Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition receiving Android 4.4.2 today

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With the recent flurry of updates to Google Play edition device updates comes the 4.4.2 update to the Sony Z Ultra GPe. It’s really good news that the Google Play edition devices are working out as well as they were supposed to be from the start. Fragmentation issues are slowly dissipating and it’s certainly nice to have a whole batch of options for devices that have stock Android and receive quick updates.

This particular update is 444MB and includes fixes for the security settings bug, the app uninstall bug, the clear data bug, and also issues with Google Now voice commands.

Let us know if any of you have received it yet and how it’s working out for you!

Nexus 5 retail packaging leaked, white variant smiles for the camera

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After last night’s suprise cameo in the Play Store, possible retail packaging of the Nexus 5 has leaked as well. And the retail packaging isn’t just catching eyes because of its design. Yes, that is a white backing being shown on the Nexus 5. It was unknown that there would be a white variant; however, this and another image (after the break) completely show the Nexus 5′s back in white. The images were snapped by Korean site UnderKG (but were removed shortly after). Two Google+ users were able to obtain the the photos and re-posted them this morning. As you can tell, LG’s logo has been stamped on the side. Hit the break for the other two images, one of which clearly show the possible white backing. » Read the rest

Google experiences explosive Q3 earnings, Moto takes on more losses, smart-watches mentioned in earnings call

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Each quarter, public companies hold their earnings call with investors. Google’s was today, and CEO Larry Page began by talking about Google’s interest in multi-screen technologies— Both Chromecast and Google Glass fall under this category. Then, he mentioned smart-watches. We knew Google was working on their own version of the fast-growing device, but this is the first time we’ve heard it officially mentioned.

Google announced revenue of $14.89 billion this quarter, a 12% increase from last year’s earnings in Q3. This number soared above the expected earnings for this quarter, which is certainly great to hear considering Google didn’t hit their expected earnings in the last 2 quarters. Along with the announcement came, as expected, a huge surge in stock price— the price per share is now flirting with $1000.

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How to make your non-stock Android phone look like a Google Play Edition device

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GooglePlayEditions-650x487Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices launched, they’ve been all the rage. If you like the stock look, there’s a lot that you can do to make your own phone look like it’s a Google Play Edition device, even without rooting. Even better, everything in this guide includes only free apps. Jump through the break to see the best apps to download for a stock like experience. » Read the rest

Moto X to hit Play Store with normal software enhancements, will not be Google Edition (stock)

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We already knew that the Moto X was going to head to the Google Play Store eventually, but we didn’t have official confirmation on whether it will be Google Play Edition (full stock) or whether it will include all of the software enhancements as it is sold on any other carrier. It seems as though the latter is true, as Leo Laporte said yesterday on This Week in Google that Guy Kawasaki (Motorola) said that it will come as sold as it is anywhere else.

This means that none of the Moto enhancements will be stripped out which is great news, because a Moto X without the enhancements is essentially a mid-range phone that has a good feel in the hand, and probably wouldn’t sell very well on the Play Store. Even if they were to decide to make the phone Google Play Edition, it wouldn’t really make much sense because the Moto X is so close to stock anyway, with just a few extra “add-ons” including Active Display notifications UI, Moto Assist, and Moto Connect.

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MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allowing for switch between HTC Sense and stock Android opens up beta-testing signup page

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Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.

Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.

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HTC financial profits for Q2 2013 take a turn for the worst, down 83% from last year

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Things certainly could have been a whole lot worse for the Taiwanese manufacturing mogul, but this news is pretty bad. HTC have reported a profit of  $40 million USD after tax from revenue of $2.33 billion USD.

Their numbers are a lot better than the reported profits of $2.48 million USD from last quarter, clearly due to the release of the HTC One to more markets and due to fixes in manufacturing issues, but this quarter’s numbers were expected to be much higher.

HTC’s stock price on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange has already fallen a full dollar since the start of July, leaving it at $7.20. The company is certainly going to be in trouble and in dire need of help if they can’t find a way to boost their profits.

Motorola DROID RAZR/DROID RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update gets closer to stock Android

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Last fall Motorola hinted that they were planning to start moving the interfaces for their devices to being closer to a stock Android experience. Owners of Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX devices will see the fruits of that change in strategy as Motorola starts to officially roll out their Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. According to Motorola’s software upgrade page, several Motorola specific applications have been removed and replaced with stock Android apps. » Read the rest

Samsung won’t be the only manufacturer to have a stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich device in 2011

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Our favorite Panda (@black_man_x) is at it again, giving us tips and clues to what’s coming soon. He sent out three particularly interesting tweets tonight about Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS):

  1. If I told you that the Galaxy nexus is not the only one… Just the samsung one.. How you love that moto, HTC fans?? #justsaying
  2. Meaning that those that do not prefer Sammy hardware will not have long to wait for ICS hardware from other partners..
  3. All I can say is this… Sammy will not be the only ics stock device by year end.. #fridaybombdroppin #pandanation #sneakypanda

This is a good as any inside information anyone can get. If you look at the hints, the other manufacturer(s) are probably either or both Motorola and HTC. We know HTC has the Rezound coming up and Motorola has the RAZR, which will be announced this Tuesday. Could either of those devices be stock ICS? Actually, I think I prefer Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

One other thing to point out is his choice of wording which is “device” instead of phone. He could be implying a tablet, and Motorola has two XOOM 2 tablets on the way.

Stay tuned because the 4th quarter could be the most exciting time for Android ever.

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Verizon Nexus Prime system app list shows no bloatware and possible facial recognition lockscreen

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We know some sort of variant of the Nexus Prime will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon first. The big question is if it will be a true Nexus device with no bloatware? Our friends over at MyDroidLife have the system app list and guess what? No bloatware. We know the phone is made by Samsung so what about TouchWiz? It’s also missing in action. It looks like Verizon may have a full stock Android experience.

Also on the app list is Facelock.apk. This could be some sort of facial recognition for the lock screen. Of course we will find out all the details on October 11 at CTIA 2011 in San Diego, but I am sure more stuff will leak before than. Stay tuned.

November can’t come soon enough. Who’s going to miss City Id?

Full app list after the break.

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