Google is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update for the Nexus devices. Interestingly, the update comes just days after the search giant came up with the Android 4.4.1 update for the operating system. According to reports, Google started rolling out the updates from today only. The updates will reportedly be available over the air and will reach users within the next few days.
Further, if your tablet or smartphone hasn’t received the Android 4.4.1 update, then don’t worry as it will be updated directly to the 4.4.2 version. It will be bigger in size than what others get though. For those who have the 4.4.1 update, the new version will be small.
As noted by AndroidOS, US-based telecom service provider Sprint, the following changes are being made by Google in the OS.
– Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
– Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
– Various additional software fixes
– Security enhancements
The updates are currently available only to the Nexus devices, but should come to others soon. The devices currently getting the update include the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, both the WiFi and 3G versions of the Nexus 7 (2012) and the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10 tablets.
Google is letting Glass Explorers swap in their first-generation wearable device for a newer model if they want to try out a faster, more durable device that also works with prescription glasses and comes with new accessories. While Explorers won’t have to pay anything on top of what they already paid for Google Glass to make the switch, only those Explorers who bought their units before October 28 can apply. The hardware upgrade is not mandatory though, Engadget reports, although in its notification Google warns Explorers that future features and accessories may not work with first-generation Glass units.
In addition to Google inviting Explorers to make the switch, a Google employee posted images on Google+ showing a Glass unit mounted on prescription glasses (pictures above and below), although the images appear to have since been removed. The prescription Google Glass unit has a special slot in which users can insert the right arm of their actual glasses. Assuming the images show the real product, this may be the Glass version Explorers are invited to upgrade to.
Google continues to both upgrade its Google Glass product including software, and to allow more users to purchase Explorer units. However, the company is yet to launch a commercial version of the product, which would be available to general consumers.
Google today announced that the users will soon be able to take data backups of the Gmail and Calendar. Users will be able to get a copy of their data by signing into their account on Google’s data download page, and then clicking on ‘create an archive’ option. This will navigate the user to another page which comes with option to download (create archive) either all of their mails and calendars or select from a subset of labels and calendars. Users can also chose to download a single archive file for multiple products including Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other services data.
Users can download an archive of their Google Calendar data starting from today itself, however Google will roll out the Gmail backup capability over the next month.
After stepping down as Android’s head this year, Andy Rubin seems to be working with Google for a robot based project. According to a report by The NewYork Times, the search engine giant has acquired seven robot making companies secretly. The report has quoted Rubin hinting towards the new assignment without revealing any details.
Three weeks ago, CyanogenMod launched its first installer app on Play Store. However, today Google has removed it from its store as, according to them, the app violates the terms.
Going on to the statement, Google told the CM Team that though the “application itself is harmless” it “encourages users to void their warranty” and hence would not be allowed to on the Play Store. Google also took issue of the fact that the app allowed one to unlock bootloaders and flash third-party software, which is apparently shunned by the company.
For those who still want custom ROMs on their phones can head over to the CyanogenMod website and use the ‘sideload’ process for the installation. In the meantime the developers have mentioned that they are in talks with Samsung and Amazon to list their app on their respective app stores.