Whether you’re a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. Android Police revealed a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly updates might not be monthly anymore. That’s not necessarily a bad thing however, since the team is focused on making larger changes, and is currently focused on moving Glass from the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software it shipped with to the current version of Android, 4.4 (Kit Kat).
Users of iOS devices will find themselves with a new software update to install, thanks to a certificate validation flaw in the mobile popular OS. While Apple provides very little information when disclosing security issues, the company said that an attacker with a ‘privileged network position could capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.
Microsoft’s spring update for the Xbox One is now live. The first update for the console packs a host of improvements, including better Kinect voice recognition, improved all-round stability, and some key fixes to the dashboard — such as onscreen meters for the controller’s battery and free HDD space . You’ll also be able to plug a USB keyboard in, which should make web browsing and searching a whole lot less painful.
The update is rolling out to customers during “off-peak” hours in their local time zones. If you’re taking advantage of Xbox’s Instant On feature, the console will check for an update next time you turn it off.
Google has released a convenient way to keep up with the Winter Olympics in Sochi. This new card has started appearing in Google Now providing us quick access to the upcoming events schedule and current medals table.
The first major update for Microsoft’s flagship games console will arrive on February 11, with a second update specifically scheduled to arrive ahead of Titanfall’s release due to arrive on March 4.
The first will introduce the ability to see and manage the storage space on the device, as well as placing a battery life indicator (for connected controllers) directly on the home screen. It also adds the ability to use a USB keyboard with an Xbox One too, as well as fixing some stability issues and introducing other new but as-yet undisclosed features, the company said.
A PlayStation 4 update called version 1.6 is pushing to the console that will bring full support for both the regular Pulse and its Elite Edition, giving players 7.1-channel virtual surround sound and voice chat through Sony’s official hardware.
Elite Edition owners will also get to use a Headset Companion App (due later this month) that sets custom audio profiles. To mark the occasion, Sony is launching some new audio gear: the Gold Wireless Headset offers 7.1-channel audio, voice and game profiles in a travel-ready, foldable design. It should sell for $100 when it hits store shelves early this month.
The Xbox One will receive its first major dashboard in March addressing numerous issues with the Xbox Live service along with other unspecified system fixes. The update will introduce fixes for Party-chat problems as well as improving the usability and visibility of Xbox Live’s social features.
Apple released the iOS 7.0.5 update on earlier today, a very minor update for iOS 7 that should fix network issues for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China.
Apple’s update is about 30MB in size, meaning, those with compatible iPhones should be able to download and install the update in no time at all. Once installed, the update should tackle some of the cellular issues that users have apparently been encountering in Apple’s previous versions of iOS 7.
Twitter Mobile Update Bubbles Trending Events To The Top Of The Timeline, Adds Photo twitter-android-update Twitter has just released an update to its Android client (coming soon to iOS) that brings new photo editing tools to the service, which are likely meant to make it easier to share photos direct and keep people out of competitive apps like Instagram. The second change adds a significant element of event discovery and real-time trend monitoring to user timelines.
BlackBerry announced the launch of the latest version of its BlackBerry 10 operating system today. Version 10.2.1, which will be delivered to all BlackBerry 10 device users starting today, includes a number of enhancements over 10.2, such as a new incoming call screen, better management of the BlackBerry hub for notifications, and support for group messages over email or SMS. The lock screen features a new picture passcode system and actionable notifications, and the update offers improved battery reporting and an offline reading mode in the web browser. The update also enables the FM radio function in the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, and Z30 smartphones.
BlackBerry says that the update will be pushed to all BlackBerry 10 devices around the world starting today, but that it is still subject to carrier approvals. It’s not exactly clear when users in the US will see the update — most US carriers have yet to release BlackBerry 10.2, leaving many users stuck on BlackBerry 10.1.