Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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    How many or rather how few Marshmallow-powered devices are there in use today, three whole months after the fresh OS iteration’s release? An exact number is impossible to calculate, but Android 6.0’s market share among only its forerunners remains worryingly low. Based on Google Play data harvested in the week leading up to January 4, a measly 0.7 percent of active Android phones and tablets run the newest flavor of the world’s most popular mobile platform. The figure is up from both December and November, but imperceptibly so, and it might still be a while until build M surpasses ...

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    Google just posted its last Android distribution report before 6.0 Marshmallow pops up on the radar, and despite their best efforts, the search giant and hardware-manufacturing partners have been unable to curtail fragmentation in the eleventh hour. Devices that visited the Play Store in the 7-day period ending on October 5 ran a grand total of nine OS iterations, as even 2.2 Froyo clings onto to a microscopic 0.2 percent market share more than five years after its initial rollout. Meanwhile, 5.x Lollipop continues its sluggish climb up the ranks, first hitting double digits back in June, ...

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    Sony's recently been one of the best OEMs with regard to Android updates, providing updates to its flagships (and other phones) quickly after the source code hits AOSP. The latest phones to get in on the fun are part of the Sony Xperia E1 line, with the Sony Xperia E1 Android 4.4 update rolling out as we speak. Apart from Android 4.4 (we're not sure what version of Android 4.4, but it's likely we're talking either 4.4.3 or 4.4.4), Sony has thrown in some goodies of its own. Take a look at the full changelog below to check those out: Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing ...

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    It's been a week since Google started releasing Android 4.4.3. Many have reported getting the update delivered to their Nexus over-the-air, and others have impatiently taken it upon themselves to download and manually flash the entire factory image - myself included. However, many are still waiting for the update to arrive, and that's where things start to get a little "weird". I've got a lot of Nexus devices in my household: two Galaxy Nexi running CyanogenMod, one 2012 Nexus 7 that's still on Android 4.4.2, a Nexus 4 that got the 4.4.3 OTA a few days ago, my own Nexus 5 onto which I ...

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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Google's monthly Android distribution statistics are finally in for the month of June 2014. The Android version we most care about, of course, is KitKat, which has grown by leaps and bounds since our last check-in for May. KitKat has increased from 8.5% distribution to 13.6%, which is remarkable to say the least (especially considering KitKat's seemingly-slow start, as the February numbers showed us). The likely reason for this is the increasing sales of the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, two devices running KitKat right out of the box. Older devices, from these two manufacturers and ...

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    Yesterday's WWDC 2014 keynote brought a lot a fun, interesting, and exciting things - especially for Android users like you and I! Why? Apple validated the direction that Android is taking, and improved upon some of Google's services and features in some creative ways. Before you draw-and-quarter me for blasphemy or for being a witch, hear me out. I'm Joe the Android guy for a reason. I was even offered an iPhone free of charge from my day job. I turned them down and opted to pay for my own device as well as my own line of service. Why? I like what Android does, and I think it's better ...

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    We look to be really close to the announcement of Android 4.4.3, Google's big bugfixer update for their newest KitKat operating system. Previous reports have mentioned that it could possibly be becoming official for Nexus users, and while that is still a possibility, it is becoming more and more unlikely by the minute. Thankfully, it looks like even OEMs are prepared for the release -- Samsung today posted references to the update on their developer site. Samsung sent out a Tweet letting developers know of "a workaround to solve issues with the ConsumerIrManager in Android version lower ...

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    Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today. The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details include: Google’s ...

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    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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    When are we likely to see the release of the next version of Android? We got 4.3 last July, 4.4 in October, and the latest, 4.4.2, in December. Will we be sitting around until summer before new updates are on their way, or could a release come much sooner? Earlier this month we talked about Google acknowledging high-CPU-usage bugs with the Nexus 5 and its camera, and plans to address these in a future update. We can't say if that's necessarily what we're seeing here today, but some new evidence does point to Google testing a very recent KitKat build. This find comes to us from Chrome's ...

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    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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    Last week, we saw the first Android 4.4 KitKat updates start heading out to owners of the Galaxy S 4. With international distribution underway, out thoughts turned to what the situation might end up looking like for North American GS4 owners; would the carriers drag their feet, or would our own GS4 KitKat updates be swift to arrive? We heard from Rogers in Canada that the update was “coming soon” but today we finally see a carrier attach a hard ETA to things, thanks to a new leak out of Sprint. As you can clearly see below, Sprint seems to be anticipating that the Android 4.4 update ...

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    After a brief lull in news about KitKat updates for some of our favorite Android flagships, new tidbits started arriving earlier today, as we learned about the first Galaxy S 4 Android 4.4 updates to reach South Korea. Aside from the GS4, the other Android model that's been demanding a lot of attention for its own KitKat update status has been the HTC One. Late last month, we heard from HTC about the delays it was facing, and how despite delivering updates to US carriers for certification, it could still be a few weeks before everything was approved and on its way out the door. Sprint got ...

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    Itching to get Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S 4? Unless you have a Google Play edition GS4, you've been waiting for a while now. Last fall, a few weeks following the release of KitKat, we got to look at a leaked schedule that appeared to reveal Samsung's plans for making Android 4.4 updates available to several of its both current and past flagship models, including the Galaxy S 4. According to that info, the update would launch in January, but that clearly hasn't happened. Despite that setback, we did see some progress last month, with screenshots from a leaked 4.4.2 build surfacing. ...

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    Mere hours ago we told you about the unexpected availability of HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Canada, despite HTC's apology earlier this week that it wouldn't be able to deliver the software in the US and Canada within the 90 day window it had set out to. The company won points for being open about its failings, and it's not like the update was supposed to take that much longer to arrive. Earlier this evening, when we got word of that Canadian release, we wondered if any of the US carriers might follow suit with some unexpectedly early availability of their own. As if it was ...

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    No, we're not having Canada Fridays here at Pocketnow (is that a thing? That should be a thing), but we've got a little follow-up to a story from earlier this week that hails to us from the Great White North, as we check out HTC's ongoing progress to make Android 4.4 KitKat updates available for its 2013 flagship, the HTC One. As we told you on Wednesday, HTC announced that it wouldn't be able to quite hit its goal of having HTC One KitKat updates out everywhere by the end of January. It made a good effort, but as things came down to the wire, it became clear to HTC leadership that the ...

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    With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw Google introduce a new virtual machine, giving users the opportunity to switch from the just-in-time compilation of the familiar Dalvik VM to one using ahead-of-time compilation, the Android Runtime ART. With KitKat, ART was added as a bit of a preview – it wasn't the default VM, and while our experiments with it revealed a lot of promise, initial load time and the threat of compatibility issues were still factors that gave us pause. Hopefully Google has taken the past couple months to polish ART up a little, because some new evidence ...

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    I've been a T-Mobile customer for well over a decade. Since I picked up my T-Mobile G1 (way back in the day) I've been a happy user of both the carrier and Android as a platform. As time progressed I loved the ability to tether other devices to my smartphone and use some of my 5GB of data on a tablet or laptop. I was never a heavy user of tethered data, and only used it when WiFi wasn't an option. Then T-Mobile tried to tell everyone that "tethered data" was somehow different from "device data" and phones bearing the T-Mobile brand forced users to purchase a separate tethering plan. ...

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    When it rains, it pours, and hot off the news of Canonical discontinuing Ubuntu Touch development for a number of Nexus phones and tablets, we're switching focus to HTC, as the manufacturer confirms that a couple of its own handsets are hitting the end of the road with their own platform updates. The phones in question are the One X, as well as the slightly upgraded One X+. Following rumors that the One X+ wouldn't see the arrival of any KitKat update, HTC stepped forward to confirm the news: both phones will end their careers on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, running Sense 5.0. For the One X ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new strategy to attend the US market, which the company chose to abandon just a couple of months ago, aside from more rumors of a Sony Windows Phone as well. Then we go through Samsung's new leaks of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S 4, and some disappointing facts about it. Meizu and Ubuntu are next as new leaks prove the MX3 to be the next Ubuntu mobile phone. Apple takes the stage after that since its new patent proves some Optical Image Stabilization love for the iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note ...

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    When Android started making the move away from hardware buttons, and giving manufacturers the option to present users with fully on-screen virtual buttons, it sounded like we were moving towards a promising future where Android might feel more consistent across devices – you wouldn't go from using one phone to being confused with another, offering a different assortment of buttons with a different layout. Sadly, that still hasn't quite happened, and plenty of OEMs keep clinging to those hardware buttons with everything they have. Google seems to be doing what it can to nudge them away ...

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    Sure, Android 4.4.1 might be the new hotness, but we've still got a huge backlog of phones that need to see the arrival of Android 4.4 updates in the first place before they can even start thinking about the likes of 4.4.1. Some manufacturers have been more forthcoming about their plans then others; with Samsung, we've been relying on leaks in order to give us our most specific information about its update strategy. The last one we saw laid out a schedule for bringing 4.4 to certain higher-end models, but what about all those other handsets that make up Samsung's more mid-range options? We ...

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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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