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KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

With the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, Google begins an age in which their Google Now service is right up front and center - and you can opt-out from the outset. What you'll find when you first start up the Nexus 5 is a series of option pages, much like versions of Android before 4.4 KitKat, including a new one that asks if you'd like to opt-in to Google Now. If you decide to opt-out, Google Now all but disappears from your Android experience.

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HTC One KitKat update schedule solidified

HTC One KitKat update schedule solidified

This morning the folks at HTC have confirmed their intentions with the HTC One, HTC One Max, and HTC One mini for updating software builds to Android 4.4 KitKat. With the United States and the likes of Europe, the Middle Ease, and Africa, HTC will be working with carriers to update to KitKat starting - just starting - at the end of January. The Google Play edition will begin updating a whole lot sooner.

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Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google's Nexus 10 tablet will not get translucent navigation and notification bars with the Android 4.4.1 KitKat update, which lets the wallpaper go full-screen from top to bottom as it does in the Nexus 5. Developers can activate the bars with a one-step code tweak, but it will not be the default. The lack of translucent decor may also indicate a bit more pervasive and subtle problem with the device.

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Nexus 5 first-impressions

Nexus 5 first-impressions

Could the Nexus 5 be the most rumored Google phone since the original Nexus One? Weeks of leaks, the culmination of months of speculation, and Google finally announced its fifth generation of self-branded hardware - with a little help from LG, of course - alongside Android 4.4 KitKat this week. The Nexus 4 made waves with its sub-$300 unsubsidized price tag, though the Nexus 5 can't quite slip under that all-important mental barrier, the (sold out) 16GB model starting at $349. However, it's still something of a bargain, and now supports LTE, much missed from its predecessor. Read on for some first impressions.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Those without a Nexus 5 in their hands already may not have noticed the fact that a brand new home screen feature has been added to Android 4.4 KitKat: Google Now. This system has been part of Android for several iterations of the OS now - a couple of generations, that is - but this marks the first time the experience is integrated in with the home screen itself. In fact, it's so integrated that it's actually the base for the homescreen, instead of the the other way around.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Just yesterday Android 4.4 KitKat was released to the public in the form of some looks presented by Google in video form - and through the LG-made Nexus 5. Today a full dump of the system has revealed apps of everything: including a launcher that will have Google bringing updates to their system through the Google Play store. For the lay person, this means you'll essentially be able to download all the pieces of Android 4.4 KitKat now, well before the actual system update is pushed through the back end of your phone.

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Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

The Nexus 5 has been covered forwards and backwards today, but the camera has gotten little attention. In past weeks, some images popped up here and there online from those who had their hands on the smartphone already, but most had been pulled for various reasons and we've seen little produced by the camera. Now that the handset has been made officially known, those pictures are reappearing, and some more with them.

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Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Last night, a long bit of details on Android 4.4 KitKat appeared online via a confidential document that has leaked, and a few hours later on this fine Halloween Google rolled out the red carpet for the Nexus 5 running the next OS iteration. We'll be seeing the Nexus 5 on November 1, and not too long after, those with certain devices will be seeing Android 4.4 rolling their way, followed by a larger wave in due time.

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