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    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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    Last week, we saw the first Android 4.4 KitKat updates start heading out to owners of the Galaxy S 4. With international distribution underway, out thoughts turned to what the situation might end up looking like for North American GS4 owners; would the carriers drag their feet, or would our own GS4 KitKat updates be swift to arrive? We heard from Rogers in Canada that the update was “coming soon” but today we finally see a carrier attach a hard ETA to things, thanks to a new leak out of Sprint. As you can clearly see below, Sprint seems to be anticipating that the Android 4.4 update ...

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    After a brief lull in news about KitKat updates for some of our favorite Android flagships, new tidbits started arriving earlier today, as we learned about the first Galaxy S 4 Android 4.4 updates to reach South Korea. Aside from the GS4, the other Android model that's been demanding a lot of attention for its own KitKat update status has been the HTC One. Late last month, we heard from HTC about the delays it was facing, and how despite delivering updates to US carriers for certification, it could still be a few weeks before everything was approved and on its way out the door. Sprint got ...

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    Itching to get Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S 4? Unless you have a Google Play edition GS4, you've been waiting for a while now. Last fall, a few weeks following the release of KitKat, we got to look at a leaked schedule that appeared to reveal Samsung's plans for making Android 4.4 updates available to several of its both current and past flagship models, including the Galaxy S 4. According to that info, the update would launch in January, but that clearly hasn't happened. Despite that setback, we did see some progress last month, with screenshots from a leaked 4.4.2 build surfacing. ...

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    Mere hours ago we told you about the unexpected availability of HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Canada, despite HTC's apology earlier this week that it wouldn't be able to deliver the software in the US and Canada within the 90 day window it had set out to. The company won points for being open about its failings, and it's not like the update was supposed to take that much longer to arrive. Earlier this evening, when we got word of that Canadian release, we wondered if any of the US carriers might follow suit with some unexpectedly early availability of their own. As if it was ...

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    No, we're not having Canada Fridays here at Pocketnow (is that a thing? That should be a thing), but we've got a little follow-up to a story from earlier this week that hails to us from the Great White North, as we check out HTC's ongoing progress to make Android 4.4 KitKat updates available for its 2013 flagship, the HTC One. As we told you on Wednesday, HTC announced that it wouldn't be able to quite hit its goal of having HTC One KitKat updates out everywhere by the end of January. It made a good effort, but as things came down to the wire, it became clear to HTC leadership that the ...

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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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