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Sony hints Android 4.4 Kit Kat for Xperia SP, 4 additional devices under investigation for upgrade

Sony hints Android 4.4 Kit Kat for Xperia SP, 4 additional devices under investigation for upgrade

It seems Xperia SP users are in for some Kit Kat Goodness, with Sony hinting that the device will get an upgrade to Android 4.4, according to an update to their Xperia Support site. Sony has also changed the software update status on an additional 4 Xperia devices to advise that they are under investigation for an upgrade to Android 4.4. The four additional Xperia devices which Sony are considering for a possible upgrade to Android 4.4 are the Xperia T, TX, V and ZR. With the Software Support site for each device now showing the following at the end[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on November 25, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Other, Phones
Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in January

Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in January

According to a purported leak in India, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900 – perhaps they meant the N9000?) will be receiving an Android 4.4 KitKat update in January. The Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and the Note II (called Note 2 SM-N7100) will receive the update in March to April of 2014. I don’t blame our Indian friends for making a few mistakes with the nomenclature of Galaxy devices, after all the Note II was followed by the Note 3, and the Galaxy SIII was improved upon by the S4. Calling them all 2/3/4 certainly simplifies[Read More...]

by 4:01 AM on November 23, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Telstra bring some early pressies for Galaxy SIII & HTC One Users, but Galaxy Note 2 users still have to wait

Telstra bring some early pressies for Galaxy SIII & HTC One Users, but Galaxy Note 2 users still have to wait

Good news for Telstra Samsung Galaxy S III owners as it seems the telco has approved the Android 4.2.2 ‘Jelly Bean Plus’ update. The update, which is schedule to start hitting devices on a ‘progressive’ rolling out phase is scheduled to start from December 2nd. HTC One users also have an update which has been approved for a roll out to your device expected to begin November 25th for Android 4.3 which appears to be updating devices to Android 4.3 JellyBean, with the update commencing for some users as early as today. The update too will be a phased rolling[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on November 22, 2013 12 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones
Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone customers with carrier-branded HTC One phones should get an update to Android 4.3. As well as updating the base operating system to Android 4.3, new Features and enhancements within the update include: HTC Sense 5.5 Signal bar indicator improvement HTC Blinkfeed update Photo & Video Highlights Enhancement to Quick Settings General performance and stability improvements The update details: Android version: 4.3 HTC sense version: 5.5 Kernel version: 3.4.10-gfbedc47 root@abm012 # 1 SMP PREEMPT Baseband version: 4A.21.3263.04_10.38m.1157.04L Build number: 3.63.980.2 CL265048 release-keys Vodafone says the update is available over the air (OTA) or through the HTC Hub Program on your[Read More...]

by 8:09 AM on November 22, 2013 7 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones
Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update kicks off … in India

Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update kicks off … in India

While Samsung seems to have had some issues upgrading the Galaxy S III to Android 4.3, the wait seems to be finally over for Galaxy Note II owners with “international” versions of the device – the GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 models – beginning to receive the update. The catch? Samsung has only begun rolling out the update in India. The update brings a number of improvements and new features to the device, which hasn’t seen a major update in quite a while: GALAXY GEAR Support TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster) Samsung KNOX Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded) Better RAM management Core[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on November 20, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Samsung halts rollout of Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung halts rollout of Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung has halted rollout of an Android 4.3 upgrade for the Galaxy S III in light of users experiencing issues after installing the update. According to a post on SamMobile, a spokesperson for Samsung Mobile UK made the following statement: “As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” SamMobile goes on to state that users have been experiencing the following issues: Wake[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on November 20, 2013 10 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Google Pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat Build KRT16S – Minor Bug Fix

Google Pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat Build KRT16S – Minor Bug Fix

It appears that Google is doing some behind the scenes magic, pushing out an OTA update to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners. Having run this on one of our Nexus 7 (2013)’s just now, we can confirm the update is small — only 3.4MB for the Nexus 7 (2013) — so the size for other devices is probably about the same, but we can’t be sure. On the post on Android Building, Google advises: The source code for a bugfix build (KRT16S) is being pushed to kitkat-release and will be tagged as android-4.4_r1.2. This release is[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on November 20, 2013 37 comments News, OS Update
Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

We know there have been a lot of changes in Android 4.4, and a lot of them visual. One of the more obvious changes, which you can see in the image above, is that stock Android now features white status bar icons instead of blue. You mightn’t think that this means an awful lot, and you could be forgiven for thinking so, but to understand why this change matters, you need to understand how things were. How it used to be Previously, in Android 4.3 and for quite a few versions before, the status bar icons were blue. Sometimes they[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on November 19, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update
HTC One Google Phone Edition to receive Android 4.4 update within days

HTC One Google Phone Edition to receive Android 4.4 update within days

HTC appear to be ramping up their efforts to keep their flagship devices up to date, and having told the world that the HTC One would receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days, it looks as if things have moved to the next stage. Well, almost. In a tweet concerning the HTC One Google Play Edition, HTC has announced that the KitKat update has been delivered to Google, and will no doubt soon be pushed out as an update over the air. https://twitter.com/HTCUSA/statuses/401447470154399744 This doesn’t mean much for HTC One (non-GPE users), but it does suggest that[Read More...]

by 5:47 PM on November 17, 2013 14 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei has announced on their EmotionUI web page that the Chinese domestic version of the Ascend P6 will be updated from Android 4.2 Jellybean straight to Android 4.4 KitKat in January. At this stage we don’t know if there will be an international update rolled out, but it certainly looks promising. We reviewed the Ascend P6 back in August, and were certainly impressed with this very stylish and ultra slim mid range device. It’s currently available in Australia through Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi for around $480. The specifications of the P6 are: 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen 1.5GHz quad-core[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on November 16, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Want some KitKat? Nexus 4 and 7 factory images out now

Want some KitKat? Nexus 4 and 7 factory images out now

Only last night did we share the news that the OTA (over the air) update files for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 were available, albeit unofficially, to bring your beloved older Nexus devices up to date with Android 4.4 KitKat. Well this morning, Google Developers has delivered us another treat, putting up the factory restore images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models). If you’ve previously modified the software running on your Nexus 4 or 7 such that an OTA update won’t apply, you can now download the factory image and restore your device to[Read More...]

by 7:32 AM on November 15, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

The OTA updates for the Nexus 7(2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 were announced yesterday by Google and they’ve been tracked down by zealous Android developers on XDA-Developers and the direct links to the OTA links have been made public. While no factory images have been released as yet, they should be here shortly based on the release of the updates. The update is to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) KRT160 and will give you all the goodies that go along with it. Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only versions(3G/LTE versions will come soon : Nexus 7(2012) Nexus 7(2013) Nexus 10 : Nexus[Read More...]

by 5:12 PM on November 14, 2013 12 comments OS Update, Tablets
Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

  Google’s Android team have just tweeted that the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) plus the Nexus 10 will be receiving Android 4.4 from today. They then tweeted again with the information that the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with mobile data shall be getting the update soon. No further information was included in the tweets, other than a link to the Android 4.4 KitKat official page. We’ll keep you informed as the updates are received. https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441100436918272 https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441209841135616 Have you received your KitKat update yet? Let us know in the comments!

by 1:28 PM on November 13, 2013 60 comments News, OS Update