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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

Source: Verizon

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Sweet News for Verizon Moto G Users

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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As per Motorola Mobility’s latest Google+ post, the Motorola Moto G on Verizon is due for an upgrade. Android Kitkat 4.4.4 will be rolling out throughout the weekend, replacing the previous iteration of Kitkat 4.4.3 on the device. The new software update brings a new dialer UI, Camera features, and some simple security and stability updates. 4.4.4 came to the Moto G early, keeping with its previous track record of receiving updates just after the Nexus line. Motorola should be sending the update to other carriers and Moto devices soon, right after the Moto X 4.4.4 battery drain issue is rectified.

source: +Motorola Mobility

 

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HTC begins pushing out 4.4.3 OTA update to HTC One M8 Developer Edition

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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According to a post over at XDA Developers, HTC has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for its flagship HTC One M8 Developer Edition. The update includes all of the small tweaks made in between .2 and .3, and HTC claims to have already included the security fixes that Google implemented in 4.4.4.

The update is intended for the SIM unlocked and developer edition devices, but currently on the DE devices are getting the OTA prompt. Hopefully we see this update make its way to more devices in the near future.

source: XDA

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Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.

It’s not clear what songs from what labels have been added, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Amazon recently struck more than a few huge deals.

Source: Amazon

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We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail).

 

We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need Google+.

To get started, just go to your Google Voice account (Google.com/Voice) and when you go to make a call, select “Hangouts” as a “phone to call with.”

It’s a nice new addition, although not major, but still a step closer to full integration.

Source: +Alex Wiesen 

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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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