View multiplayer invites, see who is playing what, and discover fun new games
Google has pushed out a sizable update for Google Play Games today (yay, Wednesday!) and the changes finally make the app worth using. There are three major changes, and they are ones that I think everyone is going to like.
See invitations for multiplayer games
See who's playing a game
Search for something fun to...
Update now avalable over the air for those who didn't mess with the PC utility
T-Mobile's LG G2 already had a taste of KitKat a few days ago when the update came available through LG's PC utility, and now it's heading out over the air to everyone. Support pages from T-Mobile indicate that today is the day the official Android 4.4.2 update is rolling out to devices, bringing all of the latest...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Feb 2014 5:59 pm
Shutterbugs will be delighted with today's update
It's Wednesday, and that means a slew of Google app releases and updates. We've seen Chrome get a small one, and the Google Launcher made a big splash in the Play store, but we can't not talk about the big Google+ update slowly trickling out.
If you're the type who loves taking and sharing pictures, you'll love this one. All the major changes...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Feb 2014 3:42 pm
New version will roll out to users over the next few days
Google has updated the Chrome browser for Android today, bringing the version number up to 33.0.1750.132. Along with the usual performance and stability tweaks, there are several changes highlighted by the Chrome team.
Download progress notification for file downloads using the Chrome network stack
Updated help and feedback UI
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Feb 2014 9:06 pm
Another staggered rollout begins February 19 for KitKat on the US Cellular Note 3
The US Cellular Galaxy S4 won't be the only Samsung phone on USCC getting a KitKat update tomorrow. These docs say that the carrier's Galaxy Note 3 also has the new hotness coming.
Like the Galaxy S4 update, it's a stanged rollout that is expected to be 100 percent complete in 10 days. Also like the S4, the...
Let's hope that this is just quick preparation for the big jump to KitKat in the near future
The illustrious KitKat update for the LG G2 on AT&T is still on the horizon, and unfortunately today's update for the phone isn't it. What you will get, starting today, is a 15.4MB update that fixes two things — "FOTA enhancement to support future updates" and "Google enhancements." It's hard to...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Feb 2014 8:09 pm
37MB file enables full compatibility with Verizon's LTE network, still Android 4.4.2
Your LTE-equipped Nexus 7 should be seeing an update today that adds "Full compatibility with Verizon's 4G LTE network" — though plenty of people are using it with no issues and no update. Build KVT49L is just 37MB, and doesn't show us anything new or exciting, but we'll take any update we can get, right?
Apparently 'shortly' was more like 'immediately' for this update
Coming just hours after HTC announced that the KitKat update for Verizon HTC Ones was on the way "shortly," folks have already started seeing the update notification on their phones. The whopping 617MB update brings the HTC One up to Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5, which brings a nice set of tweaks and improvements.
After the update...
Also a slick new video tutorial the first time you run the app
Rounding out today's Googlicious updates is another small one, this time for Google Drive. The current version — which varies by device — includes just two changes over the ubiquitous bug fixes. namely animated GIF support and a new 1x1 shortcut to the document scanner.
The former you'll find in any document you've embedded an...
Users experiencing messaging bugs hopefully get their fix
Big G has pushed out a small update for the Hangouts app today, and while the change log is short, it looks to be exactly what more than a few have been waiting for.
What's New (2.0.3)
More fixes for sending/receiving MMS
Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters
Behind the scenes fixes may not...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 31 Jan 2014 6:41 pm
Customers can initiate pull request today soon
Updated update: Things are good. Go download your update. Someone forgot to factor the time Google needs to get the file itself on the servers, and things backed up 12 hours.
Update: Looks like someone jumped the gun, as the Sprint admin who posted about the update has walked things back a bit, adding that "this software update is on hold and...
Other changes include improvements to Wifi, Bluetooth streaming and the stock email app
Just a month after the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra were updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there's a second 4.3-based firmware rolling out to both handsets. Sony has confirmed via Twitter that the update is rolling out in stages starting today, with "display, BT [Bluetooth] music streaming, email, Wifi...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Jan 2014 2:28 pm
Authentication makes sure you're the only one managing your Android devices
Android Device Manager — the Android service to help find, track and wipe a missing phone or tablet — had its app updated today, and there's just one small change. You can now set things up so you'll need to supply your Google password when opening the app or switching accounts.
This seems like a minor change, and one...
308MB update brings HTC's 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android
HTC said it'd deliver Android 4.4 KitKat to European HTC Ones by the end of January, and it seems the manufacturer's about to make good on its promise. An update to software version 4.19.401.8, weighing in at 308.24 megabytes, has started hitting HTC One handsets in parts of Europe — including unlocked devices from the...
Technical Approval received; OTA to roll out from Jan. 29
The HTC One X is at the top of many people's minds recently as HTC announced it will not update the device past Android 4.2. Well the day has come now for AT&T's variant of the phone to make that take its last major platform version jump. The update, which will also bring along the improvements of Sense 5 to the device, has passed...
Cases that replicate 'S-View' functionality will work again after fix
The Android 4.4. KitKat update is making the rounds to certain Galaxy Note 3s, but an unfortunate bug is causing issues with some third-party view covers. After the update began rolling out, users reported that non-Samsung covers that replicated the "S-View" functionality were not working after the bump to KitKat. This is...
Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life
Remember the Ellipsis 7? That's the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there's a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jan 2014 7:59 pm
A short but sweet change log wraps up today's update
Dropbox got updated today, with one very small, but very irritating bug being fixed — the broken camera auto-upload. Previously, users on Android 4.4.2 were forced to open the app and manually upload their pictures, as background uploading was not working as intended. In addition, now you can choose to upload only pictures to your Dropbox,...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Jan 2014 6:58 pm
Design and engineering phase complete on Recon Instruments' Jet smart glasses
Recon Instruments CEO Dan Eisenhardt sent out an update to Recon Jet customers this afternoon about the hardware redesign announced last fall. The bad news is that the wearable heads-up sport glasses are still not on the shelves, but the good news is that production should start soon.
In my my last note to you, you...
Three mid-range devices released Aug. 2012 make the jump from Android 4.1
Building on a rough launch window detailed in November last year, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia T, TX, V and SP will be getting Android 4.3 updates starting this month. That's a pretty big step for these mid-range or lower devices, which will all make the jump directly from Android 4.1 to 4.3. The Xperia T, TX and V...
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