OS Update

Action overflow button to appear regardless of menu button, says Google

Action overflow button to appear regardless of menu button, says Google

In a move to put the nail in the coffin of the hardware menu button, Google has changed the code in KitKat which regulates the display of the overflow button (the three vertical dots shown in the image above). Whereas previously the overflow buttons would be hidden on devices that feature a hardware menu key, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Google has decided to give OEMs a kick in the right direction by enabling the action overflow button permanently, regardless of the presence of a hardware menu button. This is bound to increase the consistency of user experience, particularly[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on December 10, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update
Android 4.4.2 rolling out days after 4.4.1 update

Android 4.4.2 rolling out days after 4.4.1 update

Just days after Google released Android 4.4.1 for its Nexus range of devices, the search giant has pushed out an update to Android 4.4.2, rolling out to Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 devices this morning. The official changelog remains unchanged, acknowledging camera fixes for the Nexus 5, and bug fixes and performance improvements for other devices in the range. With the update applied, we’re seeing the following version details on a Nexus 5: Android version: 4.4.2 Kernel: 3.4.0-gadb2201 android-build@vpbs1.mtv.corp.google.com #1 Wed Nov 20… Build: KOT49H We’ve got the following download links available for users who wish to download in[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on December 10, 2013 32 comments News, OS Update
CyanogenMod releases WhisperPush — Secure Messaging Integration

CyanogenMod releases WhisperPush — Secure Messaging Integration

CyanogenMod has announced an experimental new feature for its custom build of the Android operating system called WhisperPush, which seamlessly and transparently enables secure messaging between Android and iOS handsets using encrypted text messages. This development was announced back in July by noted developer Koushik Dutta, and is essentially an integrated, system-wide integration and compatibility with TextSecure. TextSecure, developed by Open WhisperSystems, is an open-source cross-platform secure messaging client, which is currently available on the Play Store. CyanogenMod has taken this one step further, developing what they’ve called SMS middleware functionality. This allows CyanogenMod’s implementation of TextSecure to seamlessly integrate[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on December 10, 2013 1 comment Apps, Modding, News, OS Update
Android 4.4.1 in AOSP and OTA updates now available for Nexus devices

Android 4.4.1 in AOSP and OTA updates now available for Nexus devices

Developing… The Android 4.4.1 update which began rolling out to the Nexus 5 yesterday, has begun rolling out to the Nexus 4 as well as the Nexus 7(2013) WiFi and LTE models, with the smart folks over at XDA, grabbing the OTA links to allow keen Android users to update their devices at their leisure. Download the appropriate update from Google: Nexus 4 Nexus 7(2013) WiFi Nexus 7(2013) LTE Nexus 10 Once downloaded it may help to rename the update to something generic i.e update.zip Make sure you’ve got ADB installed, and open a command line window. Reboot your Nexus[Read More...]

by 4:15 PM on December 7, 2013 8 comments OS Update
Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 5 is now available

Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 5 is now available

The Android 4.4.1 update for Google’s Nexus 5 handset has begun rolling out this morning, and thanks to some keen-eyed Nexus 5 users, we have the OTA (over the air) download link. If you’re comfortable with some command line tools, and you haven’t modified your Nexus 5, you’ll be able to apply the OTA update file without any major dramas. However, if you’ve rooted your handset or made other changes to the system partition, you may find that the update won’t apply without some modification required (which is beyond the scope of this quick update post). For those wanting to[Read More...]

by 8:22 AM on December 6, 2013 18 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Optus now, too, rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One users

Optus now, too, rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One users

Optus has commenced the rollout of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) to its users of the HTC One handset, just shy of two weeks after Vodafone users started to receive the update on their handsets. Users, such as Ausdroid reader Myles Harris, received the update notification last night. The update, weighing in at 681.51mb, brings the HTC One on Optus up to version 3.63.980.2, and includes the following updates: Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 Video highlights improvements Updated interface Soundtrack support for videos Blinkfeed improvements Access recommended news from your social networks and more Given the size of the update,[Read More...]

by 7:55 AM on December 6, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 aims to fix camera – rolling out over the next few days

Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 aims to fix camera – rolling out over the next few days

The camera on the Nexus 5 is pretty good, but under certain conditions it was decidedly ordinary, but The Verge has received hands-on time with the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.1 – the update which we first saw in our server logs the other day – as well as an interview with Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, in which he describes what improvements users can expect in the update which is primarily about fixing the camera on the Nexus 5. In the five weeks since the Nexus 5 launched, the Android team has been working on this[Read More...]

by 2:26 AM on December 6, 2013 1 comment Camera, OS Update
Exclusive: Android 4.4.1 KitKat being tested internally, release not far off?

Exclusive: Android 4.4.1 KitKat being tested internally, release not far off?

Android 4.4 (KitKat) is just on a month old, and already it seems that Google is readying an update. There’s wide speculation on what the update could be fixing, but rumoured inclusions are a camera fix for the Nexus 5, which has rather slow focus acquisition and image capture, and addressing performance issues on 2012′s Nexus 10 tablet with its translucent backgrounds for the status and navigation bars. From what we have seen, the new version is currently running on Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 devices. Android 4.4.1, sporting the build version KOT49E, has been spotted in analytics[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on December 4, 2013 11 comments Exclusive, News, OS Update
HTC One Unlocked and Developer editions getting KitKat today in the US

HTC One Unlocked and Developer editions getting KitKat today in the US

We reported recently that the Google Play edition of the HTC One would be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update soon. Now HTC has announced that the Developer Edition and the HTC Unlocked version will be getting KitKat starting from today. With all of the US special edition One’s receiving Android 4.4, surely it won’t be long until the international HTC One gets to taste some KitKat soon.  @HTCUSA recently tweeted: It’s expected that the latest update will also bring Sense 5.5 to the international One. We’ll keep you updated on when the roll out will start for our versions of[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on November 30, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.4 updates for Google Play Editions of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

Android 4.4 updates for Google Play Editions of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4

Let’s preface this by saying that we know that the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One are not especially common in Australia, especially as they’re only sold in the United States. However, a good number of people have converted their normal Galaxy S 4s and Ones into the Google Play Edition versions, simply because they like the hardware offered by Samsung and HTC respectively, but prefer a more AOSP experience on that premium hardware. Perfectly understandable, it’s something that one or two Ausdroid staff have done as well. These brave folk who have gone[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 28, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Sony hints Android 4.4 Kit Kat for Xperia SP, 4 additional devices under investigation for upgrade

Sony hints Android 4.4 Kit Kat for Xperia SP, 4 additional devices under investigation for upgrade

It seems Xperia SP users are in for some Kit Kat Goodness, with Sony hinting that the device will get an upgrade to Android 4.4, according to an update to their Xperia Support site. Sony has also changed the software update status on an additional 4 Xperia devices to advise that they are under investigation for an upgrade to Android 4.4. The four additional Xperia devices which Sony are considering for a possible upgrade to Android 4.4 are the Xperia T, TX, V and ZR. With the Software Support site for each device now showing the following at the end[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on November 25, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Other, Phones
Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in January

Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in January

According to a purported leak in India, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900 – perhaps they meant the N9000?) will be receiving an Android 4.4 KitKat update in January. The Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and the Note II (called Note 2 SM-N7100) will receive the update in March to April of 2014. I don’t blame our Indian friends for making a few mistakes with the nomenclature of Galaxy devices, after all the Note II was followed by the Note 3, and the Galaxy SIII was improved upon by the S4. Calling them all 2/3/4 certainly simplifies[Read More...]

by 4:01 AM on November 23, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Telstra bring some early pressies for Galaxy SIII & HTC One Users, but Galaxy Note 2 users still have to wait

Telstra bring some early pressies for Galaxy SIII & HTC One Users, but Galaxy Note 2 users still have to wait

Good news for Telstra Samsung Galaxy S III owners as it seems the telco has approved the Android 4.2.2 ‘Jelly Bean Plus’ update. The update, which is schedule to start hitting devices on a ‘progressive’ rolling out phase is scheduled to start from December 2nd. HTC One users also have an update which has been approved for a roll out to your device expected to begin November 25th for Android 4.3 which appears to be updating devices to Android 4.3 JellyBean, with the update commencing for some users as early as today. The update too will be a phased rolling[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on November 22, 2013 12 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones