Around the middle of the month we usually see many updates rollout from Google. This month has been no exception with new features discovered in Google Play and Google Maps this week. Another change has surfaced, but it appears to have actually been in place for a while now with the announcement of its discovery only coming this week. Google has implemented a new policy to handle app refunds after the initial 15 minute window when refunds are granted automatically that involves Google itself bearing the cost of the refund. Read more
Apple and Motorola Mobility today agreed to settle all patent litigation, ending one of the higher profile lawsuits in tech. In a joint statement Apple and Motorola mentioned that the settlement does not include a cross license to their patents.
The statement also mentioned that Apple and Google has agreed to work together towards some areas of patent reform. Apple and a number of companies that use Android have filed countless lawsuits against each other, with Apple arguing that Android phones copy their iPhones.
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‘MapMyFitness’ updated with new UI, expanded features
Google adds Quick facts to Maps results
Software update for the DROID Ultra, Mini and Maxx coming, It’s probably not 4.4.2
With Google I/O getting closer and closer many are getting very excited for the event. Today Google released its full schedule for the event, showing us exactly what we should expect.
First off we can see that Google will continue the trend of only giving one keynote address, and this year it will only be two hours. Next, we can see that Google will be hosting a “What’s New in Android” event, suggesting that a new version of Android will be revealed. Another important area to focus on seems to include Android Wear.
An image of an updated LG user interface, specifically the home screen, leaked yesterday. Originally, it was deemed as belonging to the upcoming LG G3; however, the image was shortly pulled after. The questionable part comes in because QPair’s presence. That is an application that allows calls from an LG phone to be taken with an LG tablet. So this could actually be a leaked screenshot from the upcoming LG G Pad Series tablets. That is merely an assumption. Or it could all be a mistake and this belongs to nothing.
If this does indeed belong to an LG device, we are looking at the addition of a dedicated multitasking button. To the right of that is a button for pulling down the notification bar. You know, in case that 5.5-inch display is a little too large. Regardless, we will have some answers on May 27.
We have been hearing about Android Silver for some time, an initiative that would effectively replace the Nexus program. Simply put, Android Silver would have Google partnering with manufacturers to produce high-end devices that run stock Android. Today, it seems that the Nexus 5 could be the final smartphone from the program.
On Twitter, @evleaks noted that a Nexus 6 does not exist and said “Farewell, Nexus.” After that, he did say a silver lining can be found. If you are not catching on, that presumably means the Android Silver initiative does exist and will be given some light soon.
Next Friday, a slew of Nexus devices could be getting a software update. The next version of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, will allegedly be pushed to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 on May 23. While this update will likely bring minor changes, Google is bound to be cooking something for I/O next month. So we will just have to wait and see.
Be sure to let us know next week if you get the update.
Source: Android Geeks
Samsung has issued a press release indicating they are taking their marketing efforts to a whole new level. Starting May 19th and continuing for two weeks, Samsung is taking over all signage, wayfinding, website and every single digital screen at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as part of their efforts to promote the Galaxy S 5. They have even gone so far as to secure the rights to temporarily rename the terminal as “Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5” in an unprecedented agreement with Heathrow Airport. Read more
Google announced yesterday the addition of a new feature, Quick facts, to Google Maps search results. When a user finds a point of interest on Google Maps, if information is available, a small blurb with some summary facts will be available in the search results interface via the web browser interface. According to an inquiry from Search Engine Land, Google has indicated the Quick facts card is built using data from Google’s Knowledge Graph.
The Quick facts card should be available for locations like lakes, mountains, cities, or countries. Notable points of interest may also result in a Quick facts card being displayed.
source: +Google Maps and Search Engine Land
As soon as the update takes, your device will update to SU2-3.3. You can get the update manually by selecting the Settings icon in the apps menu, selecting “About phone,” selecting “System updates,” then selecting “Yes, I’m in”. After the software is downloaded, hit “Install Now”..” After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically. Of course it’s worth noting that the jump from Android 4.4 to 4.4.2 isn’t really that big of an update, usually with a small amount of changes. Owners of these three phones will have to sound off in the comments below and let us know if this is the 4.4.2 update.