In the last few hours we have seen the Google Play Edition devices like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 receive the JWR66Y security update, just a little over a month and a few days since they received the Android 4.3 update. It seems those two devices and their Nexus cousins are in line to receive one other update soon before the rest of us get an invite to the chocolate bar party. Going by recent reports, October 14th is the chosen date for Android 4.4, KitKat, to debut.
There isn’t much expected in the new Android update being as it is that Android is very stable and can do with just a change of the base, a kernel upgrade as usual and several few add-ons to make the experience even better. The most noted components of the update include:
- Firmware availability to older phones – Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the like
- Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
- Miracast updates
- New Gallery Visualisation
- New APIs regarding animations
- Change Android default blue to other preset palette colours – more customization!
- New notification widgets
Beyond that there isn’t much that we know yet other than that we will first see KitKat running on the Nexus 5.
[…] While Sony may appear to be sticking with its tradition of refreshing its flagship devices throughout a calendar year, the Z2 is highly necessary seeing as it is that competitors are already pushing the frontiers with devices like the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 comes with direct support for 4K video recording with its 13 MP main camera so Sony needed to quickly catch up though its 20.7 MP camera as we saw on the Z1 is already more than impressive and the closest competitor to Nokia’s 41 MP sensor on the Lumia 1020. Also the 3 GB RAM on the Note 3, a first ever for a mobile device, is something Sony can’t wait to trump or equal. Since native 64-bit architecture on Android is still a few months away, trumping is not an option, catching up is. The Z2 will also build on the display tech (Triluminous) that we first saw on the Xperia Z Ultra by having a highly pixel dense display (500 ppi!). 500 ppi should be the highest we have seen on a smartphone and easily beats anything the 2013 flagships have shown us this year including the HTC One’s 468 ppi. Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box is also another factor to further whet our appetite. Never mind that the oft-rumoured Nexus 5 is expected to come with it when it is announced sometime soon. […]
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