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!
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 more
Soak test invites have been sent to T-Mobile Moto X users and we can assume that it’s an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The Moto X has been rather outstanding when it comes to updates so it’s great to see updates sent out this quickly. Let us know if you’ve been sent the same invite!
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.
source: +Google Wallet
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 more
HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management tweeted some good news for owners of the AT&T HTC One X this evening. He indicated that “technical approval” had been received for the release of Sense 5 with the Android 4.2.2 update for the device. The update to Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the line for Android updates on the device, but users will at least get to experience some of the features of Sense 5 like Blinkfeed and Video Highlights to go with the new user interface.
According to Versi, the updates are targeted to rollout as an over-the-air update starting on Wednesday, January 29th. Are you still rocking an HTC One X and looking forward to this update?
Twitter has issued an update to the official app today to make it a little easier for users to share and “tag” photos as well as find out what the latest news is. For photos, as a user is editing an image to get it ready for posting, the app will remind you to @ mention people and places related to the photo. Twitter says it is not easier to @ mention people when tweeting a photo. Other photo editing improvements include better photo cropping and image rotation features.
The latest news content feature is supposed to only surface when a user is caught up with the tweets from people they are following. If a user pulls down to refresh and there are no new tweets from those they follow, Twitter will serve up news stories based on what is currently trending and popular on Twitter at that time.
If you want to try the official Twitter app or need to grab the update, just use on of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link
LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.
Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless. Read more
Beats Music has been out for just a few days and barely even works— don’t tell me you forgot about Spotify already!
Today, Spotify released a new update to its app which adds a new section in Artist views. The section includes details on touring for artists, and provides full Google Maps integration for directions. You can also buy tickets through the app, essentially making Spotify your one-stop-shop for all things music.
Here’s the, uh, ehrm, change log:
Improved: Spotify Connect will be on its best behaviour when you play radio.
Fixed: We’ve tickled some pixels and dealt with some crashes.
Fictitious: This app was assembled from old clock parts.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.