The relationship between Google and Nestlé remains as strong as its ever been. Google released Android 4.4 in 2013 and applied the KitKat name, a product that Nestlé owns and licenses to Hershey in the United States. Now the two are back together to replace the KitKat name with YouTube’s on more than 600,000 packages in the United Kingdom. It is all part of Nestlé’s ‘Celebreate the Breakers Break’ campaign. Also, searching “YouTube my break” on a mobile device will return results with the top four videos trending from around the world. Google and Nestlé want people to make the most of their unused time.
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If we tell you that YouTube is going to replace KitKat and not Lollipop, would you say that we’ve gone nuts? Well, fret not as Google is joining forces with Nestlé to launch ‘YouTube Break’ that will replace classic KitKat logo on over 600,000 limited edition packs.
This is the biggest redesign of the KitKat wrapper since the brand came to market 80 years ago. The popular chunky bars will come with 72 different types of advertisement designs and 100 million bars will be produced over the course of the campaign. Additionally, 400 limited edition bars will be produced.
As part of their joint venture, searching “KitKat YouTube my break” on phones will lead users to a KitKat video followed by a playlist of the latest top four trending YouTube videos.
“With half of YouTube views now on mobile devices, ‘YouTube my break’ is a fun way for more people to interact on the channel and enjoy the best videos available. With up to 300 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the top trending videos are likely to be changing all the time, making each new search as exciting as the last,” said David Black, MD Branding & Consumer Markets, Google UK said.
It is notable that the KitKat Youtube break initiative comes after Google named its Android operating system 4.4 update ‘KitKat’ after the well-known Nestlé brand.
Ah, that famous jingle, “Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that… YouTube Break?” Wait… that’s not right, or is it? Apparently, Nestle and Google are teaming up for a new partnership that will see the standard KitKat bar re-branded as the “YouTube Break” for a run of 600,000 candy bars in the UK and Ireland. This marks the second time Nestle and Google collaborated on such a project, the first time obviously being when Android 4.4 arrived as KitKat instead of the oft-rumored Key Lime Pie.
This time around, the re-branding is in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of YouTube and the 80th anniversary of the KitKat bar. So we know it’s too celebrate two anniversaries, but what exactly is the connection between YouTube and KitKat? At least according to Google UK’s David Black:
It’s great to see KitKat consumers are huge fans of YouTube and, along with our 1 billion users, regard YouTube as a favourite source of entertainment. With half of YouTube views now on mobile devices, ‘YouTube my break’ is a fun way for more people to interact on the channel and enjoy the best videos available. With up to 300 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the top trending videos are likely to be changing all the time, making each new search as exciting as the last.
In addition to creating the re-branded candy bars, searching YouTube for “YouTube my Break” will also bring up the top four trending videos of the day, alongside a KitKat ad. As far as we can tell, the candy bar side of the promotion will not be seen in other markets like the United States, though we’ll be sure to update you if that changes.
Remember when Google teamed up with Nestle and went and named a flavor of Android after a four-fingered chocolate bar? Turns out it wasn’t the last we’d see from this unlikely partnership. To celebrate 80 years since the KitKat went on sale, the two companies announced today that 600,000 “limited edition” packs will feature the name “YouTube Break” instead of the familiar KitKat logo in the UK. According to Nestle, it’ll form just one of 72 different “breaks” that will feature on more than 400 wrapper designs. The plan is to produce 100 million packs, with the search giant only playing a small role. That said, YouTube will get involved, allowing smartphone owners to watch the day’s top trending videos with a “OK Google, YouTube my break” voice search. If you didn’t think things could get more sickly sweet, Google and Nestle just proved you wrong.
The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.
Source: Android Developers
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Ever had the feeling that certain phone operating systems are more likely to crash your apps than others? It’s not just you. Crittercism has posted its latest breakdown of crash reports from about 20,000 apps, and it’s clear that certain operating systems aren’t as friendly as others. On Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is most likely to wreck your day; KitKat (4.4) is close behind, while Lollipop’s early reputation for glitches apparently doesn’t affect apps. With Apple devices, however, the tables turn. While iOS’ app crash rate is lower overall, iOS 8 is a bit more problematic than its predecessor. That’s not surprising given that Apple hasn’t had as much time to tackle issues in 8, but you may feel better if you’re still holding on to 7.
Don’t be too quick to brag about your choice of platform. The stats say a lot about app stability, but they don’t tell the story of your operating system. A rock-solid social networking client doesn’t matter much if basic Android or iOS features are breaking down. Also, the info may be skewed by the number of active users. It’s hard to know how reliable Lollipop will be in the long run when only a small slice of Android devices are running it, after all. If nothing else, Crittercism’s figures show that stability doesn’t consistently improve or deteriorate — sometimes, it varies from release to release.
Photo by Will Lipman.
We have been informing you of update after update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 around the globe, and now it is time for AT&T customers to have their turn. The OTA is rolling out now, but you are not to enjoy Android 5.x Lollipop, welcome folks to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
In addition to the bump in KitKat version, going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, AT&T Galaxy S5 users will now have HD Voice capability, which the rest of us just call VoLTE. If that is not enough for you, you are now the proud owner of some new apps, whether you like it or not.
The changelog on this nearly 500MB official OTA update is as follows:
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- – Miscellaneous improvements, bug fixes and security updates
- HD Voice Capability (VoLTE)
- AT&T Service additions:
- – Mail – ATT Mail (att.net mail)
- – AT&T Live
- – Uber
- – Remote Support
If you are a root user, please remember that this KitKat update will more than likely patch up your exploited version of Android. You’ll need to hang off for a new exploit before you can enjoy root functionality again.
Watch for the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTA update on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 coming soon, if it hasn’t landed already. Those we have heard from report that the update indeed is an improvement on device performance, even if it isn’t the Lollipop you were hoping for.
Are you excited for Android 4.4.4 KitKat on your AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5?
If you are still waiting for Google to do something about the WebView vulnerabilities in older Android releases, you may not be a fan of their official response to the matter. Google says they’ve already fixed it, sort of, but at least offered ways that you can protect yourself and your data going forward.
In a recent Google+ post, echoing an older DevBytes video and our own take on the matter, Google has addressed the WebView issues that have been of growing target for complaints of the free and open source Android OS. Android releases prior to KitKat, that is, versions 4.3 and older, have a known code injection flaw in the WebView element.
WebView is broken, don’t use it
WebView is a tool within Android that allows apps to display web content within the app, you’ve all seen these before as ads at the bottom of a free game or an in-app web based help page. Although the Google+ post goes on to describe a few best practices, the underlying message is unforgiving and clear, WebView is broken, so don’t use it.
Perhaps Google’s advice is easier said than done, especially for the casual gamers in the crowd, but disabling the default Android browser and installing Chrome, Dolphin or another full web browser is good advice regardless the issues. Developers, please familiarize yourself with the best practices for your apps, to keep us secure.
Now, didn’t you say that Google fixed the issue? Well, yes, sort of. Google took the time in the Google+ post to explain that they have limited resources for working on older versions of Android. Plainly put, Android 4.4 KitKat included the fix to the WebView bug. Keeping in mind that KitKat is over a year old now itself, having been through versions up to 4.4.4 before giving way to Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is also a couple versions in already. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is already shipping out to some devices.
Bottom line, users of devices running Jellybean and older are just out of luck. Please take the precautions discussed, or have a look at installing a custom ROM, if one is available for your Android unit.
Is this an acceptable response from Google, or should they dedicate more staff to fixing older Android releases? Before you answer, I might suggest taking a look at the latest Android distribution numbers.
Xiaomi is keeping its momentum going as it just launched the Redmi 2S in China earlier today. The device is a budget-class smartphone and will cost a mere $113. The Redmi 2S is the successor to the Redmi 1S (also sometimes called the Hongmi 1S), which was launched in May 2014.
The specs for the Redmi 2S aren’t anything spectacular, but it also won’t break your wallet. The display is 4.7-inches with 720p IPS. The cameras are 8MP and 2MP, back and front respectively. The main feature of this phone is the addition of a 4G LTE antenna, which supports GSM, WCDMA, TD LTE and LTE FDD networks.
So, what’s under the hood in terms of processors? Keep reading after the break.
The processor that is shipping with this phone is the 64-bit Snapdragon 410. It’ll be running with 1GB of RAM and have 8GB of storage capacity, all powered by a 2200mAh battery.
The Redmi 2S is shipping with Android KitKat 4.4, and not Lollipop. The reason I bring this up is that, along with the 1GB of RAM, the inclusion of a 64-bit processor is fluff.
Firstly, the Play Store still mainly features apps that are created for 32-bit processors. Unless those apps were created in Java, it’s still going to take some time to make the shift to 64-bit. Secondly, Android 5.0 really sets the stage for 64-bit processing and without it an average user may never really notice any speed differences between 32-bit and 64-bit. Finally, it is only coming with 1GB of RAM. There are many perks to 64-bit processors outside of that >4GB of RAM argument, but the Redmi 2S doesn’t appear to be taking advantage of anything with the addition of a 64-bit CPU.
In closing, I would not recommend this device unless you just have to have 4G LTE because you’re not around WiFi often enough, or you just have an extra $100 laying around burning a hole through your wallet. Alternatively, if your smartphone just broke and all you have is a $100 for a new device, you could consider the Redmi 2S.
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It’s a new month, and that means we get a new infographic showing us the Android distribution on those devices out there. As you can see by the numbers, KitKat has climbed to 30% taking the much deserved lead to all the other versions of Android. That percentage will most likely still rise in numbers, even though the next update we will have some of that beautiful Android Lollipop on it. Let us know what version of Android you are currently running on your devices.
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