We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. Speaking of KitKat, thanks to Cyanogen, more users can now get a taste of it with CM11 Nightlies. Google is readying a new Nexus TV box that we hope is a lot more successful than Google TV. Will Chrome apps take over Android and what the hell has been keeping Andy Rubin so busy. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Vuzix M100 smart glasses up for preorder, not much cheaper than Glass
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VSCO Cam for Android appears in Google Play
Any.do officially releases Cal for Android
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Samsung Taiwan has posted a video teasing a product that is coming soon. Not much is known about the new product except that it is supposed to be simple, elegant, fast and fit.
This description could fit a number of new products including the Galaxy S 5, or even the Galaxy J for Taiwan.. Could the device be released on December 9? That’s the date that’s showing on the Galaxy Gear at the start of the video! Whatever is coming next from Samsung, it’s sure to be big! Hit the break for the teaser.
A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!
Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.
New images of the Moto X‘s wooden back option have been leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The timing of this leak coincides with a report that the wooden backs will be available just in time for the holiday season. In the image above, you can see two variants of wood. The left seems more natural like a tree while the other has more of a refined look. These specific ones are stamped with Verizon’s logo, but the option will be available to all through the Moto Maker site. Who knows, maybe it will arrive Monday for the next Moto X sale? Read more
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 first two “flexible” display devices on the market were really just to show off new technology— they have been more marketing-based than actually usable and interesting.
However, this doesn’t mean that the future of curved displays will be dull as well.
According to new rumors, LG’s G Flex 2 may have a display that can bend up to a full 90 degrees. This means that device will be nearly indestructible (from normal use), and it could be the first fully functional touch-screen clamshell device. If the display is possible, we’re sure manufacturers will be able to build a nice form factor around it to make it all come together.
The device will hit the market at some point in 2014, and you can bet LG will aim to have it hit stores before Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Round is released.
While Android 4.4 is still rolling out to many devices and many other users are still unsure of whether their phone will receive the update or not, it seems that Samsung is considering rolling out the update to a number of their lower cost phones.
One of the main goals of Android 4.4 was to bring the operating system to devices that might have a lower memory and will likely be lower cost. Because of this, owners of a wide range of devices are hoping that Android 4.4 will come to their phones. This list of devices that Samsung is considering to update will surely make a number of people very happy.
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.