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Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Tis the season and we’re apparently on the eve of the announcement of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L (Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie?). Forbes has this morning chimed in with their own take on the release, citing a source close to Google, who has let them in on a few details of the launch. According to Forbes, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be announced with Android L tomorrow, via a blog post, as has been the case for the past couple of years. According to their source, an event was planned, but was cancelled because Google[Read More...]

by 4:27 AM on October 15, 2014 15 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

As recently as this week we’ve seen suggestions, well mostly trolling, that the next version of Android could be Liquorice. But a new screenshot surfaced today has pointed at Android Lollipop being the current favourite, at least with internal developers who create debug icons for test builds of Android. Though previously we’ve heard that Googlers were using Lemon Meringue Pie as the Debug icon, as well as referencing LMP in their commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it appears the trend may have changed. MyCE noticed a new screenshot attached to an issue logged in the Chromium Issue[Read More...]

by 3:39 AM on October 15, 2014 3 comments Android Development, OS Update
Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Samsung is getting better with their update schedule, at least for the higher end devices. A leaked build of Android L running on a Galaxy S5 was recently seen, showing that Samsung is at least working on the next build of Android for their premier phone. But that’s in the future, for now a list of dates apparently showing when 13 Galaxy phones will receive Android 4.4 has shown up on XDA-Developers. According to the list Samsung’s top tier devices, including the Galaxy S5 (SM-G9000I and SM-G9000F variants) and the Galaxy Note 3(SM-N900 and N900S variants) are due to see[Read More...]

by 12:36 AM on October 15, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is no longer the flagship phone for Samsung, but the phone still sold in massive numbers and we’ve been expecting Android 4.4 for the handset for a while, now Samsung has begun pushing the Android 4.4 update out for the Galaxy S4. We’ve been advised by a reader that their Optus GT-i9507 model is now receiving the 440MB update which takes the phone from Android 4.3 up to the current version of Android (4.4) – at least current for the next couple of weeks until Google releases Android L. The Firmware update: I9507XXUFNG2 – includes a[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Samsung has begun pushing out Android 4.4 to the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Samsung has begun pushing out Android 4.4 to the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Long suffering owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) are beginning to report receiving a notification to update their tablet to Android 4.4. Thanks to reader Anthony who sent us the information, it appears that the tablet is receiving firmware update P600XXUCNH3. The update, which clocks in at over 500MB in size, takes the tablet from Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) which the tablet shipped with, up to Android 4.4.2. The update brings about a few changes including lockscreen shortcuts, the transparent notification panel, updates to S Pen and associated apps and of course the ever famous Bug Fixes[Read More...]

by 2:49 PM on September 26, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 owners rejoice, your KitKat update is on its way. According to a tip from reader, SN Harden the update hit his Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 this weekend past, updating his Jelly Bean build to KitKat in one fell swoop. The P5210XXUBNH1 firmware update brings many of the KitKat features we’ve loved on other Android devices who’ve seen the update, including the transparent status bar and of course the Launcher chooser in settings. Samsung updates include the ability to add the camera shortcut to the lockscreen, as well as some performance improvements. The update should be available[Read More...]

by 1:55 PM on September 22, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
The Nexus 4 could receive Android L when released

The Nexus 4 could receive Android L when released

We do love the Nexus 4, it’s still a solid handset even approaching it’s second birthday, and there-in lies the problem: it’s nearly two years old. Typically Google has dropped support for Nexus phones around this time, and the impending release of Android L has many Nexus 4 owners worried that their handset won’t receive the update. The lack of Android L developer preview for the handset has added to those worries, but it may be for nought, with several Googlers running Android L on their Nexus 4. According to entries in the Chromium bug tracker, several Googlers have been[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on September 21, 2014 4 comments OS Update
Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

Sony has announced that their Android 4.4.4 update for the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZR and ZL handsets has begun rolling out. According to the tweet announcing the start of the rollout, the update brings with it ‘fixes, battery, wifi & email improvements and more’. The update will begin hitting handsets purchased outright from Sony, but carrier based handsets will have a while to wait just a little longer. Vodafone advises on their latest software update blog, that the status for the Android 4.4.4 update for the Xperia Z is ‘Testing in progress’. Optus actually advises that[Read More...]

by 8:46 AM on September 10, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

HTC has begun seeding their Android 4.4.3 update to HTC One (M7) handsets within Australia and the first carrier off the rank is Telstra. The firmware version being seeded is 6.11.841.7 at a total size of 551.45MB, so probably best downloading the update via WiFi. The firmware update, which is Android 4.4.3 brings along a few updates including: Android 4.4.3 Firmware OpenSSL Security improvements Application updates for the Camera, Gallery & Sync Manager If you haven’t received a notification advising you of this new update, you can go to Settings > About Device > Software update > Check for updates.[Read More...]

by 2:26 PM on August 24, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

The update to Android 4.4.3, for the HTC One M8, has begun rolling out to handsets in Australia now, with Optus the first to push the update to their customers. The update includes performance optimisation updates for WiFi, Bluetooth and Radios, as well as application updates to Camera, Gallery, Settings and HTC Sync Manager according to the screenshot of the update kindly supplied by Michael: The update also includes Security Fixes. These security fixes are actually the ones from Android 4.4.4, as advised by VP, Product Management for HTC US, @moversi on Twitter: @swalker20659 @JasonMacHTC We've incorporated the security fixes[Read More...]

by 1:39 PM on August 14, 2014 20 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
HTC Update logs show One (M7) & One (M8) to get Android L towards the end of the year

HTC Update logs show One (M7) & One (M8) to get Android L towards the end of the year

A HTC company representative as taken to twitter to confirm that the HTC One M8 & M7 will skip the update Android 4.4.4 update, instead will go straight to the Android L update when it’s released.. The representative, VP, Product Management HTC @moversi, has informed LlabTooFeR that the company has incorporated the latest bug fixes and updates in the Android 4.4.3 update, instead of the Android 4.4.4 release. Based on the screen cap of the update schedule for various HTC devices below, it would seem the company will instead look to update the One M8 & M7 to Android L[Read More...]

by 7:40 AM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Want to know what’s new in the new Android L Preview image? – Not much says a Googler

Want to know what’s new in the new Android L Preview image? – Not much says a Googler

This morning, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners currently playing around with the Android L preview launched at Google I/O, were greeted by the happy news that there were newly updated images available to download from the Android Developers preview page. With a raft of issues and feature requests from the Android Developer Preview issues tracker marked as closed with an entry of ‘Will appear in the next build’ or similar, you’d be forgiven for thinking some new goodies await, not so. Jamal Eason, Product Manager at Google has advised via Google+ that the only updates appearing in the update[Read More...]

by 5:55 PM on August 8, 2014 2 comments Android Development, OS Update
Google makes updated Android L preview images available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google makes updated Android L preview images available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google has posted updated factory images for the Android L developer preview, which is available today for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners. When we first saw the developer preview posted, we found ourselves wondering whether we’d see updates before the platform’s official launch later this year, and it seems our questions have now been answered. Alongside the launch of the Google Fit SDK, the new build’s arrival — build number LPV81C — sees the integration of Google Fit functionality into the platform preview. What else is new? No one really knows just yet. We’ll be downloading the new version[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on August 8, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update