OS Update

Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear at IFA in September, the compatability was limited to Samsung Galaxy devices and at that a limited selection, limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1(2014 Edition) initially, but they advised that an update would come soon to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II in October. The rollout has begun for the Galaxy S4 – at least in Germany – but the other devices will be coming soon and Samsung has now extended the list of devices that will receive an update to be include compatibility[Read More...]

by 7:04 PM on October 23, 2013 1 comment OS Update
Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Android 4.4(Kit Kat) could have a surprise entrant in the Google Play store with AndroidPolice reporting that Google is indeed looking at placing newspaper subscriptions within the Play Store, at least according to code found in a tear-down of the latest Google Play APK that’s rolling out to Android users now. While this isn’t exactly brand new – The rumour of a News section within Google Play first surfaced back in March this year – but the more up to date code found in this most recent update makes the section’s debut look more likely. Whilst their is no official[Read More...]

by 8:36 AM on October 23, 2013 1 comment Google Play, OS Update, Rumours
Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

We don’t normally report on iOS news, but this one is special. Google Product Manager Kate Cushing recently announced an update to their US  iOS Hangouts app. The update integrates Google Voice into Hangouts. In Australia we don’t have access to Voice, but with the anticipated major overhaul to Hangouts in Android 4.4, that could be about to change. We previously reported that with the Android 4.4 update, Hangouts will become a unified messaging app, bringing SMS under the Hangouts umbrella. Recently leaked Nexus 5 Google Play (US) images clearly show that messages is gone, replaced with Hangouts. Here’s what Kate[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on October 21, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update
Nexus 5 makes a surprise US Google Play appearance

Nexus 5 makes a surprise US Google Play appearance

Earlier today the Nexus 5 accidentally appeared in the US Google Play store, then Android Police dug around and found a high resolution copy of the device pictured in Google Play. The Nexus 5 is listed as starting at US $349 for what we presume to be the 16GB version. We anticipate the 32GB model to be US $399. The listing reads: Nexus 5 – Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at (US) $349. Here are the high resolution shots of the Nexus 5 – straight from Google themselves – with the top speaker uncovered,[Read More...]

by 11:54 AM on October 18, 2013 32 comments Google Play, News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.3 rolling out to international Galaxy S4 starting in Germany

Android 4.3 rolling out to international Galaxy S4 starting in Germany

If you’ve been waiting for the Android 4.3 update to hit your Samsung Galaxy S4 in order to rush out and grab a Galaxy Gear, then you may actually be able to do that quite soon, with reports coming in that Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 4.3 update to owners of the Snapdragon based Galaxy S4(GT-I9505) in Germany. The update brings about not only the Galaxy Gear compatability but KNOX capabilities as well as TRIM support that saw speed improvements on the aging original Nexus 7 when it updated. There are other improvements included : OpenGL 3.0 Support[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on October 18, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Kit Kat teases with “This Is It”

Kit Kat teases with “This Is It”

On their Google+ page yesterday, Nestle posted their Android KitKat mascot with its arms in the air and the heading, “Everybody dance now!”: Today they posted, This Is It, with the line – “Sometimes you have to look for the signs”: After putting two and two together and adding that up to 5, sleuths on the Kit Kat page have come up with a very plausible argument that these teasers are referring to an October 28 announcement of Android 4.4. Firstly, yesterdays “Everybody dance now” doesn’t mean much by itself, but when combined with today’s “Sometimes you have to look[Read More...]

by 2:35 AM on October 17, 2013 9 comments OS Update, Rumours
More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

In the previous leak of Android 4.4, the surprise Easter Egg was a slice of lime over a large K, representing the Google code name for 4.4 – Key Lime Pie. Things have changed since then, as KitKat has been revealed as the new name for the next version of Android. The latest leak, displayed here on a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, shows an “androidified” KitKat logo – though Key Lime Pie is still evident. Google will be changing this to KitKat before the release of 4.4. To get to the Android Easter Eggs, in the “About Phone” settings you[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on October 15, 2013 7 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
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