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HTC One Google Phone Edition to receive Android 4.4 update within days

HTC One Google Phone Edition to receive Android 4.4 update within days

HTC appear to be ramping up their efforts to keep their flagship devices up to date, and having told the world that the HTC One would receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days, it looks as if things have moved to the next stage. Well, almost. In a tweet concerning the HTC One Google Play Edition, HTC has announced that the KitKat update has been delivered to Google, and will no doubt soon be pushed out as an update over the air. https://twitter.com/HTCUSA/statuses/401447470154399744 This doesn’t mean much for HTC One (non-GPE users), but it does suggest that[Read More...]

by 5:47 PM on November 17, 2013 14 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei has announced on their EmotionUI web page that the Chinese domestic version of the Ascend P6 will be updated from Android 4.2 Jellybean straight to Android 4.4 KitKat in January. At this stage we don’t know if there will be an international update rolled out, but it certainly looks promising. We reviewed the Ascend P6 back in August, and were certainly impressed with this very stylish and ultra slim mid range device. It’s currently available in Australia through Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi for around $480. The specifications of the P6 are: 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen 1.5GHz quad-core[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on November 16, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Want some KitKat? Nexus 4 and 7 factory images out now

Want some KitKat? Nexus 4 and 7 factory images out now

Only last night did we share the news that the OTA (over the air) update files for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 were available, albeit unofficially, to bring your beloved older Nexus devices up to date with Android 4.4 KitKat. Well this morning, Google Developers has delivered us another treat, putting up the factory restore images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models). If you’ve previously modified the software running on your Nexus 4 or 7 such that an OTA update won’t apply, you can now download the factory image and restore your device to[Read More...]

by 7:32 AM on November 15, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

The OTA updates for the Nexus 7(2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 were announced yesterday by Google and they’ve been tracked down by zealous Android developers on XDA-Developers and the direct links to the OTA links have been made public. While no factory images have been released as yet, they should be here shortly based on the release of the updates. The update is to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) KRT160 and will give you all the goodies that go along with it. Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only versions(3G/LTE versions will come soon : Nexus 7(2012) Nexus 7(2013) Nexus 10 : Nexus[Read More...]

by 5:12 PM on November 14, 2013 12 comments OS Update, Tablets
Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

  Google’s Android team have just tweeted that the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) plus the Nexus 10 will be receiving Android 4.4 from today. They then tweeted again with the information that the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with mobile data shall be getting the update soon. No further information was included in the tweets, other than a link to the Android 4.4 KitKat official page. We’ll keep you informed as the updates are received. https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441100436918272 https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441209841135616 Have you received your KitKat update yet? Let us know in the comments!

by 1:28 PM on November 13, 2013 60 comments News, OS Update
Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony advises upgrade paths for Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 for Xperia devices.

Sony has updated their blog overnight with updates on their line of Xperia devices, advising exactly which products are getting the newly announced Android 4.4 update, as well as listing the schedule and lineup for Android 4.3. First up – Android 4.3. The final Jelly Bean updated will be heading to a whole range of Xperia Smartphones next month – carrier approval pending for those locked models of course – with the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V all confirmed to receive the update. The Xperia[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 8, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

Google updates Stable, Beta and Developer channels for Chrome

It’s rolled around to the average 6 weekly cycle for ChromeOS updates and the Chrome Team has updated the Chrome Releases blog to advise that the Stable, Beta and Developer channels for ChromeOS have all been updated. First up, the Stable channel – old faithful – has been updated to version 28.0.1500.71, but it’s for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms. The update includes an update to Flash Player 11.8.800.97 but this will be done seperately through the component updater. The update consists of security updates and the full list of updates is available on the Chrome Releases blog or[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on November 7, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, OS Update
Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the updated code[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on November 7, 2013 13 comments OS Update, Other, Phones
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