After this morning’s mega-leak of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the Nexus 5, we decided to do some comparison shots of the leak to the most current version of Android 4.3 running on a Nexus 4. If the differences weren’t immediately clear in that other post, this should help you see it all. From the new transparent background of the navigation buttons and notification area, to the new icons (and some missing) in the app drawer, there are actually quite a few changes. Sure, they are mostly subtle, but damn do they look good. (more…)
The Android 4.3.1 (JLS36I) factory image and binaries for the Nexus 7 LTE (2013) have been posted by Google. This update began rolling out earlier in the week and remains mostly a mystery. But if you want the images to get you back to a 100% factory state, you now have the opportunity.
The Android 4.3.1 update has yet to rollout out to any other Nexus device.
Talk about a lovely surprise – wake up to find an Android 4.3.1 update showing as available on your Nexus 7 LTE (2013). The update is a 9.4MB file that jumps the N7 LTE up to build JLS36I, however, we have no idea what’s new. A x.x.1 update typically doesn’t mean much, but we have also seen 4.3 updates that stuck with 4.3 and didn’t give us the additional .1. There must be something new. Once we know what it is, we’ll be sure to pass it along.
At this time, we haven’t received word of an update to the WiFi only 2013 Nexus 7 or any other Nexus. We wouldn’t doubt it if they all start to rollout shortly, though. (more…)
Late last night, the Android team updated their dashboards to reflect new platform distribution numbers as we head into October. As has been the trend over the last few months, Jelly Bean continues to expand its reach and is now on 48.6% of Android devices (up slightly from last month’s 45.1%). That doesn’t mean that 50% of the world is on 4.3, but that is a combined number of Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3, since they all fall under the Jelly Bean name.
Ice Cream Sandwich now sits at 20.6%, Honeycomb remains alive at 0.1%, Gingerbread somehow still manages to hold 28.5%, and Froyo remains delightfully chilly at 2.2%.
During the Samsung Unpacked event today in Berlin, it was mentioned that an Android 4.3 update would become available for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Note 2 this October. For the Galaxy S4 owners, the update will also include support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, right in time for when the smartwatch will become commercially available. (more…)
As of this afternoon, we know that Android 4.4 will arrive before long, under the name Kit Kat. The “K” name pushes Google’s alphabetical and dessert naming scheme forward for Android, even if we were all running under the impression (for months) that it would be Key Lime Pie or KLP. Yes, Google
trolled pulled-the-switcheroo on us this time around, so we’d love to get your predictions in even earlier for whatever comes next.
Assuming the alphabetical, dessert scheme continues, we will arrive at “L.” There are a number of obvious options (licorice, lollipop, lemonhead, lemon meringue, etc.) that immediately come to mind, but knowing Google and the Android team, we could see something unique.
In the comments, drop your predictions (as many as you’d like). Assuming someone gets it right, we’ll have it on the books, forever. (more…)
When we posted about Motorola’s Touchless Control app hitting Google Play yesterday, there were many readers that were a little disappointed that it only worked with the new Moto devices. However, Android developers always love to step up and make our days so if you are looking to get some voice control action on your new phone, Open Mic+ is something you need to check out. (more…)