Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
  • by | December 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    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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  • by | December 5, 2013 12:10 PM

    Update: Google has confirmed that 4.4.1 is on its way out as of today. If you're comfortable with sideloading updates over ADB, the Nexus 5 4.4.1 update is available for download here. It was just yesterday that we were telling you about signs pointing to Google's work on Android 4.4.1, as various Nexus models apparently running the in-development release connected to web servers across the internet, making their presence known. We speculated about some possible improvements the update might deliver, like fixes for bugs that have come to light or a much-needed tweak to the Nexus 5's ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    Every time a new version of Android comes out it's only natural that people will want to run it on their Android-powered device -- even if it's not a Nexus. Nexus devices usually get the latest version of Android faster than their OEM counterparts, but there are still some things that you can do to get a KitKat experience on your non-KitKat device today! First of all you'll need a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher. The phone I'll show you in the video isn't exactly "old" (it's a Sprint HTC One Max), but the same process should work for you, as long as you're running 4.0+. ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 3:13 PM

    It was practically an inevitability: now that Android 4.4 has arrived, it's only a matter of time until 4.4.1 shows up to replace it. That leaves us with the big questions of not only when it will ultimately launch, but what changes will be present in the code. While we don't have any hard answers for the moment, it looks like Google hasn't been wasting any time getting started on 4.4.1, as devices running the software show up in server logs. 4.4.1's been spotted on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, with IPs tracing to Google's stomping grounds in the Bay Area. Connections from all these ...

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  • by | November 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    Android 4.4 KitKat may be almost a month old by this point, but when we're talking about making updates available to existing smartphones, that's practically still in its infancy. We've seen early progress from a number of manufacturers, a list that includes HTC. The company laid out a very regimented schedule for the update's distribution, first hitting the Google Play Edition of the phone, then unlocked and Developer Edition models, and finally carrier variants. We've already seen that GPE update go out, and HTC had told us to expect the unlocked/dev update by the end of November. With ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 7:04 AM

    Google's latest iteration of Android, version 4.4, was released on the Nexus 5 almost one month ago. Google announced both somewhat quietly, and without much fanfare or even an official event. The Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 just suddenly showed up. Since then KitKat has been released for the Nexus 4, the original Nexus 7, the 2013 Nexus 7, the HTC One Google Play edition, the Moto X, and a few others. It brought with it a re-engineered set of "core apps" that are supposed to be lighter-weight and run faster on a wider selection of hardware. Not every device has received the update to ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's new sale whenever you buy the new Lumia 2520 Windows tablet. We later go through more deals as retailers have dropped the price of the Google Nexus 7. Motorola follows the news as the company has just hired a 3D printing firm to take care of Project Ara. Leaks of Samsung's plans to upgrade the Galaxy Line-up to Android 4.4 KitKat follow after that. We end today's show talking about certain leaks showing a metal frame for the possible Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia offering free Power Keyboard ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 4:54 PM

    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 7:07 PM

    Big stuff is happening with Google Wallet, and besides that physical card Google just introduced yesterday, we've been keeping track of a major shift that arrived with Android 4.4 KitKat, wherein Android emulates a smartcard's secure element, rather than requiring the actual hardware to be present. This is absolutely key to improving Wallet's accessibility, as it should seriously hinder carrier efforts to prevent users from being able to make Wallet mobile payments. Problem was, even with Android 4.4 becoming available on more and more devices, the latest version of the Wallet app that ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    Google's Android 4.4 update for the Nexus 4 is on its way out to phones currently, but not everyone's seeing it at once. A little earlier today, we heard from Google's Dan Morrill about just why that is, and he also dropped a little advice of a specific way not to try forcing the update, if you wanted to avoid any glitches with your apps. Still, we did mention a few legit ways to get Android 4.4 early, including flashing the factory image. That's probably further than many of you are willing to go, but what about the other option, manually flashing the update through your phone's recovery? ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 12:38 PM

    It sure took long enough, but the over-the-air Android 4.4 update for last year's Nexus 4 is finally on its way. As users anxiously check for their update's availability, the temptation to lose patience and try to speed things up can be a hard one to ignore. You still have some options, but Google's Dan Morrill took to Reddit yesterday to both offer some insight on how the update process works, and to advise against one way of getting your update early. As Morrill describes, when Google releases an update for a device like the Nexus 4, it starts by setting a threshold for what percentage ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 3:47 PM

    Motorola has Android 4.4 on its mind, as should be patently obvious from the pace at which it's been working to make KitKat available to its users. We just told you a couple hours ago about the Verizon Moto X update going official, and we've already started getting confirmation from subscribers. That's just the tip of the iceberg, however, and now we're learning more about the Android 4.4 fate for a number of the company's older Androids. Earlier this month, we saw Motorola confirm KitKat updates for the Moto X (obvo) and this year's Droid Ultra series (Mini, Maxx, and all). For a bunch of ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 1:12 PM

    Motorola's been working hard to make Android 4.4 KitKat available to owners of the Moto X, and we just told you about news of a soak test underway at Verizon. While that's generally a sign that broader distribution of the update is imminent, we weren't quite expecting to see things move this quickly; Motorola has gone official with news of the update, announcing distribution beginning today for Verizon subscribers. As per usual, this update is headed out in phases, so while you may not see it on your Verizon Moto X straight away, rest assured that it's coming. You're probably quite ...

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  • by | November 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    Just about two weeks ago, we heard from HTC regarding its efforts to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the HTC One in its various editions. By the schedule the manufacturer laid out, carrier editions of the One would see their updates land within about three months, the developer edition of the phone would get its 4.4 update by the end of November, and the Google Play Edition of the phone would see its own... by today. Well, it's still not available to end users quite yet, but aware that we must be wondering what's taking things, HTC posted an announcement to Twitter this afternoon ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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