‘Tis the season—for Google first-party app updates, that is. In the last few days, we’ve seen major updates for some of the key first party Android apps such as Google Books, Gmail, Google Translate, Androidify, and most recently, Google Maps. Now, Google has updated its Google+ Android app with a few new features and quite a bit of Holiday cheer.
The latest update brings the app up to version 4.2.4, and it adds 5 new tricks to the already feature-packed app. For starters, the search function now looks through posts, people, photos, and communities all from . . . READ ON »
Today marks the final chapter in the Android 4.4 KitKat update saga for the Moto X, a story that certainly packed a few surprises. We were all caught off guard when Verizon became the first carrier to push out the KitKat upgrade for the device. In fact, the Verizon variant of the Moto X actually received the first KitKat update for any OEM-skinned device, beating out even the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition devices and the Nexus 4.
As of late, Google’s been pumping out first party Android app updates like nobody’s business. We’ve seen updates to Google Books, Gmail, Google Translate, and Androidify. Now, the company is rolling out an update for Google Maps bringing it up to version 7.5 (from 7.4), and it packs many new features such as Gmail integration for various types of reservations.
Similar to the integration that was recently added to Google Search, the Gmail integration in maps is able to query your Gmail for information relevant to certain topics. In the case of Maps, this functionality is . . . READ ON »
‘Tis the seasons for making apps. A certain someone has a list of all the children who have been good and all the children how have been bad, and he can maintain this list even while shilling for a sugared water company. However, I personally can’t keep lists this well, so if someone asks me for a list of apps I’m using, it’s based on my poor memory.
One very practical feature introduced alongside Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is support for expandable status bar notifications. This allows for more information to be displayed by expanding the relevant notification. So if you want to check a recent email, preview a screenshot, or change the song you’re listening to, you can do so by simply expanding the notification.
But despite this great convenience, there are also small annoyances that aren’t necessarily deal-breakers, but can get on people’s nerves. One of them is the inability to have all notifications expanded by default, as Google did not provide the choice to do . . . READ ON »
In their current states, the Sony Xperia Z (C6603) and the Xperia ZL (C6503) are great devices. However, a sad truth is that virtually all OEM-skinned devices fall behind their Nexus and Google Play edition comrades when it comes to Android version updates. And while an official KitKat update probably won’t make its way to the two devices before 2014 begins, a leaked version of 4.3 has already made its way onto the forums.
We have seen a few modern Samsung devices receive firmware updates recently. Looking back to November, we brought news that the Samsung Galaxy Note II N7105 was in the process of receiving the Android 4.3 update. The Samsung Galaxy Note ll (i605) from Verizon Wireless is certain not to be left out in this recent batch of Android 4.3 updates.
The update for the Samsung Galaxy Note ll i605 brings the device up from the previous version (Android 4.1.2 – VRAMC3) to version Android 4.3 - VRUEMJ9. Along with bumping up the Android version, a few new features and bug fixes . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, we talked about some changes to the Android 4.4.2 source code reported by our colleagues at FunkyAndroid. One of the most significant changes was the removal of App Ops, a very handy utility to manage application permissions. Google Framework Engineer Dianne Hackborn stated that hiding it was intentional, as the utility was meant for internal use only by Google for debugging.
While originally intended for internal use, App Ops was quite loved by many XDA users who simply like to have everything under control. Luckily, XDA Forum Member caspase decided to use his programming skills by creating an Xposed . . . READ ON »
New firmware updates have begun rolling out for two popular carrier-branded Samsung devices in the last few days. These updates are for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE (T999L) and the Verizon Galaxy S 4.
The update for the T999L comes in at version T999LUVUBMK4 and brings the device up to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition to upgrading the device to Android 4.3, the update also brings Samsung KNOX technology and Galaxy Gear support. This update comes in the form of a staged rollout, so you can expect to receive an OTA update notification in the coming days if . . . READ ON »
Just a few hours ago, we talked about how the source code for Android 4.4.2 had made its way into the AOSP. Now, the fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have once again created an exhaustive change log detailing all of the commits made between 4.4.1 and 4.4.2.
Nexus device owners who upgraded from 4.4.1 to 4.4.2 will attest to the small size of the incremental OTA. Accordingly, only four source code commits differentiate the two versions. But never fear, as these changes are actually significant. And if you haven’t already updated, they definitely warrant a few minutes of your . . . READ ON »
There was much hype around the unveiling of Ubuntu Touch, Canonical’s take on a smartphone OS. People who had been getting a bit bored with Android or were looking for a smartphone experience similar to desktop Ubuntu had their eyes on Ubuntu Edge, an exciting yet highly ambitious crowd-sourced project. Following its unfortunate failure, Canonical decided to soldier on, inking their first deal with a partner to ship smartphones with Ubuntu Touch.
As Canonical founder and product strategy leader Mark Shuttleworth revealed in an interview:
“We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship Ubuntu on mobile phones.
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Google’s on a roll, delivering updates to a few of its first party apps and updated Android versions to its current Nexus fleet. Now, they’re continuing this barrage with a massive update to Gmail 4.7, which brings quite a few desperately needed features.
First and foremost, this update brings full file attachment support. No longer are you forced to use workaround such as sending from a file manager in order to attach a file of any format. Furthermore, you can now download compressed archives such as ZIP and TAR files, again without any workaround or third party app. While . . . READ ON »
Just two days ago, we wrote about how Android 4.4.2 was rolling out to the most recent Nexus devices. This was only four days after the Android 4.4.1 roll out. And earlier today, we took a quick look at what changed from 4.4 to 4.4.2. Now, we’re glad to report that the Android 4.4.2 source code has made its way over to the AOSP, and factory restore images are now available for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10.
Ever since Android 4.4.1 was released, . . . READ ON »