Posts tagged with: KitKat
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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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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    Back at the start of November, immediately following the launch of the Nexus 5 and introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat, HTC announced its own plans for KitKat update distribution. For the flagship HTC One, the company laid out the order the update would hit certain variants: GPe first, then developer edition, then unlocked, and finally hitting the phones in the hands of US carrier-affiliated users within 90 days... which we're coming right up against. Unfortunately, HTC isn't quite going to make that deadline, as it explains in a statement today. Don't get us wrong; HTC has done pretty well ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmation that there are no plans to merge OS X with iOS in the near future. Motorola follows the news as the Moto X is going to be on Sale this Monday, January 27th, and the deal is very good. HTC is next as those of you expecting Android 4.4 KitKat on your US variants may see the update in the next coming days. The Google Nexus 5 follows as we get new leaks of the phone in red. We end today's show talking about Qualcomm and how it just acquired Palm's patents from HP. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple puts the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official launch of the Moto X wooden back variants on Moto Maker. We then talk about the plans Motorola has just made public where a $50 smartphone is in the works. Up next we go through some analyst talk of the iPhone 6 sporting a bigger display, and how this is non-negotiable. The Google Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Gear make the news next since it seems that XDA-Developers has figured out how to make them work together. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to kill-off functionality to third-party cases of the Galaxy Note 3 when ...

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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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    Motorola Mobility, by the numbers and comparison, is relatively insignificant. The Moto X, which is one of the most innovative and eye-catching handset from the maker in several years, had only mustered 500,000 sales by mid-November, nearly three months after its release. That number has certainly changed a lot since November, thanks in large part to the $150 off promotions, followed by the permanent price drop. But even with all the press love and buzz around this phone, Motorola failed to sell a fraction of the number of Galaxy S 4s – a now-aging phone – in the same time frame. Blame ...

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    The new king of superphones, as we called the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in our review, came with Android 4.3 installed out-of-the box, but, since its introduction, Google upped the version numbers to KitKat, and apparently, Samsung has already started rolling out the 4.4.2 update for the phablet in certain regions. Poland, to be more specific, is where the new firmware is available, and only on Snapdragon-powered versions of the phone. The reported build number for the refresh is N9005XXUENA6 -- which coincides with a leaked version we've recently seen floating on the inter webs. For the ...

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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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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Easily, one of the coolest features brought along with KitKat – or Android 4.4 – on the Nexus 5 is the Phone application. In retrospect, it's something which should have existed since mobile phones married mobile broadband connections. Nearby businesses are discoverable straight from the dialer. Open the Phone application and tap the search bar at the top of the display. Speak or type any general or specific term, such as "coffee." The three nearest results will appear in the Nearby Places section. Tap the thumbnail to open the details, or simply tap the name to call the business. ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced when Google released the Nexus 5. Earlier this month we heard of an "incremental update" that was supposed to fix a few things specific to the Nexus 5 called Android 4.4.1. Now, even before the 4.4.1 OTA update reached any of my devices, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed to users. What's with all the updates? What is new in Android 4.4.2 that wasn't in 4.4.1 or 4.4? Bugs and patches One skill I bring to the Pocketnow team is my experience as a software developer. As such I'm intimately aware of the product lifecycle -- and the fact that bugs are everywhere. ...

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    The CyanogenMod team has been busy getting the Nexus 5 running CyanogenMod 11. A few days ago the first milestone along the path to a stable CyanogenMod 11 was released for the Nexus 5 and a few other devices. I didn't have much luck with it. After a few hours of troubleshooting I finally gave up and moved along to the 12/09 and 12/10 Nightlies. Both have been working quite well, but they do have some rough edges and hiccups here and there. Those are to be expected since Nightlies are "not stable" by definition. The version of Android that CM11 is based upon is the "new" Android 4.4.1 ...

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    We're not even sure everyone managed to grab the Android 4.4.1 update that started rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and some Nexus 7 devices recently, and now Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to pure-Androids. The update's size might vary but it is a small one (sub-2MB), and it apparently brings bug fixes as well as security enhancements to the table. The build you should expect is KOT49H and is rolling out to all Nexus devices, including last year's Nexus 7, which didn't get the 4.4.1 refresh. Among the changes there are also reports that this update will fix the SMS hack that was ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Verizon Moto X users started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat update on Tuesday, and, while some AT&T owners of the phone are currently being targeted for a soak test -- usually indicating an imminent release -- the latest version of Android is now being pushed out to the T-Mobile Moto X. As usual, the roll-out is going out in stages and phases so if you have not yet received your update notification rest assured that you will (a manual check for its existence can help now and then). As per what to expect, the refresh brings, according to Motorola's own blog post, an improved phone ...

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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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