Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for the international LG G2

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available as an OTA for the international LG G2. The KitKat version has been available for the Korean LG G2 since last December, and AT&T G2 users got their hands on the KitKat update last month.

The update will be a staggered one so it might take a few days or weeks before it will be available for your device. The latest KitKat update brings an improved user interface and battery life, faster processing speed, cloud print feature, and an improved “Kock On” feature.

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Sony begins rolling out KitKat update for several Xperia devices

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Sony is beginning to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for several of its Xperia devices, including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. The update includes the latest and greatest from Google’s Android team, as well as some tweaks and updated features from Sony. Aside from updating the guts of the software to Android 4.4, Sony is including a tweaked status bar and quick notification toggles and some interface revamps to make it feel more similar to Sony’s own Playstation 4.

The update also updates Sony’s native apps on the devices, including apps like MyXperia, Smart Connect, and Smart Social Camera, and several of Sony’s other media apps are getting cloud integration with Sony Entertainment Network. » Read the rest

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.

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Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs. » Read the rest

Latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download manually

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Have nothing to do and dislike waiting for updates? Good news. The latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download. What is included in v4.6.16? First off, you can now install a ton of applications all at once; however, mass removal of apps has been removed. Why Google added one side and got rid of the other is rather odd. Also, due to the recent in-app purchases lawsuit, the Play Store now has a diverse set of three required password options: always, every thirty minutes, or never.

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Chromecast app sees update to version 1.5.3 with new language support and improved Samsung device optimization

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In the latest round of Google app updates, the Chromecast app has seen a jump from version 1.3 to version 1.5.3. The update brings a few small changes, including making the app available in over 50 languages, improved stability on Samsung devices, and some additional settings and fixes for Chromecast in general.

It isn’t a major update, but it’s worth grabbing anyway, especially if you own a lot of Samsung devices. Hit the link below to grab the download.

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Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone

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When Plex first added Chromecast support to their app, it came with a caveat – users had to signup for the PlexPass subscription service to cast media. That is changing with an update to the app that is rolling out to Google Play. Now, anyone using Plex can cast media to their Chromecast device. Although casting support is now available to all users, PlexPass or no, Plex is still not a free solution. » Read the rest

Google Search app updated with expanded card information, better image searching, and other new features

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Google has updated their Search app with a handful of new features, so you’ll likely start seeing a few new additions as you get the update. A majority of the new changes are in Google Now’s information cards, including extra information for Cricket teams, sports card improvements, and expandable information in cards relating to stock information. Outside of the Now cards, Google has improved image searching, adding in the ability to open an image in a browser to quickly save it. One of the biggest pain points of Google image searching with the app was that it was impossible to save a picture if you needed to store it for later, so this addition is a welcome one. Google has also separated hotword detection in the settings to make it quicker to toggle.

Like other Google app updates, you can expect this one to roll out over the next few days. Hit the link below to see if the update is live for you yet.

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YouTube 5.5.26 (accidental?) update brings Dogfooding menu

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YouTube_Dogfooding_VersionYouTube received an update today, but it isn’t the update you’re probably used to. Once you update, you’re going to get nothing new expect that the icon in the top leftt of the UI that has a bone inside. It symbplizes Google’s “dogfooding” program, or internal testing program, for those not familiar with the term. The program brings a menu with ExoPlayer options inside. Not quite sure what exactly the options do, and there’s a good chance this update was sent out mistakenly.

The update brings YouTube to version 5.5.26. It doesn’t seem like there are any other functional changes, but if we find something, we’ll be sure to let you know. Find a download link past the break to push the update to your device, if you haven’t yet received it.

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Google Translate update brings handwriting support for 13 more languages

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Google is hard at work today releasing updates for some of its apps, one of them being the Google Wallet app that received an update earlier today bringing the new “Orders” feature. Now it looks like Google Translate is next in line to receive an update.

The new update improves the stability of the app and fixes bugs and crashes. Aside from this, the app now supports handwriting in 13 more languages :  Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Telugu. » Read the rest