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4 years ago

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

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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 Heyl.

  • kitkat-dev for kitkat open source contributions
  • kitkat-release the kitkat release build (KRT16M) for the Nexus 5--which will be tagged with android-4.4_r1. 

The code is available for download, as well as the factory images and proprietary binaries for the Nexus 5. You can find the images here, and grab the binaries if you're going to do a bit of code crunching yourself right here

Prepare for the ROMs.

Source: Android Building

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4 years ago

Google Play adds new colors of Nexus 7 Sleeve, HP Chromebook Sleeve

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Google expanding its accessory options, but they can't be ordered just yet

While the Nexus 5 and its associated accessories hit the Play Store today, Google quietly also updated the case offerings for the Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11. The Nexus 7 Sleeve, which was released back in August and works with either generation of the tablet, has picked up a neon yellow and subtle grey color. The sleeve will still set you back a hefty $29.99, but you're getting a well-made case for the money. We're still seeing "coming soon" for both new colors, unfortunately.

On the larger side of things, the newly-announced HP Chromebook 11 Sleeve is getting a new color — a red inside with white outside combination. It's the same $49.99 price as the other colors, and again is still "coming soon."

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4 years ago

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

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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 has been opened to install on any device, the ability to use it for NFC payments (aka "tap and pay") at physical stores has been dramatically limited by carriers and manufacturers. Responding to a post by Michael Bond on Google+, the official Google Wallet account gave us a bit of info today on the status as of Android 4.4:

If you have a Nexus 5 device, you can now use Google Wallet to tap and pay in stores with any carrier. We look forward to bringing NFC tap and pay functionality to more Android phones soon.

Now that doesn't exactly mean every device running Android 4.4 — it specifically refers to the Nexus 5. And in that respect, nothing has really changed just yet. The Google Wallet support page, which has been updated to reflect the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 announcement, currently lists every device that is able to use Google Wallet tap and pay and the caveats associated.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4 KitKat

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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 update. For more information about Galaxy Nexus, visit the Nexus Help Center.

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4 years ago

Motorola to bring KitKat to Moto X, new Droids and Dev Edition RAZR HD

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Small number of models confirmed for the update, others left waiting a while longer

Motorola has just updated its customer help pages to reflect which devices will receive updates to Android 4.4 KitKat. Just as you would expect, all variants of the Moto X will be getting the latest software, as will Verizon's latest lineup of Droid (Mini, Ultra, Maxx) devices. Left out are the last round of Droid phones from Verizon, the RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD.

The one exception here is the Developer Edition RAZR HD, which is confirmed to have Android 4.4 on the way. Motorola of course doesn't give any time frame on when the updates will hit, but is at least giving its word that they will come eventually. This is also just the list of phones that are confirmed to be receiving the update. Several devices are listed as having a "future plan coming soon" — but we wouldn't count on too many of those getting seeing 4.4.

Source: Motorola; +Punit Soni

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4 years ago

Google Voice won't be integrated into latest Hangouts update, but it's coming

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App developers must stop making unauthorized use of Google Voice by May 14, 2014

Starting with the launch of the Nexus 5, Hangouts will integrate seamlessly with your SMS messages. That is, unless you're a Google Voice user — always a bridesmaid and never a bride, Google Voice is getting left out in the cold again with the latest Hangouts update. Google has confirmed that you'll only be able to use SMS in Hangouts v2 through your regular carrier number, but rest assured that it plans to bring Google Voice support soon.

The plan is to have Google Voice integrated into Hangouts "by early next year," citing that there are obvious carrier hurdles to making it all work. Additionally, work is being done to bring Google Voice numbers to international users as well as support MMS. While we wish there was a clearer time frame for how quickly Google Voice users can be brought up to speed, we'll never turn down some reassurance that the feature integration is coming.

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4 years ago

Partying for Halloween tonight? Make sure to snap some #LloydOWeen photos for the contest!

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Today is Halloween so this is your last chance! Today when you're out trick-or-treating, heading to your kids Halloween parade or just slumming around the house in costume, don't forget to snap a photo for our #LloydOWeen contest. It can be pretty much whatever you want, just be sure to show off your phone or tablet in the picture.

Send us your photos (details below) and we'll pick the best of the best to win some awesome prizes ... or will we?

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4 years ago

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

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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 days.

Original post: With today's Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 announcements, a natural question to pose is when exactly the new version of Android will be headed to other devices. Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is first out the gate with an official answer for us and a commitment to a relatively speedy update path for its flagship HTC One in the U.S.

An HTC spokesperson said:

"We’re all excited about Google’s Halloween treat and plan on breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar for the HTC One. In North America, we’ll deliver Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One within 90 days, and the HTC One max and the HTC One mini will follow."

Elsewhere the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are due to receive updates to KitKat "in the coming weeks."

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4 years ago

Yes, you can buy a Nexus 5 from Google Play and activate it on Sprint

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Good news, folks. A bunch of you have asked us if you can purchase a Nexus 5 from Google Play and activate it on Sprint. We've just heard back from Sprint, and the answer is in the affirmative.

Repeat: Yes, you can purchase a Nexus 5 from Google Play and activate it on Sprint.

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4 years ago

Hangouts v2 preinstalled on Nexus 5, updated in Play Store in coming weeks

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New information revealed about SMS integration, statuses and sharing options

Google announced at an event this week that new features would be coming in the latest version of Hangouts, and now we have a better idea of when and specifically what we'll be getting. First up is SMS and MMS integration — Google says you'll be able to receive text messages in Hangouts, and you can even import existing conversations when you make the move. SMS support also extends to group texts and emoji support between Android and iPhone.

You will also be able to send animated GIFs in Hangouts, including Auto Awesome animated photos made through Google+. Even further, you can now set status indicators showing what device you're currently using, whether or not you're in a call and what your mood is (if you're into that kinda thing). You'll also be able to share your granular location on a map (shown above).

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4 years ago

Video: What's new in Android 4.4 design

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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!

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4 years ago

International Contest: Win one of two Nexus 5 phones!

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Want to win a new Nexus 5? Here's how!

The Nexus 5 is top-of-mind today, and for good reason. It couples top-level hardware with stock Android 4.4 KitKat at a very reasonable price. And now that it’s official and ready for orders, we know you want one. NOW.

Android Central is here to help you out. We’re giving away TWO Nexus 5 devices. For the details, just click this link.

For those that want to stay and read the rules, there are a few:

  • You need to have a legit email address registered at Android Central. If you don't, we can't contact you should you win.
  • Enter ONCE. It's easy for us to tell if you're posting more than once in the contest.
  • If you've won a device from us in the past 12 months, you can't win. We want to share the love a little bit. 
  • The contest will stay open until 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, November 5th. At that point we'll shut it down and randomly pick two winners.

Enter to win one of two Nexus 5 devices

GOOD LUCK!

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4 years ago

Video: What's new in Android 4.4

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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.

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4 years ago

Android 4.4 KitKat is official, launching on the Nexus 5

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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 the renders. For starters, among the many changes to the stock launcher, it's now possible to say "OK Google" from the home screen to start a voice search or use other voice-activated features.

More after the break.

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4 years ago

Google releases Android 4.4 KitKat SDK

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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 when targeting the devices that will run Kit Kat. Support for all of the features, like Project Svelte to help lower-spec devices, the new immersive screen mode, and host card emulation for NFC payments will be available for the great developers Android is blessed with, and we're plenty excited to see what they can do with it all.

If you're interested in checking things out for yourself, you can update your existing SDK through the normal channels and install it from scratch using the directions detailed here. Well be digging in and playing with any bundled emulator as soon as things settle down and it's available for download. Stay tuned!

More: Platform Highlights | API overview

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