AT&T HTC One X to get Android 4.2.2, Sense 5 by end of week

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HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management tweeted some good news for owners of the AT&T HTC One X this evening. He indicated that “technical approval” had been received for the release of Sense 5 with the Android 4.2.2 update for the device. The update to Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the line for Android updates on the device, but users will at least get to experience some of the features of Sense 5 like Blinkfeed and Video Highlights to go with the new user interface.

According to Versi, the updates are targeted to rollout as an over-the-air update starting on Wednesday, January 29th. Are you still rocking an HTC One X and looking forward to this update?

source: @moversi

Twitter updates app with better photo editing, news feed features

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Twitter has issued an update to the official app today to make it a little easier for users to share and “tag” photos as well as find out what the latest news is. For photos, as a user is editing an image to get it ready for posting, the app will remind you to @ mention people and places related to the photo. Twitter says it is not easier to @ mention people when tweeting a photo. Other photo editing improvements include better photo cropping and image rotation features.

The latest news content feature is supposed to only surface when a user is caught up with the tweets from people they are following. If a user pulls down to refresh and there are no new tweets from those they follow, Twitter will serve up news stories based on what is currently trending and popular on Twitter at that time.

If you want to try the official Twitter app or need to grab the update, just use on of the download links below.

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LlabTooFer leaks upcoming release schedule for HTC software updates, confirms Sense 6.0

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LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.

Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless. » Read the rest

Spotify app updated once again, now includes artist touring details

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Beats Music has been out for just a few days and barely even works— don’t tell me you forgot about Spotify already!

Today, Spotify released a new update to its app which adds a new section in Artist views. The section includes details on touring for artists, and provides full Google Maps integration for directions. You can also buy tickets through the app, essentially making Spotify your one-stop-shop for all things music.

Here’s the, uh, ehrm, change log:

Improved: Spotify Connect will be on its best behaviour when you play radio.
Fixed: We’ve tickled some pixels and dealt with some crashes.
Fictitious: This app was assembled from old clock parts.

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KatKat update for HTC One to be certified on all major US carriers by next week

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In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should  expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.

Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.

More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late. 

Source: @HTCUSA

Dropbox gets update to fix issue with Android 4.4.2, better control over gallery uploads

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Dropbox has issued an update to their app for Android users that fixes a couple small issues creating big problems for some users. First, when Android 4.4.2 was released, it created a problem for Dropbox users trying to upload images taken with their camera. The other issue that the Dropbox development team addressed involved uploads from the gallery. Dropbox was uploading all files located in a user’s gallery folder, even if they were not photos. The new feature included in this latest Dropbox update lets users specify only photo images are to be uploaded.

If you want to give Dropbox a try or need to grab the update, you can hit the download link below to get Dropbox from the Google Play store.

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Motorola sending KitKat update to Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra

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In December, Motorola tried updating the Verizon Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra to KitKat. Unfortunately, they had to pull the update due to issues that were bricking devices. It’s looking like Verizon and Motorola have solved those issues, as today Motorola has started rolling out the same update to devices again.

For the most part, the update appears to be identical to what Motorola originally sent out to devices,  so they haven’t added any features while you were waiting. Let us know in the comments if your Droid is seeing the update yet.

source: Droid Life

Gmail update hits Google Play with Auto-Show Images feature

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Google has updated the Gmail app in Google Play to version 4.7.2. The big news with this update is the ability to toggle images to display automatically instead of having to tap the “show pictures” link. For users worried about potential security problems, Google claims this new method is safe because they are pulling down images to their own servers and scanning them before serving them up to users when they check their email. Users will still be able to disable this functionality at the account level.

Google has not yet updated the description in the Google Play store, so we don’t know whether there were any other changes of note included in this update. In normal Google fashion, the update is rolling out in phases so it may be a few days before it shows up as available for your device. If you just cannot wait, below are a couple download links to the APK.

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source: Android Police

Pandora finally receives Alarm Clock feature, lets you wake up to your favorite station

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To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.

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KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life