Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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