OS Update

New snapshot release CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) adds support for more devices

New snapshot release CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) adds support for more devices

Just shy of a month ago, the CyanogenMod team published their first public releases of CyanogenMod 11, running Android 4.4 KitKat, for some selected Nexus devices. Now, in the first days of 2014, the CyanogenMod team has progressed CM11 along to the second snapshot release (also known as an M release). While still not a stable release, the M releases are generally better tested and more stable than the nightly (N) releases, and may provide a good option for those looking to bring their devices across to CM11. You can see the full list of supported devices at the CM11[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on January 5, 2014 3 comments Modding, News, OS Update
Sony begins rollout of Android 4.3 to more Xperia devices

Sony begins rollout of Android 4.3 to more Xperia devices

Last week, Sony began rolling out the Android 4.3 update to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, but today it’s the turn of the other 2013 Xperia ‘Z’ devices, namely the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. The update includes all the goodness that was rolled out to the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra including the ‘Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience’. In terms of Apps, all these devices will receive the Smart Social Camera experience that launched on the Xperia Z1 as well as updates to Apps such as Messaging, MyXperia,[Read More...]

by 11:06 AM on December 24, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Sony begins Android 4.3 rollout to Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

Sony begins Android 4.3 rollout to Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra should start seeing Android 4.3 on their handsets quite shortly, with Sony announcing that the rollout is now underway to unlocked handsets. The update will add ‘Project Butter’ to the phone as well as UI tweaks which adds a ‘smoother graphical experience’. Amongst a host of App updates to apps like Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID and Sony Select, Sony has also taken the opportunity to give the Z Ultra the same Smart Social Camera experience that launched on the Z1. There’s updates to Sony’s media side of things with WALKMAN,[Read More...]

by 5:01 PM on December 19, 2013 7 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones
Google pulls privacy feature from Android, says it was accidentally added

Google pulls privacy feature from Android, says it was accidentally added

Google’s recently added privacy feature, dubbed App Ops, which was able to allow users to install apps while preventing the installed app from collecting sensitive data has is now gone in Android 4.4, according to reports. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) questioned Google over the removal of the feature, and Google responded stating the feature had been released by accident and was experimental. The EFF, who are advocating for the consumer, are not at all happy with Google’s response and believe the explanation they were provided doesn’t justify the removal of this critical feature. Google’s concern for privacy or lack[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on December 17, 2013 7 comments OS Update, Other, Phones
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition also receiving Android 4.4.2

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition also receiving Android 4.4.2

So, just moments after we post about the HTC One Google Play Edition receiving the Android 4.4.2 update, we’re bringing the expected counterpart for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE as well. Samsung released a new set of kernel source and framework files for the Galaxy S4 GPE, and today the firmware is out — software version I9505GUEUCML4, which translates to Android 4.4.2/KOT49H. If you’ve managed to pick up a Galaxy S4 GPE, or converted your normal Galaxy S4 into one, you can wait for the OTA or download it manually to receive the update. Of course, the process for flashing[Read More...]

by 7:32 AM on December 15, 2013 4 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.4.2 rolling out to HTC One Google Play Edition

Android 4.4.2 rolling out to HTC One Google Play Edition

For those who have either managed to order an HTC One Google Play Edition from the US, or those who’ve converted their store-bought Australian HTC Ones into Google Play Edition handsets, you’ll be happy to note that the recent Android 4.4.2 update, which only landed in Nexus land last week, is now coming around for HTC. Android Police are reporting that some users are seeing an OTA update coming down bringing their devices up to the latest software, and if you’re not keen to wait for your OTA (or if your phone won’t receive one, due to the process of[Read More...]

by 7:17 AM on December 15, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.3 update in Australia

Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.3 update in Australia

While Nexus devices were busy receiving their update to Android 4.4.2 earlier this week, Samsung is slowly catching up with the pace of Android progress and rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to its range of Galaxy S4 handsets. Ausdroid has received advice that Optus-branded Galaxy S4′s are receiving the Android 4.3 update in the form of a 723 MB update, and another tip suggests that unbranded outright Galaxy S4′s are receiving the update as well. Update: As of 16 December, we’ve received advice that hte update is rolling out to Vodafone-branded S4′s as well. The update includes: Android 4.3[Read More...]

by 4:08 PM on December 12, 2013 27 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Android 4.4.2 hits AOSP and Factory images now available from Google

Android 4.4.2 hits AOSP and Factory images now available from Google

With the rollout of Android 4.4.14.4.2 now merrily underway, with a large proportion of users seeing the update on their phones and tablets receiving the Over The Air(OTA) update already, but for those who require a complete factory restore, Google has now added the factory images for Android 4.4.2 to their Factory Images page. The images are available for the Nexus 4, 5, 7(2013) Wi-Fi and HSPA, 7(2013) Wi-Fi and LTE and the Nexus 10. Bringing all Nexus devices compatible with the Kit Kat update, inline at version KOT49H. The code for Android 4.4.2 has also rolled into AOSP and[Read More...]

by 9:34 AM on December 12, 2013 8 comments 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