The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 started rolling a little quicker than we had originally thought. This update will dramatically improve the camera by making it faster. 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, then hit the break for full instructions.
Motorola’s always-on speech recognition with its “Okay, Google” hotword was a killer feature for the device, so it was kind of surprising when it wasn’t available on the Nexus 5. Sure, you can still open Google Now and perform tasks and searches by voice after that point, but with the Moto X, that voice command is always available. Since the Nexus 5 runs KitKat just like the Moto X and has a similar, stronger processor, so theoretically the voice recognition apps should be able to be easily ported over to the Nexus 5, right? Developer Siggi Simonarson thought so, but found out why Google didn’t implement the feature in native KitKat in the process. » Read the rest
A new user agent profile that surfaced yesterday shows an unidentified LG device that no one knows much about. It’s model number “LG D830″ is unique. The LG G2 is “LG D802,” the LG G Flex is “LG DX6xx,” and the Nexus 5 is “LG D820″ and “LG D821.” If you scroll down further in the profile, you’ll see that the display has a 1920×1080 resolution and there is LTE packed inside. It could have been the Nexus 10 (2013), but that is supposed to have the “LG V510″ model number. Perhaps this is the possible Nexus 8? Probably not as its model number would likely follow that of other LG tablets (if it were to be made by them).
Any idea what this device is? Let us know in the comments.
An IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.
A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.
When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls. » Read the rest
The Nexus 5 has been hailed as one of the best smartphones of the year, but the overall consensus seems to be that the camera could really be improved upon. These improvements won’t necessarily come from the hardware, but rather from the software used in taking photos on the device.
Last week some code was uncovered about a new camera API that was supposed to be in the works but was scrapped right before the release of Android 4.4. Well Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano has not only confirmed that these API’s exist, but also how they’ll work.
Google has released three new commercials via YouTube for the Nexus 5. The three 15-second spots focus on the camera app, showing off different features. These include the ability to take better pictures of high contrast scenes thanks to HDR+, creating Photo Spheres, and creating animated sequences of still images using Auto Awesome.
You can check out all three spots after the break. » Read the rest
If your KitKat device or Nexus 5 is experiencing an issue signing in and syncing with corporate Exchange, you’re not alone. Over on the Google Product Forums, many people are reporting the problem on the Nexus 5 and Moto X. And it doesn’t seem that the new KitKat build fixes the issue. Right now, more than 178 people have discussed the matter, not finding a workaround or fix just yet. Google has yet to comment, but we assume they’re working on a fix.
It’s amazing how popular Nexus phones are considering they get so little mainstream attention, but hardcore Android fanatics go hog wild for them. Each year around this time, Google releases their handcrafted phone to Android fanboys and fangirls all over the world. The Nexus phone usually sports a few killer specs along with a few not so killer specs. However, it’s the price that gets everyone so googley. Priced at $349 for 16GB or $399 for 32GB (both off contract and unlocked), it appears to be a tremendous value. I don’t think anyone can argue about that. The real question is if its flagship-worthy as everyone makes it out to be? You know the drill by now, hit the break and lets get started.
Google has started to push out updated code for Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The build, KRT16S, replaces the version that was released last week, KRT16O. Google indicates that factory images and proprietary binaries will also be available shortly. No details have been released about what is different in this latest version or what specific bugs are addressed that required such a quick release. There is no indication that the Nexus 5 is being impacted by this new build.
source: Android Build group