HTC announced the Eye Experience software two days ago, the first device to pack these features is the HTC Desire Eye. The Eye Experience is also coming to the HTC One M8 alongside Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which also contains some security fixes.
The Eye Experience improves the One M8 camera software with some cool features mostly involving the front-facing camera. You can now track up to 4 faces during video chat and ensure they're within the camera's view angle thanks to Face Tracking. It is followed by the Split capture feature that lets you use the front-facing and rear camera simultaneously.
The M8 firmware version of the update is 3.28.401.6 and weighs 252.01MB. Currently, HTC is slowly seeding the update for unlocked One M8 units in Europe, but other markets should follow shortly.
Google is working on integrating Chromecast on Android with Media Apps. Today, many users who have either Nexus devices or one of the newer Motorola handsets which are running Android 4.4 have been reporting that a new "Cast Screen" button has appeared in the Quick Settings menu when certain Chromecast Enabled apps are run.
Obviously, it sounds like you'll be able to mirror your Android display on your TV through Chromecast, but no one has gotten it working yet.
Every Month, Google release the latest Android platform distribution numbers showing the current state of Android versions distribution among devices that have recently checked-in the Play Store. Here's the numbers for the last month July,2014.
As expected, KitKat has grown a bit more, up to 20.9% now (was 17.9% last month), while Jelly Bean dropping from 56.5 to 54.2%. Still hanging above the 50% mark and encompassing 3 API levels, Jelly Bean is still in the lead.
Froyo is hanging tight at 0.7%, while Gingerbread has grown 0.1% to 13.6%. Ice Cream Sandwich is continuing its own decline, dropping to 10.6% from 11.4% last month.
Google released the Android distribution report for the month of November. Android 4.4 KitKat continued its increase, it now runs on ONE out of every THREE devices out there with a percentage of 33.9% to be precise.
Android 4.4 KitKat's distribution number is up from 30.2% for the month of October. The KitKat share increase comes at the expense of Android Jelly Bean, which dropped below 50% (it was 50.9% last month).
Shares of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 2.3 Gingerbread dipped 0.7% each from a month ago to 7.8% and 9.1% respectively. Version 2.2 Froyo on the other hand is still alive and kicking it boots on 0.5% of all Android devices out there. Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't included on the chart yet but it will be next month as it's still below 0.1%.
It looks like Samsung isn't the only one taking advantage of Apple's #Bendgate. Samsung made a clever ad of the Galaxy Note 3 has popped up, showing the bent iPhone 6 Plus bowing to the Android phablet.
In addition, HTC and KitKat have also jumped on the Bendgate bandwagon on Twitter.
Sarcastically, HTC notes, "Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets." It refers to the One M8, which is also made of aluminum, but hasn't suffered from bending issues so far. In the other hand, KitKat said it doesn't bend, it Break.
A tweet from the Canadian carrier reveals that the Bell branded version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be receiving the Android 4.4.2 update "by Monday." Bell didn't mention which Monday they were referring to, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the mobile operator means that the device will be updated by this coming Monday at the latest.
@daryldavis41 Galaxy Note 3 should be updated by Monday. Thanks for the feedback, though. ^RD— Bell Mobility (@Bell_Mobility) March 13, 2014
Bell subscribers with Samsung Galaxy S4 have just received the Android 4.4.2 update last Thursday. Keep your eyes on your Galaxy Note 3 notification bar for the OTA update.
Samsung's former flag-ship, Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 users is still waiting for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, which rumored to be released to their devices earlier this year. However, Galaxy S3 users is still waiting for the official OTA update to KitKat and it's almost April... but finally Samsung broke its silent and provided some info.
The Arabian branch of Samsung confirmed this in a Facebook post after it was questioned by a local user. Also, Samsung Arabia claims that the Android 4.4.2 update for the device is scheduled to arrive by the End of this Month (March). We hope hey keep their promise!
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the international LG G2 units is now available for download via the OTA service. The KitKat firmware has been available for the Korean LG G2 since December, while the AT&T's users got it the last week of February. The update will roll-out gradually so it could take a few days or weeks before the Android KitKat firmware becomes available for your LG G2.
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
- Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
- Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
- Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
- Enhanced "Knock On" feature: The responsiveness of LG's Knock On feature has been improved.
It's been a while since Google released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to Nexus phones. Google is apparently testing the Next update which will be Android KitKat version 4.4.3 build number KTU72B.
It's a minor update that will fix a known camera issue on he previous release that present in the Google Nexus 5 as users observed a pretty significant increase in CPU usage when the camera application is operational, which makes the device laggy and drain its battery. This information comes from LlabTooFeR a renowned developer
Android 4.4.3 is under testing. Build number is KTU72B. Probably it will fix known camera bug.— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) March 24, 2014
There are no details yet on the other enhancements and fixes that the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update will bring to devices in general. The update is reported to be "under testing" and will be released soon, probably with a different build Number.
Last week, we heard a rumor about Android 4.4.3 KitKat [Build KTU72B] with camera bug fix that is coming soon. Today, we got the even more confirmed information about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, this time is a newer build "KTU8xx".
Android 4.4.3 Screenshot
The New 4.4.3 update will be a minor update with several bug fixes and improvements but no GUI changes, Here is the full change-log.
Android 4.4.3 Change-log:
- Frequent data connection dropout fix
- "Mm-qcamera-daemon" crash and optimization fixes
- Camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
- Power Manager display wakelock fix
- Multiple Bluetooth fixes
- Fix for a random reboot
- App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
- USB debugging security fix
- App shortcuts security fix
- Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
- Other camera fixes
- MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
- Stuck in activation screen fix
- Missed call LED fix
- Subtitle fixes
- Data usage graph fix
- Internet telephony fix
- FCC compliance fix
- Other miscellaneous fixes
The update build is seems to be finalized and it's coming soon. There is no official date but it won't take too long to see Google seeding the update to its Nexus & GPe devices.
We already saw the Android 4.4.3 update full change-log and we know its currently being tested. Today, more info has been leaked, the version for Android 4.4.3 is codenamed "Hammerhead" and carries a build number of KTU83.
The version of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 7 (2013) is KTU79. There is a way to break down these build numbers as they are based on a Google-devised code.
The "K" on the build number refers to KitKat. The third letter, which in this case is "U" is the quarter that the software was written. The last two numbers is a date-code. For example, "83" would be the 83rd day of the quarter which was March 24th. That means that the build seen on the Nexus 5 is just 1 week old. The build for the Nexus 7 (2013) was created on March 21st. The final OTA update isn't so far.
Surprisingly, Google Nexus 10 is back to the Play Store Devices and is listed as Coming Soon!. It looks like a new stock of units will be arriving soon and will become available for purchase shortly.
The Samsung-made Nexus 10 went out of stock in last fall and has since vanished from the Play Store. but Now its back. The Play Store listing saying that the new stock of Nexus 10 will be running latest Android KitKat 4.4.2 Out-of-the-box, with no update required.
LG is now seeding the official Android 4.4 KitKat update Over-the-air (OTA) for its curved LG G Flex smartphone in South Korea. All three Korean variants of the G Flex are getting the KitKat update (F340S, F340K, and F340L).
The update includes the new Knock Code screen unlocking feature that LG has been heavily promoting since last month. What the update doesn't seem to include is support for 4K video. But maybe this will be available when the KitKat update arrives on the international version of the G Flex, which is coming very soon.
Motorola has just released a new OTA update to the old first generation Moto G (Model XT1032). The update weights about 21MB only and packs Android 4.4.4 KitKat build with some minor bug fixes. Go check your Moto G for updates.
Motorola is expected to release Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its latest flagships by the End of this year.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon is receiving an over-the-air update today bumping Android to version 4.4.4 KitKat. The update size is 346MB and fixes an issue with Bluetooth audio. Hopefully, there won't be the occasional loss of audio when using certain Bluetooth headsets anymore.
Additionally, there are some security patches part of Android 4.4.4. There aren't any changes regarding the user interface of any other features of the phone.