Galaxy Nexus will not receive Android 4.4, Google will follow 18-month support window

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The Galaxy Nexus, the device that started the “Ice Cream Sandwich-age” of Android, will unfortunately not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. This actually comes as a bit of a surprise, as Google has stated (and will continue to state) that one of Android 4.4′s main goals is to put an end to Android fragmentation, bringing support to lower end devices.

Yes, Android has had an 18 month rule— if a device is over 18 months old, it will stop receiving support.

However, the Galaxy Nexus definitely has the RAM necessary to run the new OS version. (Google has stated that 4.4 will run smoothly on devices with 500mb of RAM, which is half the amount the Galaxy Nexus offers.)

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Google Play Services updated to 4.0

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With the Nexus 5 comes new software. And with new software comes an updated version of Google Play Services. Today, Google Play Services has been updated to version 4.0. In this new version, changes have been made to Mobile Ads, Maps and location services, Google+ and Google Wallet, and new advertising controls. Hit the break for details and the link from the official Android Developers Blog. » Read the rest

Google Updating 17 Different Apps. A Sign That KitKat is Fast-Approaching?

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While we all know KitKat is around the corner, the question still lingers. How soon around the corner, right? Well, this could be an indication that the search giant is about to bring forth some KitKat goodness or it could just be one heck of a coincidence, that over the past few days 17 different Google applications have either received or will be receiving an update. We’ve seen Vic Gundotra intro some pretty cool stuff with Google + and Hangouts in what we hope to be for Android 4.4 accompanying the Nexus 5. As usual, we’ll have to practice extreme patience for an official word, if Google decides to give one.

At this point there’s some serious speculation that the company may just spring the device upon us with no warning at all. The speculation comes from the fact that Google has yet to release any kind of official invite or announcement of a press release for the new device and OS. And while we’re still in the dark as to when and where Google will make the announcement, the fact remains that 17 different applications have received an update within the span of a few days. I think it’s safe to lean towards the premise that it’s all for the sake of KitKat. Check out the list of apps receiving updates on Google’s roster. And while some of the apps aren’t major players, you’ll find there are few big hitters in the mix. If you haven’t received an update yet for any of these, don’t fret, they tend to roll out in phases. Feel free to add to the speculation in the comments below. At the very least, if all of the speculation is wrong and we’re nowhere near the new OS, you’ll still have a few new updates to play with.   » Read the rest

Verizon and Sprint Galaxy S 4 starting to receive Android 4.3 update

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Seems like those leaked target dates for the Galaxy S 4′s Android 4.3 update are lining up perfectly. The leaked date suggested that Verizon’s would get Android 4.3 starting on Monday and Sprint today. Turns out, both variants of the GS4 are getting the update right now. Head over to the About Phone section in Settings and check for the update. As you know, however, it can take days for your device to have the update pushed to it. Last night, my brother’s Verizon Galaxy S 4 received the update (NYC area).

If you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, who generally receive the updates first, those variants are expected to get Android 4.3 beginning on November 13 and 18, respectively. So yes, Verizon actually beat out someone for a software update. Incredible.

Source: Android Central

Pandora updates app to add tablet optimizations, Chromecast support appears to be forthcoming

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Pandora, the popular music streaming service, is rolling out an update to its app and is finally providing optimizations for tablet devices. When held in landscape mode, the app on a tablet device roughly divides the screen into three sections. The center section is the primary focus providing album art and quick links to your play history along with contextual information about tracks. The right hand portion of the screen is devoted to your list of stations, including options to share them or create new one or add some variety. Pandora also includes an option to sort the stations alphabetically or by date created or added. The left hand side of the screen is used for settings, via the action or its own icon on tablet devices. » Read the rest

NVIDIA SHIELD updated to bring Android 4.3, plenty of additional enhancements

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NVIDIA’s SHIELD handheld gaming console has received a software update to bring a slew of fixes and new features. Behind the scenes, SHIELD has been bumped up to Android 4.3. But first and foremost, the device now has access to support thousands of additional Android games. That was one of the issues plaguing SHIELD –lack of choice. Also, GameStream has left the beta phase. Hit the break for the rundown of the update. » Read the rest

Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) Android 4.3 firmware leaks from Samsung

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If you own an unlocked Galaxy Note II, you’re in luck. SamMobile has gotten their hands on some pre-release firmware of Android 4.3 for Samsung’s phablet for you to play with. It’s definitely not a daily driver, but hey, at least we know Samsung is going to make good on their promise to update these devices.

The update brings the Note II up to speed with the S 4 and Note 3, especially in the UI department. It has the tabbed settings interface, as well as a few more subtle changes throughout the OS. Samsung Wallet is present, as well as Samsung Knox. There may be more features added before development is halted, but that’s what we’re looking at currently.

If you’re interested, you can download the firmware at the link below. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing or you don’t have the GT-N7100 model of Note II (which means no US carrier variants) leave this one alone for a bit.

source: SamMobile

European users starting to see Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 updates for HTC One

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HTC’s rollout of Android 4.3 for their HTC One customers continues to spread around the globe with users in some European countries now reporting they are being notified to grab the OTA update. Unlike users on some carriers in the U.S., like those on T-Mobile that started to see the update this week, the update rolling out in Europe includes HTC’s Sense 5.5 interface, an upgrade from Sense 5.0. That change will bring users some new features for BlinkFeed and more search support for Google+ and RSS feeds, including the ability to turn off BlinkFeed.

Thus far the update appears to have hit some Eastern European markets and Russia according to @LlabTooFeR and reports indicate some Nordic countries are receiving the update. Meanwhile, HTC UK is estimating three to five more weeks before British customers receive the new update.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Verizon rolling out Moto X camera update to soak testers, doesn’t break root for all users [Update: now pushing to everyone]

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Verizon sent out soak test invites about a week ago, and the first users are reporting that they’re finally receiving that elusive camera update for their Moto X phones. Verizon didn’t manage to get this one out in a timely manner, but hey, better late than never, right? The update adds in camera improvements as well as touchless control improvements and a fix for choppy audio on calls that some users were experiencing.

A pretty major part of this update is the fact that it’s not breaking root for all users. When signing up for the soak test, Motorola and Verizon stated the users would have to be okay with losing root access, but for users that rooted their X with MotoRoot, it looks like you’ll be able to keep. Other root methods are seeing mixed success, so your mileage may vary.

Update: We have no idea how, but the soak test is already over and everyone will be getting the update soon. Full changelog after the break.

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Netflix rolling out redesigned version 3.0 with several improvements, but no profiles yet

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Netflix has started the process of rolling out version 3.0 of their app for Android devices bringing an overhaul of the interface to improve it aesthetically and performance-wise. Unfortunately, Netflix has still not added support for profiles, which can be accessed on every other platform, in this latest update. Lacking that, the update still seems to be well done and you will probably want to grab it as soon as it is available. » Read the rest