Android 4.4.3 heading to Sprint Nexus 5, possibly worldwide

The Android 4.4.3 update that's been rumoured, could be hitting Nexus 5's from today, at least according to US carrier Sprint. Sprint has updated their support page to list the update - Android build KTU48F -as rolling out to phones via an Over the Air (OTA) update. The Sprint Nexus 5 matches up with the US based Nexus 5 (LG D820), although is slightly different to the international Nexus 5 (D821) due to different wireless bands, however it's highly likely we will see this update hit the international model as well. The update which has Sprint specific inclusions, namely the... Continue reading

LG begins rolling out KitKat update to the G2

LG has this morning announced that they have begun rolling out the Android 4.4 update for the LG G2 to customers on the Optus network. The LG G2 was sold exclusively on the Optus Network, but customers who purchased outright will also see the update on their devices as well. The LG G2 began shipping in November last year to Australian customers with Android 4.2.2 on-board and this is the first update we've seen for the phone, but it's a fairly significant one. There's a full range of improvements that Android 4.4 brought to devices including... Continue reading

Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Last month we saw Sony starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update to the unbranded Xperia Z1, and now it looks as though the carriers are finishing their testing and are starting to roll out the updated version to their customers. According to their respective update blogs, Optus and Telstra customers should start to see the update now if you haven't got it already. Keeping with the standard Android KitKat, Sony have also added a few little tweaks to the UI to be more intuitive and easily customisable. Sony have also updated their native applications... Continue reading

Vodafone’s Galaxy Nexus will finally get Android 4.3 in April

A couple of weeks ago, Vodafone published information pertaining to the cancelled release of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This made people sad, so today they've un-cancelled it! In a post on the Vodafone Community site today, Vodafone says: Samsung and Google got together and decided that, in the best interest of its customers (that'd be you lot), they'd release the update anyway. The update will begin rolling out to Vodafone Galaxy Nexus users from April 8 - only a week away now. This is obviously great news for users who are still snuggling up to... Continue reading

Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

Possible list of Android 4.4.3 changes leaked

As Android enthusiasts, we often start wondering what changes will arrive in the next version of the OS once the current version is released. While Android 4.4.2 has been around for a while, a number of bugs remain, leaving us to wonder when the next version would arrive and hoping it would fix each little annoyance. Now, it seems that the release of Android 4.4.3 is imminent. The folks at the Chromium bug tracker noticed a build KTU83. Decoding this as per other Android build numbers reveals that the K represents KtiKat, the T Testing, and the... Continue reading

LG to begin rolling ‘KnockOn’ feature to L Series II phones beginning in March

Announced back at the end of December, LG Australia has today announced that their 'KnockOn' tap to wake/sleep feature will be rolling out to their successful L Series II line of handsets this month. The update will begin rolling out now and should be completed by the end of April, with owners able to download the update as a maintenance release. The handsets being targeted for the release are : LG Optimus L2 II LG Optimus L3 II LG Optimus L5 II LG Optimus L7 II LG Optimus L7 II (Dual SIM) The KnockOn feature allows users to double tap on the display to wake... Continue reading

Sony begins rolling out Android 4.4 update to Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Sony has announced via their SonyMobile Blog that they have begun the rollout of Android 4.4 to the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, but as usual it's only to unlocked devices. There's quite a bit that's new in the update including some new PS4 UI stylings which is interesting, but not unexpected as Sony is still interested in the 'One Sony' branding across their product range. There's updates to Apps and the Sony Xperia Themes look interesting as well. The complete changelog : Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance... Continue reading

Check out HTC Sense 6 and get up close and personal with Motion Launch

We'll see the All New HTC One in just over a week and when it launches officially and though we've seen the hardware pretty thoroughly, the software has remained a bit of a mystery, until now. New leaker on the block @gadgetleaks has provided a three and a half minute video walkthrough of HTC Sense 6 which is what the All New HTC One is expected to launch with. The phone or emulator running in the video appears to not be the All New HTC One, indeed the video shows Beats settings, which the new phone doesn't seem to... Continue reading

Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy Nexus

When the Android 4.3 update was finally delivered to Australian carriers there was much rejoicing from owners who have been waiting for an update to their phones which have been left languishing on Android 4.1.2 for over a year. But the celebrations appear to be short lived with Vodafone advising in their latest Software update that Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update. The Software Update Weekly Wrap - 13th March 2014 shows the following message with the current Android version for the Galaxy Nexus listed as Android 4.1.2 and the Future version - Android 4.3 crossed out with... Continue reading

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates, focuses for bigger changes like Kit Kat

If you're a Glass explorer or have been following the development of the Glass platform then you may have noticed a lack of updates for the platform since the XE12 update rolled out back in December. While the lack of advancement hasn't hurt the platform, there was a promise from the Glass team for monthly updates when Glass launched and the team has taken to Google Glass Forum to address the lack of updates. Essentially the Google Glass Team have decided to scrap its monthly update - for now at least - to focus on a fairly large update. The... Continue reading

Google has found fixes for a battery draining camera bug in Android 4.4.2 and it will be coming in a future update

The next Android update will include a fix for a camera/CPU usage bug that has been affecting mainly the Nexus 5, but also reportedly some other Android device s running Android 4.4.2. The bug involves the camera or some other Apps(like Skype which we'll get to shortly), which triggers a background process called mm-qcamera-daemon that causes the CPU to max out and then drain the battery. The issue, which is logged in the Android Issue Tracker(Issue 60058) has been well documented with many followups in the thread from affected users, has been fixed by Google, with... Continue reading

Update: Telstra, too! Optus and Vodafone to roll out Kit Kat update to HTC One in mid-March

Anyone looking at buying an All New One, will likely consider how HTC handles updates for older phones. Historically, the short answer is 'not well'. Owners of the HTC One X likely still feel the pain of being told that 4.2.2 was the last version of Android the 2012 flagship would ever receive. HTC have committed to at least two years of updates with 2013's phones though, but although Ones throughout the... Continue reading