July 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, Google issued updates to two current generation reference devices, the Google Nexus 5 and Google Glass. The former received an incredibly minor update to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q), while the latter was shown to a rather significant update XE19.1 (up from last month’s rather significant XE 18.3 update).
First up, we have the Nexus 5 update. Today’s update takes users from Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q). However, this build isn’t making its way out to all devices. Rather, this build is only heading out to consumer devices in three markets: New Zealanders on 2Degrees, Aussies on Telsta, and those living in India. Because of this and the OTA’s paltry 2 MB size, it can be assumed that this is purely a radio update to better work in these areas. As such, if you’re not in New Zealand, Australia, or India, it’s not worth your time or the flashing risk.
Next up, we have an update announcement for Google Glass. The XE 19.1 firmware builds on last month’s XE 18.3 firmware, which brought features such as a camera viewfinder, better pairing instructions, and a recovery mode. Today’s update is similarly significant, bringing a visual revamp for the entire Glass interface, sporting a cleaner and sleeker look. It also improves connectivity and network issue handling.
The update for the Nexus 5 has begun reaching consumer devices in certain regions, but it has not yet been captured. Once it is available, however, you will be able to download the update in the Nexus 5 Stock OTA thread. Alternatively, you can head to the Nexus Factory Images page below to update by manually flashing the 4.4.4_r2 image. Similarly, the XE19.1 firmware is not yet available and doesn’t seem to actually be rolling out just yet. But given today’s announcement, it shouldn’t be too far off. Once it’s been captured, you will be able to find the Glass update and images in the Google Glass Stock OTA thread.
June 10, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just one week ago, Google Glass was given a substantial update to firmware XE17.3. For those who don’t remember, this update brought an experimental “Notification Glance” feature, which made it significantly more convenient to access incoming notifications when the screen is off. Now, more goodies have arrived for Google Glass explorers, thanks to the upcoming XE18.1 firmware.
Earlier today, the Google Glass team announced that an upcoming Google Glass update (XE18.1) would bring improved photo sharing capabilities and a few new cards. For starters, this new update is set to bring automatic photo sharing from Glass to your Android device through an upcoming update to Google’s MyGlass app. With both updates installed, users will be able to snap pictures through glass and have them automatically show up on your connected Android device. These pictures will be available through an automated notification that displays recently taken images. In addition to automated glass-to-device photo sharing, XE18. will also bring several new Google Now cards. These new cards include World Cup information, Parking Location, and package tracking.
According to Google, the XE18.1 update is scheduled to begin rolling out to consumer devices at some point this week. But just as was the case with the XE17.3 update, XE18.1 has already been located straight on Google’s servers. You can get in on the latest firmware a bit early by visiting XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii‘s stock firmware thread and downloading either the captured incremental OTA or the factory image (and pre-rooted boot.img). The corresponding MyGlass app update has not yet turned up, but it’s only a matter of time.
June 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Two weeks ago today, Google Glass users were greeted with a bugfix update to XE17.2 that brought much better low power handling when extremely low on juice. This followed up on the XE17.1 update, which brought much better integration with Google Maps on Android, so long as the recently updated MyGlass 3.0.0 app was used. Now, another Glass update has been discovered in our forums.
Today’s update comes in at firmware version XE17.3. And despite the lack of release notes or a formal announcement, it has been captured and shared with the community right here in our Google Glass forums. Naturally, it’s hard to identify the changes without a formal changelog or release notes, but so far users have noticed a new experimental “Notification Glance” feature. This feature makes it much more convenient to access incoming notifications because now when a notification is received, you simply have to turn your eyes (rather than your entire head) to the screen in order to turn on the screen and view the notification.
As stated above, the update has not yet even been announced, so naturally it hasn’t started rolling out either. However, that never stopped us before. The update was first shared yesterday afternoon by XDA WiKi Maintainer and Recognized Contributor TheManii, who posted the incremental OTA update for everyone’s ADB Sideloading pleasure. And less than one day later, XDA Forum Member hedsick found and shared the update’s factory image and pre-rooted kernel image.
If you’re a Glass owner tired of whipping your hair back and forth to view incoming notifications, today’s your lucky day. Head over to the links above in TheManii’s stock firmware thread to get started.
May 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We recently talked about the Google Glass XE17.1 update. For those in need of a little refresher, XE17.1 brought quite a few goodies such as the ability to share places from Google Maps on Android directly with Google Glass using the MyGlass 3.0.0 app.
Now just five days later, Glass has been updated yet again—this time, to XE17.2. Google first announced XE17.2 earlier today, citing that this release would bring various bug fixes. This includes better low power handling when extremely low on juice. In instances like this, rather than simply not turning on, Glass will display the icon in the screenshot to your right.
Naturally, this update will start rolling out to Glass Explorer Edition devices over the next few days. At this time, however, the rollout has not yet begun. Additionally, Google has not yet updated the Google Glass Factory Images page to reflect the XE17.2 update. Luckily, XDA Forum Member hedsick was kind enough to discover and share the XE17.2 factory image link, while yours truly posted the pre-rooted boot image for the XE17.2 update.
May 16, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for the Droid Razr HD and Razr M has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Google Glass is now available to the public and that KitKat finally arrives on the Verizon Galaxy Note 3! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for RAM Usage & Play Store Link. Then, TK showed us how to root the Oppo Find 7a. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Sky Weather. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Two days ago and coinciding with Google Glass‘s public release, Google shed some light on the upcoming XE17.1 firmware. This update follows up on last week’s XE17 bugfix release, while bringing a few new features to make upgrading worth your while.
For those in need of a quick refresher, XE17.1 brings back the ability to share places from Google Maps on Android directly with Google Glass. This place sharing functionality requires Android MyGlass 3.0.0, which was made available earlier this morning.
Naturally given the newly restored places sharing, many Glass Explorers found themselves lusting after the XE17.1 updates. However, XE17.1 hasn’t made its way to consumer devices just yet. And as expected, it also hasn’t appeared on the Google Glass Factory Images page. But that never stopped us here at XDA, right?
Glass explorers eager to get in on the XE17.1 action can now do so, thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii‘s stock firmware thread. Inside, you’ll find not only the XE17.1 captured OTA (courtesy of Senior Member winner00), but also the signed XE17.1 factory image and pre-rooted boot image. Now, go grab XE17.1, load up the previously mentioned MyGlass 3.0, and go live up to your wearable device’s name and Explore!
May 13, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that a few weeks back, Google erroneously made Google Glass purchases open to the public for a few hours. This particular order page wasn’t exactly intended to be opened to the general public at the time. Rather, it “was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline”
from the previous single day sale held a week and a half earlier.
But now, potential explorers living in the US who were on the fence before can now get their orders in at their leisure. This news comes straight from the official Google Glass G+ page, where the team states, “starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand.” To order, simply go to the Glass purchasing site and put in your order. Be advised, however, that supplies are indeed limited. And at this time, only “tangerine” is available.
But today’s not just a good day for potential Glass Explorers. Google also announced its upcoming XE17.1 firmware in the Google Glass community. This update follows up on last week’s XE17 bugfix release, and it will bring back the ability to share places from Google Maps on Android to Glass (Android MyGlass 3.0 required). In addition, a new and more streamlined MyGlass app will be simultaneously released, allowing you to use the app to enter WiFi passwords as well as a new layout.
You can get in on the Google Glass discussion by heading over to our Google Glass forum. And if you wish to purchase one for yourself, make your way over to the Glass purchasing site. And although the XE17 update is not rolling out just yet, it will be added to the XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii‘s stock firmware thread once it goes live.
A little under a month ago, Google Glass received a rather healthy update to firmware version revision XE16. For those who don’t recall, XE16 brought all the latest KitKat goods, as well as several new features such as Photo Bundles, photos in hangouts, voice commands sorting, and more. A little while later, the factory images for this update were released, and a pre-rooted bootloader was made available. Now, XE17 has just been released, and it’s trickling out current Glass explorers.
Unlike the previous XE16 update, today’s XE17 build doesn’t bring anything in the way of brand new features, making its version number a peculiar choice for Google. That said, XE17 is still a significant upgrade, as it “XE17 fixes some bugs that caused Glass to unexpectedly restart.” And according to the XE17 release notes, “Even more improvements are coming soon.”
The update is currently making its way to consumer Google Glass Explorer Edition devices by way of a staged OTA rollout. Unfortunately, the update has not yet been pulled and mirrored. That said, when it is available, it will be posted to XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii‘s stock firmware repository.
April 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for the Verizon Droid DNA is being rolled out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that HTC has updated its software release pages with Sense 6 upgrade info for older devices, as well as the guide showing you how to get started with BBQLinux! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PerAppFonts. Then, TK showed you Tasker on the Galaxy Gear. And later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Auto Config Free. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Google Glass, which recently received its official update to KitKat (as well as a maintenance update to XE16.11), is the company’s first attempt at wearable computing. Although it has been available to developers and early adopters for a little over a year now, many would-be purchasers have been unable to get their hands on Glass. This changes today, however, as Google has opened up Google Glass Explorer Edition to everyone… well everyone with a spare $1500 USD to spend, that is.
You may recall that a few weeks ago, Google made Glass purchases open to everyone for a single day. Now looking back, this move can be viewed as Google testing the waters of consumer adoption. But they were either not overwhelmed with demand or they simply wish to bring Glass to the greater population, as now Glass can be purchased by anyone. Unfortunately though, the price remains at the Explorer Edition $1500, and purchasing is US only.
If you’re ready to plunk down $1500 to get some Glass action, head over to the ordering page, select your color and style, and try your hardest to not be a Glasshole. Once you’ve gotten your own pair, make sure to head over to our Google Glass forums to get in on the discussion.
Update: Well, that didn’t last long. It seems as if the order page was never meant to go public. And as such, it has now been closed. Sorry, wannabe Glass users.
[Thanks to blking41 for the heads up on the Twitter link.]
April 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for Google Glass has been rolled out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Android 4.4.3 is being rolled out to the Google Nexus 5 (sort of) and that HTC Sense 6 has been ported to the Nexus 5! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Call Blocker. Then, AdamOutler told you how to hack an Android App. Later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Lockdown Pro. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that early yesterday, we talked about the XE16 update to Google Glass, which finally brought Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the tech world’s most controversial piece of wearable computing. For those who don’t remember, XE16 brought several new additions such as Photo Bundles, Photos in Hangouts, and Voice Command Sorting.
At the time that the update first rolled out, we noted that although direct OTA links were available for your updating pleasure, there were no factory restore images to go along with the update. This was then a rather roundabout way of reaching the XE16 build, as users on older software who wanted to force the OTA would have to load XE12, and then receive or sideload the incremental OTAs for XE12.1 and XE16. We also noted that because only OTA links had been captured, there was no officially endorsed way of obtaining root access on XE16.
Now, however, Google has updated its Glass Factory Images page with both the XE16 firmware itself, as well as a rooted boot image—both of which can be installed via Fastboot. Curiously, however, this update comes in at XRV15C, as opposed to yesterday’s XRV15B. Luckily, a minor incremental OTA was also made available for those who received yesterday’s build.
To get started, simply head over to the Google Glass Factory Images page and download the XE16 build and the associated rooted bootloader directly. And users looking for every known firmware for the device should check out XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii‘s stock firmware thread.
April 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, for one day only, Google opened up Glass Explorer Edition purchases to interested parties living in the US. Of course, you still have to plunk down $1500 in order to get your hands on this sleek piece of beta wearable tech. But for those looking to be on the bleeding edge, the investment is well worth it.
Back in December, Google Glass was updated to firmware version XE12. This brought many new features such as wink pics, Hangouts and YouTube Glassware, improved Play Music support, and improved Google Search cards. Now, Glass has received the long awaited update to XE16, which among other things, brings the device up to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Kit Kat for Glass - As most of you know, we’ve been working to upgrade Glass to Kit Kat. This brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android KitKat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK.
Photo bundles - Explorers have been telling us that when they’re taking lots of photos, it can sometimes clutter up the timeline. Now your photos, videos and vignettes will be organized into bundles that are easier to swipe through when you’re flipping through your timeline.
Photos in Hangouts - Let’s say you’re in a Hangout chat and you want to share a photo. Now you can use the camera button to take a photo and then share it with the Hangout chat you’re in. If you already took the perfect photo, you can still tap to “Send” it in a Hangout chat.
Sending feedback - You may already be adding your feature requests for Glass to the Wishlist board. Now when you’re on the go and think of a suggestion or notice that Glass is doing something unusual, you can send your feedback from Glass. Just tap on the device info card in Settings and tell us what’s on your mind. Of course, you can still send us an email or post in the Explorers Community.
Voice command sorting - We all use Glass a little differently so we probably all have our most used “ok glass” voice command. Now your “ok glass” commands will be sorted by recency and frequency so you can get to the ones you use most even faster.
Play Music Instant Mixes - If you’re not an All Access Subscriber who’s using the Google Music Glassware, you can now listen to Instant Mixes in addition to your playlists.
Easier Wifi setup with Android - If you’ve enabled backup on your Android phone or tablet your Wifi information will sync across all your Android devices. This means that Glass will automatically connect to the networks you’ve already set up on your Android devices. No manual Wifi setup required for those known Wifi networks.
- Networking help - It’s frustrating when you lose your connection and aren’t sure why. Now if you lose your connection, Glass will let you know your status and give you some tips to reconnect.
The update is currently rolling out in the form of an incremental OTA from XE12.1 to XE16. Unfortunately as was the case with XE12, the XE16 factory restore and rooted bootloader images have not been posted to the official Glass Developers firmware page. Luckily, the XE12 images are available, and XDA Recognized Contributor TheManii was kind enough to capture the OTA update links from XE12 to XE12.1 and from XE12.1 to XE16.
While the lack of the pre-rooted bootloader images unfortunately means that there is not yet an official root solution for the XE12.1 and XE16 updates, you can at least install the latest XE16 firmware on your Glass even if your device has not yet received the OTA.
You can get in on the latest firmware a bit early by visiting the stock firmware thread and downloading the relevant incremental OTAs. You can also head over to Google to learn more about XE16′s consumer-facing and developer-facing features.