Earlier today, we talked about how the CyanogenMod Team released CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 1 for most of the current Nexus lineup. This included official support for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, and Nexus 7 (2013).
Android 4.4.1 is scheduled to roll out over the next couple of days, and when it arrives, expect an improved Nexus 5 picture-taking experience. In an interview with The Verge, David Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, confirmed what we already knew, that the Nexus 5 takes longer to focus than it should. In an effort to produce a higher-quality image, the team opted to “make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.” This resulted in slower-than-expected shooting speeds, a drawback the next version of Android is aimed at fixing. Continue reading
The Android 4.4 update has started rolling out to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets around the world. But if your tablet has yet to receive the update, then don’t despair — we’ve got a quick walkthrough that’ll get you updated in a few minutes, assuming you’ve got a little experience with a command line. Continue reading
If you’ve noticed something different about the Nexus 5, compared to Nexus devices in the past, you’re not alone. While the Nexus 4 put on a new facade, it was still essentially an Optimus G under its skin – a fact taken advantage of by modders interested in activating its dormant LTE support. But this Nexus 5 – while still based on an LG model – takes some much greater liberties, and ultimately feels more like a device that exists in its own right. The Verge recently sat down with some Android bigwigs to learn just how they designed this model the way they did, and hear about some of what went into making Android 4.4. Continue reading
One of the key UI changes in the new Android 4.4 KitKat is the presence of the Moto X style translucent navigation and notification bars on the homescreen that allows the wallpaper to shine through. Turns out though, it’s not something everyone will be getting, even if you have a Nexus device.
We’re no strangers to seeing brand new smartphones get early software updates. Little issues can slip through the crack even with diligent testing, and sometimes a quick update is needed to stomp-out a bug. The Nexus 5 just went official yesterday, and early orders have already shipped, meaning it won’t be long before the smartphone is finally in users’ hands. From what we hear, though, all these Nexus 5 early adopters will have to install a mandatory software update before they can even finish setting up their phones. Continue reading
The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat are out; jealous much? Don’t worry! You don’t have to buy a Nexus 5, or wait for the official update to land on your phone, in order to experience some of the newest bits Google has integrated in the latest iteration of Android. Some good folks have extracted certain parts of the Nexus 5 factory image system dump. Continue reading
Yesterday, Google announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update, arriving on the Nexus 5 first and some of the other Nexus devices later. Now it’s the turn of the Android OEMs announce when they will be bringing the update to their devices. Being a wholly owned subsidiary of Google, you’d expect Motorola to be the first one to confirm, and the company has delivered. Continue reading
Google has done its civic duty and released the Android 4.4 factory image for the Nexus 5, offering build KRT16M to owners of the new hardware that may need to restore it back to factory settings. Continue reading
When Google Now was unveiled back at Google I/O 2012, we asked how long it would be before this new predictive search app became your home screen. Now, with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, it seems that time has finally arrived. Continue reading