Samsung's premium tinged Galaxy Alpha smartphone launched last month and is now steadily rolling out around the globe. It landed in the United Kingdom today, finding its way to The Carphone Warehouse, available via the company's web store and in bricks and mortar locations dotted around the country.
HTC said that it would be delivering more of its Sense software to the general Android market, moving some of its services away from being an all-in-one software. The company started the HTC Creative Labs team to focus on repacking certain software from the brand's UI so that it could be downloaded in app form on the Google Play Store. The Zoe camera app was the first example of that, but this release is something different.
Samsung copies other companies and gets sued a lot. It is almost an unwritten rule of mobile tech, but every so often a Samsung court case where the company is accused of patent infringement tends to throw up some juicy information. The latest brand trying to take Samsung to the cleaners is chip maker NVIDIA (the suit is also against Qualcomm) and during the case some information about the Nexus 9 tablet was released.
KitKat's hold on the Android market is starting to tighten, and it is even starting to impress me, someone who has long criticized how fragmented the Android world is. Google has released the latest batch of Android distribution numbers and Android 4.4 and its variations have grown by a whopping 20% from last month and is now comfortably the second most used Android version.
Sony has been updating plenty of its handsets of late, with the likes of the Xperia M 2 and Xperia Z series all being treated to the latest versions of Android 4.4. However, if you are rocking the Xperia SP, M, L, or C then you can forget about any future support because the Japanese company has cut those devices loose today. Sony confirmed that none of those handsets will get future update beyond today.
Google has been under pressure from several regulatory bodies around the world of late because of its attitude towards refunding apps and protecting consumers from unwanted purchases. The company is not alone as Amazon and Apple have also fallen for some hard criticism and the odd court case, but Google has done something about it today. The search giant and Android overseer has said that there is now a two hour window to get a refund on paid apps and games on the Google Play Store.
HTC was kind enough to send us an invite this evening for a press event that it is holding on October 8th in New York City, and we'll even get to have drinks afterwards. However, enough about the jet set life of the tech writer (it's not really) and on to what exactly HTC will be announcing during the event.
Android 4.4.4 continues to do the rounds this week and has now been announced for the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The S4 is of course Samsung's 2013 flagship, so it is nice to see that the Korean company is continuing it near the end of Android KitKat's reign, while the device is also in line to land Android L when that is released.
Sony has announced today that a whole range of its Xperia Z devices are getting an update to Android 4.4.4, the newest release of Google's mobile OS. The Japanese giant announced the news via its official Twitter account, letting some of its older Xperia Z devices catch up to the newer ones with Android 4.4.4.
The HTC One M8 has been getting the bump to Android 4.4.3 over the last month, with handset variants all over the world receiving the update. In The US AT&T, T-Mobile , and Sprint have sorted out their updates, but in typical fashion Verizon is running late to the party. Big Red inexplicably delayed the roll out last month, but has now at least confirmed that Android 4.4.3 will arrive on its HTC One M8 variant on September 10th (tomorrow).