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    Google recently released a Developer Preview of its latest version of Android: Android L. Though it's not final code by any stretch of the imagination, we wanted to see how it compares to Android 4.4.4 KitKat - the latest official release of the operating system. We headed over to Google's "L Developer Preview" page, downloaded, and installed Android L build LPV79 to our Nexus 5 (there is also a build for the 2013 Nexus 7, though only for the WiFi version). From there we spent half a day using it as our daily driver, hunting through the various screens to try and find differences and ...

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    Samsung hasn't always been the best with Android updates on its devices, especially considering the sheer number of phones and tablets it manufactures on a yearly basis. The wait's always been the most minimal on flagship devices, however, and it seems that the Galaxy S5 (and last year's Galaxy S4) are slated to receive Android 4.4.3 quite soon. According to a leaked Samsung internal document obtained by Android Geeks, updates for the S5 are finalized, and ready to start heading out in June. The first devices to receive the update will almost certainly be unlocked and global models, with ...

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    It's been a week since Google started releasing Android 4.4.3. Many have reported getting the update delivered to their Nexus over-the-air, and others have impatiently taken it upon themselves to download and manually flash the entire factory image - myself included. However, many are still waiting for the update to arrive, and that's where things start to get a little "weird". I've got a lot of Nexus devices in my household: two Galaxy Nexi running CyanogenMod, one 2012 Nexus 7 that's still on Android 4.4.2, a Nexus 4 that got the 4.4.3 OTA a few days ago, my own Nexus 5 onto which I ...

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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Google's monthly Android distribution statistics are finally in for the month of June 2014. The Android version we most care about, of course, is KitKat, which has grown by leaps and bounds since our last check-in for May. KitKat has increased from 8.5% distribution to 13.6%, which is remarkable to say the least (especially considering KitKat's seemingly-slow start, as the February numbers showed us). The likely reason for this is the increasing sales of the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, two devices running KitKat right out of the box. Older devices, from these two manufacturers and ...

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    Yesterday's WWDC 2014 keynote brought a lot a fun, interesting, and exciting things - especially for Android users like you and I! Why? Apple validated the direction that Android is taking, and improved upon some of Google's services and features in some creative ways. Before you draw-and-quarter me for blasphemy or for being a witch, hear me out. I'm Joe the Android guy for a reason. I was even offered an iPhone free of charge from my day job. I turned them down and opted to pay for my own device as well as my own line of service. Why? I like what Android does, and I think it's better ...

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    We look to be really close to the announcement of Android 4.4.3, Google's big bugfixer update for their newest KitKat operating system. Previous reports have mentioned that it could possibly be becoming official for Nexus users, and while that is still a possibility, it is becoming more and more unlikely by the minute. Thankfully, it looks like even OEMs are prepared for the release -- Samsung today posted references to the update on their developer site. Samsung sent out a Tweet letting developers know of "a workaround to solve issues with the ConsumerIrManager in Android version lower ...

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    Android was not always the pretty, refined operating system we know today. Pre-Matias Duarte, Android was a conflicted, hideous mess that drastically changed in color, design, and overall look with nearly each iteration. Cupcake (1.5) and Donut (1.6), for example, had a white undertone with orange and Android green accents. Both of these versions also had the original incarnation of the app drawer, a virtual drawer which was accessed by pulling a tab up from the bottom of the display. Eclair (2.0) still had the virtual app drawer, but traded the white undertone for black. By the time Froyo ...

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    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the AT&T announcement of the Galaxy S5 for pre-orders, along with the Samsung Gear line-up as well. Then we talk about HTC and its countdown to the announcement of the All New HTC One. The we go through the rumors of a new build of Android 4.4 KitKat. Amazon follows the news as we go through more rumors of a possible smartphone. We end today's show by going through the rumors of Christian Bale possibly playing Steve Jobs in the Sony biopic. All this and more after the break. Stories: - AT&T announces start to Galaxy S5 pre-orders, ...

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    When are we likely to see the release of the next version of Android? We got 4.3 last July, 4.4 in October, and the latest, 4.4.2, in December. Will we be sitting around until summer before new updates are on their way, or could a release come much sooner? Earlier this month we talked about Google acknowledging high-CPU-usage bugs with the Nexus 5 and its camera, and plans to address these in a future update. We can't say if that's necessarily what we're seeing here today, but some new evidence does point to Google testing a very recent KitKat build. This find comes to us from Chrome's ...

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    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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    There's a certain minimum threshold that a product should be required to meet before it can rightfully wear the "pro" label. It should offer high-end specifications and enhanced capabilities over its more mundane, "non-pro" counterparts. Ideally, it should appeal to the consumer looking for a more versatile, more capable product. Above all, it should offer a top-notch customer experience. With the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, Samsung gets some of that right. This Galaxy Tab is far and away the most powerful yet produced, with capabilities never before offered on the company's midrange tablet line. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play deals due to its anniversary celebration. Then we talk about Microsoft's Cortana, which just got featured on a leaked video. Samsung follows the news as we discover that the company is removing benchmark boosters from its phones. Apple follows as we expect iOS 7.1 to be launched very soon. We end today's show talking about Nokia and its plans to provide us kinetic charging for our smartphones. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play two-year anniversary deals incoming - Cortana gets featured in video ...

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    While some versions of the phone have already received the HTC One Android 4.4.2 KitKat update (like the Google Play Edition, some US versions, as well as Indian and European variants), others are just now getting a notification that the firmware is available. This was the case with our UK unlocked HTC One the other day, and it looks like HTC is pulling the plug temporarily. An official statement from the manufacturer says: "we are aware that a limited number of HTC users are experiencing difficulties with the KitKat update. As a result, all FOTA updates have been temporarily suspended. ...

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