OS Update

Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony has updated their blog overnight with updates on their line of Xperia devices, advising exactly which products are getting the newly announced Android 4.4 update, as well as listing the schedule and lineup for Android 4.3. First up – Android 4.3. The final Jelly Bean updated will be heading to a whole range of Xperia Smartphones next month – carrier approval pending for those locked models of course – with the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V all confirmed to receive the update. The Xperia[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the updated code[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on November 7, 2013 13 comments OS Update, Other, Phones
Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Among the changes in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the dialer is one area that’s been given a fair bit of attention. The updated Phone app has a new look and can do handy things such as provide you with the numbers and contact information of nearby businesses, and from early next year it will be able to grab profile photos from Google+ and display them when you make or receive a call. Google announced yesterday, via their Android Google+ page, that users who have verified their phone number with Google+ and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google[Read More...]

by 6:10 PM on November 6, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

We previously reported that the Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide for was only available on the US Google Play Store. That has changed recently, with the guide now being posted on the internet in its entirety, and after perusing the  document, we think that the name “Quick Start Guide” is a bit of a misnomer. The usual two page guide that is  included in the package that is often referred to as a “Quick Start Guide” has been replaced by a 48 page in-depth review of most of the functionality of Android 4.4. Shown above is just one tip, but[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on November 6, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update
KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

Everyone reading this no doubt loves Android, but how many of you know how Android runs? Android apps are written in the Java programming language but how is that converted into a language that can be read by our devices, considering the hardware is not powerful enough to have its own Java virtual machine? Way back when Android was created, a mobile virtual machine was also created, the Dalvik VM. The Dalvik VM is a virtual machine that runs apps written in Java, the runtime. Android often struggled with multitasking in the early days, due to the intense nature of[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 4, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update, Other
US variants of HTC One to receive Kit Kat update within 90 days

US variants of HTC One to receive Kit Kat update within 90 days

Now that Google’s finally unveiled Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and the Nexus 5, the question many of us are asking is ‘when will my phone get the update?’ We already know that Kit Kat will hit Nexus devices fairly soon, but according to HTC America their flagship device will be updated sooner than we might have thought. Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, has told Engadget that Kit Kat will be pushed out aggressively to the HTC One, with the Google Play Edition updated within the next 15 days. Unlocked and developer editions of the One will get Kit Kat[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on November 1, 2013 4 comments News, OS Update
A users’ guide to Android 4.4’s new developer features

A users’ guide to Android 4.4’s new developer features

In the wee hours of this morning, after much speculation and more leaks than you’d find in a Californian bar, Google finally released Android 4.4, more commonly known as Kit Kat. The latest version of Android largely improves on what was already there, with better support for things like printing and NFC card emulation, but also adds a host of new features and APIs designed to improve performance and battery life across all devices. Performance Google claim to have designed Kit Kat to run on devices with as little as 512MB RAM, which would be great, if it’s true. Currently,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 1, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update
Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

With Android 4.4(Kit Kat) now officially announced, we all want to know when we can get it. Ed Heyl, who appears to be the new JBQ has announced that the Android 4.4 – Build KRT16M – is now being pushed to AOSP with Factory images and Binaries for the Nexus 5 due up on the Nexus Factory images page later today. Today, Google took the wraps off the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat release. Now we’re happy to announce the matching open source release. You can read more about what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat on our developer[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on November 1, 2013 10 comments OS Update
Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

In a very recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on popular site Reddit, a user going by the name of throwawaynexus5guy has been busy answering questions about the Nexus 5 that he alleges to have spent some time with recently. As proof he uploaded pictures as proof. He didn’t have time to delve deeply into the device, but here is a summation of  his answers poised to him by his fellow Redditors: Always on microphone similar to the Moto X Improved camera, but not vastly so Hangouts has SMS and IMS integrated into the one threaded conversation The Nexus 5 updates to Android[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on October 31, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

According to a leaked document that was sourced by Amir Efrati from Jessicalessin.com the upcoming version of Android will be aiming at a few things in particular – low-end phones, TV, wearable computing and NFC. The document which is reported to be shared with Google hardware partners lists the very hot new consumer range of wearable computing, with Kit Kat expected to support three new sensors – geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. The new sensors will possibly be used in Glass and very likely the rumoured Smartwatch that Google is rumoured to be gearing up to launch[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments NFC, OS Update, Rumours
NVIDIA Shield Android 4.3 update now rolling out

NVIDIA Shield Android 4.3 update now rolling out

For those that have imported an NVIDIA Shield, we have good news. An Android 4.3 update is rolling out now, and it brings support for “thousands more Android games” according to the NVIDIA Blog. NVIDIA says: Fans of big-screen gaming and entertainment can check out the new Console Mode, which turns SHIELD into a portable living room game console. PC enthusiasts will be thrilled to know PC streaming, now called NVIDIA GameStream, has officially launched. Our over-the-air update also brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to SHIELD. And then there’s SHIELD Gamepad Mapper – which turns touch-based Android games into ones[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on October 29, 2013 1 comment OS Update