Nvidia unveiled the SHIELD Tegra X1 TV Box! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the Cyanogen's new corporate identity and partnership with Qualcomm and be sure to check out the article talking about Lollipop devices being no longer encrypted by default! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...
Sprint Galaxy Note II Finally Updated to KitKat, Open Source Files Available
Just one week before KitKat’s unveiling in late November of last year, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II received an OTA update that brought the former flagship phablet to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It’s now six months later, and up until now, the still relatively high-end device had not yet received its official update to KitKat. But thanks to leaked documentation made available last week, we knew an update was on the horizon.
Now, that update is finally here. Launched earlier this morning, today’s update brings the Sprint variant of the popular Galaxy Note II up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat KOT49H. This update comes in at version number L900VPUBNE2. According to Sprint’s Update Support Page, it appears as if all that has changed is the rebase to KitKat, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the update incorporate features we’ve seen in other KitKat updates for Samsung devices.
The update is currently making its rounds out to consumer devices by way of a staged OTA rollout. And as such, not every device will be in the initial wave. Unfortunately, no OTA has been captured at this time, but once a captured OTA is available, it will be posted in this thread. But on the bright side, Samsung posted the GPL-mandated open source kernel files to its Open Source Release Center, and progress has already been made to build an aftermarket kernel based on the NE2 sources thanks to XDA Forum Moderator garwynn.
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According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...
Many people are under the impression that once Apple finally launches its smartwatch, the market for wearables will suddenly become mainstream and be taken to the next level. Taking an idea that already exists and making it incredibly successful isn't something new to Apple, but does the Apple Watch have what it takes? The wearable hasn't even shipped yet, but has already won multiple awards and has been featured on numerous fashion magazine covers. Do you think the Apple Watch will be a huge success? Let us know your thoughts.