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Just when it appeared Google’s recent run of Android updates had come to an end, a new version of the Play Store pops up with new features in tow. Android Police got its hands on the app, running it under a microscope to find new social and recommendation features that make finding and downloading the best apps less of a hassle. To that end, Google now warns you when an app you’re about to download contains in-app purchases, also making it easier to review apps with a larger star selector and dedicated edit and delete buttons. Opting for improved social recommendations, a new activity feed combines your +1s and ratings and connects them to your Google+ profile, letting you peek at those made by your friends to find apps you might otherwise have missed. Google’s already begun rolling out the Play Store update, but if you can’t wait for it to come over-the-air, hit up the source below to get the jump on everyone else.
Source: Android Police
Besides Nexus 5 camera enhancements, new version of KitKat brings lots of smaller changes
Android 4.4.1 is upon us, and the first maintenance release of KitKat is rolling out now to certain Nexus devices. The big news that everyone's talking about relates to the many camera fixes and enhancements bestowed upon the Nexus 5, but it turns out there are also a lot of smaller changes and improvements in the new OS.
These include fixes for glitches like the Nexus 5 speaker bug and the bug that occasionally made the notification bar partly opaque. What's more, haptic feedback has been tweaked on the Nexus 5, "Photos" is now the default photo-viewing app when you swipe out of the Camera app.
We're digging through all these changes and more in a thread on the Android Central forums, which is where you'll find our working list of what's new in Android 4.4.1. Check it out below — and join the discussion if you've spotted anything new since updating.
Heads Up: Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) Factory Images And Binaries Should Be Released Next Week, So Don’t Stay Up Late Waiting For Them
With Android 4.4.1′s release earlier today, many of you have been asking about and expecting the corresponding factory images, especially for devices without OTAs at this point: the 2012 Nexus 7s, the Wi-Fi 2013 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. Factory images can help recover soft-bricked Nexus devices, update the OS or its parts without losing data in case an OTA doesn’t want to apply, or go back to stock after trying a custom ROM.
- Nexus 4, 7, And 10 KitKat Factory Images And Proprietary Binaries Will Be Released ‘In The Coming Weeks’ Following Respective OTAs
- Google Posts Additional Android 4.1.2 Nexus Images, Binaries, And The Nexus Q’s First Factory Image
- Google Posts Updated Binaries And Android 4.1.2 Images For Multiple Nexus Devices
- Factory Image And Binaries Are Now Available For The Nexus 7 LTE Android 4.3.1 Update (JLS36I)
Heads Up: Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) Factory Images And Binaries Should Be Released Next Week, So Don’t Stay Up Late Waiting For Them was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Changing the rules a bit, the CyanogenMod team has just announced the release of the first M snapshot of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. While the images are limited to recent Nexus devices, the announcement includes a sliver of hope for owners of the Galaxy Nexus as well.
CyanogenMod explains the departure from their usual release practice of not accepting bug reports from end users this early in the development stage. Aside from wanting to take advantage of earlier feedback and not wasting a whole month’s worth of critical reports, the team believes that the situation with Nexus devices is a bit special. Given that hardware code come directly from Google, plain AOSP should barely have any issues specific to a device’s hardware. This means that whatever bugs users might encounter will be bugs that are specific to CyanogenMod and fixing those bugs will, eventually, trickle down to other CyanogenMod-supported devices as well. For now, the CyanogenMod 11 M1 snapshot only covers the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones as well as the Nexus 10 and all variants of the Nexus 7 tablets.
Additionally, the team will be turning on the CyanogenMod 11 nightlies for other devices as well. Inconspicuously included in the text is the mention of the Galaxy Nexus. Although Google has practically turned away from this old device, users have been clamoring for the company to bring Android 4.4 to it, at least for one last time. That seems to have fallen on deaf ears and users will now have to turn elsewhere for their fix. Luckily, CyanogenMod might just be there to help.
It should be noted, though, that nightlies are still in the process of being built and are, at the moment, not available. There is also no assurance that nightlies will turn into stable releases and will depend on how well the device performs. It will, however, give users and other ROM makers something to use in the meantime.
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat arrives unofficially for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus
- Galaxy Nexus petition for Android 4.4 support gets 14,000 signatures
- CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4 Kit Kat code push has begun
- CyanogenMod 11 arrives unofficially for the Nexus 5
- CyanogenMod 10.2 release marks the end of Android 4.3 era for the custom ROM
Instead of taking a few days as expected, Google has immediately made available its promised Android 4.4.1 update to the Nexus 5. And instead of just being some generic maintenance release, this latest update to the Android 4.4 release fixes one of the most prevalent concerns about the smartphone’s inadequacy in the photography department.
Despite Google wanting you to think otherwise, the Nexus 5′s built-in camera features only allowed for taking decent photos. The biggest complaint about the whole system seems to be the noticeable slow shutter speed, which meant that users would miss out on those once in a lifetime moments. Other issues included blurry shots because of long exposure times courtesy of the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). As you can see in our Nexus 5 review, the rather mediocre camera has almost been a hallmark of Nexus devices, so it is comforting to see Google tackling this issue head on.
This latest update attempts to address those and push the Nexus 5′s photography prowess to the top. In particular, the update improves a lot of the HDR+ features in Android 4.4. Of course, the update fixes the shutter lag complaint. It also improves on the focusing system, making it faster even in low lighting conditions. HDR+ has also gained a new feature, allowing users to use the pinch-to-zoom gesture on the viewfinder even when in that mode.
Rollout of the Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 update is announced to start today, though, as always, it might take some time before it reaches out to everyone. If there are any other features or changes in this update, Google isn’t saying so. But we’re bound to hear about those, if any, once the update starts hitting devices.
[UPDATE] Turns out that the Android 4.4.1 update is now also rolling out to the Nexus 4 and the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE variant. How this update affects these devices is stil unknown at this point.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got an impressively atmospheric survival horror game, a game that mixes Peggle and Angry Birds, and a game that’s way too indie for you, man.
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[Bonus Round] Dark Project, Papa Pear Saga, And Pretentious Game was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Usually the boys in Cyan take a pretty good while to get nightly custom ROM builds of a new version of Android out, but for KitKat 4.4, they’ve outdone themselves. Tonight the first builds for CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) were posted to Get.CM for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both 2012 and 2013 models of the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. You can download them right now.
But wait a minute – these are decidedly not nightly builds, as would usually be the case.
- The CyanogenMod Team Needs New Servers – Here’s How You Can Help [Update: The Goal Has Been Met]
- CyanogenMod 10.2 (Android 4.3) Stable Builds Are Now Rolling Out
- CyanogenMod 10.1.3 (Android 4.2.2) Release Candidate 1 Is Ready To Download
- [Update: Nexus 7 (Grouper) And GSM Galaxy Nexus (Maguro), Too] Official CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Now Rolling Out For The Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700)
CyanogenMod Gets A Taste Of KitKat With The First CM 11 Builds For The Nexus 4, 5, 7, And 10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 5, 2013
Camera improvements are the focus this time around
Shortly after Google officially announced that an update to Android 4.4.1 was making its way out to Nexus 5 devices, folks have started to see it on their own devices. The update supposedly fixes many of the issues with the Nexus 5's camera, including poor autofocus and slow capture speeds, although we can't know for sure what else is included in this update until we take a deeper look.
For now, if you've instantly lost your patience waiting for the update to hit your device, you can grab a download of the official file from Google at the link below. If you need help understanding the basic process of flashing this file to your own Nexus 5, head to our guide for Nexus tablets — the process is the same.
The existence of Android 4.4.1 for the Nexus 5 was only confirmed by Google today, and here we have the update ready to go in no time. If you’ve got Google’s latest and greatest Android phone, get ready to see some better pictures. We have the link for the OTA file (build KOT49E), so you don’t have to wait on the update to reach you naturally.
- [Download] Android 4.4.1 OTA (KOT49E) For The Nexus 4
- TWRP Recovery Released For The 2013 Nexus 7, Easy Root Via SuperSU Just One Zip File Away
- [Download] Android 4.4.1 OTA (KOT49E) For The Nexus 7 2013 LTE
- Nexus 10 Owners, Your KitKat Update Is Ready – Download And Install Android 4.4 Now (KRT16O)
Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 OTA (KOT49E) File Is Ready For You To Download And Install Right Here was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
[Update: It's Rolling Out Today] Android 4.4.1 Will Improve The Nexus 5′s Camera, Update Expected To Roll Out Over The Next Couple Of Days
Update: Google has announced via Google+ that the update is rolling out today, and that in addition to speeding up focusing, it will add faster white balancing, less shutter lag, and the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode. The company also shared a handful of photos showing the difference between normal mode and HDR+ following the update.
Android 4.4.1 is scheduled to roll out to the Nexus 5 over the next couple of days, and when it arrives, expect an improved picture-taking experience.
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- Android Open Kang Project 4.2 Expands To Samsung Galaxy S III And Nexus 10 In Second Release
This morning, a report surfaced suggesting that Android 4.4.1 would be rolling out to the Nexus 5 over the coming days to address its pitiful camera experience. According to the official Nexus Google+ page, the update is actually starting today.
Once we have the file, direct URL from Google, or confirmation of someone receiving the update, we’ll be sure to pass it along. We know how many of you now own the Nexus 5 and will surely be ready for an improved camera. I know we are. In our review, the camera is really the only negative we had for the phone and cannot wait to see how Google has addressed all of its issues.
Here are the changes you can expect to see:
HDR+ lets you to take great shots in challenging environments, say where there’s a large contrast of bright and dark portions of the scene and also in low light situations. When you press the shutter button, instead of taking just one picture, we take a burst of shots in about 1/3 of a second, and apply computational photography to intelligently fuse images together.
All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out today to Nexus 5.It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.
If that update shows up (Settings>About phone>System update), be sure to let us know.
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
**Note this update is only for the LTE version of the Nexus 7, NOT the Wi-Fi-only version.
In order to update, your device needs to be running the latest stock build of Android 4.4 (KRT16S)
You will need the latest version of adb in order to proceed. Just download the latest Android SDK to make sure you’re up to date.
You also need to download the flashable ZIP file for the Nexus 7 (razerg) and place it in the fastboot folder (this location should be C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools in Windows)
You must have USB debugging enabled on your Nexus 7 LTE. If this is the first time going into developer options on your Nexus 7, just go into “About Phone” from your settings and tap the build number about seven times. Hit the back key and you will now see all developer options from now on.
- Power off your Nexus 7 LTE, and power back on by holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while it boots.
- The fastboot menu should appear and you should see “Start” in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to “Recovery.” Press the Power button to select it.
- You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button at the same time.
- You will get a new menu and you can navigate to “apply update from adb.”
- Now it’s time to connect your Nexus 7 to your computer via a USB cable
- Open the command prompt in Windows (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) and navigate to the directory that the Zip file is located in.
- Type: adb sideload b5559302dc8273444cb8234b5a6c22c863441e84.signed-razorg-KOT49E-from-KRT16S.b5559302.zip
- The update will install and reach 100%.
- Reboot and enjoy Android 4.4.1
Come comment on this article: Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 7 LTE now available to download, instructions included
Along with Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE also getting new Android version
The Nexus 5 isn't the only device getting updated to the new version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1. The update is also hitting the Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 (LTE version only, for now) as part of a gradual, staged rollout. It appears the update isn't quite as big a deal for these devices as it is for the N5, which also inherits a bunch of important camera improvements with its latest OTA. Nevertheless both devices should benefit from the usual assortment of tweaks and fixes that point releases tend to bring.
We've got direct download links after the break for those wanting to sideload Android 4.4.1 onto the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE.
While we’re not entirely sure what changes Android 4.4.1 will be bringing across the host of Nexus devices it’s currently rolling out to (aside from an improved camera on the Nexus 5), we do know that the latest release of Google’s mobile OS is hitting the repositories of the Android Open Source Project as we speak.
Just head to the kitkat-mr1-release branch and you’ll see the build number KOT49E. The relevant tag for the update isn’t appearing in AOSP just yet (we’re guessing it’ll be Android-4.4_r2 or Android-4.4_r1.3), but it should be showing up shortly.
- [Breaking] Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Being Pushed To AOSP Right Now!
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The Nexus 5 is a great phone, but one of the issues with it is the camera. It actually takes decent pictures, but it’s so damn slow, it’s useless unless you are taking a picture of scenery. Well, obviously Google is fully aware of the situation and the upcoming Android 4.4.1 update should fix this. Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, told The Verge that the balance between low light and image quality went too far towards image quality, thus slowing things down a little too much. With 4.4.1, they increased up the framerate and and how quickly the camera can read it’s surroundings, making things a lot quicker.
The Verge already had some hands on time with the new software and they noticed a dramatic improvement. They said it’s a “massive upgrade” and pictures were now “crisp and in focus”, but also added that they weren’t as sharp as the iPhone 5S.
The update should be rolling in the next few days so stay tuned. For now, hit the break and see some before and after shots.
Come comment on this article: Android 4.4.1 update aims to improve Nexus 5 camera
Mobile document creation and editing is one of the linchpins for mobile success. If — as companies like Google and Microsoft want — we’re going to go more mobile than desktop, we need stronger productivity tools. Google has Drive, which is clearly a desktop service first, also has a very robust mobile system as well. Quip, on the other hand, puts mobile ahead of everything.
With Quip, an admittedly mobile-first document editor and creator, co-creator of Google Maps Bret Taylor and his team are taking a different approach. By bringing the service to the mobile device first, they hope to create a buzz-worthy following. The app has been on iOS for some time, but Taylor notes in an interview with Pocket Lint that this isn’t a dumbed-down port:
“Quip for Android is the best writing experience available for Android devices. It’s not simply a port of the app — it takes advantage of a number of features unique to Android including automatic Google account integration, intelligent notification stacking, custom work to handle third party keyboards, etc.”
Quip also doesn’t plan on being just another document editor. Now that the app is available on both platforms and “76 per cent of phones and tablets in the world”, Taylor and his team want to grow the service. Sharing files via messaging services uniquely ties into the chat function already imbedded, and many smaller business entities are currently using it to plan events and workflow.
Though we like Quip, there is still much more we’d like to see from the service before crowning it a champion. We love the interface, and the collaborative focus is really great, but in terms of straight-up productivity, it’s not there yet. Services like Drive offer all the same functionality, Quip just does it in a different way. If the cumbersome feeling of Drive dissuades you from using it, Quip might just be the answer.
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- Google Drive Android app to feature new editing features, better tablet support
While the Nexus 5 seems to have stepped up a bit in terms of the camera, things were not quite as perfect as many had been hoping for. Overall the handset is able to take some decent pictures, but there are frequent complaints about the shutter speed. We have been playing with third-party camera apps and have seen some improvement there, but it appears as if Google is getting ready to push out a fix.
The fix will be arriving as Android 4.4.1 and is expected to be arriving soon. Well, the rollout is expected to begin in the next few days. The Verge recently spoke with David Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android and as a result, it looks like some details of the update have been revealed. Comments from Burke touched on how the 4.4.1 update would improve auto-focus and also the overall speed of the app.
This update will also be adding a new progress indicator in the HDR+ mode as well as improvements around exposure and white balancing. That all being said, it seems this update is addressing some of the bigger issues we have been seeing, but it also doesn’t appear as if this will be a magic fix for everything.
To that point, David Pierce from The Verge mentioned that after spending a day with the updated software, “there’s still plenty of work to be done.” But on the positive side, he also mentioned the “changes are clear.” Basically, it appears as if Google has taken a step in the right direction with the Nexus 5 camera.
With Nexus 5 sitting ready, we look forward to doing some testing once the update notification arrives. In the meantime though, a few sample before and after images were shared.
Maybe you were hoping to be munching on some KitKat by now, but you’ll have to make do with more jelly beans. The C Spire variant of the Galaxy S4 is getting the long-awaited OTA to Android 4.3 starting now. You should have a pretty good handle on what that means by now.
The update, version number R970XWWUEMK6, comes with the following improvements in addition to the usual 4.3 goodies:
- US Cellular Updates Galaxy Note II To R950VXALL1, Adds Multi-Window [Full Changelog]
- AT&T Galaxy S III Finally Getting "Premium Suite" Multi-Window OTA Update, Android 4.1.2 (Build UCDMG2)
- T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III Currently Getting Android 4.1.2 (Build MD5), Brings Multi-Window, Easy Mode, And More
- [New App] Wanam Xposed Offers An Insane Amount Of Customization To Samsung Devices Running Android 4.2 Or Later
Android 4.3 Update Rolling Out To C Spire’s Samsung Galaxy S4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Traditionally word processors have tasked themselves with producing nice, printable documents. Mobile versions have followed up with the unenviable task of replicating this functionality on much smaller screens. Quip throws this entire concept out of the window, instead creating a writing experience built for the ground up for mobile devices. The team released an alpha version over the summer, but it was little more than a demo of the iOS version of the app.
- [Hands-On] Quip Seeks To Change Mobile Word Processing, Now Available For Android As An Early Preview
- Native Google Docs Editing Rolling Out In The Next Few Days
- [Deal Alert] Documents To Go 50% Off (Only $7.49) From Amazon Appstore
- Quickoffice Creates Its Own Cloud Drive, Lets You Put Your Documents There… For A[n Unreasonable] Price
[New App] Quip, A Mobile Word Processor That Puts People First, Launches For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
AdSense For Android Updated To Version 2.0 With Tweaked User Interface, More Metrics, Detailed Charts, And More
Google’s rolling out an AdSense update for its Android app that should provide a better experience for monitoring your revenue stream on the go. Version 2.0 introduces an enhanced interface, one that presents new information in a more visual manner. And don’t worry, the widget introduced in the last release is still intact.
When you’re trying to earn a living off the web, every metric counts. So Google has increased the number that the app is capable of following.
- [New App] Official Google Analytics App Lands In The Play Store, Complete With Real-Time Support
- Google Maps Adds Live Traffic Coverage For 13 European Countries
- Google Releases Google Places For Business App, Manage Your Places Listing Right From Your Android Device
- [Update x3: It's Back!] HTC Droid Incredible Gingerbread Update Rolling Out, Again
AdSense For Android Updated To Version 2.0 With Tweaked User Interface, More Metrics, Detailed Charts, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A couple of days ago, we heard murmurings of an “Android 4.4.1″ update. Our own traffic logs showed many instances of hits from such an OS version, but we also saw hits from the likes of Android 9.9.9 — forgive us if we were a bit skeptical. But it looks like 4.4.1 is the real deal, and we should be expecting some much-needed improvements to camera performance following the OTA’s rollout.
According to The Verge, who happened to have some before-and-after camera samples to go along with the story, showing some key improvements. For starters, the shutter time has been greatly reduced, which should make for much sharper photos.
The team has also increased the framerate inside the camera app, which should go toward improving focusing speed. It also doesn’t take as long to launch the camera app itself. Beyond all of that, HDR+ mode has been given a progress indicator for the software-based post-process effect to be applied, giving you an idea of how long it will take before you can share your shots with the world.
The Verge says the upgrade is so close that it should be rolling out in a matter of days, so if a majority of the people over at the Mountain View campus really are testing it then that’s not that hard to believe. Be sure to take a look at more sample images at the source link.
[via The Verge]
We may have called the Nexus 5 “the best phone $350 can buy,” but its camera didn’t exactly impress. The latest version of the Android OS, set to roll out in the “next couple of days,” is aimed at fixing that. In an interview with Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, The Verge reports that Android 4.4.1 will address issues with autofocus, white balance, exposure and more by increasing camera speed. No word on a specific date, but Google assured us that it’s coming soon.
Source: The Verge
If you like Imgur, you know their Android app is a bit frustrating. A touch clumsy, and not quite pretty to look at. That has all changed, as the app is being updated to version 1.3 today. With it, you’ll find the new Android slide-out menu and redesigned tablet interface.
The popular web-based image repository is wildly popular for Reddit images, but can be used to host whatever images you like. With an improved Android app, we’d like to think more people will use the service. The top menu gets the familiar slide-out enu, along with a dedicated upload button on the top right. We also see the wishbone share button, much like we find in various other apps and Google services.
The interface for tablets has also been re-done, moving us away from the adequate — but not great — scaled smartphone app. Now, Imgur takes full advantage of your tablet interface, creating a new depth and sheen to the service. We have to say, with the proliferation and increased screen quality of Andorid tablets, it’s about time a popular service like Imgur take advantage.
There are a few other fixes, like old search results no longer showing up, but the UI improvement is much needed. In our quick run-through, we find image searches much easier, and results pop just a bit more. This might just have us using Imgur a bit more, and that’s a good thing.
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Have you posted an image on the internet recently? If you didn’t use Imgur, you have upset a certain contingent of internet denizens who are sure to let you know the error of your ways. The Imgur app on Android has just gotten a nice update to v1.3, making it even easier to do the right thing.
There are two big changes in this update, then a few smaller, but still nice tweaks:
- Tablet layout
- Native Android top bar and side drawer
- Prevent cached images showing in Gallery app
- Prevent old search results repeatedly showing
The new tablet UI is much more useful than the scaled-up phone interface we were dealing with before.
- Imgur Beta App Updated To 0.1.11 With Not-Really-Holo User Interface, Still Has A Long Way To Go [Update]
- Imgur App Exits Beta, Gets Ads, Is Still Pretty Cool
- Imgur App For Android With Account Support Now Available For Download
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Imgur App Updated To v1.3 With A Tablet Layout, Native Android Action Bar/Navigation Menu, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Quip’s built-for-mobile word processor has at last reached Android. The newly available app mirrors much of what we’ve seen in the iOS version, including adaptive documents, cloud syncing and deep collaboration tools that include messaging and image sharing. However, Quip’s Android release isn’t just a quick-and-dirty port — it takes advantage of the OS through Google account integration, stacked notifications and optimization for third-party keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype. There’s still no mention of native Word support, though. As before, the app is free to use for your personal documents. You’ll only have to pay $12 per person if you’re using Quip for business.
Source: Google Play
Update to bring faster camera with improved autofocus and contrast
The Nexus 5's camera has been one of the major points of contention for the device. As we pointed out in our review, it wasn't necessarily bad, just weird. The camera of Google's new Android flagship tended to be slow to focus, slow to launch end even slower to take photos — even if it was capable of producing great-looking images in HDR+ mode.
And it appears Google's been busy in the month since the device's release, as new details emerging today reveal that significant work has been done to speed up the device's image capture speed while also enhancing photo quality. The Verge reports that Google has overhauled a number of aspects of the Nexus 5's camera software in the upcoming Android 4.4.1, improving camera app launch times and shortening shutter times to give faster capture speeds. Increasing the camera's frame rate also allows autofocus to work faster, eliminating some of the frustrations many have experienced on the current firmware.
In addition, HDR+ mode has grown a progress indicator to give users a better idea of how long things are going to take. And photos taken with the new camera software are less washed out than before, with more vibrant colors and more contrast, as well as more accurate white balance.
So it certainly appears that Android 4.4.1 — said to be rolling out in a matter of days — could be a significant update for the Nexus 5, addressing one of its biggest pain points. As always, though, the real test will come when thousands of regular users get their hands on Google's improved camera app.
Source: The Verge
Android 4.4.1 Will Improve The Nexus 5′s Camera, Update Expected To Roll Out Over The Next Couple Of Days
Android 4.4.1 is scheduled to roll out to the Nexus 5 over the next couple of days, and when it arrives, expect an improved 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.
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Android 4.4.1 Will Improve The Nexus 5′s Camera, Update Expected To Roll Out Over The Next Couple Of Days was written by the awesome team at Android Police.