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Motorola Razr M and Razr HD scheduled to receive Android 4.4.2 update in August

Motorola Razr M and Razr HD scheduled to receive Android 4.4.2 update in August

The update to Android 4.4 for the Motorola Razr M and Razr HD has been a long awaited by Australian owners, ever since Motorola announced the KitKat update for US models last November. But the wait is apparently almost over, with the Australian Motorola Support page now showing the update listed as due to receive an update to Android 4.4.2. While the Razr M and Razr HD support page gives no dates for the update, it’s been saying the 4.4.2 update was coming for a while, the Motorola Razr M and Razr HD was also sold on Telstra, and this[Read More...]

by 4:03 PM on July 29, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Australian Motorola Moto G users seeing Android 4.4.4 rolling out now

Australian Motorola Moto G users seeing Android 4.4.4 rolling out now

After advising that Android 4.4.4 to their handsets was rolling out to handsets in Brazil and India earlier this month, it seems it’s Australias turn with reports appearing that Australian stock of the Moto G is receiving the update as an Over the Air update now. The update is a sizeable 167MB download, but you’re given options for WiFi or Cellular download. The update includes the updated phone dialler, as well as enabling the ability to download the Motorola Alert app that was introduced on the Moto E. You’ll also receive the ability to pause Video Recording. You can attempt[Read More...]

by 1:08 PM on July 24, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google Glass updated to XE19.1 – adds cleaner visual interface and better connectivity

Google Glass updated to XE19.1 – adds cleaner visual interface and better connectivity

The international rollout for Glass has begun, so far expanding to the UK, but it will reach our shores eventually. With that in mind, we’re keen to watch development of the platform and today Google has rolled out their latest update – XE19.1. It’s not a massive update, in fact the Support page only lists two updates – Improved connectivity and a Cleaner look. You can judge whether you feel this is a ‘cleaner look’ yourself from the screenshot provided: Improved connectivity consists of better handling when occasional network issues interrupt your commands. This is mainly to do with when[Read More...]

by 2:00 PM on July 16, 2014 1 comment Glass, OS Update
Google posts Android 4.4.4r2 Factory Image & Binaries for Telstra Nexus 5

Google posts Android 4.4.4r2 Factory Image & Binaries for Telstra Nexus 5

Google has today posted an update on their Factory Images page for the Nexus 5. Designated Android 4.4.4r2 with build KTU84Q, the release is very specifically for the Nexus 5 on Telstra as well as for carrier 2Degrees in New Zealand and the Nexus 5 in India. As well as the factory image, Google has released binaries for the new build as well. Its an oddly specific release and shows some carrier specific fragmentation. We’ll be following up with Telstra to see if we can find out what inclusions are being wrapped up in this release.

by 6:00 AM on July 16, 2014 21 comments News, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, your quiet patience is being rewarded with owners advising that they are beginning to receive the Android 4.4 update for their handsets over the air now. The update is to Android 4.4.2 to be precise and the Over-The-Air update is clocking in at 498.38MB. What does the update bring? Well, just as Galaxy S5 owners gained the ability to change their dock icons in their update back in June, this latest update brings the same functionality.KitKat There’s also a few fixes, including one for NFC, some updated Samsung applications, UI improvements,0 bug fixes,[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on July 6, 2014 10 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google’s head of design, Matias Duarte, discusses origin of Material Design and more in interview

Google’s head of design, Matias Duarte, discusses origin of Material Design and more in interview

After last week’s I/O on Thursday, Google’s Vice President of Design Matias Duarte has sat down with Gizmodo to talk about the companies release of Android “L” in greater detail. In the interview, Matias talked about a variety of aspects of the new design language and how the new version of Android was built. Duarte explained that the idea of Material Design originated when Google realised that it had one big issue: We had a really big problem. It wasn’t just a problem about going beyond phones and tablets, which was clearly something we wanted to do—we wanted to design for[Read More...]

by 7:19 AM on July 4, 2014 2 comments Android Development, News, OS Update
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