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.

Download Link 1, Download Link 2

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

Android KitKat update for LG G2 starts rolling out in Korea

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Earlier this month we reported on news that LG G2 smartphone was expected to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update before the end of the year. LG has delivered as reports from Korea indicate the update, clocking in at 637 MB, has started hitting phones as an over-the-air update. The reports are uncertain as to what order the update is rolling out to devices in the country and no information was provided on how long the process will take, but it looks like it will be nice, early Christmas present for at least some owners in Korea.

Early reports put the update for the LG G2 coming to the U.S. before the end of the year as well, but no sign of the update has surfaced as we prepare for the final week of the year. Other markets will be waiting a while still with France expected to see the update in early 2014, along with Canada.

source: phoneArena

Updated Apex Launcher comes to Play Store with new KitKat details

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Each time stock Android gets a new look, launcher developers usually adjust their designs to match the much sought-after “vanilla Android” experience. Apex Launcher has done the same, and today, version 2.2 has hit the Play Store with a transparent notification bar as well as other KitKat details.

Also included is the quick search bar, folder icons, an icon font-selector, and some key bug fixes.

Get the updated application for free from the Play Store or buy the Pro version for only $4. Hit the break for the link to the app.

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HTC Butterfly S receiving Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 starting today

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HTC’s Butterfly S, their flagship for markets overseas, is starting to receive the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5.5. MaximusHD ROM developer LlabTooFer tweeted a screenshot indicating that he has received the massive update. Included are Video Highlights improvements with a new interface, BlinkFeed adjustments to broaden its capabilities, Music interface improvements, and Sense TV improvements that also receives a facelift. The version number is 2.21.708.1 meaning that this is for the Bufferfly S in Hong Kong. The update is almost 750MB, so make sure you have enough space. Let us know how it feels after you finish installing! » Read the rest

Facebook updates Home to improve lock screen functions

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You may have forgotten all about Facebook’s Home launcher that was released earlier this year and was even pre-installed on a few phones, but Facebook still remembers their attempt to get in front of more users. More importantly, Facebook decided to make some improvements to Home and an update to the launcher is now available in Google Play. » Read the rest

Spotify updated on both Android and desktop, features minor interface tweaks, new artist pages

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The Spotify app on Android recently received an update. It isn’t a big one, but you’ll see that there are newly designed login and signup pages, as well as image galleries and play counts in the artist section.

Both the PC and Mac versions have also been updated, but feature a much different interface than previously seen. It’s darker, and artists now have circular avatars. There don’t seem to be any new features, though. If you haven’t received the update yet, expect to get it soon. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new desktop version as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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