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Gallery and Photos: Why does the Nexus 5 have two ways to handle images?

You'll likely be using two apps to manage your pictures on Android 4.4 If you're lucky enough to have picked up a Nexus 5 this week, you may be puzzled by two of the apps on your new phone. Not necessarily by the apps themselves, but rather the existence of both at once on one phone — Photos and...
KitKat Gallery

Photo editing improvements in the Android 4.4 KitKat Gallery

A few simple changes to make your pictures look a little better There's a great grouping of user-facing features in the latest update to Android 4.4 KitKat, but one has been generally overlooked. Although it hasn't received much of a visual refresh from what was available in 4.3, the built-in...
KitKat Dialer

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

System to go into effect early 2014, and you're already opted in by default The dialer in Android 4.4 KitKat has a new look and new search features, but come 2014 it will also have a better database of photos from individuals that you call. Although a specific date has yet to be given, Google...
Android 4.4 KitKat printing

Printing in Android 4.4 KitKat (with some help from HP)

Printers, as we all know all too well, are fickle beasts on a good day. So you'll forgive us for not expecting too much when it comes to printing wirelessly from our phones. But there's a new printing framework built into Android 4.4 KitKat. On the back end, you'll be able to print over Wifi, or...
Chrome simple tab switcher

Chrome Beta includes simpler tab switcher for low-memory phones

KitKat's low-memory focus extends to Chrome's latest beta release Behind all the visual changes and feature additions, Android 4.4 KitKat is all about optimizing the way Android uses memory, including a new API for handling devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. And it seems this focus has...
Screenrecord

Screen recording is easy with KitKat and the Android SDK

The new API 19 SDK tools include an easy way to record what happens on your Android's screen Ever wanted to record exactly what's happening on your Android screen? Anyone who writes about Android for a living sure does, and now that KitKat is in the wild we see it will be easy to do with the...
Kit Kat guide

KitKat Quick Start Guide available free in Google Play Books

For folks who need to know, and for those who can never read enough about KitKat In case you're looking for more information about Android 4.4, or to use it's more delicious name, KitKat, Google has you covered. The official Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide (53 pages) is available free from Google...
Android Central

Switching launchers with Android 4.4's new 'Home' setting

KitKat makes it easier to swap or uninstall custom launchers Many of us enjoy using custom home screen launchers on our Android phones, but the process of switching between them has never been entirely foolproof. That's changed in the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, which introduces a new top-level...
Lock screen wdgets

Inside KitKat: Changes to the lock screen widgets

A little extra security is added to your Android as lock screen widgets can be disabled in the system settings Kit Kat brings a change to one of the features from Jelly Bean that everyone has an opinion about —  the lock screen widgets. On one hand, they offer a bit of information from any...
Android Central

Android 4.4 KitKat 'Easter egg' animation

With each new version of Android there's a new, hidden animation tucked away in a corner of the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich it was a NyanCat-style bugdroid robot. In Jelly Bean it was a field of floating, happy multicolored beans. In Android 4.4 KitKat there are actually three layers to...
Android Central

In Android 4.4, Google Now is finally part of your home screen

Swipe left-to-right to get to Google Now from the KitKat launcher When Google Now was unveiled back at Google I/O 2012, we asked how long it would be before this new predictive search app became your home screen. Now, with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, it seems that time has finally arrived...
Android Central

Kit Kat branches hitting the Android source tree, Nexus 5 factory images now available

Source code is coming and computers will soon be crunching Google's Ed Heyl has announced on the Android Building Google group that the source code for Android 4.4 in now available from Google. We'll have two branches — one for the open-source contribution and one for the Nexus 5 itself, per...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet 'tap and pay' can work on any Android 4.4 device, but still requires a U.S. SIM

Giving hope for the future of NFC payments rather than notably changing the way anything works today Changes in Android 4.4 KitKat are going to open up the possibilities of using NFC payments through Google Wallet, but it may not go as far as we would hope. Although the Google Wallet app itself...
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.3 is the end of the line for the Samsung-made Nexus Galaxy Nexus owners, you might want to sit down for this. Your device won't be getting an official update to the newly-announced Android 4.4 KitKat. Quoth the Google support site: Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4...
KitKat on HTC One

HTC One to get KitKat within 90 days in the U.S. [Updated]

Google Play editions updated within 15 days, unlocked + developer models in 30 days  Update: HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has told Engadget that the Google Play edition HTC One will be updated to Android 4.4 within 15 days, while the unlocked and developer models will see updates in 30...
Android Central

Video: What's new in Android 4.4 design

For the more visually minded folks, Google's whipped up a video with Android's Nick Butcher, Adam Koch and Roman Nurik discussing some of the new design elements in Android 4.4 KitKat. Have at it, after the break!
Android Central

Video: What's new in Android 4.4

Google's Reto Meier — a great dude to do walkthroughs if we've ever seen one — dives through some of the more techy changes in Android 4.4 KitKat. Still a great watch for the rest of us. Set aside a dozen minutes and check it out.
KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat is official, launching on the Nexus 5

Streamlined performance, new smarter phone app, pedometer support, new "immersive mode" in new version of Android Along with the LG Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat is finally official — and there's a whole bunch of new features to get to grips with, besides the obvious UI changes we've seen in all...
Kit Kat

Google releases Android 4.4 KitKat SDK

Developers will have access to new features and APIs with today's SDK update As part of today's announcements, Google has made available the Android 4.4 Kit Kat SDK component. Designed primarily for application developers, the SDK allows programs to be written using the newest APIs and features...
Nexus

Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will all get Android 4.4 KitKat

Yeah, yeah. The new Nexus 5 is the first with Android 4.4. But if you're sitting on one of those other Nexus devices — as in 2012's Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, and the Nexus 7 (we presume both the 2012 and 2013 versions of it), know this: You'll be getting KitKat in the coming weeks as well. In addition...

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