Today is not only hump day, but it also the day the Google usually updates app. Some updates are minor, others are major. Then you have something totally unexpected. Not to long ago we let you all know that Google was working on releasing the stock Android camera app to the Play Store. The launch date was never mentioned, just that it was in the works. However, there is good news regarding the stock camera app today as Google has just released it.
The release of the app also pushes an update out with it that moves the camera app to version 2.1.037. It brings along a new interface and some new features like lens blur mode, which gives you SLR-like photos with a shallow depth of field.
Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.
• Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
• Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
• Panorama mode with high resolution
• 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
• Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
• Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat
You will probably notice that final bullet point in the apps description.
If you happen to be sporting a device that sports anything below Android 4.4 you won’t be allowed to install it from the Play Store. :0( We will get our hands on the apk and give it a run on a few devices anyways and see what happens.
Until then, if you sport a Nexus or another device on Android 4.4+, feel free to hit the link below and go give it a shot.
Getting the APK now by the way, will update with the links shortly.
LG have begun rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to their LG G Pad 8.3 tablet via an over-the-air (OTA) update in Europe. LG were expected to release the update, so we knew it was coming, but LG jumped the gun and are issuing the update early.
The 4.4.2 KitKat update for the LG G Pad 8.3 weighs in at around 300MB so is quite a significant package for the tablet, which brings some added functionality:
- Android 4.4.2 OS upgrade.
- LG Knock Code.
- Improved system performance.
The Knock Code bundled with the update builds on the popular Knock On feature by LG, whereby you could tap on the screen to wake the device. Knock Code takes this one step further by enabling the user to unlock the device using any one of 86,367 different combinations.
You should see your device prompting you that an update is available on the LG G Pad 8.3, but if not it can be manually triggered in the Settings app.
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Another month has past, so another platform chart has been released to see who is running what on their devices. We always hope to see the newest versions of Android take most of the pie, and it looks like Android 4.4 KitKat has seen a nice percentage raise to 5.3%. Last month the percentage was roughly 2.5%, so they are doing their best to get that KitKat out there to us. Jelly Bean is still the victor in this pie, by taking 61.4% of devices out there, which is about a 0.6% decrease from last month. A very lovely number indeed, which is what Android is striving to achieve, by making their newest versions easier to get on all the many devices out there. Cut down that fragmentation.
Still makes me laugh that there are still people rocking Froyo out there, but at least that Gingerbread and ICS number has gone down. Let us know what you think about these new numbers.
Let’s wash those Monday blues away with some Device Updates. A partial list from the Android 4.4.3 update that should be rolling out soon, has hit the net, and it definitely squashes the bugs that are plaguing Android 4.4.2. As soon as that update rolls out, we will let you guys know.
In the endless war between iOS and Android, there are many contentious areas for heated discussion, some with little, or no, basis in logic. There is, however, possibly one less area for conflict now after Crittercism posted its report into mobile platform stability and found that Android 4.4 KitKat is the most stable mobile OS. According to Crittercism’s findings, which involved a sample of over 2,500 devices and 106 different mobile operating systems, Android KitKat had the lowest overall crash rate at just 0.7%.
According to the study, Gingerbread has the worst rate of crashing of all the Android operating systems at 1.7%. Across the way at Apple, iOS 7.1 came in at a crash rate of 1.6%, only marginally above that of Gingerbread, though that is nothing compared to the crash rate of iOS 5 which logged in at 2.5%. While it’s hard to say if these results are significant or definitive enough to represent the global device population, it’s nice to see an attempt to try and put this information together.
What do you think about the results of Crittercism’s study into mobile platform crashes? Think the study holds any water? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments.
The main focus of the a post on the Sony Mobile blog today was Android 4.4 KitKat updates for three devices that started today. While the software is available for the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, the actual update might not be hitting your device for a little while. At the tail end of the announcement Sony tossed in a few little side details for six other Xperia branded devices.
Once the roll out for the three mentioned above is completed, or at least near completion to their standards, then Sony will start another round of Android 4.4 updates for four more Xperia devices. Those holding onto a Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR will be happy to hear that in mid-Q2, that is May, Sony will start pushing Android 4.4 out for you.
An additional little bit of info also puts the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 in the mix for an update to KitKat. They failed to offer a time line of any sort for those three devices.
Source: Sony Mobile
I knew an update for some Sony Xperia devices couldn’t be to far off. This morning Sony announced that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact will all be getting Android 4.4. Check out some of the details that you can expect in the release beyond the obvious 4.4 KitKat OS :
- Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
- We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
- If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and livewallpaper across the lock and home screens
- We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and…
- Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more!
- Our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles, and more to follow soon…
The update is available, but time and availability per market and carriers will be the deciding factor on when you actually see it become available.
Source: Sony Mobile
HTC appears to have been working quite hard lately to get its Android KitKat update out to all its HTC One handsets, only narrowly missing its promised target. The job of updating the rest of its devices, however, isn’t over yet and today we’ve been told that the Android 4.4.2 OTA update for the HTC Butterfly S is starting to roll out today.
The 737MB update brings the Butterfly S all the KitKat goodies as well as cloud printing support, Bluetooth profiles and security enhancements. If you’re not one to wait for OTA updates to get to you, you can head over to this XDA forum page where the update has been captured and ready for your download.
Presumably HTC is going to continue pushing out Android 4.4.2 updates, and the next in line could be the HTC Butterfly, A.K.A the HTC Droid DNA; I guess we’ll just have to see. Any Butterfly S users seeing the update yet? Let us know if you do in the comments below.
Motorola recently updated the Moto G to Android 4.4, but it turns out the update brought some troubles as well. Users are complaining that after the update, they are facing several issues. Below is the list of bugs that you might be facing if you have updated your Moto G:
- lose mobile signal
- display ‘No Sim’ icons,
- fall into Aeroplane mode (while not displaying Aeroplane Icon status)
- Mobile signal can often be recovered by swapping into and out of Aeroplane mode.
- Pop-up errors about being in Aeroplane mode while attempting to make calls during signal problems.
- Aeroplane mode observed in about phone status (while no aeroplane mode shown on icons)
- Popup errors – the process “com.android.phone” has stopped
- Not specific to individual SIM cards – multiple SIMs (cutdown/original confirmed as impacted)
- Suggestion that it only occurs with mobile data enabled – to be investigated.
Well, these are a lot of bugs, but you can relax because Motorola is aware, and they are working on a solution. However, such problems happen rarely because the update is always tested on the device before official launch, but you never know when the bugs will show up.
Any Moto G user out there facing such issues? Let us know in the comment box below.
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There are plenty of options when looking to run a custom ROM on your Android device and one of the most popular, besides CyanogenMod, is Paranoid Android.
Official PA ROMs only support Nexus devices, so if you don’t see your device in the downloads, it’s not supported by the main development team, but there may be a port and you just need to search the forums.
Up until recently, the latest PA ROMs based on Android 4.4 KitKat were primarily a stock experience, but today an update was released, PA 4.1 beta, bringing one of the ROM’s killer “flagship” features, PIE controls, its stock navigation replacement.
According to PA, PIE is “a simple, straight-forward replacement of the navigation bar that optimizes the screen space available to the user.”
PIE is basically a fully-customizable replacement for the on-screen navigation buttons and stays hidden off-screen, only seen with a predefined gesture that can come from any of the four sides of the device.
Via Google+, the PA development team said that it faced some problems with the immersive mode introduced in KitKat, and has now released a redesigned version to match the KitKat design philosophy. Instead of porting the feature to its KitKat ROMs, PA completely redesigned the feature for the new version of Android.
PIE controls are now fully-integrated into the core UX with the introduction of “on-the-spot preferences,” so PA users no longer need to sort through endless settings.
Additionally, it gives users status information at a glance when your status bar is hidden in immersive mode, plus the stock Google Now swipe up gesture is now integrated.
If you’ve never tried out Paranoid Android before, be sure to check out 4.1 beta on your rooted, unlocked device, which is now available for the Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi and 4G), Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi and 3G), Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus (GSM, Sprint and Verizon). Be sure to grab the latest Gapps as well.
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