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HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.

Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.

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Google adds Material Design to Google Drive App

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

nexus2cee_Screenshot_2014-10-20-22-10-09Most of Google’s apps will be receiving a design update within the next month to match up with Lollipop’s general look and feel called material design. 

The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the new app will be new images to represent the functions of the app. You’ll also notice some of the new material style, much like the other app design updates. One of the biggest updates is the removal of the bar formerly at the bottom of the app and the replacement with a red FAB that controls the document creation process.

All in all, not too much has changed in the way of usability, so there shouldn’t be a learning curve to the new update. After you’ve tried out the new design, leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: Android Police

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Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

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Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Unfortunately, there isn’t an answer to this question, but it is important to bear in mind that HTC is currently the only OEM to promise a delivery date, which is 90 days after they receive final code from Google. Seeing as the search engine giant hasn’t published this information as of yet, neither manufacturers could have possibly started on development.

So, understandably, we’re a little confused as to what exactly Samsung is teasing here. Is it just announcing that the update is on the way? Or is it actually revealing that it will be here sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Source: Twitter

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T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you own a T-Mobile-branded HTC One (M8) you may want to listen up as the operator is now rolling out the much-anticipated Eye Experience camera user interface update to all variants of the smartphone currently located in the United States.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.

System Improvements:

  • Radio stability improvement
  • Transition improvements

Eye Experience Implementation:

  • Split Capture
  • Crop-Me-In
  • Photo Booth
  • Auto Selfie
  • Voice Selfie
  • Swipe-To-Switch
  • Video Face Tracking
  • Live Makeup
  • Video Screen Sharing

Application Improvements:

  • Camera stability
  • Video highlight stability
  • Zoe 1.0

To initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Twitter

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Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Improvements to LTE attachment
  • Enhancements to HD Voice
  • Google security patch

If you own a Sprint variant of the G2 and want to initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Sprint

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HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

HTC_ONE-updateHTC has already confirmed that they’re planning on getting the Android 5.0 update out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. However, they haven’t clarified anything about other devices, but fortunately a leaked roadmap has shed some light on what devices will receive the update, and when that will happen.

The M7 and M8 are still slated for what will probably be a January/February release. The Google Play Editions of those devices are probably going to see an update much earlier, though, with a release date pegged for late November or early December. 

Other devices, including the dual-SIM versions of the M7 and M8, plus the Desire Eye, Butterfly 2, and the HTC One E8 are all looking at launch windows of January to March. The HTC One Mini 2 and Desire 816 are slated for a March/April update, and the One Max, original One Mini, and the Butterfly S are all looking at a March to May timeframe.

HTC is pretty committed to getting their devices updated, but there are tons of variables that go into these updates, so there’s no 100% guarantee that any of these devices will actually get the update. Still, HTC has done a much better job than most OEMs, so keep an ear out for any more details as we get closer to next year.

source: G for Games

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T-Mobile now rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you own a T-Mobile-branded Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) today could just be your lucky day as the operator has just started rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to all its LTE variants of the slate currently located in the United States.

When perusing the device’s update history page on Samsung’s website we were somewhat flabbergasted to say the least as, historically, tablet updates rarely happen in the US due to the sheer amount of carrier involvement that’s entailed in adapting the SDK to suit their requirements.

Unfortunately, neither the operator or the manufacturer provided a changelog for the upgrade, but seeing as it’s a bump to the latest version of Android we presume it will bring all of the usual changes, including: faster multitasking, smart caller ID, SMS-to-Hangouts integration, Cloud Print and QuickOffice.

To see if your tablet is eligible for the update, head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates”. If a pop-up window doesn’t appear prompting you to upgrade, don’t worry. It means that the update is not ready to be pushed out to your device, just yet. But when it is available, you will receive a push notification requesting you to download and install it.

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Lollipop to be Released November 3th for Wi-Fi Nexus Devices

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Google_Nexus_7_BackGoogle’s Lollipop is making waves worldwide, causing everyone to wonder who will get a taste of its sweetness first. As far as current models go, the Nexus 4 and 5 will not be receiving the update as promptly as their fellow Nexus devices. The Nexus 10 and 7s (Wi-Fi only) will be receiving the update to Android 5.0 on November 3rd.

The reason the Wi-Fi tablets will be receiving the update first is that it takes more tweaking and fine-tuning to get software working smoothly with a data connection than it does with only Wi-Fi. So, if you have one of these tablets, you can expect an update in about 2.5 weeks. If you have a Nexus phone, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Source: Android Police

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Sony is updating their entire Xperia Z line to Android Lollipop

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_345Google unveiled Android Lollipop yesterday, so now we’re seeing device manufacturers clarify when they plan on updating their devices to the latest version of Android. Fortunately for owners of Sony devices, it looks like several devices will see the update at some point in the future.

Sony has stated that the entire premium Xperia Z lineup will be getting the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and all of their variants.

The full list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z Ultra will be the first to see an update, but that’s handled by Google, not Sony. As far as Sony’s own devices, the Xperia Z3 and variants of the Z2 will see the update in early 2015, and Sony will clarify details on the rest of the devices after that.

source: Sony

 

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