Code allowed for benchmark manipulation by removing CPU throttling limitation
Samsung may have learned its lesson from the benchmark inflation affair, with a report suggesting the latest software updates from the company gives a more accurate result of a device's capabilities. Code relating to optimizing the processor of the company's smartphones in earlier releases of Android customized for the devices appears to be missing in Android 4.4 updates, which could be a sign it has been removed completely.
All Nexus, Google Play Edition devices can download new launcher
Google has added the Google Now Launcher to the Play Store, allowing the software that first appeared on the Nexus 5 to be used on other devices. The free launcher, formerly known as the Google Experience Launcher, adds a number of features not offered in the original Android 4.4 launcher, including a dedicated Home Screen page for Google now, as well as performing hands-free voice searches by uttering "OK Google" before the search query.
Majority of Galaxy S devices will get Android 4.4 update
Samsung has confirmed it will be bringing Android 4.4.2 to a large number of its mobile devices in the United States. The upgrade to Android KitKat, rumored last month, will apparently start rolling out to devices from today onwards, and while the timing will vary between carriers and individual devices, it will continue "throughout the coming months."
Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters
Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.
HTC confirms Android KitKat for HTC One in testing, certification expected next week
Users of the HTC One will soon receive an update to Android KitKat, according to a posting on the company's Twitter account. The message states that the Android 4.4 update has "entered carrier labs" for final testing, and to expect certification sometime next week, though the update will probably take longer to actually reach the devices. When asked about a similar European release, the same account advised it did not have "anything official to announce at the moment."
Google adds Moto G to Google Play lineup
Google on Tuesday revealed a new version of its budget-oriented Moto G handset, a version that sports a plain vanilla version of Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G Google Play edition showed up on Google's Play Store on Tuesday in two configurations: one an 8GB model and the other a 16GB model. The low-cost Motorola handset is the latest addition to the Google Play edition lineup, a lineup that does not yet include the Moto G's higher-end sibling, the Moto X.
Screen video recording app from CyanogenMod team enters beta
The latest build of CyanogenMod brings Android 4.4 to a number of devices, including a number that have yet to receive the KitKat treatment. The team has also announced that it is adding automatic encryption of text messages to its builds, as well as introducing a new app that records a video of actions performed on the smartphone's display.
Camera app overhauled and optimized
Google has reportedly focused on Nexus 5 camera functionality with the upcoming Android 4.4.1 update, which is expected to begin rolling out this week. The software tweaks promise to resolve problems with the current camera, improving autofocus time and exposure in low-light conditions.
Tablet, smartphone makers must license browser or make their own
Smartphone and tablet manufacturers hoping to use the latest version of Android in their product will not receive a browser as part of the mobile operating system. Instead, mobile device producers will be forced to either license Chrome from Google or build their own browser for customers to use straight from the box.
Android 4.4 'KitKat' brings further user interface refinements
Android 4.4 'KitKat' officially landed on October 31 initially as an exclusive for the Nexus 5 smartphone, just three months after the arrival of Android 4.3 'Jelly Bean' on the Nexus 7 tablet. Google has seen fit to move away from the 'Jelly Bean' theme this time around, partly because it has revised the user interface more substantially than in previous releases, while it has also added a number of new features to the operating system. So what exactly has changed from a user interface perspective in Android 4.4 'KitKat'?
Android 4.4 update remains on schedule
In a tweet from its corporate Twitter account, HTC confirmed that Verizon-based HTC One owners would still receive their updates to Android 4.4 by the end of January. The announcement came by way of an assurance that the company's current delay in delivering Android 4.3 to those customers would not affect the next update to 4.4 The Verizon One is supposed to see an update to Android 4.3 some time in December.
KitKat update for Nexus 4 weighs in at under 240MB
Google has started to roll out Android 4.4 to the Nexus 4 smartphone. Reports claim that Nexus 4 owners are starting to see the Android KitKat update being made available for their devices, with the operating system upgrade coming to the smartphone after being made available on the Moto X, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablets.
Phased rollout of new Android hits Moto X
Moto X owners with Verizon as a carrier should see access to Android 4.4 KitKat starting today. Motorola announced today that Verizon would begin rolling out an Android 4.4 update in phases, and the notification should begin appearing on the devices of Moto X users. The new update comes just over two weeks after Motorola promised a rapid update cycle for its new flagship device.
Android 4.4 starts global rollout stateside, tablets first in line
Android 4.4 'KitKat' updates have started rolling out to Nexus 7 Wi-Fi-only and Nexus 10 users, according to Google. Users will be able to update their devices over-the-air, although Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data are advised that their respective updates will be available 'soon.' Android 4.4 is the latest version of Android and comes pre-installed on the Nexus 5 smartphone, bringing with it speed and user interface enhancements along with new features.
Multiple filters, image effects include fine level of user control
Android 4.4 will ship with a non-destructive photo editor, as part of its gallery. The new editor will allow devices running KitKat to make a number of adjustments to an image taken by the device, including a number of effects and filters typically associated with desktop image editing software or editing apps, without making any permanent changes to the original image.
Google Experience Launcher, core apps made available to download
A number of featured apps from Android KitKat have been made available to download. The apps, pulled from Google's factory image of Android 4.4 for the Nexus 5, include some that could be considered minor updates when compared to earlier versions, while others are more notable, including the new Google Search.
Moto X, current Droid range to gain KitKat
Motorola has revealed a list of devices that will receive Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. A dedicated upgrades page on the Motorola website allows users to select a large number of combinations for carriers and devices, with the Moto X and the new Droid range on Verizon being shown as receiving Android KitKat in the future.
KitKat said to run on lower-power devices
Google on Thursday announced the release of the long-expected new version of its Android operating system, version 4.4 KitKat. The new version of Android will come preinstalled on Google's new Nexus 5 handset, which was also announced on Thursday, and Google will be pushing it out to other Nexus devices in the coming weeks. This latest build, according to Google's Android blog, is aimed at decreasing the amount of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem, and the search giant altered the platform to make sure that was the case.
KitKat seen as a move to control TVs
Google's forthcoming Android 4.4 KitKat update to its mobile operating system could spark the beginning of a wider movement by the search giant to carve out territory in the television market. A new report from ETNews says that Google will try to leverage Android's brand strength to succeed where its earlier Google TV efforts have so far failed. Google has already said that it worked to make KitKat scalable to more devices, including lower-power handsets, but the new reports seem to indicate that Google is also looking to expand Android's reach upward into televisions.
New dialer, mobile data plan management spotted in photographs
The first images of the next version of Android may have been revealed. Photographs of a smartphone running what is claimed to be an earlier build of Android 4.4, complete with pre-KitKat images representing the previous Key Lime Pie name, appears to hint at a few of the features that will come in the next version of the mobile operating system.
Google rumored to launch Nexus 5, Android 4.4 on October 14
The highly-anticipated Google Nexus 5 has been tipped for an October 14 drop date, according to Ausdroid sources. Although not confirmed, the timing would align roughly with last year’s launch timing and reveal of the Nexus 4, which debuted in October running Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean.’ Despite the fact that Google has publicly erected its large chocolate covered Android ‘KitKat’ statue on its Mountain View campus, it has not yet revealed when the newly minted operating system will launch, or what features it will bring with it.
Activations surpass 1 billion
Google is now teasing its next major Android release, version 4.4. The update will continue the company's confectionery naming theme, adopting the monicker KitKat from the popular Nestle wafers. Alongside the versioning announcement, senior vice president Sundar Pichai also published a Google+ post noting that Android devices have surpassed a billion activations.