OS Update

HTC promises to bring Android L to M7 and M8 within 90 days of release

HTC promises to bring Android L to M7 and M8 within 90 days of release

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Android L at Google I/O 2014, HTC has jumped on their blog to announce something wonderful for owners of the HTC One (M7) from last year, and this year’s HTC One (M8). Once Android L’s final code is received from Google, HTC have undertaken to bring Android L to the One M7 and[Read More…]

by 6:09 am on June 26, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update
This is my next Android: Android L shown off at I/O

This is my next Android: Android L shown off at I/O

With the Google I/O 2014 keynote now wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at one of the core announcements: Android L (or, the 5th major-version release of Android). There’s an absolute tonne of information about Android L, including some 5000 (yes, five thousand) new API features available to developers, but we want to run over the high-level stuff[Read More…]

by 5:55 am on June 26, 2014 1 comment News, OS Update
Sundar Pichai says he will preview the next version of Android at I/O

Sundar Pichai says he will preview the next version of Android at I/O

Sundar Pichai has just completed a lengthy interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, where he discussed a great many things, ranging from Android through to Tim Cooks comments at the recent Apple launch. Speaking about the recent Apple launch, where Tim Cook described Android as a Toxic Hell Stew, he replied apparently rather mildly, with something of admiration for their vertically silo’d[Read More…]

by 4:05 am on June 25, 2014 4 comments OS Update
Screenshots of a version of Android that could be an ‘L’ version leak through Chromium Issue Tracker

Screenshots of a version of Android that could be an ‘L’ version leak through Chromium Issue Tracker

A new version of Android with a name beginning with ‘L’ is definitely on the way, the new version, which includes an API Level tentatively, at this stage, named level ‘L’ was recently merged to the Android Open Source Project main branch. Now reddit user Doopl has found screenshots which feature a telling ‘L’ in the status bar of an[Read More…]

by 5:07 pm on June 24, 2014 9 comments OS Update, Rumours
64-bit Android support merges in AOSP also show API level naming change

64-bit Android support merges in AOSP also show API level naming change

Google I/O is only a short time away and so everything to do with Google products is being scrutinised to find out any hints of what to be released at the developer conference. One development is the addition of 64-bit support, as well as a tentative chance to the naming convention of API levels in the Android Open Source Project(AOSP).[Read More…]

by 5:26 pm on June 23, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Android 4.4.4 changelog available now as OTA rollout begins to the Nexus 5

Android 4.4.4 changelog available now as OTA rollout begins to the Nexus 5

The Android 4.4.4 update caught many by surprise, and while the OTA for Android 4.4.3 still hasn’t hit the Nexus 7 2013 LTE model, it looks like Google isn’t holding back from updating their current flagship phone the Nexus 5. The good folk over at XDA-Developers has captured the Over The Air (OTA) update for the Nexus 5 and it’s[Read More…]

by 11:46 am on June 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Dalvik to be removed from next major version of Android, replaced with ART

Dalvik to be removed from next major version of Android, replaced with ART

When Google announced the release of Kit Kat, one of the big-ticket items intended to improve performance across all devices was the introduction of a new runtime environment, known as ART. It was obvious that ART would eventually replace the aging Dalvik VM that is currently used on the majority of Android devices. ART is still experimental, and a great[Read More…]

by 11:29 am on June 20, 2014 3 comments Modding, OS Update
Android 4.4.4 is released for Nexus devices

Android 4.4.4 is released for Nexus devices

Just this morning Google has pushed out its next version of Android KitKat 4.4, with a point update to 4.4.4 now available for Nexus devices. Little is known about what’s actually in this update, but the hot tip is that it’s just security fixes and the like, with no major (or known) new user-facing features. The 4.4.4 code hasn’t (from[Read More…]

by 8:25 am on June 20, 2014 7 comments News, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy S5 Update allows editing of dock icons… finally!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Update allows editing of dock icons… finally!

A frustration known by many Samsung device owners in Australia is the inability to edit the dock icons (shown above), which users see below all app home screens. Just about every other Android phone in existence allows the user to change these ever-present icons — ordinarily users can select Chrome or Gmail instead of the default Messages or Internet icons,[Read More…]

by 8:12 am on June 15, 2014 22 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Vodafone beginning rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One (M7) owners

Vodafone beginning rollout of Sense 6 to HTC One (M7) owners

The HTC One (M7) will be receiving an OTA update to HTC Sense 6 today, at least Vodafone handsets will, according to the latest Vodafone Software update blog posted this morning. Vodafone advises that the update will arrive after 12 o’clock today, but as usual, we assume that Vodafone or HTC will be staggering this update to handsets over the[Read More…]

by 1:30 pm on June 12, 2014 16 comments OS Update