OS Update

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Among the changes in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the dialer is one area that’s been given a fair bit of attention. The updated Phone app has a new look and can do handy things such as provide you with the numbers and contact information of nearby businesses, and from early next year it will be able to grab profile photos from Google+ and display them when you make or receive a call. Google announced yesterday, via their Android Google+ page, that users who have verified their phone number with Google+ and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google[Read More...]

by 6:10 PM on November 6, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

We previously reported that the Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide for was only available on the US Google Play Store. That has changed recently, with the guide now being posted on the internet in its entirety, and after perusing the  document, we think that the name “Quick Start Guide” is a bit of a misnomer. The usual two page guide that is  included in the package that is often referred to as a “Quick Start Guide” has been replaced by a 48 page in-depth review of most of the functionality of Android 4.4. Shown above is just one tip, but[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on November 6, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update
KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

Everyone reading this no doubt loves Android, but how many of you know how Android runs? Android apps are written in the Java programming language but how is that converted into a language that can be read by our devices, considering the hardware is not powerful enough to have its own Java virtual machine? Way back when Android was created, a mobile virtual machine was also created, the Dalvik VM. The Dalvik VM is a virtual machine that runs apps written in Java, the runtime. Android often struggled with multitasking in the early days, due to the intense nature of[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 4, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update, Other
US variants of HTC One to receive Kit Kat update within 90 days

US variants of HTC One to receive Kit Kat update within 90 days

Now that Google’s finally unveiled Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and the Nexus 5, the question many of us are asking is ‘when will my phone get the update?’ We already know that Kit Kat will hit Nexus devices fairly soon, but according to HTC America their flagship device will be updated sooner than we might have thought. Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, has told Engadget that Kit Kat will be pushed out aggressively to the HTC One, with the Google Play Edition updated within the next 15 days. Unlocked and developer editions of the One will get Kit Kat[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on November 1, 2013 4 comments News, OS Update
A users’ guide to Android 4.4′s new developer features

A users’ guide to Android 4.4′s new developer features

In the wee hours of this morning, after much speculation and more leaks than you’d find in a Californian bar, Google finally released Android 4.4, more commonly known as Kit Kat. The latest version of Android largely improves on what was already there, with better support for things like printing and NFC card emulation, but also adds a host of new features and APIs designed to improve performance and battery life across all devices. Performance Google claim to have designed Kit Kat to run on devices with as little as 512MB RAM, which would be great, if it’s true. Currently,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 1, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update
Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

With Android 4.4(Kit Kat) now officially announced, we all want to know when we can get it. Ed Heyl, who appears to be the new JBQ has announced that the Android 4.4 – Build KRT16M – is now being pushed to AOSP with Factory images and Binaries for the Nexus 5 due up on the Nexus Factory images page later today. Today, Google took the wraps off the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat release. Now we’re happy to announce the matching open source release. You can read more about what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat on our developer[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on November 1, 2013 10 comments OS Update
Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

In a very recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on popular site Reddit, a user going by the name of throwawaynexus5guy has been busy answering questions about the Nexus 5 that he alleges to have spent some time with recently. As proof he uploaded pictures as proof. He didn’t have time to delve deeply into the device, but here is a summation of  his answers poised to him by his fellow Redditors: Always on microphone similar to the Moto X Improved camera, but not vastly so Hangouts has SMS and IMS integrated into the one threaded conversation The Nexus 5 updates to Android[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on October 31, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

According to a leaked document that was sourced by Amir Efrati from Jessicalessin.com the upcoming version of Android will be aiming at a few things in particular – low-end phones, TV, wearable computing and NFC. The document which is reported to be shared with Google hardware partners lists the very hot new consumer range of wearable computing, with Kit Kat expected to support three new sensors – geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. The new sensors will possibly be used in Glass and very likely the rumoured Smartwatch that Google is rumoured to be gearing up to launch[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments NFC, OS Update, Rumours
NVIDIA Shield Android 4.3 update now rolling out

NVIDIA Shield Android 4.3 update now rolling out

For those that have imported an NVIDIA Shield, we have good news. An Android 4.3 update is rolling out now, and it brings support for “thousands more Android games” according to the NVIDIA Blog. NVIDIA says: Fans of big-screen gaming and entertainment can check out the new Console Mode, which turns SHIELD into a portable living room game console. PC enthusiasts will be thrilled to know PC streaming, now called NVIDIA GameStream, has officially launched. Our over-the-air update also brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to SHIELD. And then there’s SHIELD Gamepad Mapper – which turns touch-based Android games into ones[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on October 29, 2013 1 comment OS Update
Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 rolling out to international HTC One in Europe

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 rolling out to international HTC One in Europe

If you have an international, unlocked version of the HTC One, then an update to Android 4.3 which includes Sense 5.5 could be rolling out to you shortly. Several sites are reporting that the 675MB update is now hitting HTC One owners in European countries in Nordic regions as well as Russia and countries in Eastern Europe. HTC Rom developer @LlabTooFeR supplied a screenshot of the update Changelog, which includes the ability to turn Blinkfeed off entirely : As well as tweeting a link to the OTA, for those wanting to attempt the update without waiting. As usual for Australian[Read More...]

by 7:18 AM on October 25, 2013 9 comments OS Update
Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear at IFA in September, the compatability was limited to Samsung Galaxy devices and at that a limited selection, limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1(2014 Edition) initially, but they advised that an update would come soon to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II in October. The rollout has begun for the Galaxy S4 – at least in Germany – but the other devices will be coming soon and Samsung has now extended the list of devices that will receive an update to be include compatibility[Read More...]

by 7:04 PM on October 23, 2013 1 comment OS Update
Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Android 4.4(Kit Kat) could have a surprise entrant in the Google Play store with AndroidPolice reporting that Google is indeed looking at placing newspaper subscriptions within the Play Store, at least according to code found in a tear-down of the latest Google Play APK that’s rolling out to Android users now. While this isn’t exactly brand new – The rumour of a News section within Google Play first surfaced back in March this year – but the more up to date code found in this most recent update makes the section’s debut look more likely. Whilst their is no official[Read More...]

by 8:36 AM on October 23, 2013 1 comment Google Play, OS Update, Rumours
Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

We don’t normally report on iOS news, but this one is special. Google Product Manager Kate Cushing recently announced an update to their US  iOS Hangouts app. The update integrates Google Voice into Hangouts. In Australia we don’t have access to Voice, but with the anticipated major overhaul to Hangouts in Android 4.4, that could be about to change. We previously reported that with the Android 4.4 update, Hangouts will become a unified messaging app, bringing SMS under the Hangouts umbrella. Recently leaked Nexus 5 Google Play (US) images clearly show that messages is gone, replaced with Hangouts. Here’s what Kate[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on October 21, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update