OS Update

Google updates Play Services to version 4.4; what’s new?

Google updates Play Services to version 4.4; what’s new?

Google Play services has been updated to version 4.4 and it’s now rolling out to just about every Android device worldwide. While updates to Play services are usually of more interest to developers than end users, it’s important to at least have a passing understanding of what’s in there, because chances are the new features will make their way to app updates in the weeks and months to come. For those unaware, Google uses Play services as a part of the core Android experience; many things that you might find in an OS-level API on other platforms are actually not part[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on May 9, 2014 1 comment News, OS Update
KitKat update schedule for Samsung devices leaks – which ones and when they’ll get it

KitKat update schedule for Samsung devices leaks – which ones and when they’ll get it

It’s now been six months since Android 4.4 was released, but there’s still a host of Samsung phones which are still yet to join in the Chocolatey Multi-fingered goodness. Sammobiles has obtained a leaked document which outlines which phones will receive the update, as well as when the update is due. The list, includes variants for the Samsung models shows a time frame for Android 4.4 updates which begins last month with the Note II and continues all the way to June with the Galaxy Grand 2 (which was never released in Australia) and the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3.[Read More...]

by 4:34 AM on May 8, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
More Glass updates bring much requested features

More Glass updates bring much requested features

With each update, Google are making Glass a more and more attractive prospect to average (ie. non-developer) users. The next updates that are coming out are offering some of the most requested features to the wearable technology. The first being options on when to upload your camera shots to the cloud. As you would expect with a connected technology device, Google Glass tethers to your phone and will use data as it needs to in order to complete its tasks. This may include uploading photos after they’ve been taken which burns through precious, and at times, rather expensive mobile data.[Read More...]

by 5:44 AM on May 2, 2014 1 comment Glass, News, OS Update
Google leaks Android 4.4.3 in update to Google Edu Setup app

Google leaks Android 4.4.3 in update to Google Edu Setup app

Android 4.4.3 is far from officially announced, but it seems that it might as well be. Google has leaked the upcoming release (and suggested it’s coming very very soon) in its update to Google Edu Device Setup, an app directly from Google that administrators can use to set up tablets for Google Apps for Education. We already know it’s coming; even at Ausdroid we’ve seen Android 4.4.3 devices hitting our server logs, and not just the kind from kids fiddling with their build.prop either; these appear to be the real deal. Going from previous timeframes — the time from we’ve first[Read More...]

by 8:51 AM on April 21, 2014 0 comments News, OS Update
Android 4.4.3 heading to Sprint Nexus 5, possibly worldwide

Android 4.4.3 heading to Sprint Nexus 5, possibly worldwide

The Android 4.4.3 update that’s been rumoured, could be hitting Nexus 5′s from today, at least according to US carrier Sprint. Sprint has updated their support page to list the update – Android build KTU48F -as rolling out to phones via an Over the Air (OTA) update. The Sprint Nexus 5 matches up with the US based Nexus 5 (LG D820), although is slightly different to the international Nexus 5 (D821) due to different wireless bands, however it’s highly likely we will see this update hit the international model as well. The update which has Sprint specific inclusions, namely the[Read More...]

by 9:40 AM on April 15, 2014 3 comments OS Update, Phones
LG begins rolling out KitKat update to the G2

LG begins rolling out KitKat update to the G2

LG has this morning announced that they have begun rolling out the Android 4.4 update for the LG G2 to customers on the Optus network. The LG G2 was sold exclusively on the Optus Network, but customers who purchased outright will also see the update on their devices as well. The LG G2 began shipping in November last year to Australian customers with Android 4.2.2 on-board and this is the first update we’ve seen for the phone, but it’s a fairly significant one. There’s a full range of improvements that Android 4.4 brought to devices including the Chromium Engine for[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on April 11, 2014 14 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Last month we saw Sony starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update to the unbranded Xperia Z1, and now it looks as though the carriers are finishing their testing and are starting to roll out the updated version to their customers. According to their respective update blogs, Optus and Telstra customers should start to see the update now if you haven’t got it already. Keeping with the standard Android KitKat, Sony have also added a few little tweaks to the UI to be more intuitive and easily customisable. Sony have also updated their native applications to improve the[Read More...]

by 4:13 PM on April 10, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Vodafone’s Galaxy Nexus will finally get Android 4.3 in April

Vodafone’s Galaxy Nexus will finally get Android 4.3 in April

A couple of weeks ago, Vodafone published information pertaining to the cancelled release of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This made people sad, so today they’ve un-cancelled it! In a post on the Vodafone Community site today, Vodafone says: Samsung and Google got together and decided that, in the best interest of its customers (that’d be you lot), they’d release the update anyway. The update will begin rolling out to Vodafone Galaxy Nexus users from April 8 – only a week away now. This is obviously great news for users who are still snuggling up to their Galaxy[Read More...]

by 5:19 PM on March 31, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large ‘Powered by Android’ logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed by[Read More...]

by 1:44 PM on March 31, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Possible list of Android 4.4.3 changes leaked

Possible list of Android 4.4.3 changes leaked

As Android enthusiasts, we often start wondering what changes will arrive in the next version of the OS once the current version is released. While Android 4.4.2 has been around for a while, a number of bugs remain, leaving us to wonder when the next version would arrive and hoping it would fix each little annoyance. Now, it seems that the release of Android 4.4.3 is imminent. The folks at the Chromium bug tracker noticed a build KTU83. Decoding this as per other Android build numbers reveals that the K represents KtiKat, the T Testing, and the 83 is the[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on March 31, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
LG to begin rolling ‘KnockOn’ feature to L Series II phones beginning in March

LG to begin rolling ‘KnockOn’ feature to L Series II phones beginning in March

Announced back at the end of December, LG Australia has today announced that their ‘KnockOn’ tap to wake/sleep feature will be rolling out to their successful L Series II line of handsets this month. The update will begin rolling out now and should be completed by the end of April, with owners able to download the update as a maintenance release. The handsets being targeted for the release are : LG Optimus L2 II LG Optimus L3 II LG Optimus L5 II LG Optimus L7 II LG Optimus L7 II (Dual SIM) The KnockOn feature allows users to double tap[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on March 24, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Sony begins rolling out Android 4.4 update to Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Sony begins rolling out Android 4.4 update to Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Sony has announced via their SonyMobile Blog that they have begun the rollout of Android 4.4 to the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, but as usual it’s only to unlocked devices. There’s quite a bit that’s new in the update including some new PS4 UI stylings which is interesting, but not unexpected as Sony is still interested in the ‘One Sony’ branding across their product range. There’s updates to Apps and the Sony Xperia Themes look interesting as well. The complete changelog : Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation… We’ve[Read More...]

by 1:30 AM on March 20, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Check out HTC Sense 6 and get up close and personal with Motion Launch

Check out HTC Sense 6 and get up close and personal with Motion Launch

We’ll see the All New HTC One in just over a week and when it launches officially and though we’ve seen the hardware pretty thoroughly, the software has remained a bit of a mystery, until now. New leaker on the block @gadgetleaks has provided a three and a half minute video walkthrough of HTC Sense 6 which is what the All New HTC One is expected to launch with. The phone or emulator running in the video appears to not be the All New HTC One, indeed the video shows Beats settings, which the new phone doesn’t seem to have[Read More...]

by 9:55 PM on March 17, 2014 5 comments OS Update