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Nexus 7 LTE now has Android 4.4.3 factory image available from Google

While the spotlight may have shifted to Android 4.4.4 for many Nexus devices, the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 7 now has its Android 4.4.3 factory image file available. The mobile-enabled versions of Nexus tablets often lag a bit behind the Wifi-only models when it comes to updates (for various reasons), so we don’t know exactly when the Android 4.4.4 files will be available, but for now it’s good to know you’re one step closer to being completely up to date.



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Nokia Is Ready For Another Round Of Android Hardware With The X2, A Dual-SIM 4.3" Phone For €99

Nokia-X2_multitaskingThe big question on everyone’s mind when Nokia revealed the Android-powered X line was whether their new masters at Microsoft would continue the line after the acquisition. It looks like Redmond is ready for another lap around the Android pool, at least in conjunction with its extensively-customized software load, because Nokia just announced the X2 for immediate release. The 99 Euro ($135) phone is “available immediately in select countries globally.” Both global and select, huh?

Nokia Is Ready For Another Round Of Android Hardware With The X2, A Dual-SIM 4.3" Phone For €99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Sprint Moto X getting the Android 4.4.3 update

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Sprint has begun rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update to its variant of the Moto X starting today. This comes as the Android 4.4.4 update started rolling out to Nexus and GPE devices yesterday. Moto X users won’t have to worry though as Motorola will have that update ready in the coming days as well.

This is one of the main advantages of having a stock Android ROM running on the device as it allows manufacturers to rollout the update almost instantly as long as they get the source code from Google. For those unaware, Android 4.4.3 will introduce an all new dialer app on the smartphone and improve the camera app as well. The customary bug fixes are here as well. It’s an OTA update and shouldn’t exceed 80MB, so you can easily download it over cellular data.

The update might not hit all devices right away, so users are expected to maintain patience if they don’t see an OTA notification immediately.

Source: Sprint

Via: Talk Android

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Sprint updates Moto X to Android 4.4.3

Sprint is updating its Moto X smartphone from Motorola with the Android 4.4.3 KitKat operating system. The Sprint release follows the earlier release of Android 4.4.3 on the T-Mobile and developer unlocked editions of Motorola’s flagship smartphone. According to Sprint, the update will be rolling out in waves, so don’t fret if you don’t see an update notification on your Moto X right away.



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Huawei Ascend P6 getting the Android 4.4 update

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The Huawei Ascend P6 is now making the jump from Android 4.2 to Android 4.4, by skipping Android 4.3 altogether. As you would expect, this is a pretty massive update coming from Android 4.2, so things will be substantially different after the update. This is also a testament to Huawei’s commitment towards providing the latest version of Android to its device owners, despite having a relatively poor history with updates.

The Ascend P6 is the company’s handset from last year, so customers have been waiting quite a long for this update. There’s no word on whether Huawei will follow the same policy for the future as well, but it’s likely that this is probably the last major update the smartphone will see. Either way, customers can seek solace in the fact that they have a new version of Android on their device.

The Ascend P6 is available on a global scale as a decent midrange offering with a relatively low price as well. As always, the update will be rolled out in stages and might not appear on all devices simultaneously. If you’re one of the lucky customers to have received the update already, make sure you drop a comment below.

Huawei Ascend P6 Update

Source: DroidApp.nl

Via: GSM Arena

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[New Game] After Numerous Ports, Popular Platformer VVVVVV Arrives In The Android Dimension

VVVVVV-ThumbAfter launching for PC and Mac in 2010 and leaping to numerous other platforms since then, the oddly-named platformer VVVVVV (count ‘em, six V’s) has made its way to Android. The game comes to us from Terry Cavanagh, the creator of Super Hexagon, and pits players in control of the poor Captain Viridian who finds himself lost in an alternate dimension. This difficult platformer tasks gamers with, as opposed to pounding on the jump button, altering the direction of gravity to navigate their way through numerous immensely dangerous levels.

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One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated: All Zip Links]

unnamed (4)Holy crap, that was fast. According to a flood of tips we just received, at least some owners of Google Play Edition devices are now seeing updates to over-the-air Android 4.4.3. The latest incremental update to KitKat was just published yesterday – some Nexus devices don’t even have it. At the time of writing (Tuesday afternoon US) we’ve been told that the Google Play Editions of the HTC One M7 (2013 model) and the Galaxy S4 are receiving over-the-air updates.

One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated: All Zip Links] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated: Zip Links]

unnamed (4)Holy crap, that was fast. According to a flood of tips we just received, at least some owners of Google Play Edition devices are now seeing updates to over-the-air Android 4.4.3. The latest incremental update to KitKat was just published yesterday – some Nexus devices don’t even have it. At the time of writing (Tuesday afternoon US) we’ve been told that the Google Play Editions of the HTC One M7 (2013 model) and the Galaxy S4 are receiving over-the-air updates.

One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated: Zip Links] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Play Edition devices receiving Android 4.4.3 update

htc_one_m7_android_4.4.3 samsung_galaxy_s4_android_4.4.3According to a number of tips, Google Play Edition devices are now getting the Android 4.4.3 over-the-air update. The latest update to Android was only just released yesterday, but already a number of devices are getting it.

Currently it seems like it’s mainly the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 that are getting the update, but other Google Play Edition device owners, especially owners of the HTC One M8, should expect it pretty soon.

Source: Android Police

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Here’s The Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 (KTU84M) OTA Zip Url You’ve Been Waiting For

imageThe Android 4.4.3 rollout is in full swing, with the 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 getting its OTA early this morning and a bunch of flavors of GPE devices and various Motos receiving theirs just a few hours ago. Nexus 5 owners with locked bootloaders even started feeling a bit snubbed waiting for their OTA to arrive, but they can now breathe with ease – not only has the OTA indeed begun, but we have the download link and manual flashing instructions right here.

Here’s The Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 (KTU84M) OTA Zip Url You’ve Been Waiting For was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated x2]

unnamed (4)Holy crap, that was fast. According to a flood of tips we just received, at least some owners of Google Play Edition devices are now seeing updates to over-the-air Android 4.4.3. The latest incremental update to KitKat was just published yesterday – some Nexus devices don’t even have it. At the time of writing (Tuesday afternoon US) we’ve been told that the Google Play Editions of the HTC One M7 (2013 model) and the Galaxy S4 are receiving over-the-air updates.

One M7, One M8, Galaxy S4, And Z Ultra Google Play Editions Are Now Receiving The Android 4.4.3 OTA Update [Updated x2] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola begins rollout of Android 4.4.3 for its devices

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Just a day after Google made the Android 4.4.3 update official, Motorola has now announced the rollout of the update for its devices as well. Starting with the Moto X, Moto G as well as the recently announced Moto E, the update will be rolled in the coming days.

This is possible since all three devices run a relatively stock version of Android, so we’re not really surprised by the rapidity of this update rollout.

Apart from the Android 4.4.3 specific changes, Motorola is bringing some updates to its own apps as well. Moto X users will be able to see improved consistency of exposure levels in the camera along with enhancements to low light photography while using the front camera. The update will also bring a more realistic flash coloring during photo capture.

Another bit of good news coming out from Motorola is with regards to the future of the Moto E. The company claims that the next major release of Android will be rolled out for the device as well. So Motorola is certainly on the right path and is honoring the commitment made to its users regarding constant software support.

You can check out Motorola’s official post from the link below to learn if your region is getting the update now.

Source: Motorola

Via: Android Central

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Google releases Android 4.4.3 factory images for Nexus devices

New Android version brings redesigned Phone app along with anticipated bug fixes

In an effort to create a balance in the force, Google has dropped the Android 4.4.3 image for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013 (excluding the LTE version at present), Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on their downloads page. It’s a 440-465MB download, and you’ll need fastboot set up to install it. We’ve not yet seen any OTA updates, but we imagine they are coming if you’d rather wait. More details and download links after the break.



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Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10

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T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages. You can hit the source link to download it for yourself, or you can wait for the over the air update.

Source: Google (Factory Images), Google (Binaries)

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T-Mobile Says Android 4.4.3 is Coming to the Nexus 5 Today (Updated: Nexus 7 Too)

According to T-Mobile support, the Nexus 5 will receive an update to Android 4.4.3 starting today. The update includes “security enhancements” and “various bug fixes.” The build number is KTU84M. And that is about all we know.

The Android 4.4.3 update has seemingly been in the works for a few months, with supposed rollout said to happen “at any minute” a couple of times.

Update:  T-Mobile says the Nexus 7 (2013) is getting Android 4.4.3 today as well, build KTU84L. Cheers BiggiePhat!

Is today finally the day? 

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Via: T-M0bile [2]

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Sprint Galaxy Note 2 now getting the Android 4.4 update

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Customers of the Galaxy Note 2 on Sprint will be pleased to know that the carrier is now rolling out the Android 4.4 update for the handset. The update was made official a few weeks ago and has arrived right on time.

The update changes the software version to L900VPUBNE2 and while the changelog isn’t particularly exciting, this is a welcome update. Sprint is rolling out the update in batches, so it might not reach all devices instantly. But if you’re one of the lucky customers to have received the update already, make sure you let us know by dropping a line below.

Given the delay this update has seen, it would be safe to assume that this is perhaps the last major Android update the smartphone will ever receive. Samsung recently spilled bad news for customers of the global Galaxy S3 mentioning that the Android 4.4 update will not be rolled out to them, but the Galaxy Note II is one of the lucky 2012 devices to get it.

Source: Sprint

Via: Android Police

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Google’s “Flounder” codename surfaces in Android 4.4.3 changelog

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Earlier this week we reported on the codename “Flounder” surfacing in a Chromium issue tracker entry. The rumor was that this pointed to the release of an HTC produced Nexus tablet from Google. The recent release of a detailed changelog for Android 4.4.3 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) seems to confirm the connection between HTC and the “Flounder” device as seen in the changelog entry.

In the previous Flounder spotting, it was part of an apparent new build of Android, possibly 4.5. With the inclusion of the reference in the Android 4.4.3 changelog, this may point to the device being released initially on that version of Android. An upgrade to Android 4.5, assuming it is released this year, could be down the road a bit.

Another device was spotted in the just released changelog going by the codename “Molly.” The item surfaces next to a reference to a set top box, which may indicate this is another media-streaming type device from Google. The changelog also includes some references to DRM and to chips-maker NVIDIA, suggesting a graphics or media-centric device. This could possibly be something similar to Apple’s FireTV set top box.

source: Android Central

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List of Samsung devices getting Android 4.4 update leaked

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An internal document of Samsung devices that will be getting the Android 4.4 update has been leaked, showing some interesting choices. As can be seen by the image above, the list will feature the Galaxy SIII LTE, Galaxy S4 Mini, the Galaxy Grand 2, the Galaxy Mega 5.8, and the Galaxy Mega 6.3.

The list also confirms something which we hoped wouldn’t be the case – due to “unresolved problems” the international Galaxy SIII will not be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update. This is likely due to issues implementing TouchWiz applications.

The same source has also confirmed that Samsung has begun testing Android 4.4.3 for the Galaxy S5, and that some of the updates on the list might go straight to Android 4.4.3 instead of 4.4.2.

Source: SamMobile

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Android Distribution Updated for May: Kit Kat Up, Jelly Bean Down

Android Distribution Updated for May:  Kit Kat Up, Jelly Bean Down

Google updated the Android distribution numbers to start the month of May, showing a solid jump for Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) from 5.3% in April to 8.5% this month. Thanks to that jump in Kit Kat, we are seeing a small decline in Jelly Bean, from 61.4% to 60.8%. 

The rest of the numbers all saw slight movement, as you would expect at this point in the game. Old phones continue to hang onto old builds of Android, like Gingerbread which dropped from 17.8% to 16.2%. Froyo and Honeycomb continue to stick on the list somehow, while Ice Cream Sandwich still commands 13.4% of the pie.

And yep, that’s that.

Via:  Android Developers

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Android “Silver” program rumored to replace the Nexus lineup

The Android Silver name first came up earlier in the month. At the time the Silver program was thought to be a way for Google to better work with the carriers, and also to establish a bit more control over Android. There was talk of displaying these handsets in special sections of carrier stores, and having them be sold by specially trained employees.

Well, flash forward to the present day and there is now a confirming report about Android Silver coming from The Information. Details here suggest Google will be dropping the Nexus line in favor of Android Silver. While some are fans of the Nexus and Google Play edition (GPe) lines for the clean Android experience — it seems some of this will be carried over from Nexus to Silver.

The report mentioned how the Silver program will put limits on things such as the amount of non-Google apps that can be pre-installed. It even looks like Google will make it so users can choose to uninstall those pre-installed apps. The key seems to be in working with the carriers and manufacturers though, and The Information said they will “effectively be paid to produce and sell high-end devices that closely adhere to Google specifications.”

Bottom line here, it looks like Android Silver will be the way Google tries to take back some of the control. There is still quite a bit we need to see, but so far it does sound like it could help Android. Having said that, and liking the idea thus far, we do have to wonder if this will kill the Nexus line, or simply push it further over to being a reference line for developers.

VIA: TechCrunch

SOURCE: The Information

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Samsung starting to issue Android 4.4 update for the international Galaxy Note II

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Owners of the international variant of the Galaxy Note II should be preparing for a software update. Samsung has issued the Android 4.4 update to the device in France and other locations are likely to join as well. The usual KitKat improvements and additions are expected and it should breathe new life to Samsung’s second generation phablet.

We will let you know when carriers in the United States start rolling out the update.

Source: SamMobile

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown now on Android

Here’s quite an exciting thing for mobile gamers. XCOM is now on Android. People loved it on PC and the “proper” home consoles, with the Android release from 2K Games claiming to offer a full-power mobile recreation of everything that made the strategic combat title such a popular smash.

Here are some men crouching down with guns:

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Apparently it’s more interesting to play than look at. Android XCOM comes with a pretty large price tag, though, costing £7.14 to buy via Google Play. Pity those who paid £39.99 for it on a disc. Get it here.

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Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the time of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo launch, the device did not come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which was a little disappointing for some users. Not only that, but because of the fact that the device was not a flagship, users were worried it wouldn’t get the Android 4.4 update for a while. Well, it seems that users didn’t need to fear after all, as Samsung has started pushing out the update.

So far the update is only being pushed out in Korea, but it should be available in other countries soon. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will feature many of the same upgrades that were present on the Galaxy Note 3, including white status bar icons, improved battery life, full screen album art, and so on.

Source: SamMobile

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Sprint Removes Mention Of The Android 4.4.3 Update For The Nexus 5 From Its Website, No Sign Of OTA Either

n5So. Sprint. About that KitKat 4.4.3 update you mentioned for the Nexus 5. You haven’t seen it lying around anywhere, have you? Because we certainly haven’t. And neither have any of our readers.

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Wherefore art thou, KTU84F? Huh. Doesn’t have the same ring.

Apparently something has gone wrong over at Sprint, because not only have we not seen the 4.4.3 KTU84F software update headed for any Nexus 5 units, the Sprint support page has removed the brief mention of 4.4.3 from its update chart.

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AT&T LG G Flex getting the Android 4.4 update today

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The AT&T model of the LG G Flex will start getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update today. The update will be 686MB in size and is likely to have reached most devices already. As with any KitKat update, this is quite significant for the smartphone and will introduce quite a few changes.

Here’s the complete changelog:

  • Android 4.4 OS upgrade
  • New full-screen mode
  • Restyled status and navigation bars
  • Battery performance improvements
  • Enhanced processing speed

LG has improved some key elements of the UI while blending it with the Android 4.4 specific changes quite well. If you don’t see the update notification yet, try pulling it manually by heading over to Settings – General – About – Software Update – Update.

The LG G Flex is the company’s premier flagship with a unique design and a flexible display panel. It also features a self healing back cover which is immune to accidental scratches. Overall, the G Flex is a very capable device and it’s good to see that LG wants to keep its flagship devices updated with the latest versions of Android.

Source: AT&T

Via: Android And Me

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Users of the Sony Xperia SP reporting display flickering issues after the Android 4.3 update

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The Sony Xperia SP is a very popular midrange handset in markets of Asia and Europe. And the company recently started rolling out the Android 4.3 update for the smartphone and it seems like there are some serious issues with the update already. According to some users, they are observing a display flickering bug ever since the update was applied.

This flickering of the display backlight can naturally be quite an annoyance to customers who are trying to get some work done on the device. Xperia Blog reports that the issue is only seen on devices running firmware builds 12.1.A.0.266 and 12.1.A.1.201.

Sony is yet to confirm this bug, but it seems to be widespread at the moment. Although the issue is hardware based, it seems to have been triggered by the Android 4.3 update. So it is possible to be fixed with the help of a bug fixing update, although there’s no word on when that might happen. Make sure you drop a line in the comments box below if you’re facing similar issues. You can see the exact nature of this particular bug in the videos embedded below.

Source: Sony Mobile Forums

Via: Xperia Blog

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Document reveals Android’s pre-touchscreen development

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In the latest bit of interesting information about the history of the development of Android, as is being revealed during the current Apple v. Samsung trial, we get confirmation that Android was originally designed for phones with a physical keyboard. This should probably not come as a surprise as Android was being developed at a time when Blackberry devices ruled the corporate smartphone market. Apple probably considers this to be helpful in their claim that Android and Samsung were copying Apple’s iPhone. However, the same information suggests the Android team had already contemplated a future where touchscreens were popular.

According to the information, the Android team was communicating to different manufacturers in 2006:

“Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the products [sic] architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.”

This information is part of a document titled “Android Project Software Functional Requirements” that also revealed Google was planning to use Microsoft’s FAT 32 filesystem. The early specifications also indicated Android would support widgets and third-party applications.

source: re/code

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Results of the Android Central Semi-Annual Survey

We’ve wrapped up our Android Central semi-annual survey, which managed to field about four thousand responses across a wide range of questions. With the information we’ve collected, we got a good feel for who you guys are and what you want. That data will shape the kind of content you’ll be seeing here on Android Central. Of course, we’re happy to take feedback year-round, so always feel free to voice your opinions in the comments. We’re here at your service after all, dear readers.

That said, we want to include you guys in the process and share the information we’ve picked up. Hopefully you’ll find it just as interesting as we did.



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Pocket-lint Goes Hands-On With A Prototype Of The Android Wear-Powered LG G Watch, Highlights Its Form Factor

GWatch-ThumbPocket-lint has gone hands-on with a prototype version of the upcoming Android Wear-powered LG G Watch, sharing some photos in the process. Judging from the press image released with the product announcement, we could already see that the accessory would be square and come without buttons. These vivid, up-close photos confirm this. Aside from that, we see a device that looks like a flatter, more subdued version of the Pebble.

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — the Android Central Podcast!

Prepare yourselves, as it once again is time for the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! (Say it with a lot of reverb in your head.) Coming up this afternoon we’ll have the lowdown on the new Amazon FireTV and see if it gets anyone to unplug their Chromecast. Plus we’ve got the Google Play edition of the HTC One M8 in hand. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a week away, and its new watches and fitness band are up for preorder.

And, as always, we’ll answer your questions live. OK, most of your questions. At least the ones we can answer in public.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that’s 9 p.m. in London — for the live recording of the Android Central Podcast. Use this link to join us!

    



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