Posts tagged with: Android 4.3
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    Sony's Xperia Z, despite being surpassed by the company's next two flagships, is still on the company's list to receive software updates. The T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is being updated to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), with the OTA now rolling out to applicable users. The update occurs at a time when users of global Xperia Z owners already are basking in the glory of Android 4.4.2, KitKat, which only serves to show just how bad United States carriers are about getting timely updates out to consumers. Said global consumers had this particular update more than five months ...

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    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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    After far too much speculation, Android 4.4 KitKat has finally arrived. Those who have a Nexus 5 got the latest version of the operating system right out of the gate. Other Nexus owners (Nexus 4, and both iterations of the Nexus 7) had to wait a little longer. Moto Xers and those with Google Play editions have been getting their updates to KitKat, too, and even HTC has promised that HTC One owners will see their update within the next couple months. All that's great, and symbolizes one of the fastest and smoothest roll outs of an Android OS to date, but one issue remains: KitKat looks ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.3 reaching the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the US, and the software updates that are also arriving for the US-variant of the Galaxy Gear. We then talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 5, the full list of rumored specifications, and even the fact that there may be more than one phone. Nokia follows the news as the company has just released the budget-friendly Lumia 525. Motorola is next as we have more details on the wooden Moto X. We end today's show talking about the fact that Apple is finally meeting demand with the iPhone 5S. All this and ...

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    Android 4.4: either you've got it, or you want it (or you're on iOS or WP8, in which case, why are you reading this?). The majority of Android users find themselves in the latter situation for the moment, but even then Google's been releasing app updates to bring portions of the KitKat experience your way. Still, nothing substitutes for the real thing, so most of you out there are probably hoping to learn the details on upgrade plans from your handset's manufacturer. If that means turning to Sony for news about your Xperia, we've got some info to share with you, as the company reveals its ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's quarter results, and what we should expect for the iPhone and iPad line-up future. Nokia is up next as their new Camera app is making it to older Lumia models for better photography. Samsung follows the news as their Android 4.3 update should reach our older phones soon to be compatible with the Galaxy Gear. Then it's Google Nexus 5 news as we see it in white, and we event get event info, though not Nexus related. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, which just became official, and with some interesting enhancements. All ...

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    If Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is ever going to catch on, it needs to start working with a whole lot more Androids. Last week, we heard the company talk about its efforts to begin upgrading existing models to Android 4.3, and in the process give those phones compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. We also saw a leaked document offer a schedule by which US carriers might start making those updates available. Today, not only do we get confirmation from Samsung that these updates are on their way, but we see Verizon's Galaxy S 4 start getting its own update, right on that leaked schedule. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new deal to retain the Surface Pro from last year at a more affordable price. Then we talk about Samsung as their CEO has reported 40 Million Galaxy S 4s shipped in six months. HTC is next as they're now pushing Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 to the International HTC One. Apple takes the spotlight next as it seems that the iPad mini with Retina Display will see some shortages when launched. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 10, and how it could be refreshed very soon. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Yes, we agree, it's not fair that the HTC One max gets all the fun of Android 4.3 and the new version of HTC Sense 5.5. Obviously we know that the flagship is the HTC One, and lucky for those of you with international models, that changes today. The good thing is that HTC has proven to be quite good when it comes to software updates this year, and they keep delivering on that promise. As of today those of you that are rocking an international HTC One can download an Android 4.3 update, that in return includes HTC Sense 5.5. We know that Android 4.3 isn't new for most of the device's users ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Samsung has not been famous for their software updates this year, or at least not as famous as they were with their Galaxy S II line-up. All their 2012 line-up of devices is still stuck on early versions of Android 4.1, and this has proven to be quite annoying for most of the people who trusted Samsung with their new Galaxy line-up. Still, it seems that the company is doing things differently now, but for the benefit of those who upgraded and not those who waited. Android 4.3 has already begun to roll out to the LTE international variant of the Galaxy S 4 (I9505) yesterday, and today we're ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the dates for the Android 4.3 software update for HTC One customers on AT&T. Then we talk about the Nokia Lumia tablet photos, and the fact that it's being dubbed the Lumia 2520. Samsung is next as we talk about their trademarked "Galaxy Round" name, along with details on their future camera technology. LG follows the news as production of their flexible OLED displays for smartphones are in full effect. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5, and all the leaks found in a service manual. All this and more after the break. ...

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    A new version of Android is usually a decently significant deal, even when we're only looking at an incremental bump to the version number. OK, maybe 4.2.1 wasn't any game-changer, only doing a quick little bugfix over 4.2 and getting Bluetooth joypad input, but 4.2.2 had some good stuff, like USB debug whitelisting to boost security, improving the functionality of Android quick settings, and a number of other additions, beyond more bugfixes. Today, the latest such update arrives, and it's got a lot of people wondering: just what's changed? Right now, Android 4.3.1 is on its way to owners ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.3 update that HTC is offering now to HTC One customers on Sprint. We then talk about Android 4.4 and some expected features thanks to some new leaks. Asus and Google are next as we have more confirmations of a Nexus 10 coming from them both, even though it seems that next year's Nexus 7 won't. Nokia follows the news with some leaks of their possible smart watch. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex that may be slated for later this year. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 update ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the much-expected Nokia RX-114 tablet reaching the FCC, along with Nokia's first phablet, the Lumia 1520. We then talk about the leaked displays of the HTC Butterfly 2, and what to expect from this device. Sony is next as we've got some press renders that point to a smaller, but still powerful, Xperia Z1f. Google follows the news as we've got the company selling apps on vending machines in Japan. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3, and when we expect it to reach your device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia tablet ...

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    Last week, both Android and iOS underwent changes. Android turned five-years-old, which we paid tribute to here, and iOS 7 officially received a major face-lift. (We also paid tribute to that with an extensive walkthrough, which you can find here.) In their most recent forms, both platforms look totally different from their original versions. What better time to compare them than now? We put both platforms under the microscope and compared them in design, functionality, user friendliness, ecosystem, and performance. Which one comes out on top? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil that for you, ...

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    Android 4.3's been out for two months by now, and 4.4 KitKat looms just over the horizon. So, when are we going to start seeing more phones make the update? We've been talking about a 4.3 update hitting the HTC One for a while now, and saw just such a ROM leak. That's well and good, but what about an official release? HTC's been talking a little about its timetable, as we hear about distribution getting underway in Taiwan. That 4.3 update sure seems to be hitting One handsets in HTC's homeland, weighing-in as a hefty 512MB download. The release keeps the phone on Sense 5.0, but introduces ...

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    Earlier this summer we saw Canonical take the ambitious step of attempting to crowdfund the production of a smartphone, its Ubuntu Edge. While the project ended up setting some crowdfunding records, it fell seriously short of its $32M target, and as a result, won't be getting manufactured. That was a big disappointment to backers, but even if the project failed, it still demonstrated that there was some significant support out there. Now we're hearing about another group trying to succeed where Canonical failed, starting the crowdfunding for their own Quasar IV handset. The Quasar's big ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800, which is now slated for Europe in the next coming weeks. Then we go through the Microsoft Surface 2 and the new features that it'll include. We later shift focus to BlackBerry and their status as a company in the next coming months. We then talk about a new prototype of the iPhone being tested with a larger display. Verizon is next as pre-orders of the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear have begun. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Gear and its compatibility with other smartphones. ...

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    HTC's One Max phablet has been leaking in various forms for months now, and while HTC has yet to go official with this baby, we've already hear a considerable bit about the handset. Today, the most recent One Max rumors to make the rounds go into a little extra detail about the hardware and software configuration with which the Android could arrive. Like, remember that fingerprint scanner to surface on a leaked image? There's no mention of such a feature in this leaked spec breakdown, calling into question its existence (which was already pretty shaky to begin with). As for software, this ...

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    Software updates are on their way for users of Nexus devices. Android build JWR66Y started going out a little earlier this week, and is followed by JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7. The official release notes (especially for JWR66Y) are pretty light on details, so what's Google changing here? A quick look at the AOSP offers us some insight into exactly what's new. The big news is that JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7 fixes the tablet's issues with multi-touch performance, which we've mentioned earlier. The reason this device gets its own update is because these last-minute Nexus 7 fixes may not prove ...

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    Samsung may not be the best company this year when it comes to updating any of their last-year smartphones with Android 4.2.2, and we're sure that many of you holding a Galaxy S III or a Galaxy Note II understand this level of frustration, but still, there's no denying that the company is doing a good job in launching each new smartphone with the latest version of Android. We've seen it with ever smartphone that they've launched since last year, and if they keep that trend, that should mean good news for the Galaxy Note III. Samsung's press event to launch their new iteration to the Galaxy ...

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    When I first got my original Nexus 7, I loved it. Over time, however, it got slower and slower. As it turns out, I wasn't alone. These tablets that started out snappy got gradually slower over time, until they were almost painful to use. Then Android 4.3 came along, and much of that slowness went away. Why? Google sneaked in a feature that's slowly helping restore my sanity: Android TRIM support. Let's get some terminology and technology out of the way. When you think about how computers store files, you probably picture a hard drive (HDD), a rotating set of platters that stores data ...

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    It's not too difficult to argue that the Moto X is part of an important new direction for the company, a direction that's finally being guided by its relationship with Google. Ever since talk of an acquisition was first on the table we've been hearing the message that in spite of this association, Motorola Mobility wouldn't just become Google's smartphone manufacturing arm, and would continue to act independently in many respects. We're reminded again of this divide today, after hearing Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside explain why the Moto X is shipping with Android 4.2.2, rather than the ...

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