Samsung is pushing out an update to all unlocked and carrier-branded variants of its current flagship smartphone, the Note 4, located in Germany and Greece. Weighing in at 137MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of added functionality, but it does include a handful of performance and stability improvements.
Pebble announced this week that they are rolling out some major updates for their devices and the Android app for Pebble. On the device side of the house, Pebble is rolling out a firmware update that supports several new languages so that users can read their notifications and alerts in their native language. According to Pebble, 98% of their users can get their updates in their native language.
Motorola has released updates to Google Play for a couple of their apps – Motorola Gallery and Motorola Camera. Both of the apps received a visual refresh to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy into their user interface along with a couple new features.
Back in August, Pushbullet unveiled a revolutionary new feature, which empowered users to copy and paste files across multiple devices. At the time of release, this function was restricted to Windows-powered smartphones and computers, but now, thanks to an automatic update rolling out today, Android, Mac and Linux users get to use the service, too.
Hit the break to see Pushbullet’s new feature in action.
Microsoft is currently rolling out a rather hefty update for its Office Mobile application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations, and some pretty great new features; one of which being the integration of Dropbox as an online storage location.
Hit the break to see the full changelog.
Google released an update to Google Play Music today that capitalizes on Google’s move to focus on music features in the YouTube app. When users browse or play music, the app will now show whether there is a music video available on YouTube for the song a user is listening to or looking at.
Swiftkey announced an update to their Swiftkey Keyboard for Android app to add some performance improvements and even more supported languages. The primary focus of the updated release is on the performance improvements that were pursued based on feedback received from their users.
Google has announced the stable channel for Chrome OS devices will be getting an update over the course of the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the update will not be hitting all devices as the Dell Chromebook 11, the HP Chromebook 14, the Acer C720 and the Toshiba Chromebook are all excluded. Those who get the update though will enjoy the following new features:
- Chromecast support for media stored on Google Drive;
- An updated Network Error page design;
- The Chrome OS Launcher will now include apps installed in Google Drive.
The Google Chrome team indicates the update will take some extra time to get to users as team members enjoy a holiday break next week.
source: Chrome Releases
The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.
The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.
source: The Inquirer
Earlier today, four leaked screenshots appeared online showcasing what’s believed to be an unreleased version of HTC Sense 6.0 user interface running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to the source, the images were snapped on a standard One M8 primarily used for internal testing and should be pretty similar to the update the Happy Telephone Company is planning to roll out to all International variants of the handset.