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.
Dropbox has issued an update to their app for Android users that fixes a couple small issues creating big problems for some users. First, when Android 4.4.2 was released, it created a problem for Dropbox users trying to upload images taken with their camera. The other issue that the Dropbox development team addressed involved uploads from the gallery. Dropbox was uploading all files located in a user’s gallery folder, even if they were not photos. The new feature included in this latest Dropbox update lets users specify only photo images are to be uploaded.
If you want to give Dropbox a try or need to grab the update, you can hit the download link below to get Dropbox from the Google Play store.
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
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
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.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. Read more
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
NVIDIA has announced they are rolling out an update for their Tegra NOTE 7 devices starting today. The over-the-air update includes Android 4.3 for the operating system. NVIDIA has also included the ability to transfer apps and data files from internal memory to an external drive along with some security and bug fixes. Read more
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.