Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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    There comes a point where rumors and leaks become so old, that we just get bored of covering them. Still, there are certain products that are just so hot, and so game-changing, that we can't get enough of all the drama that goes around it's probable future. For the last couple of months, we've followed Google's plans for their Nexus line-up, and even though we still don't have event dates, nor press invites, that doesn't mean our wallets can't wait for it to happen. Watch today's Top 5, as we go through our predictions of what to expect for Google's Nexus line-up in the next couple of ...

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    The official launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat could be just days away. Well, we mean three days, as November 1 is the most recent date to find itself named as a potential candidate for the Nexus 5's debut, but whether it launches then, next week, or later in the year, it's coming sooner or later, and bringing Android 4.4 along for the ride. As we drive ourselves crazy looking for any and all evidence as to when this will actually go down, Nestlé has a short little teaser for us, going up on the company's Kit Kat YouTube page today. As you can see in the spot below, one Android slyly tricks ...

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    Is Google just playing with us at this point? We've been patiently waiting for the Nexus 5 to drop all month, and while there have been plenty of rumors looking at when the phone might actually launch, we just haven't seen any Google send out invitations for anything that could be considered a Nexus event. Instead, it's been keeping busy with other projects, leading to events like that October 24 Google Play business in New York. Right now we're looking for evidence of a possible November 1 launch, yet we continue to learn about new “distractions” from Google, like the event it just ...

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    If you're an Android fan, and even the slightest big technically-minded, you probably understand that the platform is based around Linux. Underneath the Android runtime and all the code that makes Android “Android,” you'll find a Linux kernel. Right now, if you're running any recent build, that means your phone is on the 3.4 kernel – which itself dates back to May of last year; we are long overdue for an update. Recent signs point to work at doing something about that, bringing the Linux 3.10 kernel to Android in the near future. That's a big deal, because it would deliver a whole ...

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    There's no secret that Google plans to consolidate as much of their projects as they can. Some of us find Google Hangouts to be more of a convoluted solution than anything, but that doesn't mean that it's not better to have everything in one place, than to be jumping around apps for services that are similar to each other. As a result the company has now updated their iOS app, and the changes are quite significant. You can now make phone calls directly from the app to USA & Canada numbers at no charge, and Internationally for a fee. The service actually makes your current Google Voice ...

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    There comes a time when you just gotta do what the readers want. Particularly when their demands are awesome. You tweeted, you pleaded, you emailed, you told us in person at trade shows and during mildly creepy public run-ins: "have Marques Brownlee on the Weekly!" you demanded. And after weeks of dancing around schedules, overseas trips, and major product releases, we've finally managed to make it happen. For the first time in recorded history, MKBHD and Pocketnow have collaborated to bring you two full hours of audio-podcast goodness. That sounds a lot more grandiose than three guys ...

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    Widgets are small, interactive components that sit on your homescreens to present information to you, the user, without having to load the full application. Some people love them, others hate them. Regardless of which side you're on, widgets are something that's fairly unique to Android. Sure, iOS now has icons that get updated to show accurate information (basic stuff like time and weather), and Microsoft has Live Tiles that are sort of a hybrid icon/widget with fairly limited capabilities. But as far as full-blown widgets are concerned, Android stands out from the others. Since the ...

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    Rumors and speculation have a way of taking on lives of their own; they start out simply enough, but everything can quickly start snowballing and building up some serious momentum – deservedly or not. Sometimes we come across such rumors that are just so wrong-minded that we feel compelled to speak up as the voice of reason. That's where we find ourselves today, with some pretty ridiculous Android 4.4 KitKat launch rumors going around. Nestle continues to promote the forthcoming launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, just as it's been doing for weeks now. Yesterday and today, the company posted a ...

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    Today was supposed to be a big day for Google, Android, and the Nexus family -- well, at least if the rumors were true. I think by now we can all safely say that they weren't. Where does that leave us now? Let's take a look at what we know, what we think, and what we hope about the next version of Android and the next flagship devices from Google. Now that some of the old ones are bunk, what are the new Nexus 5 rumors? What we know We know that the next version of Android is going to be version 4.4 and will go by the code name: "KitKat".  Thanks to the co-branding promotion between Nestle ...

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    Is the Nexus 5 really going to launch tomorrow? Even now, at this late hour, we find ourselves uncertain. An October launch made a lot of sense, and rumors have been trying their darnedest to pin a launch event on tomorrow, October 15. If this is true, it means that Google's forgoing the sort of high-profile festivities we've seen in years past - the same we expected for last year before Hurricane Sandy hit - and instead quietly adding the phone to its Play Store lineup as it announces things via blog post. It's anyone's guess if that's actually what's about to go down, but in the interest ...

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    Tomorrow very well could bring us the debut of the Nexus 5 and, along with it, Android 4.4. At least, while we've yet to see any real evidence suggesting that's when Google's planning the launch, that's when the most recent rumors have been telling us to look forward to the company's announcement. Whether it's ultimately tomorrow or a couple weeks from now, the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 are coming soon, and we just had an opportunity to check out the both of them on video. Now we let the Nexus 5 take a little break and get to see a bit more of KitKat still, this time on a Nexus 7. We heard ...

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    It is rather safe to assume that we know more about the upcoming Google Nexus 5 than what we don't, thank to all the leaks we've been seeing recently. Rumor has it October 15 is going to be the day when Google will introduce the next Nexus phone, running Android 4.4 KitKat, but, until then, we can check out the most extensive leak, to date, below. It's a rather long hands-on with a device which matches the leaks we've seen recently. However, we're guessing this is an early pre-production unit, but still, a detailed look at what we'll likely see this week. There's a hardware tour, as well ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new strategy for selling smartphones and tablets, and why it avoids the US and China. We then talk about the leaked photos of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4, along with all its changes. Later we talk about some tablet-optimized changes to the Google Play Store. We later focus on Nokia, their Lumia 2520 tablet, carrier availability, and its recently leaked render. We end today's show talking about Apple's iPhone 5C, and how it has disappointed in sales. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony's smartphone strategy involves ...

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    If we're to believe all the rumors, Google's Nexus 5 is nearly ready to go official. Aside from the fact that October has been looking like a prime candidate for a launch event for a while now, recent chatter has suggested that it could occur as soon as next week, on Tuesday, October 15. As we wait to learn whether there's anything to such claims or not, a new series of images has leaked out, showing us a bit more of Android 4.4 on the Nexus 5. If these shots look familiar to you, there's a good reason for that, as some of this stuff showed up earlier this month in a separate leak. That ...

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    The latest round of Nexus 5 rumors has touched upon pricing, hardware options, and revealed a service manual: all the sorts of things we might see crop up in the final days before a phone's launch. But just when is Google going to flip the switch and make the Nexus 5 official? One rumor claims that the phone could launch in under a week, making its debut next Tuesday, on October 15. This info apparently originates from talk that's been going around Google Launchpad, a get-together for startups, where attendees have been relaying the rumor. Next Tuesday might seem like short notice for a ...

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    We've already talked about the advantages and disadvantages of 64-bit versus 32-bit when it comes to smartphones and tablets. To recap, 64-bit should be faster and enable the inclusion of more RAM as compared to 32-bit, but the OS and apps will need some fairly heavy work before they'll be able to take advantage of the advancements. Due to that, processor manufactures, app developers, and OS authors find themselves in the classic "chicken or the egg" conundrum: you can't have one without the other. So given the paradox, when will Android support 64-bit chips? Apple now has a 64-bit product ...

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    Of all the smartwatches we've heard rumored over the course of the past year, probably none have been quite so eagerly anticipated as those coming from Apple and Google. Sure, we don't have confirmation for either product, but months and months have still managed to keep our interests piqued. While we've yet to see even a glimpse of possible hardware for a Google smartwatch, a new rumor claims that it could only be weeks away from launching, with plans to introduce the watch alongside Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 on October 31. That date is reportedly correct as of a month ago, though ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.3 update that HTC is offering now to HTC One customers on Sprint. We then talk about Android 4.4 and some expected features thanks to some new leaks. Asus and Google are next as we have more confirmations of a Nexus 10 coming from them both, even though it seems that next year's Nexus 7 won't. Nokia follows the news with some leaks of their possible smart watch. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex that may be slated for later this year. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 update ...

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    It's been about a month now since Google surprised everyone looking forward to Key Lime Pie with its announcement that Android 4.4. would arrive as KitKat, instead. That may be how the software eventually gets here, but it wasn't always like this – remember, it wasn't just us speculating about that Key Lime Pie name, and we had plenty of indications from Google employees to back that up. Today, we get to learn a little more about the software thanks to a hands-on run-in with an older build, back when it was still going by that KLP moniker. So, what's new? There's a bunch of new stuff ...

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    As we get this week started, there's a lot of Nexus 5 info floating around – mainly specs, and some ones we've seen before, but still acting as confirmation and keeping this handset fresh in our minds. One aspect to some of these rumors has been getting a lot of attention, but it's not one we're sure means quite what people think it does: the idea that Android 4.4 might impose a nano-SIM requirement on new phones. Where's this notion coming from in the first place? A website for Ukrainian carrier "life :)" advertises its nano-SIM cards by noting compatibility with the "iPhone5S, ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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    Apple just released iOS 7 (which what some would say includes "heavy hints of Android") and we all suspect that Google is nearing the release of the next version of its OS: Android 4.4 KitKat. As such, everyone is busying trying to guess what Google could have in store for us, and what we might see when KitKat comes to our phones. To that end, we've been busy scratching our heads, and asking ourselves, if we were Google, what would we put into the next version of Android? What new features and changes will it bring? Here are some of our Android 4.4 speculations. Cards everywhere ...

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    Android 4.3's been out for two months by now, and 4.4 KitKat looms just over the horizon. So, when are we going to start seeing more phones make the update? We've been talking about a 4.3 update hitting the HTC One for a while now, and saw just such a ROM leak. That's well and good, but what about an official release? HTC's been talking a little about its timetable, as we hear about distribution getting underway in Taiwan. That 4.3 update sure seems to be hitting One handsets in HTC's homeland, weighing-in as a hefty 512MB download. The release keeps the phone on Sense 5.0, but introduces ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's introduction of a couple of new Android tablets running on Tegra 4 hardware. Microsoft is next as Steve Ballmer discusses the reality of Windows Phone 8, the Surface, and other flops, even though we also have some hot leaks of Windows Phone 8.1 as well. Google is next as the company has now made their Quickoffice service free for all Android and iOS customers. Then we talk about the Moto X going affordable on Republic Wireless, which also makes the plan for it affordable. We end today's show talking about the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat ...

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    We know that our next release of Android will be 4.4, KitKat, and if the rumors from last week are to be believed, KitKat could be arriving arm-in-arm with the Nexus 5 smack in the middle of October. As we wait to see if that theory will pan out, one of the players on the sidelines of all this action has something to say about KitKat's availability, and it's also talking about October. Over in Germany, Nestle's Facebook account for Kit Kat has been taking full advantage of the increased traffic this Android partnership is getting it, and has been posting all sorts of teasers for the ...

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