Posts tagged with: KitKat
  • by | December 6, 2013 4:51 PM

    Sure, Android 4.4.1 might be the new hotness, but we've still got a huge backlog of phones that need to see the arrival of Android 4.4 updates in the first place before they can even start thinking about the likes of 4.4.1. Some manufacturers have been more forthcoming about their plans then others; with Samsung, we've been relying on leaks in order to give us our most specific information about its update strategy. The last one we saw laid out a schedule for bringing 4.4 to certain higher-end models, but what about all those other handsets that make up Samsung's more mid-range options? We ...

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  • by | December 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    After far too much speculation, Android 4.4 KitKat has finally arrived. Those who have a Nexus 5 got the latest version of the operating system right out of the gate. Other Nexus owners (Nexus 4, and both iterations of the Nexus 7) had to wait a little longer. Moto Xers and those with Google Play editions have been getting their updates to KitKat, too, and even HTC has promised that HTC One owners will see their update within the next couple months. All that's great, and symbolizes one of the fastest and smoothest roll outs of an Android OS to date, but one issue remains: KitKat looks ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    Every time a new version of Android comes out it's only natural that people will want to run it on their Android-powered device -- even if it's not a Nexus. Nexus devices usually get the latest version of Android faster than their OEM counterparts, but there are still some things that you can do to get a KitKat experience on your non-KitKat device today! First of all you'll need a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher. The phone I'll show you in the video isn't exactly "old" (it's a Sprint HTC One Max), but the same process should work for you, as long as you're running 4.0+. ...

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  • by | November 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    Android 4.4 KitKat may be almost a month old by this point, but when we're talking about making updates available to existing smartphones, that's practically still in its infancy. We've seen early progress from a number of manufacturers, a list that includes HTC. The company laid out a very regimented schedule for the update's distribution, first hitting the Google Play Edition of the phone, then unlocked and Developer Edition models, and finally carrier variants. We've already seen that GPE update go out, and HTC had told us to expect the unlocked/dev update by the end of November. With ...

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  • by | November 26, 2013 7:04 AM

    Google's latest iteration of Android, version 4.4, was released on the Nexus 5 almost one month ago. Google announced both somewhat quietly, and without much fanfare or even an official event. The Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 just suddenly showed up. Since then KitKat has been released for the Nexus 4, the original Nexus 7, the 2013 Nexus 7, the HTC One Google Play edition, the Moto X, and a few others. It brought with it a re-engineered set of "core apps" that are supposed to be lighter-weight and run faster on a wider selection of hardware. Not every device has received the update to ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 4:54 PM

    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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  • by | November 22, 2013 2:33 AM

    Verizon Moto X users started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat update on Tuesday, and, while some AT&T owners of the phone are currently being targeted for a soak test -- usually indicating an imminent release -- the latest version of Android is now being pushed out to the T-Mobile Moto X. As usual, the roll-out is going out in stages and phases so if you have not yet received your update notification rest assured that you will (a manual check for its existence can help now and then). As per what to expect, the refresh brings, according to Motorola's own blog post, an improved phone ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 7:07 PM

    Big stuff is happening with Google Wallet, and besides that physical card Google just introduced yesterday, we've been keeping track of a major shift that arrived with Android 4.4 KitKat, wherein Android emulates a smartcard's secure element, rather than requiring the actual hardware to be present. This is absolutely key to improving Wallet's accessibility, as it should seriously hinder carrier efforts to prevent users from being able to make Wallet mobile payments. Problem was, even with Android 4.4 becoming available on more and more devices, the latest version of the Wallet app that ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    Google's Android 4.4 update for the Nexus 4 is on its way out to phones currently, but not everyone's seeing it at once. A little earlier today, we heard from Google's Dan Morrill about just why that is, and he also dropped a little advice of a specific way not to try forcing the update, if you wanted to avoid any glitches with your apps. Still, we did mention a few legit ways to get Android 4.4 early, including flashing the factory image. That's probably further than many of you are willing to go, but what about the other option, manually flashing the update through your phone's recovery? ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 12:38 PM

    It sure took long enough, but the over-the-air Android 4.4 update for last year's Nexus 4 is finally on its way. As users anxiously check for their update's availability, the temptation to lose patience and try to speed things up can be a hard one to ignore. You still have some options, but Google's Dan Morrill took to Reddit yesterday to both offer some insight on how the update process works, and to advise against one way of getting your update early. As Morrill describes, when Google releases an update for a device like the Nexus 4, it starts by setting a threshold for what percentage ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 2:06 AM

    If some Nexus tablets are still waiting to receive their update to Android 4.4 (including our own 2012 Nexus 7), some happy Nexus 4 owners are reporting that an over-the-air update, 239MB in size, is hitting their phones. It's the KitKat update for last year's LG-made Nexus phone, and the build, as reported, is KRT16S. There's a screenshot above to prove the report, so let us know if your Nexus 4 is joining the chocolate party. On a related note, the official bumper case for the Nexus 5 is now available on the Google Play Store. Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray color options are available to ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 3:47 PM

    Motorola has Android 4.4 on its mind, as should be patently obvious from the pace at which it's been working to make KitKat available to its users. We just told you a couple hours ago about the Verizon Moto X update going official, and we've already started getting confirmation from subscribers. That's just the tip of the iceberg, however, and now we're learning more about the Android 4.4 fate for a number of the company's older Androids. Earlier this month, we saw Motorola confirm KitKat updates for the Moto X (obvo) and this year's Droid Ultra series (Mini, Maxx, and all). For a bunch of ...

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  • by | November 19, 2013 1:12 PM

    Motorola's been working hard to make Android 4.4 KitKat available to owners of the Moto X, and we just told you about news of a soak test underway at Verizon. While that's generally a sign that broader distribution of the update is imminent, we weren't quite expecting to see things move this quickly; Motorola has gone official with news of the update, announcing distribution beginning today for Verizon subscribers. As per usual, this update is headed out in phases, so while you may not see it on your Verizon Moto X straight away, rest assured that it's coming. You're probably quite ...

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  • by | November 17, 2013 1:53 AM

    No, dear Nexus 7, my system is not up to date! Android 4.3 is not the latest version out there; Android 4.4 KitKat is, and, according to Google, the roll-out process has started on November 12, five days ago. The Nexus 7, both the 2012 and 2013 versions, alongside the Nexus 10, were targeted with the statement. Well, in our particular case, regardless of how often we check for updates manually, we still get the the same response, pictured above. One of the advantages of rocking a Nexus device is timely updates. Sure you can hack the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat on your tablet, but ...

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  • by | November 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    Just about two weeks ago, we heard from HTC regarding its efforts to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the HTC One in its various editions. By the schedule the manufacturer laid out, carrier editions of the One would see their updates land within about three months, the developer edition of the phone would get its 4.4 update by the end of November, and the Google Play Edition of the phone would see its own... by today. Well, it's still not available to end users quite yet, but aware that we must be wondering what's taking things, HTC posted an announcement to Twitter this afternoon ...

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