Android updates. We all love them, but hate waiting for them.
Android Wear users didn’t have to wait long for their first update though, as Google is pushing it out now.
Android 4.4.4 wasn’t a major update, but there were some decently-sized bug fixes involved. Nonetheless, users are wondering when their devices will finally receive the update — those with the Google Play Edition Moto G can now stop wondering.
The 4.4.4 update is now pushing out to the phone, so if you have one, you can either wait for it to hit your device or flash it yourself. The download mirror to the software’s file is in the source link.
Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps.
Samsung likes to push features from its flagship devices to other phones in its lineup to keep customers happy — and more importantly, coming back.
To continue the trend, the international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-9005) is about to receive an update (OTA) which brings version 2.0 of KNOX, Samsung’s mobile security platform, Kids Mode and Download Booster.
If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.
Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.
If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.
So now that Android “L” has been officially announced (although we do have some big questions about it, still — including its real name), everyone is of course wondering when it’ll arrive on their devices after its released in the fall.
Well HTC doesn’t want to keep its customers waiting. The company has already updated its official upgrade process page with a note for all HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) owners, seen after the break.
Taking a break from all the Google I/O 2014 news here, we have some sweet info regarding Netflix’s Android app for you.
The video streaming company has pushed a major UI update to its app. There’s a completely new design layout and according to the changelog, there’s been some bug fixes as well. (You might also notice they’ve changed their logo!)
Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity.
Although Sunrise Calendar just released the Android version of their app a few weeks ago, they are already releasing an update that hooks the calendar with several popular apps and services. The new connections are possible with Evernote, Songkick, Tripit, Github and Asana. These new connections are in addition to existing integrations like Facebook event syncing, Google Maps integration and iCloud calendar support.
Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.
But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.