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Android 4.4.3 KitKat update reportedly coming soon

After a never-before-seen version of KitKat has been spotted a few days ago – version KTU65 – suggesting that Google may release at least one more KitKat update before moving to a new Android OS version, a new tweet from known developer LlabTooFeR says that Android 4.4.3 may be just around the corner, with version KTU72B identified as the upcoming software update.

“Android 4.4.3 is under testing. Build number is KTU72B,” the developer wrote. “Probably it will fix known camera bug.” This KitKat version’s code name suggests this build (dated March 13) is newer than the previous one (dated March 6,) although the developer did not share any details as to when Google will actually release it.

Similarly, it’s not clear whether the update will bring any new features, on top of the expected camera fix for the Nexus 5, and whether it will be available to other devices as well. Still, this appears to be first time these newly discovered KitKat builds are associated with “Android 4.4.3.”

The latest KitKat software version available to Android users is KOT49H (Android 4.4.2), although only some devices have been updated so far, including Nexus tablets and smartphones. A recent report said that Google will unveil Android 4.5 this summer, likely together with new Nexus devices – the company is rumored to ship at least one new tablet this year, with rumors indicating that a Nexus device with an 8.9-inch may be in the works.

Source: BGR

Android for all and the new Nexus 5

android repair abbotsford - android screen repairs abbotsford Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans. First, we’re excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. And second, we’re introducing Nexus 5—a new Nexus phone developed with LG.

The first thing you’ll notice about KitKat is we’ve made the experience much more engaging: the book you’re reading, the game you’re playing, or the movie you’re watching—now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.


Bringing more Google smarts to Android
Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn’t really changed since the days of flip phones. Now, we’re making calling easier than ever, by helping you search across your contacts, nearby places, or even Google Apps accounts (like your company’s directory), directly from within the app. And with the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place, alongside your other conversations and video calls, so you’ll never miss a message no matter how your friends send it. This is just a small taste of KitKat—learn more on our site.

Google has always focused on helping users get immediate access to the information they need, and we want to bring this same convenience and power to users on Android. With the new Nexus 5 launcher, Google smarts are deeply integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips. Put Google to work for you by saying “OK, Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song you want to hear. And in the coming weeks, we’re enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.

Reaching the next 1 billion users
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn’t benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we’ve slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.

Introducing Nexus 5
Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5” Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.



Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349. Just in the time for the holidays, Nexus 5 will be available soon at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.

Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

Source: Google’s Official Blog

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HTC tool unlocks bootloader on some Android devices

Last summer, phone maker HTC raised eyebrows by announcing it would enable users to unlock the bootloaders on some of its most popular phones, enabling technically-inclined customers to root the devices and install custom operating systems or, really, any darn thing they like. Now, HTC has come through, releasing a tool to unload the bootloader on phones launched after September 2011. HTC also says it is working to make the bootloader operational on phones launched before September 2011.

The company has offered a complete list of devices currently supported by the tool. HTC notes some devices may never be supported by the unlock tool due to operator restrictions.

HTC had previously gone to some lengths to lock down bootloaders on its Android devices—partly as a defense against malicious software—but reversed course in the face of strong feedback from technically-inclined customers who feel that the ability to install their own custom operating systems is a key element of Android’s “openness.” (HTC says it was “overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our fans.”) After all, what’s the point of an operating system being available as open source if programmers can’t download it and install it on devices?

For ambitious users, unlocking the bootloader may be a quick way to get Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich onto HTC devices without waiting for official updates.

HTC is clear that it not officially supporting devices that have been unlocked with the bootloader, merely allowing users to unlock their devices at their own risk—and may mean they’re no longer covered by device warranties. HTC also notes that it’s possible unlocking devices may have unintended consequences, including overheating.

Ryan:  Ultimately, the main reason why I sold my HTC Desire Z and went back to BlackBerry was because of the buggy HTC Sense interface.  I am glad HTC is giving its customers more choice by allowing them to use a bootloader, “at their own risk” of course.

Source: DigitalTrends

Samsung to Introduce 4G Tablets, Smartphones at Mobile World Congress

Samsung Electronics has sold more than 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs, the 7-inch, Android-running tablet that it has made available through every major U.S. carrier. Nevertheless, the South Korean electronics giant appears to have only begun its attack on the Apple iPad’s market share.

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, which wrapped up Jan. 9, JK Shin, president of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said the company is planning to announce several dual-core tablets and smartphones at the Mobile World Congress event Feb. 14-17 in Barcelona, according to Phone Scoop, and that it plans to soon sell 4G devices through all major U.S. carriers. It reportedly also has several phones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 in the works.

The Wall Street Journal added that Samsung has a “slate of tablets of different sizes” planned.

While rivals Motorola and HTC, with Android-running phones, gained early leads in the smartphone race, Samsung has quickly caught up, with its successful line of Galaxy S smartphones. By the end of 2010, it had sold more than 10 million of the smartphones.

“[Samsung] executes extremely well, devices that customers like and don’t bring back,” Glenn Lurie, president of the AT&T group responsible for the carrier’s tablet portfolio, told the Journal.

While a “slate of tablets” is likely to help Samsung compete in a tablet market crowded with competitors such as Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion, Motorola, ViewSonic and others —in addition to market leader Apple —they also fit into the company’s new vision of “digital humanism.”

During a Jan. 6 keynote at CES, Samsung CEO Boo-Keun Yoon explained the term, which he said is achieved “by adding emotional value to digital technology.” It’s also guided by four principles he called “the four A’s” — Access, to communicate freely and share experiences through products; Align, by experiencing comfort through multisensory design and the user experience; Amaze, by creating “a new dimension of enjoyment” through viewing experiences; and Act, to fulfill our responsibilities to the planet.

“The next step for digital technology is for … human nature to be at the center of our efforts,” said Yoon. “What we need now is digital technology that is truly aligned with our most fundamental human desires. Human life becomes our priority. People become our priority.”

He continued, “We at Samsung are breaking down the wall between devices, empowering consumers to seamlessly enjoy any content on any Samsung device. Whether it be our Samsung TV, cell phone or tablet, consumers will be able to access and share a variety of content on any one of Samsung’s network of products.”

At the CES show, Samsung additionally introduced a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, an Android-running “smart player” called the Galaxy Player and the Infuse 4G smartphone — which, with a 1.2GHz processor and 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus touch-screen, will begin enriching the lives of AT&T subscribers beginning in the second quarter.

Source: eWeek

Nokia, Motorola Extend IP Agreement to Include 4G Technologies

Motorola and Nokia may be competitors for market share in the high-end smartphone space, but the pair knows when to work together toward a common goal. In a shared statement, the two said they are extending an existing intellectual property licensing agreement to include 4G technologies such as LTE (long-term evolution) WiMax and LTE-Advanced.

“We are … confident this agreement will help foster continued innovation and technological advancement for the telecommunications industry,” Kirk Dailey, corporate vice president of intellectual property at Motorola, said in the Oct. 15 statement. “Motorola is committed to leveraging the strength of its industry-leading intellectual property portfolio for the benefit of its customers, partners, shareholders and licensees.”

Paul Melin, vice president of intellectual property at Nokia, added that the “agreement also shows that the industry is making fast progress in resolving LTE licensing issues between the major patent holders. LTE has now become a key element of Nokia’s licensing program, and we expect strong returns for our pioneering development.”

In Las Vegas in September, MetroPCS activated the first LTE network in the United States, and later this quarter Verizon Wireless plans to power up its own LTE-based 4G network nationwide. Currently, the nation’s largest 4G network is offered by Sprint-owned Clearwire, which relies on the LTE competitor technology, WiMax. LTE, however, is expected to become the more dominant technology, and Sprint executives have been open about the possibility of rolling out LTE on top of the Clearwire WiMax network.

For now, the Samsung Epic 4G and the HTC Evo 4G, both offered by Sprint, are the only 4G-enabled smartphones offered by a U.S. carrier. With more 4G networks planned to live, however — Sprint announced its own branded 4G offering Oct. 18; AT&T plans to offer LTE-based 4G service in early 2011; and T-Mobile will eventually also rely on LTE  — Motorola and Nokia are sure to soon be offering consumers more 4G phone choices.

Nokia and Motorola also have in common that each is involved in a lawsuit with Apple. One of the suits Nokia has filed against Apple involves patent violation for GSM, WLAN and UMTS standards. And similarly, 18 patents related to wireless communication technologies are the focus of the suit Motorola filed Oct. 6 against Apple.

“We are pleased to conclude this extension of our IP licensing agreement,” Melin said of the deal with Motorola, “which is a great example of the value that Nokia realizes from our industry leading patent portfolio.”

Source: eWeek

Software released for attacking Android phones

Two security experts said on Friday they released a tool for attacking smartphones that use Google Inc’s Android operating system to persuade manufacturers to fix a bug that lets hackers read a victim’s email and text messages.

“It wasn’t difficult to build,” said Nicholas Percoco, head of Spider Labs, who along with a colleague, released the tool at the Defcon hacker’s conference in Las Vegas on Friday.

Percoco said it took about two weeks to build the malicious software that could allow criminals to steal precious information from Android smartphones.

“There are people who are much more motivated to do these things than we are,” he added.

The tool is a so-called root kit that, once installed, allows its developer to gain total control of Android devices, which are being activated by consumers at a rate of about 160,000 units per day, according to Google.

“We could be doing what we want to do and there is no clue that we are there,” Percoco said.

The test attacks were conducted on HTC Corp’s Android-based Legend and Desire phones, but he believed it could be conducted on other Android phones.

The tool was released on a DVD given to conference attendees. Percoco was scheduled to discuss it during a talk on Saturday.

Google and HTC did not immediately return calls for comment.

Some 10,000 hackers and security experts are attending the Defcon conference, the world’s largest gathering of its type, where computer geeks mix with federal security officials.

Attendees pay $140 in cash to attend and are not required to provide their names to attend the conference. Law enforcement posts undercover agents in the audience to spot criminals and government officials recruit workers to fight computer crimes and for the Department of Defense.

Organizers of the conference say presenters release tools such as Percoco’s root kit to pressure manufacturers to fix bugs.

Source: Yahoo! /Reuters

Hacker cons HTC Touch Pro 2 into providing multitouch, other WinMo devices too

Never, ever doubt the skill and determination of the guys over at xda-developers, capable of cracking any device and bringing you fresh ROMs to brighten up your stuffy gadgets. This latest bit of wunder-code isn’t a full new image, rather a tiny WinMo app that does something magical: enables multitouch on single-touch resistive screens. How? Sadly developer OndraSter isn’t saying just yet, but it relies on leaving one finger in place and moving the other, so perhaps it detects a jump in touch position and treats it as a pinch gesture. In the videos below it’s shown working in Opera, but should work anywhere, and while the developer filmed these on an HTC Touch Pro 2 he says this will work on just about any WinMo 6 or 6.1 device. The app has sadly not been released to the wild just yet, but we hope OndraSter drops some binaries soon before he starts a riot among Windows Mobile users with more than one finger.

Source: Engadget

ITC to probe Apple for HTC patent infringement

A U.S. trade panel will investigate allegations made by HTC Corp that Apple infringes its technology, as HTC seeks to win a ban on the U.S. sale of iPhones, iPads and iPods.

The International Trade Commission said in a brief notice that it would take up the investigation, which has to do with “certain portable devices and related software.”

HTC had said in its complaint filed with the ITC in May that Apple infringed five of its patents related to cellphone directory hardware and software and power-management technology in portable devices.

HTC has asked for a ban on import of Apple’s products, most of which are made in countries such as China.

HTC’s suit was expected after Apple filed patent infringement suites against the company in March both at the ITC and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware.

While Apple’s lawsuit against HTC did not name Google as a defendant, it was seen as a strategic move against Google, whose mobile software powers handsets from Samsung Electronics, Motorola Inc and others.

The ITC, a U.S. trade panel that investigates patent infringement involving imported goods, has become an increasingly popular venue for patent lawsuits because it can bar the importation of products that infringe patents.

Legal wrangling is commonplace in the smartphone market, an industry where many vendors work under cross-licensing agreements.

Source: Reuters