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...]
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Yesterday a disturbing issue began to filter out from Galaxy Note 3 owners who had installed the Android 4.4 update on their phone and noticed that their third party S-View covers were no longer functioning correctly. At the time, there wasn’t any information beyond an old rumour from a few months ago that Samsung was planning to implement just such a software ‘feature’ to encourage the use of official accessories, well Samsung has now responded to the rumours via German site All About Android. The quote shows that Samsung does believe that their original accessories are the best but believes[Read More...]
Changes made to the Android Open Source Project master tree have revealed that there are upcoming changes to the Android security model, which means that a large number of root apps could be rendered unusable in future releases of Android, potentially as early as Android 4.4.3. Rather than an active attempt to break root apps, it appears that this change is the result of newly implemented security measures, but it could have (un)intended consequences. Well known Android hacker and developer Chainfire has taken to Google+ to share what he’s found: In essence, prior to this change, root apps had no[Read More...]
Owners of some older Sony Xperia devices need not feel left out of the recent Android updates for too much longer. The official Sony Xperia Twitter account, @SonyMobileNews, has put out some advice for Xperia owners this morning, advising that Xperia T, TX, V and SP will receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the end of February. https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/status/423758239293923328 Yes, it’s not an update to the latest and greatest, but it’s an update none the less. Are you an Xperia T, TX, V or SP user, and will you be looking forward to this update?
The build up to the launch of Kit Kat for the top tier Samsung devices, like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 is getting intense and after leaking a test build of Kit Kat for the Galaxy S4 over the weekend, SamMobile have just announced they’ve acquired a new firmware build that means that Galaxy Note 3 owners can share in the Kit Kat fun. After they tweeted over the weekend that the build they had for the Galaxy Note 3 was not ready, SamMobile have procured a more final build which they feel is ready for release. The changes[Read More...]
Get your chocolatey Kit Kat treat Galaxy S4 owners, at least those of you who own the GT-i9505 version, with SamMobiles yesterday posting links to a leaked test build of the Kit Kat update for the device. The build that has been leaked, is a test build which apart from a few minor hiccoughs is mostly stable. SamMobiles showed off a screenshot on Twitter the other day of the new look lock screen and corresponding camera shortcut as well as the new look transparent status bar with white icons, after Samsung failed to announce anything about Kit Kat at their[Read More...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]