Category Archives: Updates

Nexus devices receiving update to 4.4.2

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Google had started releasing Android 4.4.1 last week to the Nexus 5 but it seems there was a voicemail issue that was found so they’ve quickly rectified the issue & are presently pushing 4.4.2. Reports claim the update is being pushed to all Nexus devices that recieved Android 4.4 officially so if you haven’t received it yet go into your Settings Menu – About Phone – System Updates – Then tap the Check Now Icon to see if the update has been pushed to you yet.
If you never recieved Android 4.4.1 don’t worry you’ll go straight to 4.4.2.
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The update from 4.4 to 4.4.2 will bring Camera improvements you can see listed in the screen shot above as well as now having the ability to Zoom in HDR+ mode which is a great improvement in our eyes. Also we have noticed that the slight static that could be heard when volume was at its lowest but not off has been reduced greatly. Volume seems to have received a boost as certain notification sounds that were hard to hear seem loud & crisp now.

Have you noticed any other improvements in the 4.4.2 or 4.4.1 update? Let us know in the comments below.

Android 4.3 hits the Galaxy S3 & Note 2 across Canada

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While Google has just released Android 4.4.1 for the Newest Nexus device the Nexus 5 Samsung is playing catch up with its 2012 devices. The Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2 here in Canada are presently receiving their 4.3 updates which bring along a list of new features, UI enhancements, Notification improvements, performance improvements & more including a very important improvement which is battery life.

The update is hitting both of these devices on all carriers across Canada right now so if you haven’t received notice on your device head to the Settings – About Phone  & hit that Software update icon to take advantage ASAP.

Improvements to the Galaxy S3 seem to be all good right now from our test device & the best Improvement so far seems to be battery life as our test device has made it through a full day of use which it couldn’t come close prior to this 4.3 update.

Will bring you more on this update as we have a little more time with the S3. Let us know anything good or bad you’ve noticed on either the S3 or Note 2 after receiving this 4.3 update we’d love to hear from you.

Rogers Moto X update begins rolling out w/ Camera, Touchless Controls, Call Quality & more getting improvements

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The update that US users have been getting for a week or so is now available here in Canada as an OTA update. The update brings many improvements to an already excellent device. We are in the process of reviewing this device & have been extremely impressed for the most part, with these improvements it sounds like Motorola may have solved the devices only minor faults. We’ll have a full review up on the site soon.

Here’s the improvements the update brings:
– Improved photos (colour accuracy, exposure, focus speed)
– Increased accuracy of Touchless Control
– Fixed choppy audio issue during voice calls
– Fixed issue with Motorola Assist improperly reading out texts

Canadian update # 129.12.36.en.CA The update is 32.2MB in size.

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

Android 4.4 Kit Kat a reality or just a Google hoax?

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Seems today a new statue was placed on the front lawn of Google headquarters of our beloved Andy the Android guy looking very chocolaty and delicious. Google may be naming the next version of Android “kit kat” after the chocolate bar that many of us enjoy when we need a break. Is this real or just Google having some fun with us? I guess only time will tell when we see it hit our Nexus devices. Until then check out these videos and make your own  judgment, but I say break me off a piece of that because I love the idea.

Posted from WordPress for Android by Paul “Kid Android” Deschamps

Galaxy S4 update hitting the phone for Telus & Koodo customers

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The Galaxy S4 for Telus/Koodo (possibly Bell, Virgin, Rogers & Fido as well) is now receiving a nice update that brings many tweaks to the amazing device, including the ability to move apps to the SD Card.

This is good news for users who own the 16Gb version of the Galaxy S4, which ships with only 9.15GB of user accessible storage space. This update alleviates this storage crunch by letting users move apps to the SD card. It also slightly increases available storage to 9.23GB.
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Besides the app to SD card feature, this new firmware also includes the following:

-Stability & performance upgrades
-slight increase of internal storage
-New Camera firmware
-Smearing issue has been fixed (Purple effect while scrolling)
-Smart Pause Toggle
-Move Apps to SD Card
-HDR Video (Can record HDR video)
-Semi-transparent status bar
New Icons in Settings
Secure boot status (About Phone)
-Increase legibility (Display) (New feature)
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Galaxy S4 owners can update their handset using Samsung Kies software or wait for the update to arrive over the air.

*Update – After moving what I can I gained a full 1gb of space on my internal storage which is awesome IMO.
Update took about 45 minutes to complete so make sure you have the time. It’s also just over 300mb in size so have the space available to download before install.

I’m sure Bell & Rogers & their sister companies are also receiving this great update as well, but if someone could confirm this we’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

Have you received the update, how do you like it & do you notice a performance boost?
Let us know in the comments section below.

Galaxy S3 in Canada Gets update that brings Multi Window & More

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The Galaxy S3 has received an update to its OS through OTA and Kies methods. It’s available ON Telus, Koodo, Virgin, Rogers, Bell, Fido & MTS users. The  OS remains at Android version 4.1.2 but is build MVLDMF1. Included is improvements to the gallery,
Improved down­load speeds when HSPA+ network coverage, Multi Window Feature, as well as addressing  instances where third party VoIP apps could inter­fere when dial­ing E911.
So if you haven’t received a notification of the update yet hit the settings – about phone – and check for update, or fire up KIES on your PC & connect your S3 to grab the update now.
I haven’t had much time to check out the update myself & will be doing so later today, but until then if you’ve noticed any more changes feel free to let us know & we will add it to the list of improvements. As well let us know if battery or performance seem to be improved after updating. Just hit us up in the comments below.

Samsung beginning to roll out an update to fix limited storage space on Galaxy S4

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Samsung is said to have started rolling out an update to one model of the Galaxy S4 with more models to come that will fix the issue of limited internal storage space on the S4.

How will this be done?
Well it looks like they are making it so the device will allow the transfer of apps to your SD Card, in a pre Jelly Bean-esc kind of way. So basically you can now turn your 16gb model into 80gb device with a 64gb card.
This in my mind makes the Galaxy S4 the perfect device, the first ever perfect device ever built. I think Samsung will now easily reach the 100 million Galaxy S4 sold # quite quickly.

Well will this new news change your mind about purchasing a Galaxy S4, or are you a present owner doing backflips off the walls right now like myself?
Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition

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Yesterday at Google I/O there wasn’t much in the way of product announcements, however there was one very interesting one. A collaboration of sorts with the #1 Android device maker Samsung. The New Galaxy S4 with a twist that should interest those who love a Nexus style Android experience.
The hardware is staying exactly the same as that in the original model, but the software will be a pure vanilla Android experience. So you lose all the features the device is known for, but that might not be as bad as it may seem. Samsung has received some flak over just how much internal storage said features takes up in the 16gb device. With all those features packed in leaves the user with around 8gb of storage from the get go. The Google Edition should leave users with around 14gb of storage.
Another great advantage would be in the update department where Google stated that the device will always be updated promptly with the latest version of Android.

If the device sounds appealing to you then you’ll want to check out the Google Playstore starting on the 26th. That’s when the device will become available & will sell for $649 in the US which is where it will first be made available with other markets to follow.

So what do you guys think of this device, is it worth the money considering it sells for the same as the feature packed model?
Do you care about the features of the S4 or is it the hardware  that draws your attention?
Let us know in the comments section below & stay tuned for more from Google I/O 2013.

ANDROID IS THE FUTURE

Bell & Rogers Galaxy Note updated to 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Last week users of Telus’s Galaxy Note from Samsung got updated to Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean and now it’s users of the Bell & Rogers models getting the sweet treat.
Samsung stated that however at the moment the update for those carriers will have to be done via KIES software through your PC. I’m sure OTA updates will be pushed soon but as for now it’s only available through KIES. So make sure you have the most recent version of KIES installed on your PC & connect your Note to an available USB port and follow the onscreen directions. Make sure not to turn off your phone or disconnect it till the update is complete or you could run into some issues.
After you update & have a little time with your updated  device come back & let us know what you think. What’s your favorite feature is that the new JB update has brought to your Galaxy Note?
Let us know in the comments section below.

ANDROID IS THE FUTURE

Telus Galaxy Note getting a new sweet treat ( Jelly Bean 4.1)

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Telus had the original Samsung Galaxy Note update to Jelly Bean listed for May & have stayed very true to their word. May has just begun & said update has already begun to be pushed to the device OTA. It’s also available via Samsung’s KIES software on your PC. So if you haven’t received notification of the update on your Galaxy Note & you just can’t wait for it to be pushed to your device then connect it to your PC & Samsung’s software suite to get the update now.
Keep in mind that you may have to update KIES before your Galaxy Note will connect, so check for an update of the PC software if you have any issues.

After you’ve updated and had a chance to try the upgrade out come back & let us know what you think, & what’s your favorite addition or tweak to your phone that the upgrade brought?

ANDROID IS THE FUTURE

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