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Top 7 Android stories this week: Android 4.4.3, Project Ara, and new Google Camera

This week in your world of Android: clues of Android 4.4.3 emerged, the G3 broke cover, a phone killswitch initiative was announced, we learned more Project Ara details, Google released a new stock Android camera and updated other apps, and the OnePlus One’s design finally leaked.
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April 20, 2014

This week in your world of Android: clues of Android 4.4.3 emerged, the G3 broke cover, a phone kill switch initiative was announced, we learned more Project Ara details, Google released a new stock Android camera and updated other apps, and the OnePlus One’s design finally leaked.

These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.

Where’s Android 4.4.3?

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First, Android 4.4.3 appeared in a Sprint Nexus 5 update support page. Then in a Bluetooth certification doc. Then in the changelog of a Google app. There’s only one thing missing – the actual rollout!


LG G3 details build up

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LG is due to refresh its flagship device, and this week we got a bunch of details about the G3, including screen resolution – Quad HD!, a color option, and, potentially, the SoC.


Finally, a killswitch agreement

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Some of the world’s top smartphone makers and carriers have agreed to implement kill switches in devices starting with July 2015. From that point, everyone will be given the option to remotely wipe or lock down their phones in case they lost them.


Juicy Project Ara details

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Google held the first ever Project Ara developer conference this week, in an effort to attract software and hardware makers to the innovative modular phone project. We got to learn more about how Ara works and when we will be able to actually buy the first modular devices.


Brand new Google camera

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Google revamped its Camera app and released it to the Play Store. Compatible with Android 4.4 and higher, the app brings a new Lens Blur mode, better Photo Spheres and panoramas, and a refreshed user interface.


Google apps updates

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Besides Camera, Google also released a brand new Remote Desktop app and updated Calendar and YouTube with some nifty new features.


OnePlus One breaks cover

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The OnePlus team revealed lots of details about the upcoming One, but until this week, we didn’t have a clue about its appearance. The bad news? You will need an invitation to buy it.


What’s the biggest Android news this week? Tell us in the comments.