Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
  • by | November 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    Two weeks following the launch of the Nexus 5, and we're finally seeing Google start making Android 4.4 KitKat available for existing Nexus series models. Yesterday we told you about the OTA updates for the Nexus 10 and both Nexus 7 models getting their distribution started, and while Google mentioned that a similar update would be hitting the Nexus 4 “soon” we didn't have any specifics. Well, we're still waiting to see that OTA arrive, but Google just released the next best thing, posting the Android 4.4 factory image for the Nexus 4. Sure, it's not as convenient as an OTA update, and ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 2:35 PM

    I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology (a LOT of people), and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I'm Joe the Android Guy™ is the sentiment that "Android is laggy". So let's set the story straight: Android isn't laggy -- but your cheap phone or tablet may be. The problem isn't with the operating system. Android itself is plenty snappy, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you're running, the slower ...

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  • by | November 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    A huge advantage that devices powered by the Android operating system have over virtually every other OS is the use of a virtual machine in which apps run. Yes, virtual machines, but we'll get to those in just a moment. What makes all this relevant now is the decision by Google to include a new runtime in Android 4.4 KitKat -- one that promises to make your device faster, your battery last longer, and give you thicker, more manageable hair. Wait, not that last one. Before we jump into this brand new VM, and why it's turned off by default, let's make sure everyone understands what we're ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 7:23 AM

    Before anyone gets their hopes up, as of right this instant, the only device that has an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat is Google's own Nexus 5. That will change as soon as Google releases updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, and as other OEMs begin pushing updates to their flagship devices. HTC has already committed to releasing its updates "within 90 days". In the meantime, Google has already pushed KitKat into the AOSP, and you know what that means: custom ROMs! Custom ROMs come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of stability. Some are rock solid, and some may turn your ...

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  • by | November 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    Among the many changes we've been talking about with the release of Android 4.4 KitKat have been a new keyboard with support for entering those super kawaii little emoji icons and the system's deeper integration with Hangouts, now becoming the default SMS client. At the intersection between these two, there's an annoying little bug that's recently come to our attention, which threatens to lock users out of the app. If you're in a Hangout, and one of the participants starts overdoing it with the emoji – and we mean REALLY overdoing it, with pages and pages of the icons – the app's going ...

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  • by | November 11, 2013 4:02 PM

    There are plenty of ways for an Android user to get detailed info on the battery life remaining on his or her phone – besides stand-alone apps, we've seen home screen widgets, OEM skins, and custom ROMs all deliver their own takes on displaying battery info at a glance. Throughout all this, though, the standard status bar battery indicator has remained extremely simply, offering only a graphical indication of charge. Well, now with the release of Android 4.4 it looks like Google might finally be getting with the program and picking up on a good idea that's been around for a while, ...

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  • by | November 9, 2013 6:56 PM

    Folks, those other flagship phones are great, but they're like $600 off-contract. And a $600 smartphone isn't cool. Know what's cool? A $349 smartphone. That's a general encapsulation of the vibe that's taken over the tech space in the week or so since Google's latest Nexus smartphone hit the shelves. While there's certainly a lot to love about the Nexus 5, as we'll see, it's being celebrated mainly because it's cheap without being "cheap." That's significant if you're the type who buys a lot of unlocked phones, but in a nation like the US, still dominated by carrier contracts and ...

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  • by | November 7, 2013 8:46 PM

    There was no way I was ever gonna buy a Nexus 4. Sure, the price tag was appealing. Yes, the construction was sleek and I found the disco paint job fun. And the prospect of succeeding my old'n'busted Galaxy Nexus LTE with a more modern, non-hobbled replacement was definitely tempting. But the lack of proper 4G, the godawful camera, and the fragile industrial design all conspired to place the Nexus 4 firmly on my "wait for something better to come along" list. Well, something better just came along. And it's called the Nexus 5. (Way to stay consistent, Google.) We've seen how the Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | November 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    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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  • by | November 7, 2013 3:16 PM

    For the past week now, we've been telling you about some of the new stuff that's arriving with Android 4.4, already running on the new Nexus 5, the handsets of some custom ROM aficionados, and hopefully coming soon for the rest of us. Not everything about the KitKat experience is necessarily so tied to the platform, and we're seeing Google update a few of its apps to bring some of this new stuff to users still on previous Android builds. There's a new Hangouts in the Play Store today, implementing the SMS integration that's been so hyped. If you're running ICS or later, you'll be able to ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 10:02 PM

    Contest Update: We're in contact with the winner (Luca from Austria) and are in the process of shipping his Nexus 5 to him. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nexus 5 giveaway! You know the old saying: sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you're the ball. Sometimes you're a radio champ, sometimes you make a 90-minute podcast based entirely on leaks and rumors, only to have the subject of those rumors officially unveiled just hours later. Life's rough. Well, this week we're looking to correct that bit of poor ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nokia Lumia 1520 reaching AT&T very soon at a very interesting price point. Samsung follows the news as we go through their plans for foldable displays, 4K displays and their custom CPUs for 2014 and 2015. We later talk about Microsoft's possible shortlist for their next CEO. Apple follows in the news, this time because apparently the company has increased production of the iPhone 5S and changed the supplier for the 5C. We end today's show talking about Android 4.4 KitKat reaching other smartphones and already being tested. All this ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 2:17 PM

    Every smartphone has a camera in it these days. That camera may be great, or it may be mediocre -- sometimes it might even be laughable. What happens once you get the pictures on your smartphone? Most of the time they just sit there. Now, thanks to the new Android 4.4 KitKat photo editor, your pictures not only look good, you can do all kinds of cool stuff with them. Let's take a look at a couple of less-than-perfect pictures, and see how to turn them into something amazing. KitKat Photo Editor Nicolas Roard and his team have been working on the new AOSP Android KitKat Gallery app for ...

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  • by | November 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    Wireless carriers have a great thing going for them. We all need their services if we want to get online with our smartphones outside the WiFi-shrouded comforts of our homes and offices, and so we pay through the nose each month in order to access a sliver of the RF spectrum (which is already a publicly owned good, but that's another rant). The sheer amount of power they've been able to wield as a result has been nothing short of detrimental to the mobile industry, as I've recently written about at some length. But there's hope! Over the past week, we've seen Android 4.4 go official, and ...

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