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Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 Will Receive Android L

Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 Will Receive Android L

When the Android L preview was released it scared thousands of owners Nexus 4, 10 and earlier Nexus 7 2012 as the images were only available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, however, fear no longer! Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2012 (wifi) images have all been leaked to the internet. Earlier today, incomplete source code for Android L was released along with an updated image for Android L.  The image was build number LPV81 (while the original image was LPV79) and was released onto the  Android L preview website. The image link and image itself have[Read More...]

by 10:36 PM on July 2, 2014 6 comments News, OS Update
HTC update roadmap leaked – HTC One M7 and M8 to receive 4.4.4 soon

HTC update roadmap leaked – HTC One M7 and M8 to receive 4.4.4 soon

With the announcement of Android L, there’s already excitement building for the next version of Android, but OEMs are still rolling out updates from previous versions. Infamous HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has come through again, with a roadmap of which devices will see which update when. While he has confirmed that the original HTC Butterfly and the HTC One X won’t receive any further updates, the news is better for current and former flagships – the HTC One M7 and M8. Both the M7 and M8 will begin receiving their update to 4.4.4 in July/August, with HTC also looking to an[Read More...]

by 5:08 AM on July 2, 2014 10 comments OS Update
HTC promises to bring Android L to M7 and M8 within 90 days of release

HTC promises to bring Android L to M7 and M8 within 90 days of release

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Android L at Google I/O 2014, HTC has jumped on their blog to announce something wonderful for owners of the HTC One (M7) from last year, and this year’s HTC One (M8). Once Android L’s final code is received from Google, HTC have undertaken to bring Android L to the One M7 and One M8 within 90 days. Yes. That’s right, just three months. This isn’t a promise just for the US market either; HTC Ones around the world will receive this update within 90 days of the code release. Of course, HTC will[Read More...]

by 6:09 AM on June 26, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update
This is my next Android: Android L shown off at I/O

This is my next Android: Android L shown off at I/O

With the Google I/O 2014 keynote now wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at one of the core announcements: Android L (or, the 5th major-version release of Android). There’s an absolute tonne of information about Android L, including some 5000 (yes, five thousand) new API features available to developers, but we want to run over the high-level stuff which will be of most interested to end-users. Perhaps the most interesting thing, before we jump into a bit of a run down, is that Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) devices will be able to run a preview release[Read More...]

by 5:55 AM on June 26, 2014 1 comment News, OS Update
Sundar Pichai says he will preview the next version of Android at I/O

Sundar Pichai says he will preview the next version of Android at I/O

Sundar Pichai has just completed a lengthy interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, where he discussed a great many things, ranging from Android through to Tim Cooks comments at the recent Apple launch. Speaking about the recent Apple launch, where Tim Cook described Android as a Toxic Hell Stew, he replied apparently rather mildly, with something of admiration for their vertically silo’d approach : It must be liberating [for Apple] to wake up and think about your device, your software—and hey, ‘I can even call the chip-set guys and say what the chip should be’. I have to think about building a[Read More...]

by 4:05 AM on June 25, 2014 4 comments OS Update
Screenshots of a version of Android that could be an ‘L’ version leak through Chromium Issue Tracker

Screenshots of a version of Android that could be an ‘L’ version leak through Chromium Issue Tracker

A new version of Android with a name beginning with ‘L’ is definitely on the way, the new version, which includes an API Level tentatively, at this stage, named level ‘L’ was recently merged to the Android Open Source Project main branch. Now reddit user Doopl has found screenshots which feature a telling ‘L’ in the status bar of an issue logged on the Chromium Issue Tracker. As you can see the screenshot shows a slightly different login dialog box for Chrome than we’re used to in Android 4.4. It also shows some interesting new changes to the notification bar.[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on June 24, 2014 9 comments OS Update, Rumours
64-bit Android support merges in AOSP also show API level naming change

64-bit Android support merges in AOSP also show API level naming change

Google I/O is only a short time away and so everything to do with Google products is being scrutinised to find out any hints of what to be released at the developer conference. One development is the addition of 64-bit support, as well as a tentative chance to the naming convention of API levels in the Android Open Source Project(AOSP). The merges to the AOSP master branch were made in the last couple of days by Googler Andrew Hsieh. With two specific merges – 99021 and 99016 – specifically showing these changes. Notes on the merges, show the note ‘Tentatively[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on June 23, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Android 4.4.4 changelog available now as OTA rollout begins to the Nexus 5

Android 4.4.4 changelog available now as OTA rollout begins to the Nexus 5

The Android 4.4.4 update caught many by surprise, and while the OTA for Android 4.4.3 still hasn’t hit the Nexus 7 2013 LTE model, it looks like Google isn’t holding back from updating their current flagship phone the Nexus 5. The good folk over at XDA-Developers has captured the Over The Air (OTA) update for the Nexus 5 and it’s now available for you to download and flash to your device. The update will take your Nexus 5 from Android 4.4.3 (KTU84M) to Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) can be flashed to your phone, but there are no feature updates included in[Read More...]

by 11:46 AM on June 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Dalvik to be removed from next major version of Android, replaced with ART

Dalvik to be removed from next major version of Android, replaced with ART

When Google announced the release of Kit Kat, one of the big-ticket items intended to improve performance across all devices was the introduction of a new runtime environment, known as ART. It was obvious that ART would eventually replace the aging Dalvik VM that is currently used on the majority of Android devices. ART is still experimental, and a great number of developers have yet to get behind it, meaning that if you switch your phone over to use the ART runtime, some apps will simply not work (*cough* Angry Birds Epic). It appears though, that the day of ART[Read More...]

by 11:29 AM on June 20, 2014 3 comments Modding, OS Update
Android 4.4.4 is released for Nexus devices

Android 4.4.4 is released for Nexus devices

Just this morning Google has pushed out its next version of Android KitKat 4.4, with a point update to 4.4.4 now available for Nexus devices. Little is known about what’s actually in this update, but the hot tip is that it’s just security fixes and the like, with no major (or known) new user-facing features. The 4.4.4 code hasn’t (from what I can see) hit the AOSP repositories just yet, so it’s not too easy to determine what’s in there. If you’ve got a Nexus device, you’ll probably be prompted with an OTA (over the air) update in the next[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on June 20, 2014 7 comments News, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy S5 Update allows editing of dock icons… finally!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Update allows editing of dock icons… finally!

A frustration known by many Samsung device owners in Australia is the inability to edit the dock icons (shown above), which users see below all app home screens. Just about every other Android phone in existence allows the user to change these ever-present icons — ordinarily users can select Chrome or Gmail instead of the default Messages or Internet icons, or they can replace them with anything they like. Samsung, however, hasn’t allowed users to do this for quite some time, and it’s been a festering sore. It’s something that will probably start to hurt a little less now though,[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on June 15, 2014 21 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Vodafone beginning rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One (M7) owners

Vodafone beginning rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One (M7) owners

The HTC One (M7) will be receiving an OTA update to HTC Sense 6 today, at least Vodafone handsets will, according to the latest Vodafone Software update blog posted this morning. Vodafone advises that the update will arrive after 12 o’clock today, but as usual, we assume that Vodafone or HTC will be staggering this update to handsets over the next couple of weeks. The 680MB release brings about a number of changes including : HTC Sense 6 Power efficiencies including addition of Extreme Power Saving mode App improvements including Mail, Message, Calendar and Phone General performance and stability improvements[Read More...]

by 1:30 PM on June 12, 2014 13 comments OS Update
Motorola will update the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E to Android 4.4.3

Motorola will update the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E to Android 4.4.3

With the rollout of Android 4.4.3 to Nexus and Google Play edition phones underway, Motorola also took to their blog on Tuesday to confirm their commitment to rolling out updates will continue with the three Moto series phones – Moto X, Moto G and Moto E all confirmed to receive the update. The update to Android 4.4.3 will begin in specific regions this week to the following models and regions : Moto X T-Mobile users Moto G users who bought online in the U.S. (includes Moto G 4G LTE) and at retail in Brazil Moto E users who bought online[Read More...]

by 11:08 PM on June 6, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, OS Update