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Rumour: Google Experience – Android 4.4 Launcher?

Rumour: Google Experience – Android 4.4 Launcher?

On Google Play you can download almost everything to make most Android devices look and feel just like a Nexus. From Chrome Browser, the Google Keyboard, Play Music/Movies/Books to Google Drive and Keep, plus many more apps that bring the latest Android functionality to the majority of phones. Except there is one glaring omission, and that’s the launcher – or user interface. If the latest rumour is to be believed, then that’s about to change with the imminent release of Google Experience, Google’s own launcher. This will tie together all of the apps that Google has been unbundling from the[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on October 13, 2013 8 comments Apps, News, OS Update, Rumours
More Nexus 5 pictures surface along with further Android 4.4 leaks

More Nexus 5 pictures surface along with further Android 4.4 leaks

It appears that Italian site Tutto Android has gotten themselves quite the source on the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat, with more information being published which reveals more about the look and feel of Android 4.4 as well as some accounts on the look and feel of the hardware on the Nexus 5. To start with a picture of the front of the device reveals the rounded speaker at the top of the phone, with the design being similar to those pictures that have already been leaked although a little more squared. The device is said to be ‘much lighter[Read More...]

by 2:20 AM on October 12, 2013 7 comments OS Update, Rumours
More Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 rumours and another possible release date

More Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 rumours and another possible release date

Android 4.4 – Kit Kat. It was announced as the next version of Android over a month ago, but with no feature set or indication of what it would include. The single 0.1 step upgrade from Android 4.3 seemingly indicates that no major GUI overhaul will be included but what will be included is the big question and two sources today seem to shed some light on that. As far as rumours for Android 4.4 the sources are a mix of AndroidPolice and Italian site Tuttoandroid, with both showing evidence of different location settings. With the new options seemingly setup[Read More...]

by 10:42 PM on October 11, 2013 5 comments NFC, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Android 4.3.1 Factory Images available for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

Android 4.3.1 Factory Images available for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

Only 5 days ago and quite unexpected, we reported that the OTA rollout of Android 4.3.1 started appearing on Nexus 7 (2013) LTE models. Now only days later the factory images have appeared on the Google Developers website. It continues Google’s commitment to the Nexus program being on the latest builds (where hardware allows this), timely updates and transparent in the availability of source code and factory images. The latest image, build number – JLS36I – can be downloaded manually if you’re yet to receive an OTA for your device. The quick updates is one of the many reasons that[Read More...]

by 1:23 PM on October 10, 2013 1 comment OS Update
Reported HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leaked

Reported HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leaked

If you’re a HTC fan, then you may be quite interested in an update to the Sense version of Android that is coming soon to some HTC handsets. From the Android-Revolution site, mike1986 has posted screenshots as well as a quick rundown on what the screenshots represent. First up is the controversial BlinkFeed homescreen widget, it’s a love it or hate it feature for most HTC phone owners and from the screenshots delivered, it appears that you will be able to either set BlinkFeed on/off or set it as your home screen. There are also more options to change your[Read More...]

by 5:33 AM on October 9, 2013 1 comment OS Update, Rumours
Android 4.3.1 for Nexus 7 rolling out now

Android 4.3.1 for Nexus 7 rolling out now

There have been a few recent updates for Nexus devices, but they have been so minor that they haven’t been deemed to have a “point” added by Google. That is until now. Rolling out to Nexus 7 devices, with the LTE model being the first cab off the rank, Google introduces Android 4.3.1. What this update brings is, umm, Google Keep as a standard app for Jelly Bean. There are probably a few bug and security fixes happening in the background, but the general feel of the update is that it’s pretty minor. Here’s the nitty-gritty on the Android version,[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on October 5, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Tablets
Claimed Android 4.4 running on a Nexus 4

Claimed Android 4.4 running on a Nexus 4

The good folk over at gadget helpline had a recent visitor in the form of a phone running Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie, now known as KitKat. This is probably an early version of 4.4 as it is loaded onto a Nexus 4, and the Easter Egg animation is a large white K followed by a slice of lime with cocktail sticks. There was a huge amount of secrecy relating to the Google deal with Nestle, even the developers weren’t aware of the name change until the last minute. The images from the Nexus 4 can only be taken at face[Read More...]

by 1:04 AM on October 4, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
More Jelly Bean 4.3 leaks from Samsung – this time it’s the Galaxy Note II

More Jelly Bean 4.3 leaks from Samsung – this time it’s the Galaxy Note II

We previously reported on a test build of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and now it is the older siblings turn, the Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N1700). This unofficial test update is a very early build, so be warned that it might contain its fair share of bugs and glitches. What this does bring to the Note II is  Samsung Knox, plus core elements of Touchwiz from the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 to bring  the Note II up to date within the family of devices. Knox divides your personal and work information, so that you only have[Read More...]

by 8:07 PM on October 3, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Latest leaked Android 4.3 test firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

Latest leaked Android 4.3 test firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

The good folks over at SamMobile have snapped up a pre-release copy of  Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). If you are adventurous and want to flash the new firmware, just be aware that this is a test version, but SamMobile reports that it is stable. They also say that the performance has been enhanced, being faster with less lag. Most of the improvements are behind the scenes, but a few tweaks that you will notice is a new and improved keyboard, a new Reading Mode that optimises the screen for reading, and improved colour reproduction for the[Read More...]

by 4:42 PM on October 2, 2013 6 comments OS Update
Supposed Nexus 5 screenshot and bug report log file leaks

Supposed Nexus 5 screenshot and bug report log file leaks

The rumoured new Nexus 5 must be getting close, as leaks substantiating previous rumours are starting to flow. In these latest leaks we have a screenshot that displays the white status bar icons we previously reported that could possibly be changed to other preset colours in Android 4.4: There is a slice of Key Lime Pie with antennae that appear to be the debugging icon. Though we now know that Android 4.4 is< a href="http://ausdroid.net/2013/09/04/google-announces-android-4-4-will-be-kitkat/"> officially named KitKat, developers within Google have always called this edition of Android Key Lime Pie. The bottom navigation bar is  black, not the hoped for translucent effect. Further,[Read More...]

by 1:06 PM on September 29, 2013 17 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Reports from SamMobile suggest that three of the biggest Samsung devices of the last 18 months will be receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates in a matter of weeks. The volume, frequency and accuracy of SamMobile’s information in the past suggests they’ve got inside sources at Samsung, so when they talk about software updates, we listen. According to the site, the Galaxy S4 will receive the update in early- to mid-October, followed by the Galaxy S III in late October / early November, and the Galaxy Note II in late November / early December. Of course, these will likely hit[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on September 28, 2013 11 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

The latest Vodafone Software update Blog advises that Galaxy Note II owners will finally be able to use the HD Voice feature that was rolled out to the Vodafone network began trialling back in June. While some customers have been able to use this update on their modified Galaxy Note II by changing the build prop, official support has just arrived. The update, which is outlined in it’s own blog entry on the Vodafone support site advises that the 1.86GB Update is now available to download via Kies – there is no OTA update. You’ll need Samsung’s desktop software Kies[Read More...]

by 11:56 AM on September 27, 2013 6 comments Carriers, OS Update
Possible Android 4.4 Messaging and Phone App screenshots surface

Possible Android 4.4 Messaging and Phone App screenshots surface

Our first look at Android 4.4 came after a Nexus 5 running a supposed build of Android 4.4 was photographed and video’d after being left in a bar, now 9to5Google have received some screenshots of what appears to be updated Message and Phone Apps. The apps appear to have a colour scheme – Green for Messaging matching the Green icon and Blue for Phone, also matching its icon – which continues right up to the notification panel, where the text appears to be grey, a recurring theme from the shots of KitKat we’ve seen so far that marries up with[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on September 22, 2013 6 comments Apps, OS Update, Rumours