Android 4.4 KitKat http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-44-kitkat/news en-GB Fully Charged: Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now, LG shows off G Watch and Google Now comes to desktop Chrome http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/fully-charged-buy-70mph-flying-dragon-right-now-lg-shows-g-watch-and-google-now-co <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily round-up of all the gadgety goings-on in techland </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now" alt="Buy this 70mph flying dragon right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/remote-control-dragon.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying, fire-breathing remote control dragon goes on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you have a spare US$60,000 (around &pound;36,000) lying around and easy access to large, open areas, we have something amazing to tell you: you can now buy a remote control dragon that flies through the air at up to 70mph (it&rsquo;s jet-powered) and, once it&rsquo;s landed, breathe fire thanks to a built-in propane tank.</p> <p>The dragon, which boasts a nine-foot wingspan, has been built and designed by remote control modeller extraordinaire Rick Hamel, and is on sale in the US via Hammacher. True, you could buy a car, an extension to your house or the holiday of a lifetime with the cash&hellip; but then you wouldn&rsquo;t own a dragon, would you?</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=12185&amp;PID=3640130">Hammacher</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/you-can-finally-buy-that-flying-fire-breathing-rc-drago-1548702195">Gizmodo</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google revealed the existence of an upcoming LG smartwatch last week, but only showed off one (fairly uninteresting) image of the device. Well, LG UK has just released a second photo of the G Watch and it gives a much better impression of how it&rsquo;ll look on your wrist. The G Watch will be among the first wave of Android Wear devices to arrive, and LG says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;coming soon&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/LGUK/status/448093846744735745/photo/1">LG UK Twitter</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="675" title="LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch" alt="LG shows off second photo of G Watch Android Wear smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch-second-pic.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now is one of the company&rsquo;s best new(ish) services for smartphones and tablets, and now it&rsquo;s rolling out beyond mobile. From today, Google Now cards &ndash; which deliver various piece of info that Google believes you&rsquo;ll find interesting &ndash; are available in the Chrome web browser for Mac OS and Windows. The cards, which are a subset of those that would be sent to your mobile device, are available to view by clicking the Chrome notifications icon.</p> <p>Because Google gleans so much about you from your online activity, the cards tend to be on the money, but you can manually tweak the settings if you find yourself getting stuff you don&rsquo;t want &ndash; or turn it off entirely.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/4414004?p=ib_google_now_welcome&amp;rd=1">Google</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers" alt="Google Now cards come to Chrome desktop browsers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-now-for-chrome.jpg?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great news for owners of HTC One and HTC One Max smartphones: the company has officially released an Android 4.4 KitKat update to both. The One update can be pushed to Vodafone, O2, Three and unlocked handsets from the <a href="http://www.htc.com/uk/go/htc-software-updates/">HTC site</a> (EE users have to wait for their phone to update itself), while the One Max update will be pushed to the phone by HTC. Look out for it in the coming days.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review">HTC One Max review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update" alt="HTC One and One Max now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-max-review-htc-one-size_2.JPG?1395732781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android 4.4 KitKat Google One One Max Wearable tech Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:35:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434218 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG’s gigantophone is back and it’s bigger, better and even has a few neat tricks up its sleeve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " alt="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-28%20at%2010.15.54.png?1393639526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3269361997001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3269361997001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video#comments Android 4.4 KitKat G Pro 2 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:32:42 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1433049 at http://www.stuff.tv LG readying haul of Android KitKat phones for February? http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/lg-readying-haul-android-kitkat-phones-february/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Benchmarking site reveals five new handsets running the latest version of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg%20g2.JPG?1389811131" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seems like there are about to be a lot more Android 4.4 KitKat phones in the world. And at least five of them might come from LG.</p> <p>PhoneArena has come across benchmarks from the HTML5Test site revealing the existence of several previously unknown LG handsets. These are called the <a href="http://html5test.com/s/a80dee1c8fa21c3f.html" target="_blank">LG D830</a>, <a href="http://html5test.com/s/8b1eaa1c6d84b5b8.html" target="_blank">LS740</a>, D410, D320 and MS323. According to the test info, all were running Android KitKat.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking set for a February launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These codenames will likely be swapped for snappier monikers (things like the LG G Pro 2, perhaps?) come launch. And when might that be? Well, Mobile World Congress is in February, so that could well be the ideal time to unveil them.</p> <p>Sadly the HTML5Test browser benchmark reveals very little about the phones other than their model names and browser test scores. But we&rsquo;ll keep our eyes open for more rumours in the run-up to MWC because, if any of the new models is anything like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">utterly superb LG G2</a>, we&rsquo;re going to want one in our hands very soon indeed.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Unannounced-LG-D830-LS740-for-Sprint-and-others-caught-running-Android-4.4-KitKat_id51310" target="_blank">PhoneArena</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG Android KitKat phones coming </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android 4.4 KitKat LG Smartphones Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431243 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/android-44-kitkat-lands-motorola-moto-g/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Moto G sinks its teeth into the latest chocolate-covered version of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-g-main.JPG?1389982455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank"> Moto G</a> will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to be upgraded to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4.2 KitKat</a>, providing users with even more bang for their buck.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From integrated SMS and chat messages in Hangouts to cleverer Google Now integration and wireless printing, there&rsquo;s plenty for Moto G users to get excited about.</p> <p>The update will continue to be rolled out over the coming week, and Vodafone will also add the Moto G to its roster in the very near future too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Read our review of the Motorola Moto G here</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Read our Android 4.4 KitKat review here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkatmain_1.jpg?1389982455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/android-44-kitkat-lands-motorola-moto-g/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/android-44-kitkat-lands-motorola-moto-g/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Moto G Motorola Smartphones Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:38:53 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431183 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for a staggering price http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/video-review-google-nexus-5/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With impressive specs and a price tag to match, Google&#039;s Nexus 5 sounds almost too good to be true </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for an impressive price" alt="Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for an impressive price" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-10%20at%2001.30.44.png?1386781534" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2915880808001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2915880808001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video review: Google Nexus 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/video-review-google-nexus-5/video#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:11:50 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1429940 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.4 KitKat http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Given some latitude, KitKat will soon know you better than you know yourself – and that makes it the cleverest, scariest smartphone OS yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kitkatmain.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What was all the bloody fuss about? After months of leaks, rumours and false dawns, you boot your new Nexus 5 for the first time, and... well, what was the bloody fuss about?&nbsp;</p> <p>KitKat, the newest version of Android, doesn't look all that. There's bigger icons (think Early Learning Centre big). The wallpaper's different. The menu bar icons have changed from neon blue to milky white. Other than that: nothing.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FORM: LESS SKIN, MORE CONTENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let's start with the skin, shall we? KitKat 4.4 is very pretty. So what, you say: JellyBean was pretty (the first iteration of Android to be able to make that claim for itself without blushing). You'd expect its successor to be easy on the eyes, especially when it has been so long in the making.</p> <p>But while KitKat 4.4 may not represent the same canyon leap in interface design as iOS6 to iOS7, it is a fairly dramatic overhaul.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout the OS, the design has fallen away, leaving the content to come to the fore (is this ringing any bells, Apple fans?). The blue hinting that defined stock Android has been ousted in favour a slightly off white (in fact, much of KitKat is now monochromatic). It shares a minimalist meme with iOS7 - anything between you and the words, pictures, videos or animations is Evil.</p> <p>The newly-whitened menu bar icons are the most ever-present example, but it runs throughout the Settings and widget selection screens.</p> <p>KitKat's graphic polish should raise a few alarms in Apple's design studios. For example, study that new Camera app icon for a moment on the Nexus 5's stunning 445 ppi screen. It's so well finished that you wonder how the design team justified the months spent polishing it, right down to the subtly shaded shutter button. It shows where Android's Holo design movement is heading, and we like it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat1.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FUNCTION: ONE BIG SEARCH TOOL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And here's the bit where we explain why KitKat 4.4 is so remarkable. As you probably know, Google Now - the company's personalised, predictive search service - has been steadily improving in functionality: every month or so, it gains another feature that tries to intelligently predict what you need to do next (and it taps into everything - from your location to your recent searches to your email).</p> <p>With the launch of KitKat, Google has effectively reversed the Android experience into Google Now.&nbsp;</p> <p>The screens you look at when you use the phone are all extensions of Now (whereas in the past, Now was the bolt-on), and search has been integrated into every aspect of the phone's use in a way that makes rivals look Old.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the team at&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/google-just-pulled-a-facebook-home-kitkats-primary-interface-is-google-search/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a>&nbsp;revealed, most of the files that previously existed in Android's launcher (GoogleHome.apk) has been shovelled into the Google Search app - the launcher is now a shell that won't launch.&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll be ahead of us in realising the far reaching implications of this: in theory, the Google Search app you download from the Play Store can transform any Android handset (hello, Samsung and HTC...) into the full KitKat experience.</p> <p>When you first launch 4.4, you'll find Google Now permanently fixed to the left of your home screen. You can turn it off in Settings, but you'll be neutering the phone's capabilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take the dialler. Diallers make calls: they show contacts, and have numbers you tap. They've done this for years. But with KitKat 4.4, the dialler is now also a search engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Try typing 'pizza', and look at the results. Yes, there's the entry for 'Pizza Hut' around the corner that you manually saved a few months back. But now there are also entries for the three other local pizza places. Then get an unsolicited call from another local pizza place - go back to your call history, and notice that Google has recognised the number, and added the Caller ID details. Pick up that iPhone 5s lying around the house, and try the same trick. Android 1, iOS 0.</p> <p>Elsewhere, widget and home screen obsessives will instantly fall in love with KitKat 4.4: you can create as many screens as you like. Yes, we know, we sobbed gently at the news, too. However, we'll admit to struggling to work out how to create new screens in the first hours with the OS (Google's usually faultless at including overlay tips when first using a stock Android device - not in this case).&nbsp;</p> <p>For the record, it couldn't be more straightforward - hold an app in the drawer, drag it to the right of the last existing home screen, and a new one is created. If you want to get rid of a screen, just drag all of the icons off (there should really be a way to delete an entire screen at a swipe, but maybe that's in the next release).</p> <p>You'll also notice that the widget drawer has upped and moved home: instead of living in the App Drawer, it's now a prod of a screen away, alongside the wallpaper selector. It's a design that's reminiscent of HTC's Sense 5 (and now we come to think of it, the positioning of Now next to the main home screen isn't that far removed from HTC's Blinkfeed philosophy).</p> <p>Lastly, Google has burned the midnight candle in attempts to make Android leaner - to the point where they claim that KitKat will run on a device with as little as 512MB of RAM. We have no way of testing the claim, of course, but it's good news for owners of older handsets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat2.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1080" height="1920" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KitKat%20home%20screen%20selector.png?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VOICE ACTIVATION: OK, GOOGLE, I&#039;M IN BRITAIN... GOOGLE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Say 'OK, Google' to KitKat, and it will act. At least, it will if you're in the USA. The cool voice activation function first debuted with the US-only Moto X is baked right into KitKat 4.4. But if you launch the OS in the UK, you'll wonder if your phone is broken. Say 'OK, Google', and nothing happens (Android forums are currently packed with Brits factory resetting their Nexus 5s, in the hope that it'll bring the feature to life).</p> <p>There is a way round it, you'll be jolly pleased to hear. You just go into Google Now settings, and switch to 'US English'. Wait a second or two, and the 'Speak now' help tip appears in the search bar - voila.</p> <p>Quite why the feature is set to Off for UK users is beyond us. And bafflingly, the Nexus 5 advertising promos for the Nexus 5 on this side of the water mention the feature.</p> <p>But enough grumbling - does the voice activation work? Yes. It's awesome, in fact. So good that a week with KitKat changes everyday habits. Shouting 'OK, Google' in public didn't get any less weird as time went by, but when you're either out of earshot or alone, giving the command followed by 'Text Lady GaGa, What the hell is that new album about?' is perfectly natural.&nbsp;</p> <p>Opening Hangouts and typing away on the keyboard feels Old after only a few days. And 90% of the time, the voice recognition is accurate - even with our painfully plummy English accents and Google Now set to US English. It's reason enough all by itself for upgrading to KitKat, or rushing out to buy a Nexus 5.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat3.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> APPS: HANGOUTS STEALS THE HEADLINES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just about every Google app in KitKat gets a point release update, although we'll wager that you only notice the difference in four of the apps - Play Books, Quickoffice, Gallery and Hangouts.</p> <p>The Play Books app is the showcase for KitKat's new 'immersive' mode - a pretentious way of saying that the content fills the whole screen, displacing the menu bars top and bottom (you can get them back if you need navigation, simply by tapping the screen). 'Immersive' is simple but effective - we can't wait for the World Of Third Party apps to begin exploiting the feature, especially readers such as Flipboard and Feedly.</p> <p>Quickoffice has been upgraded, with the aim of seducing Microsoft Office fans into the Android fold (and the threat to Microsoft runs deep: every KitKat device in future will come with Quickoffice, making you question why you'd need to buy the Office suite).&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only can you open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with the app, but you can also create them. Further, the app is tightly integrated with Google Drive, your device's local file system and cloud services. It may not be glamorous, but it's powerful and it works.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it's the changes in the Hangouts app that really steal the headlines. Google has now added SMS to the chat and video calling client, and given you the option in Settings of choosing it as the default for text messaging.&nbsp;</p> <p>It works well, although you may need to concentrate: we run two Gmail accounts (work and home), and tied ourselves in knots in the first few days, with messages popping into the less-used account. We eventually discovered that you can switch the profile associated with text messages in Settings.</p> <p>The Gallery app on first acquaintance is identical to its predecessor - until you go to edit an image. Up pops an advanced photo editor that's deceptively simple in design, but awesomely powerful in use. You can crop in seconds, pick any one of dozens of filters and effects and change the exposure in moments.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat-hangouts.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TAP AND DON&#039;T PAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your phone will become your credit card. Promise. In America, they have a thing called Google Wallet.</p> <p>It's an app that lets you pay for stuff, using the handset's NFC chip. Back here in ancient Britain, with our lack of electricity and absence of wheels and fire, we have no such marvels. Undeterred, Google has built Tap and Pay into KitKat's settings screen. Only now, without Wallet available in the UK, it's an interesting empty space with a 'Learn more' button. One day; one day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1080" height="810" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat4.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. DID WE SAY LOCATION? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now relies on knowing what you're doing, and where you're doing it. So it's no surprise that KitKat has a lot of location settings, and most of them would like to be left on, thank you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from the privacy issues, they also raise another, more practical problem: location services eat batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>So it's good news that KitKat marks a revamp of the Location Settings screen, with clear indications of which services are calling on your location and how much power they're consuming. You can also quickly switch between three location modes - High accuracy (GPS and wifi), Battery saving (wifi and mobile networks) and Device accuracy (GPS).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1080" height="810" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat5.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's a chance that after a month or two of living with it, we may end up feeling much the same way about KitKat 4.4 as we have iOS7. For all of their party tricks, design flourishes and architectural overhauls, neither OS redefines how a mobile operating system works.</p> <p>But while that may be true, it's KitKat that comes closest to moving the game on. It's clear what Google is aiming for - a system that knows you intimately, and is smart enough to predict your next whim (or tell you what it should be...). KitKat is all about Google Now, and it's a gamble that pays off.</p> <p>We'd stick by our view that for tablets, iOS7 is the superior life form (helped no end by an app arsenal to die for). But for now, at least, KitKat 4.4 is the world's best mobile platform.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1080" height="810" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KitKat-app-drawer.jpg?1384203546" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beuautiful to look and with brains to boot, Android KitKat 4.4 is the world's best smartphone OS</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android KitKat review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s new mobile OS will know you better than you know yourself </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Google Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:58:10 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426974 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s flagship will take a chunk out of the latest version of Android early next year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="891" title="HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January" alt="HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-kitkat.jpg?1383667820" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> will receive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat </a>in January, along with an update to HTC Sense 5.5 to boot.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat HTC Smartphones Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:42:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428761 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 8 tablet spotted in promo shot? http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-8-tablet-spotted-promo-shot/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KitKat site shows a mysterious tablet being used – has Google leaked its own product again? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Could this be our first glimpse of a Google Nexus 8?" alt="Google Nexus 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-8.jpg?1383615018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Head over to the official Android KitKat site, scroll down the screen in the <a href="http://www.android.com/apps-and-entertainment/">Apps &amp; Entertainment section</a> and you’ll come across a curious sight: an Android tablet that we’ve never seen before.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A mock-up – or something genuine? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The alternative? It’s merely a mock-up device used by Google to illustrate KitKat. But the company hasn’t typically done this in the past, preferring to&nbsp; use ‘real’ devices for images.</p> <p>We’re a little sceptical about an 8in Nexus tablet coming hot on the heels of the 2013 Nexus 7 (which launched in August) – and the fact that Google hasn’t taken the image down suggests the company isn’t bothered about people seeing it – but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for any further developments.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/a-nexus-8-mysterious-tablet-pictured-in-kitkat-promotional-material/">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-8-tablet-spotted-promo-shot/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android 4.4 KitKat Google Tablets Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:59:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428720 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 5: hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-hands-impressions/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The attention to detail is stunning&quot; – we get up close and personal with Google&#039;s KitKat-powered smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-5-hands-on-main.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s without doubt the worst kept secret in technology, but Google has finally fessed up to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> handset, and revealed the five inch flagship will go on sale today. With a full HD 1920 x 1080 display and a 4.95in screen, it’s a really impressive bit of kit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First bite of KitKat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5 is our first look at KitKat, and it’s a great improvement - not a radical overhaul, but a real spit and polish that makes everything seems faster and easier than before.</p> <p>It’s significantly more responsive, and Google's integration of Search and Google Now is, unsurprisingly, brilliant - with the search bar appearing instantly when you tap on it, and voice search also getting an overhaul - if the phone is on, you can simply say "OK Google" to trigger a search.</p> <p>Google Now has also been improved, with new cards and a new way to access it: simply by swiping left from the homescreen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Voice recognition is also much improved, and seems a lot more reliable than in previous versions.</p> <p>There's also some deeper integration - you can ask the handset to call Michelle, for example, and it'll ask you which Michelle in your phonebook you want, showing you their contact info.</p> <p>The improved Hangouts app is also worth a mention - having SMS messages integrated into it makes a lot of sense, and works very well.</p> <p>Google has also included support for third party cloud apps for the first time, so looking at your gallery will show you not only what's on your Google Drive, but also what's in your Box drive - although funnily enough, there was no mention of iCloud suport any time soon.</p> <p>Overall, KitKat is extremely responsive, and Google claimed it has tuned all of its key apps to be faster now, and there's a noticaeble difference compared to the Nexus 4.</p> <p>There’s also a range of new accessories, including some new induction chargers, and a range of eye-wateringly bright cases.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 5 hands on: Play Store" alt="Nexus 5 hands on: Play Store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-play-store.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 5 hands on" alt="Nexus 5 hands on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-hands-on.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android KitKat – new features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Translucent menus</p> <p>New dialler - one click access to calls</p> <p>Enhanced lockscreen controls</p> <p>Smart favourites for calls - which adapt over time</p> <p>Hangouts includes SMS</p> <p>Aggregated cloud services - Box and other third parties appear alongside local and Google Cloud content</p> <p>Wireless printing capabilities</p> <p>"OK Google" now trigger search - although it has to be switched on</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">For more, read our Android KitKat preview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There was also a quick preview of what's coming up for Android, with apps set to be integrated in the coming weeks, so if you search for a recipe, for instance, app results will appear alongside web searches - something Google believes is a critical step forward for merging apps and the web.</p> <p>Google said a range of apps, including IMDB and Open Table will be initially added, with the ability for developrs to add their own apps in the near future as well, making their content searchable by the phone.&nbsp;</p> <p>We were also promised more updates to Now, with the addition of extra cards for search results 'bundled' together, which will apear within weeks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="428" height="610" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/art.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="419" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dial-pad.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a clear contender for most desirable Android handset on the market (particularly where the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">Moto X</a>&nbsp;isn't available).</p> <p>The attention to detail is stunning, and this feels like an incredibly well though out product, in terms of both the hardware and the changes to KitKat.</p> <p>Our only gripes would be some sharp edges on the volume buttons, and the rather ungainly inclusion of a sticker with the IMEI number on the back, along with the oddly protruding camera lens.</p> <p>Overall though, it's a big step forward for Google's Nexus product - and the first that could go mass market.</p> <p>We'll be delivering our full review as soon as we've had more time with the Nexus 5 – so stay tuned to Stuff.tv for that.</p> <p>Until then,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">read our full Google Nexus 5 preview here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-hands-impressions/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:06:20 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428618 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 5 announced and on sale tomorrow! http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-announced-and-sale-tomorrow/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google reveals official specifications and price for its new flagship smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-5-press-image-1.jpg?1383268048" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all knew it was coming, and now we have official confirmation: the Google Nexus 5, running Android 4.4 KitKat, will be available from tomorrow, priced at £295 SIM free or from £32 a month on contract.</p> <p>Retailer Carphone Warehouse just sent through the first official press release for the phone, revealing the specs and features in full. And soon after, Google showed off the phone to press at its California headquarters.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5in screen, wireless charging and quad-core processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5 is powered by a 2.26GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, backed up by 2GB of RAM. It sports a 4.95in 1080p screen with a pixel density of 445ppi, weighs 130g and is 8.6mm thick.</p> <p>There’s 4G LTE support (a first for a Google Nexus phone), as well as an 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. 16GB and 32GB storage options are available, and the 2300mAh battery gives a quoted talk time of 17 hours and standby time of up to 300 hours. Wireless charging capabilities are built-in.</p> <p>Connectivity-wise, there’s microUSB, SlimPort compatibility, a 3.5mm jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Available from £32 a month or £295 SIM free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At Carphone Warehouse, you can buy the Nexus 5 SIM free from £295 (we imagine this is for the 16GB version – the 32GB price is TBC), from £32 per month on an O2 3G plan (1GB of data, unlimited calls and texts) or £37 per month on an O2 4G plan (2GB of data, unlimited calls and texts).</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> It's now up at the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_16GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_16gb">Google Play Store</a>, priced at £299 for the 16GB version and £339 for the 32GB version. Black and white colour finishes available. Shipping in 1-2 business days.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hQ0XTJqFLIE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:11:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428615 at http://www.stuff.tv Google could reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside the Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/will-google-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google could have a handful of mysterious treats in store for us during Nexus 5 reveal day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" title="Will Google reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside the Nexus 5?" alt="Will Google reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside th" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-5-bak-flash.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google could be unveiling more than just the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-kitkat-real-actual-name-android-s-next-update/news" target="_blank">Android KitKat 4.4 </a>on launch day.</p> <p>Droid Life's <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/118128230387412768670/posts/WhHpRy3pHzK" target="_blank">Kellen Barranger</a> has spilled a number of tantalising details about a handful of potentially huge Google products, which up until now have slipped past the tech world's radars.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One ring to rule them all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second big mystery product is purportedly codenamed 'Sauron', and that's all anyone knows about it. There have been murmurings online that this could refer to a Google ring with NFC capabilities which will automatically unlock the Nexus 5 when you pick it up.</p> <p>It's not quite the same level of security as Apple's excellent Touch ID fingerprint recognition tech, but it's still an appealing alternative to wiping your pattern to unlock your phone each time.</p> <p>It's a similar idea to the Motorola Skip (shown above), which is an NFC-enabled clip which instantly unlocks the Moto X when it comes in close proximity with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-skip.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your guess is as good as ours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And finally, we have three more product codenames: 'Molly', 'Leep' and 'Shining'.</p> <p>Molly could be Siri's super-smart arch enemy. Or it could be a new widget. Or the codename for a Google BBQ. At this stage, no one but an access-all-areas card-carrying Google employee knows the real truth.</p> <p>Barranger mentions that Leep and Shining could be a sign of an Android@Home revival (could we see a Philips Hue-like Google bulb?), but goes on to stress that these are all rumours.</p> <p>And there you have it. Google could wow us all with an Apple-like 'one more thing' at the Nexus 5 launch, showering us with rings, watches and who knows what else.</p> <p>It'll be Christmas come early for the tech world, and we for one can't wait to see what the Big G will reveal come launch day. Assuming the rumours come to fruition of course.</p> <p>[<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/118128230387412768670/posts/WhHpRy3pHzK" target="_blank">Google + (1)</a>, <a href="https://plus.google.com/107797272029781254158/posts/ccAHguudNop" target="_blank">(2)</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Hue_0.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/will-google-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android-44-kitkat/will-google-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Geek accessories Google Nexus 5 Rumour Smartphones Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:02:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427488 at http://www.stuff.tv Why Android KitKat 4.4 doesn’t need all four fingers http://www.stuff.tv/why-android-kitkat-44-doesn-t-need-all-four-fingers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s next update to Android might not be quite the shake-up people are expecting – and here&#039;s why </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This is still sitting in the Stuff office. We can&#039;t decide whether to eat it or save it." alt="Android KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-kitkat-02.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In just a few weeks, if the rumours are to be believed, the latest version of Android –&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review">KitKat 4.4</a>&nbsp;– will be unveiled in all its glory.</p> <p>Expectations for a seismic response from Google to Apple’s release of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> are high. And since the last Android update – 4.3 – consisted mostly of under-the-bonnet improvements, we have every right to expect fireworks from 4.4, right?&nbsp;</p> <p>Maybe not...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Services provider </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2013-liveblog/news">I/O developer conference</a> back in May, Google did something sly and remarkable that at a stroke diminished the need for KitKat 4.4 to be the final word in mobile operating systems. In effect, Google snapped off the parts of the OS that can be quickly updated with new features and put them in the Play Store for everyone to download, rather than have to wait for an update to the entire operating system. &nbsp;</p> <p>Key to all of this is Google Play Services, which is silently updated in the background. Play Services is a conduit between the operating system and the apps installed on the device – and since Google can update Services with new features at will (chances are, you won’t even know that it’s happened), there’s no reliance on hardware manufacturers or network providers.</p> <p>With <a href="http://blog.flurry.com/bid/95723/Flurry-Five-Year-Report-It-s-an-App-World-The-Web-Just-Lives-in-It">recent research</a> suggesting that mobile users spend 80% of their screen time in an app (and not looking at the home screens or mobile web), those components have a serious influence on your perception of how the system looks and works.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-kitkat-pics.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Google I/O" alt="Google I/O" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-io-01_0.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since the I/O conference, more and more Android interface elements and core apps are now available as stand-alone downloads from the Play Store. So if your handset is stuck on a certain point release until the manufacturer updates, you just download the bits that make your experience closer to the latest release.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also allows Google to subtly wrest back control of the Android look – a big issue when HTC Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz visually differ so widely from Android stock.</p> <p>So it's looking increasingly like Android 4.4 KitKat won't be the radical overhaul some are expecting – and that the days of numbered Android updates bringing big changes could be... well... numbered.</p> <p>[Images: <a href="http://9to5google.com/2013/09/21/new-leaked-shots-show-redesigned-android-4-4-kitkat-phone-messaging-apps/">9to5Google</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-dialling-screen.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Examples of those components? Try… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Keyboard</a>: </strong>the latest and greatest keyboard in all its cyan, grey and black glory, ready to restore your HTC One or Galaxy S4 to that stock look.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Search</a>: </strong>… which is now also the way to upgrade Google Now. Powers in-app search on your phone, along with location-aware, personalised web search.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&amp;hl=en_GB">Google+</a>:</strong> Google’s social network, which is slowly morphing into a desktop for the cloud generation.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.music&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Music</a>:</strong> Recently redesigned, Music now looks great and - thanks to the launch of its All Access subscription service - easily competes with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.play.games&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Play Games</a>:</strong> Social gaming network, similar to Apple Game Centre.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Maps</a>: </strong>Also recently redesigned, Maps is now prettier and smarter than ever, with really intuitive local search for services and landmarks.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Hangouts</a>:</strong> video calls meets photo sharing and messaging, all tightly bound with the Google+ social network.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/why-android-kitkat-44-doesn-t-need-all-four-fingers/feature#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Google Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:25:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1426977 at http://www.stuff.tv