Just a couple days ago, we talked about how Samsung finally shared its KitKat update plans for several of its devices. Now, we’re seeing Android 4.4.2 make its way to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, following up on the release of the KitKat-compatible kernel source for the device.
Unlike the previous batch of updates for Google’s apps, there are no directly user-facing changes that we have observed thus far. The UI and menus all appear to be the same, as well as gross functionality. However, the update brings a couple of crash fixes that could potentially make your browser experience a tad better, as well as a more mysterious fix:
Holo UI has become an integral part of Android ever since the the launch of version 3.0 Honeycomb. Its visual styling has earned quite a few fans, as well as many who actually dislike it. A few days ago, we talked about the Holofication Nation project, where developers are transforming well known applications to better fit the Holo style. Now it’s time to continue this journey and further ‘Holo-ify’ your device.
Google has announced earlier today that the new Play Store 4.0, specifically 4.0.25, is being pushed out to all Android devices starting today.
That may take couple hours or even few weeks depending on the Android device you have but if you don’t want to wait, simply go ahead and download the APK file below and install on any Android device, no root required!
A simpler design with less clutter and access to options with fewer taps and swipes
Those of you in the Twitter beta testing group will notice an update tonight that brings yet another drastic interface change to the app. In the second such change in the last few weeks, Twitter is changing the basic interface paradigm of the app. Gone is the left edge slide-in drawer and the pile of scrolling tabs at the top of the page, replaced by a simple three tab design — Home, Discover and Activity.
Gmail for Android recently received a big usability upgrade, but the app’s design hasn’t changed much since it was overhauled for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
With the addition of a left-side sliding menu and, now, a move to a cards-based conversation view, Gmail for Android is beginning to look a lot like the rest of Google’s app ecosystem: clean, simple and white.
The new look also brings some improvements to multi-email selection; gone are the strange-looking avatar boxes in place of checkboxes. It’s a small but significant workflow alteration.
The app is rolling out over the next few days, so keep watching the Play Store for that Update button.