Rumor: Google to Release Overhauled Stand-alone Camera App, Address All Sorts of Issues

I think it’s safe to say that for years, our biggest complaint about Nexus devices and stock Android has involved their cameras or camera apps. From a confusing menu system to a weird viewfinder experience, the camera app that Google has shipped over and over again is not great. Pair it with sensors that do not appear to have been optimized and you are left with frustrating results. We keep hoping that Google will fix one of its longest standing issues, but even a camera-specific update to the Nexus 5 in Android 4.4.1 didn’t quite do the trick.

According to a report out of Engadget, Google is on the verge of releasing a new camera app that should address a number of complaints, while also opening up new opportunities for both developers and non-Nexus devices.  (more…)

Kit Kat Update Approved for Rollout on the Sprint LG G2

Sprint announced this morning that its variant of the LG G2 is ready to receive an update to Kit Kat (Android 4.4). No other details were provided, but we do know from the update that hit the AT&T variant what we can expect.

According to AT&T’s changelog, we are looking at restyled UI elements in the notification and navigation areas, improved battery efficiency, faster processing speed, cloud printing, and enhancements to Knock On.  (more…)

Kit Kat Update for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Approved and Available Today

AT&T announced this morning that its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally receiving an update to Kit Kat (Android 4.4).

The update introduces an “improved user interface” with a restyled notification area, option to choose a default messaging app, cloud printing, Immersive mode, color Emoji support, and stronger security. Outside of the goodies from the Android portion of Kit Kat, Samsung has also made camera access easier from the lock screen, improved GPS performance, added new sound controls, and more.  (more…)

Leaked HTC Document Claims 2013 HTC One to Receive Sense 6.0 Update in May/June, One Max and Mini in June/July

Now that HTC’s latest software enhancements in version 6.0 of their Sense software skin are soon to be made official, it’s time to start talking about updates for older devices. The most obvious candidate for some update goodness is HTC’s 2013 flagship, the OG One. According to leaker @LlabTooFeR, we’ll be seeing the update (presumably only for unlocked and developer models) sometime in May or June. (more…)

AT&T Moto X Android 4.4.2 Update Approved as Build 165.44.1

The Android 4.4.2 update for the AT&T Moto X has been approved by all parties and should begin to rollout as build 165.44.1. A soak test for the update was scheduled to begin last week, so we’ll just assume that went well.

Motorola posted up the changelog for the update this afternoon, showing an identical update to the other carrier variants of the Moto X, in that it brought cloud printing, better battery life, and fixed an email sync issue. Well, there was one difference – the AT&T model “fixed a bug that caused data connectivity issues for AT&T Moto X users while traveling outside the US.”  (more…)

Software Test Drive Incoming for RAZR HD, Hoping It’s Kit Kat

Motorola confirmed back in November that it would bring a Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update to the DROID RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR M, but we’re four months removed from that announcement and haven’t seen any movement towards new software pushing. Or did we just get exactly what we needed to see? Select members of Motorola’s Feedback Network (MFN) received invites within the last 24 hours to “test drive” something(more…)