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Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

Posted by wicked April - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Who likes waiting for a carrier to update a device to the latest version of Android? Especially when that carrier is Verizon. Big Red is notoriously slow when it comes to updating devices. And while the LG G2 still does not have the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade being rolled out over-the-air (OTA), it can be done manually through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. The program, though, can only run through a Windows PC; however, having a Windows partition on a Mac reportedly works.

Simply connect your LG G2 to a USB port on a computer and install Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant. From there, it should instruct you how to get KitKat running on your G2. Make sure your device has enough space as the update may be rather large.

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Google has reportedly begun dogfooding Android 4.4.3 to employees

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know a KitKat update is going to be announced soon, we just aren’t sure when. Thanks to Android Police, we also know that Google has begun the dogfooding phase for the 4.4.3 update on employees, which likely means the update will go live soon.

Now, dogfood testing typically means we’re still a few weeks away from an actual release, which gives Google time to sort out any last minute kinks in the software. The update has reportedly gone live for the main Nexus line, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10, but GPE devices and the Moto X are said to be on track for an internal update, as well. 

Hopefully we’ll see this one sooner rather than later, even if it isn’t a major update.

source: Android Police

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HTC Butterfly Android 4.4 KitKat update gets the “coming soon” label

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.

In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

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Sprint pushes out KitKat update for the LG G2

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.

If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.

source: Sprint

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Motorola launches the Test Drive software program, starts with the DROID RAZR M

Posted by wicked March - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Motorola is taking active members within Motorola Feedback Network one step closer to software updates. With Test Drive, Motorola is giving the keys to the software update car to members that have remained active and participated in previous soak tests. And being active in the Motorola Feedback Network is not the only area you need to have a checkbox in. Quality feedback previously provided is also key.

So what device gets the nod to start the Test Drive program? The DROID RAZR M. According to the person that tipped Android Police, the device is going to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Why the DROID RAZR M can have KitKat and the Galaxy Nexus cannot, I will never know (but just blame Texas Instruments).

Source: Android Police

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Google’s next update to KitKat could be close to release

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Google was aware of a battery drain problem regarding the Nexus 5 and that a fix would be coming soon. A new version of Android (KTU65) showed up in the Chromium code. Originally it was restricted so that only Google employees could see it, but for whatever reason, the restriction was removed.

KTU65 obviously refers to a KitKat build since the first letter is the designator for the version of Android. We explained in detail what the rest of the letters/numbers mean in a previous post, but in a nutshell, this build was created on March 6, 2014, so it’s obviously current.

Going back to the battery drain issue, the problem is with the camera and how often it communicates with third party apps that require the camera. Skype was a big culprit, but at the time, it didn’t appear to be a Skype problem, but more of an Android problem. Skype recently issued a fix, which seems to indicate both. There could also be other reasons for the battery drain because a lot of people on Android 4.4.2 are complaining about the same thing. My Moto X doesn’t have Skype installed and the battery barely lasts 10 hours after the 4.4.2 update.

Obviously Google is always working on updates, so what exactly this latest update pertains too is anybody’s guess. I also wouldn’t bet on the final version having the same combination of letters/numbers since there will likely be more revisions.

source: Google Code
via: Myce

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Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.

Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.

Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.

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Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs.

For gaming, Google is introducing the ability to send and receive game gifts in-game. These can be game items or some other benefit. For those more focused on productivity tools, Google is adding some new tools to the Google Drive API including the ability to “pin” files for offline use, App Folders which are not visible to a user to be used by apps when they need to create files, and improved Change Notifications so that Drive does not have to be queried on a constant basis.

Google has included a new Address API in the package to help make it easier for users to fill in forms with address information. This could be especially useful for times when a user wants to use an address that is not based on location data provided by Location services.

Finally, Google has incorporated a couple existing tools as “first class citizens” in Google Play services. Google Analytics gives developers the ability to discover all kinds of detailed statistics about their users and how their apps are getting used. The Google Tag Manager lets developers enable the ability to change characteristics of an app on-the-fly without having to push out a full update.

The update to Google Play Services, which takes it up to version 4.3, is currently in the process of rolling out worldwide.

source: Android Developers Blog

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International Galaxy S 3, Note 2, and Grand 2 Duos may actually get KitKat

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Last month, Samsung released a list of devices that would see the coveted KitKat update. While the first list was regarding the U.S. devices that Samsung planned on updating, it was expected that Samsung would release a list involving its international variants of the same devices. However, the international S3 appeared to have been skipped over when Samsung finally released that international list. Those of you outraged S3 owners can douse your torches and put away your pitchforks because it appears that the update is coming.

Besides the S3 it looks like the Note 2, and Grand 2 Duos will also see the update. Those updates look to be slated for either April or May. While there isn’t solid evidence as to the validity of this document, and could easily be faked, if it’s real, people owning any of these devices will be happy to know that updates are in the works.

When there’s official confirmation, we’ll let you know.

source: SamMobile

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HTC Butterfly S now receiving a software update with Android 4.4.2 in tow

Posted by wicked March - 8 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Spin

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