The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 10 started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.
“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.”
However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.
Developer-wiz Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMod has made a bit of a discovery in the Android 4.4.1 patches.
It looks like Google is preparing to add Android mirroring to Chromecast in the near future. However, Dutta pointed out that the API isn’t available to anybody except Google and the OEM. This essentially means that developers won’t be able to tool around to come up with new ways to integrate the feature. Similar solutions like Android mirroring on Chromecast won’t be able to be built into things such as Apple TV.
The API could become available to everyone in the future, but for now we’re pretty much left in the dark.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi-only version started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Google recognizes that more and more people are using their mobile devices as their primary news sources. To keep up with the changing times, Google has updated its mobile web app for Google News.
The page updates in real-time, which is a nice little addition— manually refreshing is no longer required.
Google laid out some of the main new features for us. Hit the break for details:
I’m sure most of you remember the Google/Oracle lawsuit that took place over a year ago. Oracle claimed Google infringed on their copyright of Java and used pieces of copyrighted Java code to build Android, so Oracle thought they deserved a slice of Google’s profit. Considering Google has sold an absolutely incredible amount of Android phones, Oracle claimed they were owed about 6 billion dollars in damages. That eventually got cut to 1 billion in damages, but ultimately the case was ruled in favor of Google. To add insult to injury, Oracle was slapped with Google’s legal fees on top of everything.
Google has named their best apps of 2013. It is not clear how Google went about picking the 15 titles as the best ones for 2013. The good news though is that all but two of them are free, so there is little risk in giving them a try to see whether you agree with Google. The titles include:
Google started pushing version 4.5.10 of the Play Store app to devices. It’s not a major update, but it does add in the feature of letting you know if an app has in-app purchases. You will also find a bigger 5-star rating selector along with a new edit button for editing your app reviews. You can now finally delete them as well.
Also new is an activity feed that continues the integration with Google+. You can share your activity to Google+ including your +1s, ratings, etc.
You should get the update on your device within the next few days, but if you’re one of those people that’s gotta have it now, then click on the download link below. Enjoy!!
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Google Voice Search is finally getting an update that adds in support for languages besides just English. Previously, any questions you asked Google would get an English response, but now if you ask a question in French, for example, Google will read back results in French. If English isn’t your first language, this can make the entire Google search experience significantly better for you.
This update adds in support for French, German, and Japanese languages, and Google is committed to getting more languages and translations built in.
source: Inside Search