OS Update

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates, focuses for bigger changes like Kit Kat

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates, focuses for bigger changes like Kit Kat

If you’re a Glass explorer or have been following the development of the Glass platform then you may have noticed a lack of updates for the platform since the XE12 update rolled out back in December. While the lack of advancement hasn’t hurt the platform, there was a promise from the Glass team for monthly updates when Glass launched and the team has taken to Google Glass Forum to address the lack of updates. Essentially the Google Glass Team have decided to scrap its monthly update – for now at least – to focus on a fairly large update. The[Read More...]

by 11:23 AM on March 7, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Glass, News, OS Update
Google has found fixes for a battery draining camera bug in Android 4.4.2 and it will be coming in a future update

Google has found fixes for a battery draining camera bug in Android 4.4.2 and it will be coming in a future update

The next Android update will include a fix for a camera/CPU usage bug that has been affecting mainly the Nexus 5, but also reportedly some other Android device s running Android 4.4.2. The bug involves the camera or some other Apps(like Skype which we’ll get to shortly), which triggers a background process called mm-qcamera-daemon that causes the CPU to max out and then drain the battery. The issue, which is logged in the Android Issue Tracker(Issue 60058) has been well documented with many followups in the thread from affected users, has been fixed by Google, with a Google responding to[Read More...]

by 2:07 PM on March 6, 2014 4 comments OS Update
Update: Telstra, too! Optus and Vodafone to roll out Kit Kat update to HTC One in mid-March

Update: Telstra, too! Optus and Vodafone to roll out Kit Kat update to HTC One in mid-March

Anyone looking at buying an All New One, will likely consider how HTC handles updates for older phones. Historically, the short answer is ‘not well’. Owners of the HTC One X likely still feel the pain of being told that 4.2.2 was the last version of Android the 2012 flagship would ever receive. HTC have committed to at least two years of updates with 2013’s phones though, but although Ones throughout the world have been progressively updated to Kit Kat over the past couple of months, Australia has been left behind. Thankfully, this is beginning to change, with Optus having[Read More...]

by 1:28 PM on March 4, 2014 9 comments Carriers, OS Update
[MWC 2014] Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches running Tizen OS

[MWC 2014] Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches running Tizen OS

Samsung has officially kicked off things for Mobile World Congress – and caught a number of us off-guard of a weekend – with the official announcement of the successor to 2013’s Galaxy Gear, in two flavours. Samsung’s christening the devices Gear 2 and while you might think it’s strange that the word “Galaxy” is missing, there’s a simple reason why – Samsung’s abandoned Android on the watches and instead opted for its own Tizen operating system. The company hasn’t stated the reason behind the switch, but has stated that the Gear 2 will support a “numerous” amount of devices. Again[Read More...]

by 6:23 PM on February 23, 2014 15 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Smartwatch
Jolla offers Android users a taste of Sailfish OS – launcher now, ROM later

Jolla offers Android users a taste of Sailfish OS – launcher now, ROM later

Jolla, the Finnish company that was born as a home for some of Nokia‘s former Meego engineers, has announced its intention to bring Sailfish OS to Android devices – first as a replacement launcher, then as a fully installable ROM. It seems that new Android launchers are officially A Thing™ right now, with recent months seeing the launch of Aviate and EverythingMe – even Firefox is getting in on the action and now Jolla is joining in. Jolla is hoping to entice Android users with a launcher that mimics Sailfish’s user interface which has its own look and feel and[Read More...]

by 5:56 PM on February 23, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Samsung rolling out software fix for Galaxy Note 3 to allow third party accessories again.

Samsung rolling out software fix for Galaxy Note 3 to allow third party accessories again.

The start of the Android 4.4.2 update rollout back in late January for the Galaxy Note 3 hit a snag early on, at least for owners, who discovered that the update was not allowing them to use their third party accessories with their phone. But Samsung has begun rolling out a fix for the issue to affected handsets, beginning in Poland. The initial software update didn’t make it very far, with it seems only handsets in Poland and Russia – as well as anyone else who downloaded and installed the affected update. While Samsung initially denied responsibility for the break[Read More...]

by 7:30 PM on February 19, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, OS Update
Samsung US announces which of their devices will receive Kit Kat

Samsung US announces which of their devices will receive Kit Kat

Samsung in the US released a list of devices that will receive an update to Android 4.4.2. While they haven’t included dates on when the devices will receive the update – beyond reminding owners that the update availability will vary by carrier but that some updates will begin rolling out today. While Kit Kat was designed by Google to run on devices with fairly low hardware requirements, most of the devices listed by Samsung could be described as having almost top of the line hardware. The devices that will receive the update are : Phones : Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on February 19, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

The Galaxy Nexus was a pretty popular phone choice for a number of Australians when it became the first Nexus device to be released on all three carriers but part of the carrier distribution agreement was that the updates had to go via Samsung and the carriers before being delivered to phones. After seemingly being abandoned on Android 4.1.2 it seems that carrier branded Galaxy Nexus owners will finally see their Android 4.3 update. All three carriers have updated their software availability pages to indicate that Android 4.3 has been received from Samsung. Optus and Vodafone have already approved the[Read More...]

by 12:10 PM on February 19, 2014 3 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update
Sony advises further updates for a host of older Xperia phones will not be coming

Sony advises further updates for a host of older Xperia phones will not be coming

All good things must come to an end, and so it is for Android updates to older model phones. Sony has updated the support pages for a range of their older model Xperia handsets noting that their build is the final version, meaning that owners should begin either accepting the final version of their software build or begin looking at the ROM community. The devices range in age from around the 18 – 24 months old, which seems to be about the average age for Smartphone updates, although the fact that a number of these devices are still only on[Read More...]

by 10:01 AM on February 5, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Pebble will begin the rollout of Appstore for their Smartwatch this week

Pebble will begin the rollout of Appstore for their Smartwatch this week

At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, Pebble announced that their long awaited App store would be launching from late January; while they appear to have missed that goal, it will apparently be rolling out this week – at least for iOS users. Android will be ‘shortly after’. Pebble yesterday showed off what the App store will look like through their official @pebble twitter account, while a followup tweet from Pebble Advocate Myriam Joire, formally of Engadget, soon after advised that the rollout would begin on Monday (in the US). The final design of the App[Read More...]

by 9:41 AM on February 2, 2014 1 comment News, OS Update, Smartwatch
Android 4.4 rolling out to European HTC One handsets now

Android 4.4 rolling out to European HTC One handsets now

The Android 4.4 update has been a very much anticipated release for owners of the current flagship device, and before an updated successor is announced in the next few months, users are very much wanting as many updates as possible before the device is relegated to the same fate that met the former flagship and it appears that European owners of the HTC One are beginning to get their first taste of Kit Kat on the HTC One now. HTC Developer LlabTooFeR advised that the Android 4.4.2 update – ROM version 4.19.401.8 – is beginning to hit handsets. It’s not[Read More...]

by 10:18 AM on January 29, 2014 3 comments OS Update, Phones
Samsung admits issue in Note 3 update with third party accessories; will fix shortly

Samsung admits issue in Note 3 update with third party accessories; will fix shortly

  Just a few brief days ago, we reported on the update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which appeared to break some compatibility with third party accessories, like the Spigen Slim Armor View case depicted above. While speculation was rife that this was intentional on the part of Samsung, it does now appear that this was unintentional. Samsung recently gave this statement to Ars Technica: We have currently identified a software compatibility issue with the Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and select 3rd party accessories. A software update will be available shortly. We are committed to[Read More...]

by 9:12 PM on January 28, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 4.3 rolling out to Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note II – other carriers to follow soon

Android 4.3 rolling out to Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note II – other carriers to follow soon

Seems that the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has begun rolling out to handsets, at least Telstra branded handsets for the time being, with other carriers promising the update should begin shortly. At 946.94MB it’s not a small download so you may want to hit up a WiFi connection before you begin – there’s no word on whether it’s counted against your data plan – but it includes all the features you’d expect, including Knox update for consumers, Galaxy Gear compatability and improved UI and performance : The update is due to hit both Vodafone and[Read More...]

by 8:13 PM on January 27, 2014 13 comments Carriers, OS Update, Podcast