Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Reports from SamMobile suggest that three of the biggest Samsung devices of the last 18 months will be receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates in a matter of weeks. The volume, frequency and accuracy of SamMobile's information in the past suggests they've got inside sources at Samsung, so when they talk about software updates, we listen. According to the site, the Galaxy S4 will receive the update in early- to mid-October, followed by the Galaxy S III in late October / early November, and the Galaxy Note II in late November / early December. Of... Continue reading

HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

The latest Vodafone Software update Blog advises that Galaxy Note II owners will finally be able to use the HD Voice feature that was rolled out to the Vodafone network began trialling back in June. While some customers have been able to use this update on their modified Galaxy Note II by changing the build prop, official support has just arrived. The update, which is outlined in it's own blog entry on the Vodafone support site advises that the 1.86GB Update is now available to download via Kies - there is no OTA update. You'll... Continue reading

Possible Android 4.4 Messaging and Phone App screenshots surface

Our first look at Android 4.4 came after a Nexus 5 running a supposed build of Android 4.4 was photographed and video'd after being left in a bar, now 9to5Google have received some screenshots of what appears to be updated Message and Phone Apps. The apps appear to have a colour scheme - Green for Messaging matching the Green icon and Blue for Phone, also matching its icon - which continues right up to the notification panel, where the text appears to be grey, a recurring theme from the shots of KitKat we've seen so far that... Continue reading

Possible Android 4.4 screenshots added to Google Korean IME app in Google Play

The above screenshot was taken from the Google Play listing for the Google Korean IME, the Korean Keyboard supplied by Google. While the screenshot appears to have been removed now, it does show some interesting things, one of which actually marries up with at least one suggested inclusion from a leak that could be a list of Kit Kat specs. The feature which marries up with the list, is the grey colour scheme in the notification panel which we heard about in the leak which suggested that users will be able to change the default blue... Continue reading

Nestlé Germany Facebook page points to October release

Apparently the relationship between Google and Nestlé is pretty tight, with the German arm of the Swiss based multinational food and beverage company advising a Facebook fan of their page that the release for Android 4.4 is expected in October. The response - 'Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar.' Translates to - 'Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT is available in October'. Of course, further down the page, they answer slightly differently to another user - 'Android 4.4 KIT KAT wird im Oktober erwartet'. Which translates to 'Android 4.4 KIT KAT is expected... Continue reading

Minor Nexus 7 (2013) update starting to roll out, could possibly fix multi touch issue?

Reports are coming in, that an update for the Nexus 7 (2013) is beginning to roll out to the new tablet, which is believed to possibly fix the multi-touch issue some people have been reporting with their new tablet device. The update, JSS15R, doesn't appear to have any user-facing changes, and it's only one letter away from the last minor update which rolled out shortly after the initial launch back in June which addressed initial multi-touch issues as well as GPS issues. The update is about 8MB and the update notification just re-lists the Android 4.3 features. It is believed... Continue reading

Telstra pushing Android 4.2.2 to HTC One XL and Xperia Z over the air

HTC One XL and Xperia Z owners will have been seeing an update to Android 4.2.2 on their phone over the last couple of weeks. Craig on the Telstra Crowd Support forum has advised that the Xperia Z began seeing the Android 4.2.2 update beginning its rollout on the 30th of August while the HTC One XL began on Monday. The Xperia Z 4.2.2 update has been listed as including the following updates : General stability and performance improvements New settings available: "Increasing Ringtone" and "Pulse Notification" Application security improvements Lockscreen widgets Customisable "Quick Settings" in the notification bar (max 10) Transparent notification and... Continue reading

Optus announce the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is now available

Optus HTC One owners can now join their fellow owners on Telsra and Vodafone with Optus today advising that the Android 4.2.2 update is now rolling out over the air to the HTC One. Great news for our HTC One customers – Android 4.2.2 now avail over the air. Heaps of new features, like Instagram now thru HTC BlinkFeed!— Optus (@Optus) September 5, 2013 The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One includes a whole slew of updates, including : Launcher Bar Enhancement Widget panel rearrangement New lock screen style and widget Enhanced home button behaviour ... Continue reading

Google announces Android 4.4 will be KitKat

Google has this morning announced that the next version of Android will be version 4.4 and in keeping with their confectionery themed naming convention it will be called KitKat. The new version which Sundar Pichai announced in a Google+ post after returning from a trip visiting partners in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, also showed off the newest addition at Google Headquarters in Mountain View where a new statue has taken up residence outside Building 44 : The new version of Android is up on the Android website and even includes it's own sub-domain where the progression of Android... Continue reading

Sony maintenance update for certain Xperia devices coming, new features added

Sony have confirmed via their blog, that a maintenance update for the Xperia S, Xperia SL and Xperia Arco S is coming soon and based on feedback, they have added some new features along with the usual performance and stability fixes. The following has been taken directly from the Sony blog website: For camera, we’ve… Addressed an abnormality in the white balance. Improved the “Quick Launch” button functionality. Smoothed out (1080p) video recording, minimizing lag. For apps, services & data, we’ve… Streamlined Exchange Active Sync, particularly when running an encrypted set-up. Boosted connection stability for 2G network data. Ensured preferences on 3rd party apps remain after reboot –... Continue reading

Optus and the software update process.

Last year at Ausdroid we took the opportunity to approach our three major telecommunications companies - Telstra, Vodafone and Optus - about their software update processes. We had a great talk with Kieran Mcilwain from Vodafone on episode 30 of our podcast and interviewed Craig Ruhan from Telstra. The one carrier we haven't spoken to is Optus. I first approached Optus about interviewing their Software Updates manager on the 8th of August last year, and they advised they would see what they could do. There was some back and forth, but Optus was unable to arrange a... Continue reading

Android 4.3 leaks for HTC One; download custom ROM now

It seems that HTC are getting ready to release Android 4.3 for their top-of-the-line smartphone, with developer LlabTooFeR teasing a leaked build earlier today. The update brings Android 4.3's new features such as Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, OpenGL ES 3.0 and WiFi scanning for improved location services. HTC are said to have updated some of their own applications, as well as the system fonts and app drawer. If you have an HTC One with an unlocked boot loader, you can download the new version of the Maximus ROM over at XDA-developers right now. Continue reading

Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

It's updates galore for the current line of Nexus devices. In the last couple of days we've seen OTA updates begin flowing for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and Now, overnight another update has begun pushing out to the Nexus 7 (2013) so to keep everyone happy and up to date, Google has released factory images for the entire range of current Nexus devices. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7(WiFi and HSPA) and Nexus 10 factory images have all been updated, moving from Build JWR66V to JWR66Y. The Nexus 7 (2013) build has updated from JSS15J... Continue reading