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 22 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 15 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
Apple Take Jabs at Android Again

Apple Take Jabs at Android Again

  It is going to be a busy fortnight in the tech industry, with WWDC kicking off yesterday, E3 on June 10th and android 4.4.3 releasing.  And what comes with WWDC? iOS 8? Yes, but the funniest part of it is watching Apple try to claw down the ever rising Android with thinly veiled jabs and often mis-interpreted statistics. Yes, Apple has attacked android again… this time in the form of percentages of fragmentation, malware and customer satisfaction. During the opening Keynote of WWDC, Tim Cook spoke about the percentage of customer satisfaction when leaving Android for iOS, was around[Read More...]

by 11:03 AM on June 4, 2014 11 comments OS Update, Other
Android 4.4.3 Over The Air Update for Nexus devices begins the rollout.

Android 4.4.3 Over The Air Update for Nexus devices begins the rollout.

Earlier today, the Android 4.4.3 images and binaries released for the Nexus range, so that any people who wanted to, could flash the latest image and receive the update early. Since then, the OTA’s have been arriving on phones and tablets everywhere, and as usual, enterprising developers from XDA have been working hard to capture the updates so that people can manually flash them to their devices. The first update that has been captured so far is the Nexus 7 (2013) Wifi (no LTE yet), which updates Android 4.4.2(KOT49H) to Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L). There will of course be further updates[Read More...]

by 9:06 PM on June 3, 2014 5 comments OS Update
Android 4.4.3 update is now live on Nexus Factory Images page

Android 4.4.3 update is now live on Nexus Factory Images page

Looks like the T-Mobile pages were true – Google has just updated the Nexus Factory Images page with Android 4.4.3 (KTU84M) images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012 (both WiFi and GSM), Nexus 7 2013(both WiFi and LTE) and the Nexus 10. There’s still no word on OTA’s being captured as yet to update your device, but if you’re inclined to flash the factory Image, you can now do so. There’s no changelog as yet for Android 4.4.3, but we expect to see one before long.

by 8:17 AM on June 3, 2014 6 comments OS Update
Original Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch being being updated to Tizen

Original Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch being being updated to Tizen

If you own Samsung’s first ever smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, you may have found an update being pushed out that moved the Gear smartwatch from Android to Samsung’s own Tizen OS. Tizen OS is, of course, the operating system running on the new Gear 2 smartwatch  released a few months ago. Samsung has begun rolling out an update to the Galaxy Gear that will bring it over to Tizen. The update carries Tizen software version 2.2.0, and while the entire OS has been replaced, most users won’t notice any visual differences. Users who have already received the update have reported that[Read More...]

by 10:09 AM on June 2, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 WiFi getting a taste of Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 WiFi getting a taste of Android 4.4 KitKat

If you’re one of the may users who may have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (WiFi) tablet, then you’re in for some good news! Samsung is pushing out a firmware update for your tablet bringing it to Android 4.4 KitKat. SamMobile are reporting that only the Wifi version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will receive the update, making it the first Galaxy Note tablet to get the firmware upgrade. The update has begun, with devices purchased in the UK receiving the first look. Included in the update, besides KitKat, are improved performance and battery life, as well as the standard KitKat[Read More...]

by 7:16 AM on May 21, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Tablets
Australian HTC One M8s receiving an update to 1.54.710.8 — All Carriers

Australian HTC One M8s receiving an update to 1.54.710.8 — All Carriers

If you’re the owner of an HTC One (M8) in Australia, you’ve probably seen reports on US Android blogs a few weeks ago about a pending software update. It doesn’t bring the much-awaited jump to Android 4.4.3 — Google hasn’t pushed that yet — but it does bring some new features, bug fixes and other things which are kind of exciting. I managed to capture the update notification this morning so you can see what’s in store: For those who don’t want to load the imagery, here’s a quick list: General stability improvements Call audio performance improvement Addition of a new Extreme[Read More...]

by 11:43 AM on May 16, 2014 12 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Samsung Galaxy S5 to receive an update to fix fingerprint scanner and camera performance

Samsung Galaxy S5 to receive an update to fix fingerprint scanner and camera performance

Samsung is releasing an update to the international version of the Galaxy S5 handset to improve the recognition of integrated fingerprint scanner and to speed up the camera performance. We noted when we reviewed the S5 (as did many other reviewers) that the fingerprint scanner was woefully inaccurate, and often required repeated attempts to get it to recognise a registered print, in contrast to a decent implementation in the iPhone 5S. If Samsung have found a way — in software — to fix this, then that’s great news for those of us who are security conscious but want an easy[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on May 13, 2014 8 comments News, OS Update, Phones
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