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LG G2 Kit Kat Update Available From Verizon Via Upgrade Assistant

Posted by Kellex April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
LG G2 Kit Kat Update Available From Verizon Via Upgrade Assistant

The LG G2 Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update from Verizon is finally available as build VS98024A, though you can’t exactly grab it over-the-air. No, sir, this update is currently only available through Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant, which is only available on Windows for LG phones. Sorry, Mac homies.

In order to update on Windows, all you have to do is plug-in your LG G2, then either wait for Windows to prompt you for an action or open a folder and look for a Verizon/LG drive to appear. In that folder, you should find a SWUpgradeLauncher app that will walk you through the steps to getting your Kit Kat on. 

The update weighs in at around 2GB, so it’s substantial.

No word yet on when the update will be available OTA. In fact, Verizon’s own support pages still do not show that the update is available even though you can manually update through their software upgrade tool.

Cheers Justin, Jake, adilson, and everyone else!

LG G2 Kit Kat Update Available From Verizon Via Upgrade Assistant is a post from: Droid Life

OUYA “Chupacabra” system update brings in XBMC audio passthrough and revamped pages

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Following its tradition of naming major system updates after mythical creatures, the OUYA team has announced the release of “Chupacabra”. And just like previous updates, this one drags in quite a huge amount of new features and fixes, including support for audio passthrough in XBMC, redesigned PLAY, DISCOVER, and Details pages, as well as better support for game controllers and media remotes.

Although OUYA is a gaming console, like other boxes of its kind, it can also serve its life as a media center. However, it did not yet support the much coveted audio passthrough feature via XBMC. That all changes in this release and this new feature is one of the major highlights of Chupacabra. OUYA now gains audio passthrough support for AC3, DTS, and AAS formats. Those who wish to use this new feature should ensure that they are running not only the latest OUYA firmware but also the update XBMC app as well.


Moving on to the user interface, OUYA has introduced yet another set of changes to how it presents content on your big screen. Just because you have a lot screen space doesn’t mean you need to litter it with every single piece of information. To that end, the DETAILS page for each game has considerably reduced its information density and is now easier to read. But it also adds some new types of information via a Developers section, so that users can get to better know the makers of their favorite game as well as other games made by them, in case they become interested.


The PLAY page has also seen a slight redesign to make it easier to find the games that matter to you. A new Favorites row has been added just below the old Recent Games section and two new ways to view games, Purchased and Recent Downloads, as been added at the very bottom. OUYA now also has a download manager that lets you prioritize your download queue on the fly. The video below summarizes the update changelog and gives a look at the new features in moving pictures format.

The Chupacabra update isn’t just for end users either. Also included in this round is the new developer policy foreshadowed last month. Starting this update, game developers will be free to choose whether they want to sell their wares upfront or stick to the old system that let them give out free demos for gamers to try before buying. All in all, this latest OTA update has something in store for both developers and gamers alike that will hopefully take small console gaming, and ultimately Android gaming, up a notch.

LG G Flex on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Tomorrow

Posted by Kellex April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
LG G Flex on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Tomorrow

According to AT&T, its version of the LG G Flex will receive an update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” tomorrow.

The update includes a new full-screen mode (Immersive), restyled notification and navigation areas, battery performance improvements, and “enhanced” processing speed. You should also find some of the other goodies that came with Kit Kat, like cloud printing, Tap & Pay for making secure NFC payments, the ability to choose a default SMS app, emoji, and prettier music controls from the lock screen.

The update is 686MB in size, and can be grabbed by going into Settings>General>About phone>Software update>Update now. 

Via:  AT&T

LG G Flex on AT&T Receiving Kit Kat Update Tomorrow is a post from: Droid Life

Google’s Edu Device Setup App Updated for Android 4.4.3, Still No Sign of the Update

Posted by Kellex April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
Google’s Edu Device Setup App Updated for Android 4.4.3, Still No Sign of the Update

Google updated its Edu Device Setup app this afternoon with a changelog that mentions Android 4.4.3. As you probably recall from yesterday, Sprint told us to expect an update on the Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.3 at any time, though the update has yet to surface on a device in the wild.

This changelog doesn’t give us much else in the way of when we can expect the update or what will be included in it, but I think it’s safe to assume that it should be here any day. If both Google and Sprint think the update is ready, I’d be surprised if we don’t have a download link for you very shortly. 

Play Link

Cheers Oscar!

Google’s Edu Device Setup App Updated for Android 4.4.3, Still No Sign of the Update is a post from: Droid Life

AT&T Galaxy S4 Active users getting Kit Kat

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There is a bit of good news for AT&T users carrying a Galaxy S4 Active — an update is on the way and it is bringing Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. The update is already in the process of rolling out, and according to details coming from AT&T, it will measure in at anywhere from 447MB to 877MB.

The file size will depend on which version you happen to be updating from. For reference, our Galaxy S4 Active review unit had been running Android 4.3 and the update is coming as a 426.84MB file (below what was expected). Regardless though, you will need to be connected to WiFi in order to get the update from AT&T.

There are some other perks coming along with Kit Kat. The changelog for the update includes the following;

  • Copy and paste improvements
  • Easier to insert pictures and videos in email or messages
  • Camera app accessibility from the lock screen 
  • Call reliability improvements

Once the update has been downloaded and installed — the handset will be left sitting with Android 4.4.2, baseband I537UCUCNC2 and build number KOT49H.I537UCUCNC2. Otherwise, as with any device updates you now have two options to consider. You can sit back, wait for the notification to arrive and then simply follow the prompts. Or you can follow this path to try and get the process started now; Settings -> More -> About device -> Software update.

The update is still being downloaded (rather slowly) on our review unit. But we’ll be sure to update this post if we notice any issues after we start playing with Kit Kat.


[Update] The download has finished, and the update has been completed. We have only been using the handset for a short while, but no issues immediately stand out. If you are an AT&T Galaxy S4 Active user — make sure to let us know about your experience.


Google Glass update to bring along Android 4.4 and more

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It’s a bit later than the promised February timeline, but Glass Explorers will definitely be getting a big treat really soon. Google has just teased an upcoming update to the Google Glass firmware that, among other things, adds Android 4.4 KitKat, photo bundles, voice command sorting, and a whole lot more.

The biggest change is also the most subtle, according to Google. For end users in the Glass crowd, they might not even notice the difference. But with the next update, Glassware developers will be able to make use of the latest Android API along with the Glass-specific GDK. That’s right, Android 4.4 has finally arrived on Google Glass, making sure that the smart spectacle is running Android’s latest and greatest.

The update, however, wouldn’t be that much if that was the only change. Google is throwing in a mishmash of new features in this round. The new photo bundles feature collates photos, videos, and other similar media into a neat bundle whenever users scroll through their timelines. Related to photos, users will now also be able to reply to Hangouts using a photo, whether taken right then and there or snapped up before. The list of voice commands is growing rapidly and is expected to grow even more as Glass firmly takes root. In order not to overwhelm users with choices every time they utter the magical “OK, Google” phrase, voice commands are now sorted based on how often or how recently you’ve used them, ensuring that your favorite ones are right at the top of the list.


Unfortunately, Google giveth and Google taketh away. Video calls will be going away in the next update, but only temporarily. This was due to user feedback pointing out how poor the quality of the service was. Fortunately, Google plans to put it back when they are able to give it more polish, though they don’t have any timeline for that yet. This is definitely one of Glass’ biggest updates yet, so Explorers should look to later this week when the update finally starts rolling out.

Motorola Migrate update improves pairing, fixes issues

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you bought the Moto X or one of Motorola‘s other recent handsets, Motorola Migrate likely served as a mixed blessing: while easy to use, it suffers from various bugs that could cause a random loss of connection or trouble pairing. Today the company pushed out an update for the app addressing the problems.

Motorola Migrate is a handy way to transfer the data from one’s previous handset to their new Motorola device, including things like text messages and contacts. The app is available from the Google Play Store, and once downloaded it works with wifi.

The old handset is used to scan a QR code generated by the app on the new handset, which then allows the two handsets to connect with each other. Those who have cameras with fixed focus could run into issues with this, having trouble scanning the code.

The update brings support for QR pairing with a smartphone that has a fixed-focus camera. Beyond this, a number of unspecified bugs that could cause trouble with transferring data between handsets have also been addressed, potentially eliminating any “connection lost” or similar errors.

SOURCE: Google+

DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat update expected in “weeks”

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Some good news has arrived for those carrying a DROID RAZR HD or RAZR M — Kit Kat is coming. There has yet to be a changelog shared by Verizon Wireless, however we do know progress has been made and the update should be arriving in a few weeks time. Details have been shared by David Schuster of Motorola who mentioned the update “should only be a few more weeks.”

Schuster posted the details on his Google+ page, but despite mentioning the “2012 DROID family,” there wasn’t anything about the MAXX. The details included specific mention of the RAZR HD and M, however we can hope the MAXX Kit Kat update will be following shortly after.


“A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it.”

Along with a full changelog, we are still looking to see which version of Kit Kat the handsets will be getting. As other Motorola devices have gone to Android 4.4.2 that is what seems most likely. Of course, this will probably leave some disappointed they are not getting 4.4.3, which has just begun rolling out for Nexus 5 users on Sprint.

These 2012 DROID family was originally released back in September 2012, which means those who picked one up around that time would have roughly 5-6 months left on a two-year agreement. Bottom line here, what may seem like an old device to some, may be the only option for others and that being the case — we suspect that group will be very happy with this update.

SOURCE: +DavidSchuster

Motorola: RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Posted by Kellex April - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off
Motorola:  RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks”

Over the weekend, Motorola’s David Schuster gave DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M owners some fantastic news on the Kit Kat update front. According to Schuster, Motorola has made “great progress” on the updates and should be able to deliver them within a “few more weeks.” 

Moto confirmed back in November that this family of phones would be updated to Android 4.4+ at some point, but doubts had begun to arise after months of silence. Well, we did see a special software “test drive” arrive in March, though nothing really came of it.

He didn’t mention the RAZR MAXX HD, specifically, but did say the “2012 DROID family,” which includes that model.

As we know more, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Via:  +David Schuster

Motorola: RAZR HD and RAZR M Kit Kat Updates Arrive in a “Few More Weeks” is a post from: Droid Life


Deezer has now made its music streaming service available for free to everyone, regardless of the subscription plan you’re on.

Previously, the free access was limited to only 10 hours, but now users can listen to any streamed music for as long as they want. However, the only disadvantage is that there will be audio ads in between.

That’s not all as the company has now signed a contract with Samsung offering Galaxy S 5 users 6 months of free premium access to its music streaming service which would otherwise cost £60 ($83). The premium access comes with 320kbps sound quality and a range of music recommendations made by music editors.

In addition to this, the company has now released new features. The first is the “Flow” feature which examines the user’s music library and past streams and in return, provides recommended music to try. Another feature is the “Playlist Radio” which merges your favorite playlist with Deezer’s recommendations and displays it to you.

Via: Android Authority
Source: Deezer Blog

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