This week in your world of Android, KitKat hit a Verizon phone before a Nexus, Cyanogen teased a new partner, news of a smart new Camera API surfaced, Google updated several of its apps, and Samsung got slapped with a $290 million fine.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few phrases. It’s must read Android
Android 4.4 finally hits Nexus 4, Verizon users are happy for once
Verizon has an awful reputation when it comes to Android updates and Nexus devices, but this week Big Red redeemed itself a bit by releasing a timely KitKat update for the Moto X. Hours later, Google rolled out KitKat to the Nexus 4, followed by a bug-squashing update to the rest of the Nexus line.
- Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out
- Google rolls out KRT16S bug fix to Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013) and Nexus 10
- Android 4.4 KitKat begins rolling out to the Verizon Moto X, starting today
CyanogenMod teases mystery partner
Rumors of Cyanogen working with a new partner to release a CM phone have been swirling this week. Word around town is that the mystery company may be an Oppo spinoff.
- Oppo vice president resigns, possibly to start new brand with CyanogenMod connection
- CyanogenMod teases new hardware partner, to announce it in coming weeks
Everybody smile! New Android Camera API
Taking pictures with your Android phone may get a whole lot better once the new Camera API that Google’s been working on is ready. The API will bring features like burst mode and RAW shooting, and, we hope, better quality pictures.
Google apps updates
This week Google rolled out updates to three of its best known apps: Translate, Drive, and Wallet, and merged Currents and Play Stores to create Newsstand. Read all about it below.
- Google Translate and Drive Android apps updated
- Google Wallet update allows you to ‘scan’ in your cards, also adds Tap & Play support to all KitKat devices
- Google Newsstand – Everything you need to know
Samsung fined $290 million, Apple rejoices
It’s small money for Samsung, but the Korean giant will have to pay Apple almost $300 million for infringing five of its patents. That’s what the jury decided on Thursday, bringing Samsung’s total fine to a cool $890 million. How many Galaxies is that?
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