Posts tagged with: KitKat
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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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    No, dear Nexus 7, my system is not up to date! Android 4.3 is not the latest version out there; Android 4.4 KitKat is, and, according to Google, the roll-out process has started on November 12, five days ago. The Nexus 7, both the 2012 and 2013 versions, alongside the Nexus 10, were targeted with the statement. Well, in our particular case, regardless of how often we check for updates manually, we still get the the same response, pictured above. One of the advantages of rocking a Nexus device is timely updates. Sure you can hack the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat on your tablet, but ...

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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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    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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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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    So far, the only device officially running Android 4.4 KitKat was the Nexus 5, though there were plenty of 4.4-based ROMs for several other devices, thanks to the community. However, Google decided to finally change the status quo, as other Nexus-branded devices will start getting the latest version of Android as of today. "Starting today, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will be getting a tasty update to Android 4.4, KitKat", says the official tweet from the Android account. You might want to start abusing the 'check for updates' button. Good news for other Nexus device owners too: ...

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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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    Click this link to join the hangout!   Topic There was a little bit of back and forth when it comes to the Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-orders for AT&T. Initially Microsoft has pushed a Store page live which allowed future owners to pre-order their phones, just to yank the page in less than 12 hours, saying that it was prematurely published. Today, the pre-orders for the phone went live again at both Microsoft and AT&T and you can secure your unit of the first Windows Phone phablet. Then there's a lot of other stuff to talk about, like Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat, the iPad Air, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent update to Google Apps for Android, which brings some of the KitKat updates that Nexus 5 owners are enjoying. Speaking of Nexus 5, there are complaints of a poor speaker and poor camera, and Google talks about it. We later talk about Sony as the company has laid down its plans for Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its Xperia line-up. Apple follows the news as the Cupertino kids might be working on launching more than one iPhone in 2014. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's ISOCELL cameras and foldable displays. All this and more ...

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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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    For the past week now, we've been telling you about some of the new stuff that's arriving with Android 4.4, already running on the new Nexus 5, the handsets of some custom ROM aficionados, and hopefully coming soon for the rest of us. Not everything about the KitKat experience is necessarily so tied to the platform, and we're seeing Google update a few of its apps to bring some of this new stuff to users still on previous Android builds. There's a new Hangouts in the Play Store today, implementing the SMS integration that's been so hyped. If you're running ICS or later, you'll be able to ...

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    We know that, thankfully, Google is doing a good job at continuously improving Android. The company announced the Nexus 5 together with the latest version of Android, dubbed KitKat and with version number 4.4, on October 31. Rumor has it that Mountain View is already working on a follow-up refresh, and there's a lot of speculation that we're likely seeing Android 4.4.1 KitKat. The screenshot below was reportedly snapped off of the Chromium site depicting build KOT31B. Decoding the build number cypher has lead Myce.com to believe that we're looking at a second version of a build which was ...

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    Contest Update: We're in contact with the winner (Luca from Austria) and are in the process of shipping his Nexus 5 to him. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nexus 5 giveaway! You know the old saying: sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you're the ball. Sometimes you're a radio champ, sometimes you make a 90-minute podcast based entirely on leaks and rumors, only to have the subject of those rumors officially unveiled just hours later. Life's rough. Well, this week we're looking to correct that bit of poor ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nokia Lumia 1520 reaching AT&T very soon at a very interesting price point. Samsung follows the news as we go through their plans for foldable displays, 4K displays and their custom CPUs for 2014 and 2015. We later talk about Microsoft's possible shortlist for their next CEO. Apple follows in the news, this time because apparently the company has increased production of the iPhone 5S and changed the supplier for the 5C. We end today's show talking about Android 4.4 KitKat reaching other smartphones and already being tested. All this ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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    Every smartphone has a camera in it these days. That camera may be great, or it may be mediocre -- sometimes it might even be laughable. What happens once you get the pictures on your smartphone? Most of the time they just sit there. Now, thanks to the new Android 4.4 KitKat photo editor, your pictures not only look good, you can do all kinds of cool stuff with them. Let's take a look at a couple of less-than-perfect pictures, and see how to turn them into something amazing. KitKat Photo Editor Nicolas Roard and his team have been working on the new AOSP Android KitKat Gallery app for ...

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    The Motorola Moto Maker is making its way, reportedly, to T-Mobile, allowing future customers to get the exact color option that they want for their Moto X. However, those who already own a Moto X on Magenta, and are feeling brave and adventurous, might want to check out this leaked Android 4.4 KitKat build for the phone. You'll have to have an unlocked boot loader in order to flash this bit, but, you should also read through the thread for feedback and impressions, because it really looks like a mixed bag. You can find all the instructions you need at the source; some issues with calls ...

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    If you're one of the few to reside in a market where both Google's Nexus 5 and Motorola's Moto X occupy store shelves, consider yourself lucky: you've got access to two of the best Android smartphones the world has ever known. But as always, there's a dark side to that kind of luck. Because if you're in the market for a new smartphone, you're stuck with a pretty tough choice between these two capable rivals. In a world where "Nexus" doesn't mean what it once did, Motorola calls itself "a Google company," and phones with top-tier processors go for $349 off-contract, how can you trust ...

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    If you've noticed something different about the Nexus 5, compared to Nexus devices in the past, you're not alone. While the Nexus 4 put on a new facade, it was still essentially an Optimus G under its skin – a fact taken advantage of by modders interested in activating its dormant LTE support. But this Nexus 5 – while still based on an LG model – takes some much greater liberties, and ultimately feels more like a device that exists in its own right. The Verge recently sat down with some Android bigwigs to learn just how they designed this model the way they did, and hear about some ...

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