AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar.
The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try.
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Amazon debuts mobile payment accessory
HTC’s Zoe (Beta) hits the Play Store, works with all Android 4.4 devices
Google Now adds Field Trip cards
Humble Bundle app on Android gets a major overhaul
Home automation and connected appliances are both markets that big companies are trying to break into, including Google (which scooped up Nest not too long ago), LG, and Apple. To stay competitive, Samsung has announced that they have bought SmartThings, a relatively new company founded on KickStarter, for $200 million. Samsung says that SmartThings will continue to run independently, but some employees are going to shift around to Palo Alto where Samsung’s Open Innovation Center is located.
Since they will continue to operate as a separate business, SmartThings seems to be happy about the purchase since they will benefit from Samsung’s large portfolio of of home appliances, plus their development expertise and deep pockets. The company has managed to rack up about $15 million in funding from backers, but Samsung will be able to push that much higher.
Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.
Source: YouTube blog
When Android Wear was officially introduced at Google I/O 2014, the only known devices were the G Watch, Gear Live, and Moto 360. Actually, those are still the only known Android Wear devices. But shortly after, it was believed that ASUS was working on a September release for its own smartwatch with Google’s wearables platform. Then a report surfaced that the device would be extremely thin. The most recent bit of news we heard about ASUS’ smartwatch was that the company is setting high expectations for it. A report out today claims that the company will indeed be readying a launch for early this fall with a debut coming at IFA 2014 next month.
So in less than a month, we should know much more about what ASUS and Motorola have in store for Android Wear.
Source: Focus Taiwan
By now, it is almost a given that you have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. All across social media, people have been getting a bucket of ice water dumped on them and challenge others to do the same. This week, it has spread to the technology industry. And it should not be a surprise that one of the first to do so from the mobile industry is John Legere. The CEO of T-Mobile gets about six buckets of ice water dumped on him.
So who did Legere challenge? His good friends Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, and Marcelo Claure. Oh wait, those are not John Legere’s good friends. Those are the CEOs of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, respectively. Gentlemen, you have twenty four hours to accept the challenge. John Legere will be sure to make it known on Twitter if you decline.
Hit the break to watch the video.
Now that we know the Moto 360 (and some other new Motorola products) will be launched September 4, Google will look to kick their marketing for Android Wear into full gear.
Four new promotional videos for the wearable-OS have popped up online — the videos mostly show off the voice command capabilities of the devices. Hit the break for the four videos.
Earlier this week, HTC announced that its proprietary software would launch in the Play Store for other Android devices. The company’s first application part of this new strategy is now available to download. Zoe is an app that can put together highlight videos based on the content captured with your device. It works with both photographs and videos to produce the final product. Users sign in with a Google, Facebook, or HTC account.
Zoe can serve two purposes. It has editing features to enhance your highlight reel. There are filters and users can attach a soundtrack. Then there is the social aspect. A profile contains a users content and others can like and comment on it. Also, content can be shared to other social networks. There is an option to choose who can see what on your profile. The entire app is in beta and the first full version will not arrive until sometime this fall. Because of this, HTC is open to any feedback in order to improve Zoe.
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
The Google Drive suite keeps getting more and more productive. Today, Google is introducing two new features focusing on Sheets. Users can implement a trendline after inputting data and composing a graph. If you are having a hard time getting a trendline to appear, Google has supplied a support page with directions. There are options to tailor trendlines to your specific needs, so do not feel restricted to a single design. The other feature that Google has brought to Sheets is the ability to move charts around. By copy and pasting a chart, you can relocate it to another spreadsheet.
Source: Google Drive (Google+)
Humble Bundle fans who use the app will be pleased to know a major update to version 2.0.1 has been released to the Google Play store. This latest release brings an overhauled user interface to go with stability and performance improvements. Humble Bundle has also added the ability to download ebooks and music.