Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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