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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
Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone customers with carrier-branded HTC One phones should get an update to Android 4.3. As well as updating the base operating system to Android 4.3, new Features and enhancements within the update include: HTC Sense 5.5 Signal bar indicator improvement HTC Blinkfeed update Photo & Video Highlights Enhancement to Quick Settings General performance and stability improvements The update details: Android version: 4.3 HTC sense version: 5.5 Kernel version: 3.4.10-gfbedc47 root@abm012 # 1 SMP PREEMPT Baseband version: 4A.21.3263.04_10.38m.1157.04L Build number: 3.63.980.2 CL265048 release-keys Vodafone says the update is available over the air (OTA) or through the HTC Hub Program on your[Read More...]

by 8:09 AM on November 22, 2013 7 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones
Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update kicks off … in India

Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update kicks off … in India

While Samsung seems to have had some issues upgrading the Galaxy S III to Android 4.3, the wait seems to be finally over for Galaxy Note II owners with “international” versions of the device – the GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 models – beginning to receive the update. The catch? Samsung has only begun rolling out the update in India. The update brings a number of improvements and new features to the device, which hasn’t seen a major update in quite a while: GALAXY GEAR Support TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster) Samsung KNOX Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded) Better RAM management Core[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on November 20, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Samsung halts rollout of Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung halts rollout of Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung has halted rollout of an Android 4.3 upgrade for the Galaxy S III in light of users experiencing issues after installing the update. According to a post on SamMobile, a spokesperson for Samsung Mobile UK made the following statement: “As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” SamMobile goes on to state that users have been experiencing the following issues: Wake[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on November 20, 2013 10 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Google Pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat Build KRT16S – Minor Bug Fix

Google Pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat Build KRT16S – Minor Bug Fix

It appears that Google is doing some behind the scenes magic, pushing out an OTA update to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners. Having run this on one of our Nexus 7 (2013)’s just now, we can confirm the update is small — only 3.4MB for the Nexus 7 (2013) — so the size for other devices is probably about the same, but we can’t be sure. On the post on Android Building, Google advises: The source code for a bugfix build (KRT16S) is being pushed to kitkat-release and will be tagged as android-4.4_r1.2. This release is[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on November 20, 2013 37 comments News, OS Update
Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

We know there have been a lot of changes in Android 4.4, and a lot of them visual. One of the more obvious changes, which you can see in the image above, is that stock Android now features white status bar icons instead of blue. You mightn’t think that this means an awful lot, and you could be forgiven for thinking so, but to understand why this change matters, you need to understand how things were. How it used to be Previously, in Android 4.3 and for quite a few versions before, the status bar icons were blue. Sometimes they[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on November 19, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update