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If you’re one of the many who jumped ship from their stable Android version to try out the Android L Developer Preview, you definitely noticed it’s not exactly the most polished thing in the world (not even close, actually).

No reason to be mad at Google, though — it’s just a developer preview, and we’re lucky to have something before launch.

As most Android enthusiasts tend to do, we looked ahead, and hoped for Google to upload an updated factory image of the L Developers Preview. But according to Googler Rich Hyndman, it ain’t happening.

Here’s what Hyndman had to say on the matter:

“There’ll be some extras coming, like the 64-bit emulator. But I don’t believe new device images are coming,” Hyndman said.

He also noted that, as we know, the release is primarily for developers to be able to test their apps and get them ready for the L launch.

“It is the first time we’ve had a preview release and it will mean less chance of issues with apps in the Play Store at launch and more apps ready to take advantage of the new features,” Hyndman said.

Expect the official version of L to start hitting Nexus devices this fall, alongside the launch of one (or more) new Nexus devices.

Check out Hyndman’s video about the developer preview below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: BGR

 

 

 

 

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Kik messaging service updated to include live location tracking from Glympse

Posted by wicked July - 19 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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If you use Kik Messenger, we have some good news for you.

Due to a recent partnership between location tracking service Glympse and Kik, you’ll now be able to share your location with the person you’re chatting with. You can also request a location from a friend through the app, using Glympse’s software.

Probably the coolest feature about this is that Glympse’s service is live tracking, so you can limit how long someone can see your live location for — from just one point to up to four hours of tracking. Just head to the Play Store link below  to get the latest Kik update so you can make use of the latest feature.

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GLYMPSE DEBUTS ON KIK MESSENGER; 120 MILLION USERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO REAL-TIME LOCATION SHARING

Users can share location details with Kik contacts and friends

SEATTLE – July 18, 2014 – Glympse, the pioneer of temporary location sharing technology, has partnered with Kik to incorporate Glympse location technology within the messaging application. Launching today, Glympse for Kik will be included as a featured app and will allow Kik’s 120 million users to share their location with their friends and view others whereabouts, all from within the app.

Developed specifically for the Kik platform, Glympse for Kik utilizes a user’s Kik social network to share location. As all communications are sent exclusively through the Kik network, Kik users with Glympse do not need to leave the app to share, request or view location from friends and connections. With this integration, Glympse and Kik are able to provide users with a more fun and interactive experience.

“Location and messaging are tailor made for each other. Texting has become a primary form of communication for many, and many times the conversation includes the question, ‘where are you?’” said Darren Austin, vice president of product, Glympse. “By incorporating location technology within the Kik application, users now have a engaging, dynamic way to interact. With this latest integration, we are continuing to push forward with a new wave of messaging that does more than just static text.”

To use Glympse for Kik, users simply need to swipe left top open the Kik browser and search for Glympse. From there, they can easily select a contact and tap “Follow Me”, then select the amount of time their location will be visible, from an instant up to four hours. The recipient will automatically receive a dynamic map showing the sender’s location in real-time directly in the conversation – no need to open a browser or access another app.

With the new Glympse for Kik Messenger, users can:

  • Share to an Individual: Provide current location before leaving work or while traveling to a destination to meet the other person.
  • Request a Glympse: Ask for another’s current location while in a conversation.
  • Reply with a Glympse: Users can easily share their own whereabouts with a Kik friend who has already shared their location.
  • View on a Live Map: Glympse automatically updates location in real-time directly within the conversation.

For more about Glympse, visit www.Glympse.com.

About Glympse Glympse™ is the pioneer of person-to-person time-based location sharing technology. With an intuitive design and enhanced features, the company easily integrates location sharing into everyday activities, meetings and events. Glympse has partnered with many top-tier companies, including BlackBerry, BMW/MINI, Ford, Garmin, GM, Gogo Inflight, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, NAVIGON, Samsung and Verizon, which have integrated the Glympse brand and enterprise platform into their own products and applications. The company is backed by Menlo Ventures, Ignition Partners, Verizon Ventures, Naya Ventures and UMC Capital.

 

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Motorola begins Android 4.4.4 rollout to several devices including the Droid Ultra

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Motorola has become one of the best manufacturers when it comes to updating devices, and it looks like they’re keeping up the trend with Android 4.4.4. They’ve announced that a handful of devices will be receiving the incremental update, including the Moto G in Brazil and India, the Moto E in France, Canada, and Asia Pacific, and the Droid Ultra in the US.

The 4.4.4 update includes everything that came with 4.4.3, including a new dialer and some camera tweaks, plus the usual bug fixes, performance enhancements, etc. If your device wasn’t listed, I wouldn’t worry too much. Motorola has been great about getting things updated, so we’ll likely hear some more news about it in the next few weeks.

source: Motorola

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Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Android updates. We all love them, but hate waiting for them.

Android Wear users didn’t have to wait long for their first update though, as Google is pushing it out now.

Version KMV78V of Android Wear (4.4W) is currently coming to the Gear Live and the G Watch. Naturally, it’s nothing big — pretty much all bug fixes.

If you have a watch already (Google I/O attendees, we’re looking at you), let us know if you’re getting the update and if you’re seeing anything new on your watch.

If you haven’t gotten it yet, just check for the update manually by tapping the screen, scrolling down to Settings > About > System updates.

 

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Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.

Hit the break for individual links to each device.

Source: AOSP

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Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Android 4.4.4 wasn’t a major update, but there were some decently-sized bug fixes involved. Nonetheless, users are wondering when their devices will finally receive the update — those with the Google Play Edition Moto G can now stop wondering.

The 4.4.4 update is now pushing out to the phone, so if you have one, you can either wait for it to hit your device or flash it yourself. The download mirror to the software’s file is in the source link.

Source: XDA

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HTC’s update schedule leaks, One (M8) to receive Android 4.4.4 by July-August

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Android L was announced, HTC stepped forward and proclaimed it would have the update ready within 90 days of availability. But the company’s flagship phone is currently two updates behind the latest version of Android that is available. Next month, though, HTC plans on updating the One (M8) directly to Android 4.4.4 with August being the latest time scheduled. The One (M7) is also targeted for the same release window. The leaked schedule, which you can enlarge by clicking above, shows that HTC is considering skipping Android 4.4.3 all together for the One (M8).

Other devices slated to receive Android 4.4.4 include One Dual SIM, One Mini 2, and One E8. They are currently being tested with the update and could receive it in August-September.

Source: LlabTooFer

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Galaxy Note 3 (international variant) receives Download Booster, Kids Mode via update

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Samsung likes to push features from its flagship devices to other phones in its lineup to keep customers happy — and more importantly, coming back.

To continue the trend, the international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-9005) is about to receive an update (OTA) which brings version 2.0 of KNOX, Samsung’s mobile security platform, Kids Mode and Download Booster.

The update is live right now in the UK and should hit other countries in the coming week. It’s 185MB and the build number is N9005XXUFNF4.

If you’re impatiently waiting for an update notification and believe you may be able to pull it now, go to “Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu” on your phone.

Source: SamMobile

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Sony readying Android 4.4.4 update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, rolling out to Z1 Compact

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The latest round of devices to receive Android 4.4.4 include the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact. The latter of the trio is already receiving the update to the latest version of Android as it has gone live in Russia, Italy, and Indonesia. The others have received certification to receive the update but there is no expected timetable for when that will happen.

Has your Sony device received the Android 4.4.4 update? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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Matias Duarte talks Material Design

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google’s Vice President of Design Matias Duarte sat down with Gizmodo to discuss the thinking behind Material Design. Material Design is the theme that will debut in Android L and is available to be previewed as part of the Android Developer L Preview.

Material Design came out of the mindset that Google wanted to create something that would work for all screen sizes like smartwatches, cars, the TV, and even Chromebooks / laptops. So you can see, it isn’t just about Android phones and tablets anymore. Matias said, “We wanted it to be a design system that anybody can use to really express their brand and their identity and their needs and capabilities.”

At first it was a little difficult since there were three design teams working on it. Everyone had great ideas, but getting everyone to agree was the challenge. Then they asked themselves the question, “Alright, so, if you were to kind of pull the curtain back and look underneath, what is this thing we’re touching?” This lead them to notion of building something to be “continuous and have physics and motion just like the world around us. When we push something it slides and it has momentum then it stops, right? When we drop something it accelerates. If I push, motion radiates outward, when I clap the sound radiates outward. We wanted our world to have continuity of motion as well. Just enough for it make sense.”  This resulted in the birth of Material Design.

According to Matias, Material Design provides a “palate” than anyone can use to build the best possible experiences. It includes a lot of white space along with a lot of bright colors and animations that make it Googley. Not that previous versions of Android weren’t Googley, but this adds a little more sophistication.

Matias had a lot more to say, so hit the source link to check it out.

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source: Gizmodo

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