February 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
HTC America participated in a Reddit AMA and spoke about their future plans! 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 the Huawei Ascend P6 is getting an Android KitKat beta and their is now a way to stream your local content on your Chromecast with LocalCast!
Jordan talks about how Google acquired a sound-based login company. Be sure to check out XDA Developer TV videos from last week including XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Xposed Tuesday video for Complete Action Plus, Jordan’s introduction to ART, and XDA TK’s Android App Review of Quickr. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
There are many manufacturers with a presence here at XDA, and that list is only growing. Some of them are big players like HTC, Samsung, and Sony, while there are others with a limited presence due to a lower number of devices available to the public or devices that are simply too regional to be able to make it to our site (but we are fixing this last part). One such manufacturer is one of China’s largest cell phone makers, Huawei. Many people think of them and automatically think of a lower grade, poorly manufactured product—but this could not be further from the truth. Huawei has been going through leaps and bounds to try and increase their market penetration worldwide, and boy did they get through. Just in the United States alone, you will likely find at least one or two models of Huawei devices in most carrier lineups, particularly pre-paid (no-contract) carriers.
As a Huawei user myself, I have no complaints. I’ve used a Huawei Premia 4G for a long time, and I was very happy with the device. However, being ORD positive, I am always in need of a newer OS version, despite of how good the current one may perform. The Premia 4G came out of the box running ICS 4.0.4 AOSP, but it never saw an upgrade to the already available at launch Jelly Bean. In fact, many (if not most) of the Premia’s predecessors have seen a similar fate, where they would never see an update. It may seem that the tides are changing because according to many threads in the Huawei Ascend P6 forum like the one created by XDA member xman9491, there is an unofficial beta firmware package floating around the Internet that takes the P6 from a lesser version of JB to the latest Kitkat release at 4.4.2, effectively putting it ahead of many of the big players in terms of updates. Do keep in mind that the P6 contains Huawei’s own processor, so all the work for the new version of Android to work on this has been done from scratch.
There is no real indication as to when this new update will hit the devices, but one thing is for sure: The Chinese manufacturer has put a lot of time and effort into this new package. Reports from people currently using the device state that the update comes with a new version of their UI as well as floating apps, an updated notification and control center, and much more. If you have a P6 and you were not aware of this, you are definitely missing out. As stated, this has sparked lots of development in the section, so if you have one and want to bring it up to speed, now is your chance. However, remember that this is a work-in-progress and certainly nothing official. Please report any bugs you may come across.
Compatibility – Ascend P6-U06
Android version – 4.4.2
Emotion UI version – 2.3
Firmware version – V100R001C00B014EDGE
Kernel version – 3.0.8
Languages – Multi-Language
Google Apps included – NO
You can find more information in xman9491′s thread.
[Thanks XDA Recognized Contributor-Themer PulseDroid for the tip!]
Just exactly how thin is too thin? Well, that’s a question that Huawei is trying to answer with its Ascend P6. And if you ever felt your current handset was a bit too portly, the P6 begs for at least a passing glance.
Coming in at a mere 6.2 mm thin, the Ascend P6 features a brushed metal rear and silver metal accents along its sides. The sleek device packs a 4.7″ 720p display, backed by their in-house quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor running at 1.5 GHz. The P6 also offers 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, HSPA+ 21 connectivity, and a 2000 mAh battery.
Do the Ascend P6′s sleek design and slim figure earn it a place in your pocket? Let us know in the comments below and head over to the newly created Huawei Ascend P6 forum to get in on the discussion!