Motorola is continuing its hot streak of delivering timely updates. Another Moto X carrier version is receiving a jump to Android 4.4.3 right now. This time it is the Sprint version. The exact software version for this update is KXA21.12-L1.22. Aside from this version of Android’s behind the scenes fixes, an improved camera app and redesigned Dialer app are included.

As usual with many software updates, this one is in the form of a staged rollout. Be patient.

Source: Sprint

Android 4.4.3 update causing bugs with a multitude of Nexus devices

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Experiencing problems with the Android 4.4.3 update on your Nexus device? You are not alone. While just about every Nexus device with the update is being affected by bugs, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have apparently been hit the hardest. Issues being reported included WiFi connection drops and lagging within the Dialer app. The Nexus 4′s rebooting issue has even returned despite supposedly being fixed with the update. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are also experiencing issues in the form of battery life and notification woes.

Hopefully Google moves quickly and releases a patch or promises some changes with the next version of Android. That could be a long wait, though, as Google I/O is just over one week away. Some of these issues are not minor.

Source: Android Origin
Via: AndroidSPIN

Samsung to update Galaxy S 5 to Android 4.4.3 this month, Galaxy S 4 next month

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Last month, Samsung was in the ‘integrating’ phase of pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 4. An alleged status report from June 10 shows that testing has been completed for the Galaxy S 5. The Galaxy S 4, though, is still in the ‘final testing’ phase. For this year’s Samsung flagship, the Android 4.4.3 update is expected to arrive sometime this month. Last year’s device is slated to get the latest version of Android in July.

Being that this is just an alleged status report, do not hold anything to it. Also, carriers in the United States tend to take a bit longer to push these updates to their devices. So sit tight and enjoy the weather.

Source: Android Geeks

Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity

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Sprint owners of the HTC One (M8), head over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is currently pushing an update the HTC’s 2014 flagship. The update improves upon network connectivity, for both voice and data connections. The software version is 1.54.651.10 and Sprint says the update is being deployed in batches. In other words, this is another staged rollout.

Source: Sprint

Did Google subtly tease Android 5.0?

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Google is the kind of company that does not completely hide things behind the curtain. They throw hints and tricks into the public for everyone to speculate about. Prior to Android 4.4 KitKat’s official announcement, there was so much chatter about what it would entail and when it would actually arrive. It now seems that Google may be doing something very similar with Android 5.0, the next major release of the operating system.
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Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon

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It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7

You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

Hit the break for Schuster’s full explanation.
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2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers