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Dec 06, 2013 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm
Yesterday we reported that the newest version of KitKat, version 4.4.1 would soon start rolling out. Little did we know it would be sooner than we surmised. Last night the update started rolling out. It first started hitting the Nexus 5, but then started filtering out to the Nexus 4 and the 2013 LTE Edition of the Nexus 7.
Just as reported, the update primarily comes with a slew of camera improvements and perhaps a bit more. Any additional changes have yet to be detailed, but we have reports of improved speaker output as well as some minor bug fixes. For the most part we are pleased to see the camera boosts which include a new HDR+ mode, faster focusing (especially in low light), truer colors, faster white balancing, and the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode.
If you don't want to wait for the OTA rollout, you can grab it manually and sideload it. Here are a few links below to Google's servers hosting the update. Be sure to ask in the forums for instructions on how to do that if you are unfamiliar with the process. It's not too tough, but it is involved and isn't something you want to make a mistake doing.
Google's Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 KitKat Update
Google's Nexus 4 Android 4.4.1 KitKat Update
Google's Nexus 7 LTE 2013 Edition Android 4.4.1 KitKat Update
For those planning on waiting for the OTA, sound off in this thread and let us know when you get yours and what you think of it.
Dec 05, 2013 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
Just yesterday we shared a story suggesting that a new version of KitKat (Android 4.4.1) might be coming soon. This intel has now been confirmed by Google themselves. Folks from The Verge held an interview with Dave Burke, Google's Director of Engineering for Android in which he shared the details of the soon to be released Android 4.4.1 KitKat. It turns out that it is actually coming to the Nexus 5 first and its primary focus is to improve the camera experience on the device.
In the interview, Burke revealed that this new camera update will focus on five primary enhancements for the Nexus 5 camera. Here's a quote with more of the details,
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The changes break down in five categories, Burke says, autofocus first among them. Mixing speed and image quality requires a fragile balance, particularly in low light, and Android 4.4 skewed too far toward image quality. "There’s a tendency to say, 'oh, we have this cool thing that stabilizes, so lets make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.'" But while the Nexus 5's optical image stabilization allowed it to get better-than-average shots in low light, in good lighting it just made for frustratingly slow shooting speeds. By speeding up the framerate and increasing how quickly the camera can read its surroundings and fire a picture, Burke and his team improved the autofocus, the exposure, and the white balance. "You fix the motion blur," he says, "and make everything faster."
Speed is a theme for the update, and the Nexus 5's camera really does feel faster across the board. The app launches a full second quicker than it did before the update, meaning you'll miss many fewer shots than before. There's also a new progress indicator in HDR+ mode, which makes the process, longer by necessity, feel a lot more straightforward. It's the first of what Burke says will be a series of interface changes, as Google tries to make Android cameras a
Dec 04, 2013 - 10:54 AM - by dgstorm
There is an interesting new rumor floating around from last night. Apparently, we may soon see a new version of KitKat already. According to an Android modder named @LlabTooFeR on Twitter, a 4.4.1 version of Android KitKat will soon make its way to the Google Play Edition HTC One. If this is the case, then more than likely we will see it hit Nexus devices too.
We aren't too sure why Google would release a new version so quickly after the initial launch of KitKat, but we have seen some users reporting issues with Exchange on KitKat. Also, the Google Experience Launcher is currently exclusive to the Nexus 5. Perhaps this update addresses these and some other issues we are unaware of. For now we will categorize this as a rumor, but we will be on the lookout and let you know if we find out anything concrete.
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