Android Device Manager joins the update club

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Joining the batch of small updates that Google rolled out over the past day is an update to the Android Device Manager. The update really only adds one new feature, the ability for someone who has found a smartphone with the ability to call the owner. The lockscreen implemented with this change will display a big green button for the finder to use to “Call Owner.” 
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Moto X eventual update to Android L confirmed by Motorola’ VP of Product Management on Google+

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It was a bit obvious already, but Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X will be upgrading the device to Android L when it is available.

The phone is only (roughly) a year old, so it’s well within its two-year support window. Either way, if anyone was questioning it, Punit Soni, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, has confirmed the news on Google+ to a follower. Hit the source link to see for yourself.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Google+

 

Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access [Update - T-Mobile too]

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.


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HTC begins pushing out 4.4.3 OTA update to HTC One M8 Developer Edition

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According to a post over at XDA Developers, HTC has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for its flagship HTC One M8 Developer Edition. The update includes all of the small tweaks made in between .2 and .3, and HTC claims to have already included the security fixes that Google implemented in 4.4.4.

The update is intended for the SIM unlocked and developer edition devices, but currently on the DE devices are getting the OTA prompt. Hopefully we see this update make its way to more devices in the near future.

source: XDA

HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.


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Samsung appears to be rolling out firmware update to improve Samsung Galaxy S 5 performance

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According to reports, owners of the unlocked European version of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 are starting to receive a firmware update that promises general performance improvements. Sources indicate the update not only includes several “under-the-hood” improvements, it comes with a new kernel and baseband. The firmware version for this update is XXU1ANG2. No specific details are available, but at least one user has reported the amount of useable RAM was reduced after receiving the update. There is no word on when the update may roll out to devices in markets outside of Europe.

source: phoneArena

Fleksy updates keyboard app to version 3.0 with new look and features

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In the Android world, the third-party keyboard apps segment is a crowded one for app developers. That has not stopped developers from Fleksy from continuing to work on their version of a keyboard. The latest update that takes it up to version 3.0 introduces some new features and according to Fleksy, positions them to transition the keyboard to the iOS world when iOS 8 is released later this year.
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Google releases updates focused on filters and views for Google Sheets

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The Google Drive team has announced some new features and updates that have been added to the Google Sheets spreadsheet app. The updates focus on filter and view options for spreadsheets. Headlining the changes is the ability to create a “temporary filter view” on spreadsheets for which users only have read access permissions. Using the temporary filter, users can filter and sort data in those spreadsheets.

Google also added some features that will make it easier to share spreadsheet data with other users. First, a specific view can be shared so that recipients don’t have to go through a long list to figure out what it is you are wanting them to look at. This can be achieved just by copying and pasting a URL. Second, Google added the ability tothe range that is used to define a filter view. Previously, to change the range users would have to delete the existing range and then create a new one.

source: +Google Drive