T-Mobile 4.4.2 update for Moto X ready to be pushed to devices

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T-Mobile has approved the latest KitKat update for their version of the Moto X, bringing the device up to Android 4.4.2. It’s an incremental update from 4.4, but it brings a few extra features including better wireless printing options, improved battery life, and a fix for delayed emails.

It makes sense that this model of the Moto X was the first to see this update, as T-Mobile’s variant of the Moto X is just an unlocked Moto X, so it doesn’t have to go through the carrier for any approval. Motorola handles pushing the updates directly to the device. You should begin seeing the update notification on your device soon, but you can manually go into settings and check for the update to speed the process along. » Read the rest

Droid Zap updated to work on all Android devices running 4.0 and higher

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Motorola’s picture and video sharing application originally only supported the company’s recent line of DROID-branded devices, and now a recent update changes availability options.

The update makes the application available to all Android devices running 4.0 and higher, as well as a newer user interface which looks less “Droid-looking.”

The app hasn’t really taken off as Motorola probably thought it would when it was released, but this is definitely a step towards making it more popular in the Android realm.

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Angry Birds Stars Wars II updated to put Han on carbonite

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Rovio has rolled out an update to their Angry Birds Star Star Wars II title adding some characters, new telepods and reward levels. To get the new characters though, you will first have to melt a frozen carbonite pack. Sadly, melting the carbonite will not melt poor Han Solo as his character remains frozen in the substance. » Read the rest

Google Play Newsstand makes the update cut

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Joining several Google apps getting updates today, like Hangouts, Drive, and Search, the Google Play Newsstand app has an updated poised to start rolling out to users. The update bumps the version up to 3.1 and adds some new features. Probably the most significant addition is translation. Using their own Google Translate engine, the Newsstand app is now able to translate any news feed into one of 47 different languages. Unfortunately, translation is not available for magazines yet. » Read the rest

Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

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Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.

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HTC One now updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Canadian carriers

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The day is finally here. At least it is if you have an HTC One and using Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, or WIND as your network provider…

The HTC One is now being updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on the networks listed above. This is all confirmed, straight from the mouth of HTC America’s President and onto this page. Get on your phone and hit Applications >>Settings >> About Phone >> Software Update.

If it’s not there yet, be patient— it’s coming!

Source: MobileSyrup

Sony adds live video streams with latest PlayStation companion app

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Sony released an update to their PlayStation App, a companion to their PlayStation gaming consoles. With the update, Sony added a new feature called “Live from PlayStation” which gives users the ability to stream live content to their mobile devices. Instead of building in live video streaming directly into the app, Sony opted instead to use providers like Twich.tv and Ustream. When a user selects a stream to view, the appropriate app will be launched. » Read the rest

Google adds ability to scan loyalty cards to Google Wallet app

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Google has announced a new feature for their Google Wallet app, the ability to scan a loyalty card with your device’s camera in order to add it to the wallet. According to Google, once you grab a pic of the card with your smartphone or tablet, the app will auto-populate the appropriate data fields. Currently the app will let you scan the barcode to add that to your wallet, but does not add the rest of the information like the merchant name or type of program. Google also indicated in their posting on their Google+ page that the program will now alert you via a notification if you are close to any merchants you have stored. Google says the update will be rolling out over the next few days and includes support for Android 4.0 or higher.

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Search apps updated for Google TV

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You may be thinking it is too soon for The Walking Dead as the mid-season debut is still a couple weeks away, but lo and behold the Google TV platform is still lurking around and Google is still keeping it animated at a basic level. A couple apps key to Google TV have received an update proving the platform is not quite dead yet. The latest updates hit Google Play today and bring a few improvements to some basic search functions. » Read the rest