Google rolled out Android 4.4.1 for the Nexus 5 and other Nexus-branded devices on Thursday evening. Its main changes include some much-needed camera fixes for the company’s latest smartphone, but the update brings other fixes and improvements that you may not have spotted yet.
So we’ve put them all together in a handy change log for you. Here’s everything you can expect from Android 4.4.1 on the Nexus 5.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have few complaints about the Nexus 5, but I have been hugely disappointed with its camera. It’s lacking features that are now commonplace on other flagship smartphones, and it’s so slow that unless your subject is completely still, it’s impossible to take a clear photo.
Fortunately, Google has acknowledged these issues and promised a fix, and it’s coming in the form of Android 4.4.1 which will roll out over the next few days.
Verizon has already released it and AT&T has begun testing it, and now T-Mobile is making the Android 4.4 KitKat update available to its own Moto X customers — once again beating the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One to the update.
The update is rolling out over-the-air and it weighs in at just under 317MB.
The Nexus 5 really is a wonderful smartphone. I’ve had mine for just over a week, and I love it. But as you may already know from all the reviews, it’s not perfect. Its display is beautiful, its design is fantastic, and it’s super fast. But its camera needs some improvements, and its speaker is poor.
Thankfully, the latter can be improved thanks to a nifty new tweak that boosts speaker and headphone volumes.
Camera Awesome, a hugely popular camera app with over 20 million downloads on iOS, is now available on Android. It’s packed full with a ton of great features that help you get creative and take better pictures and videos with your smartphone or tablet.
Motorola is in the process of pushing out a largely-requested update via Google Play for the official Moto X camera application. The upgrade brings a brightened camera viewfinder, a Quick Capture mode for Enterprise users and a truckload of stability improvements and bug fixes. So, all-in-all it’s a pretty significant update that we would advise all Moto X owners to download.
While the Galaxy Note 3’s massive display may not be for you, you may wish to run some of the handset’s built-in apps on your smaller Galaxy S4. Fortunately, there are developers out there who are hard at work porting them over, and you can download and install a number of them now.
Well, according to data discovered in leaked Nexus 5 log files, it will boast an incredibly impressive “MEMS” (microelectromechanical) camera that allows you to refocus your images after they’ve been taken.
An unlocked version of Sony’s latest budget-friendly mid-range Android-powered smartphone, the Xperia M, is now officially available to purchase in the U.S. for $249.99 (with free shipping) directly from Sony Mobile.