A screenshot of a direct message on Twitter between an LG Optimus G Pro owner and LG India surfaced on the internet yesterday. The G Pro owner, Prabhjit Singh Walia, had sent a message to the South Korean’s Indian Twitter account asking when the LG Optimus G Pro will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
According to a screenshot of LG India’s reply, the device will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of second quarter 2014, though we haven’t heard of an official statement from LG yet. If true, it means that we might see an Android 4.4 KitKat for the Optimus G Pro by the end of June 2014.
LG will skip the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and push out the Android 4.4 KitKat update directly to a few devices. These include the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, LG G Pad 8.3, LG G Pro Lite, LG Optimus F7, LG Optimus L9 II, LG Optimus Vu II and the G2 will receive the KitKat update by march.
A new report by The Next Web hints at Google working towards minimizing the API needs of Chrome web apps. This means that the web apps can be used without requiring the the whole Chrome process to run.
The Next Web discovered an experimental project called app_shell which indicates that Google is working on a minimal environment where Chrome apps can run by using only the Chrome elements that are required by the app to work. The “[App Shell] Add README” includes the following description about the project:
HTC has never been successful when it comes to the tablet market. While the company has only made a few tablets, most notably the Flyer, it never made any ground in that area. In fact, because of this, the company pulled out of the tablet market altogether. However, it appears that HTC is looking to be getting back into the tablet game, and with the help of the Nexus program.
According to the Taiwanese Media, who’s cited the Taiwanese financial newspaper, The Commercial Times, HTC has won a bid to make a “high-end” Nexus tablet. The tablet is said to be shipping in the third quarter of this year. There isn’t any information as to if this will be the new Nexus 7, a new Nexus 10, or something new entirely. However, HTC isn’t new to the Nexus line as it was the company behind the first ever Nexus phone.
Of course all of this is speculation, but even so, a Nexus device with HTC’s premium design might be a dream come true. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
source: Focus Taiwan
Today Firefox announced that they are currently working on an Android launcher. While they didn’t really reveal too much on its features, they did give us a screenshot giving us a small sample of what it looks like. According to the Firefox team:
Firefox Launcher for Android makes it easy to discover the content you want in any moment and is optimized for the way you use your phone. The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive.
HTC clearly isn’t dominating the smartphone market, so it looks as though it’ll be trying its hand in the smartwatch game. According to a recent Bloomberg report, HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang, said the company has been researching the possibility of entering smartwatch industry for years, and is optimistic that a product will be released this year. Wang also cited the fact that the company has to solve many of the battery and LCD-light problems that many manufacturers are currently having with their own smartwatch models. We’ll just have to wait and see what HTC has up its sleeves, and if this offering is any better than what it’s putting out in the smartphone market.
We’ve seen plenty of leaked photos of the upcoming HTC M8, and many of them were fake. New pictures (which, admittedly, also could be fake) have appeared on a Russian site, as well as a list of specs.
Joining several Google apps getting updates today, like Hangouts, Drive, and Search, the Google Play Newsstand app has an updated poised to start rolling out to users. The update bumps the version up to 3.1 and adds some new features. Probably the most significant addition is translation. Using their own Google Translate engine, the Newsstand app is now able to translate any news feed into one of 47 different languages. Unfortunately, translation is not available for magazines yet.
A recent update to Sony‘s Gallery app began rolling out to Xperia phones today, bringing the app to version 5.4.A.0.12. While the app does include a couple performance improvements and improvements for PlayMemories, there is something a little more interesting about the update. Interestingly enough, the new update adds “updates for Android 4.4/KitKat” to the changelog.
What’s interesting about that is the fact that Sony currently doesn’t have any Xperia phones running Android 4.4, meaning that an update for Xperia phones to the new operating system could be coming soon. The new app also supports KitKat’s immersive mode for fullscreen.
Source: Android Central
If you want something a little more noticeable than the faux leather effect on your Galaxy Note 3, you might want to consider this new case which Samsung and Swarovski teamed up to make. This is certainly the most bling on a smartphone case we’ve seen in a while!
The case comes in 3 different variations; Jet, Crystal Silver, and a blend of Crystal Bermuda Blue and Crystal Metallic Light Gold.
It’s important to note that while the case might look pretty classy, it certainly won’t come cheap, setting you back $299, with a matching bracelet. Not only that but you’ll also have to head to New York City to buy one as it’s only going to be sold at the Swarovski store on 5th Avenue. Hit the break for the full press release!
The latest entrant into Google’s Wednesday wave of app updates is Hangouts. The messaging app has been updated to fix issues when sending and receiving MMS messages. SMS messages, on the other hand, have been fixed as well to prevent issues with messages that exceed 160 characters. Earlier, Google Search and Google Drive were updated.
Hit the break for download links; however, remember that Google employs slow, drawn-out updates for its apps.
Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.
Hit the break for download links and let us know if the update has been pushed to your device.
The Google Search app has been updated bringing the usual bug fixed and improvements, but it also adds hotword support for British and Canadian English. The Google Experience Launcher also gets updated with a new name. It’s now called the Google Now Launcher, which could mean that a Play Store launch is imminent. Some of the updates for the launcher include new Google Now Launcher name on the splash screen start up, 6 columns on tablet home screens, AirBNB reservations in Google Now, and icon imports from old home screens.
If you have the Nexus 5, the launcher will get updated automatically and you won’t see the new branding, but if you are using the old Google Experience Launcher on another device, we have the update below. Of course you can install it even if you haven’t tried it before. Either way, you will need the Android 4.1+ and the original Google Home Launcher app installed in order to see the Google Now Launcher. We have download links after the break.
The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?
Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!
Source: Toshiba, Amazon
After leaking this morning, we have some new information regarding the camera on the HTC M8. According to developer @LlabTooFeR on Twitter, the successor to the HTC One will feature a 5MP camera rather than the previously rumored 2.1MP one. With the twin cameras and dual LED flash on board, HTC seems to be heavily focusing on the camera with its upcoming flagship device. Currently, HTC is rumored to be holding an event in New York City next month.