People everywhere are wondering if and when they’ll get KitKat. We’ve already heard from HTC, and now Motorola gives us an update. According to Motorola’s online portal, it looks like only the recently released Moto X and current line of Droids — Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx, and Motorola DROID Mini — will be receiving Android 4.4.
This list could always be updated in the future, so we’ll have to wait and see if any other devices become slated to receive KitKat, but for right now, that’s all we know. Also stay tuned for a timetable on when the devices will receive the update.
Now that KitKat has officially been released, everyone is wondering when it will arrive on their devices. Jason MacKenzie of HTC America confirmed to Engadget that Android 4.4 will come to the HTC One within 90 days, while the Google Play edition One will receive the new software within 15 days. The Developer edition and unlocked versions will get it within 30 days. HTC plans to keep Sense at version 5.5, besides the Google Play edition of course, but MacKenzie didn’t specify how the new KitKat features will be implemented in Sense.
MacKenzie said that HTC is still working on a rollout plan for the company’s other phones, and will release a statement on those in the near future.
If you’re a developer, you’re certainly interested in some of the changes being made in the latest version of Android OS, 4.4 KitKat— this includes new guidelines, orientations, and workflows for user interaction and experience. For development, this includes access to new tools or APIs. Check out some of the videos below!
With the Nexus 5 comes new software. And with new software comes an updated version of Google Play Services. Today, Google Play Services has been updated to version 4.0. In this new version, changes have been made to Mobile Ads, Maps and location services, Google+ and Google Wallet, and new advertising controls. Hit the break for details and the link from the official Android Developers Blog.
Here it is. The Nexus 5 is available in the Google Play Store. Available with your choice of a black or white backing, the Nexus 5 costs $349 and $399 for 16GB and 32GB, respectively. On the surface is a gorgeous 4.95-inch True HD IPS Plus screen with a pixel density of 445 with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 covering it. Powering the newest Nexus creation is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. The 8 MP camera has the same optical image stabilization technology found on the G2 (LG makes both of them). The Nexus 5 relies on a 2300 mAh battery for power and supports wirless charging. Hit the break for a commercial and the full rundown of the specifications.
While we all know KitKat is around the corner, the question still lingers. How soon around the corner, right? Well, this could be an indication that the search giant is about to bring forth some KitKat goodness or it could just be one heck of a coincidence, that over the past few days 17 different Google applications have either received or will be receiving an update. We’ve seen Vic Gundotra intro some pretty cool stuff with Google + and Hangouts in what we hope to be for Android 4.4 accompanying the Nexus 5. As usual, we’ll have to practice extreme patience for an official word, if Google decides to give one.
At this point there’s some serious speculation that the company may just spring the device upon us with no warning at all. The speculation comes from the fact that Google has yet to release any kind of official invite or announcement of a press release for the new device and OS. And while we’re still in the dark as to when and where Google will make the announcement, the fact remains that 17 different applications have received an update within the span of a few days. I think it’s safe to lean towards the premise that it’s all for the sake of KitKat. Check out the list of apps receiving updates on Google’s roster. And while some of the apps aren’t major players, you’ll find there are few big hitters in the mix. If you haven’t received an update yet for any of these, don’t fret, they tend to roll out in phases. Feel free to add to the speculation in the comments below. At the very least, if all of the speculation is wrong and we’re nowhere near the new OS, you’ll still have a few new updates to play with.
We’re still waiting on some kind of announcement about Android 4.4, and KitKat knows that. Today they posted a short animation video on their official Google+ page in another tease for the elusive version of Android. The video stars two little Androids, one of which is trying to eat a KitKat. The second Android is dressed as a magician and “borrows” a piece of the KitKat to use a wand to perform a magic trick. Unfortunately, the magician’s magic “trick” is really to just eat the KitKat and disappear.
Maybe there isn’t really anything to read into here, and it’s really just a small ad for KitKat to run. They could be trying to hint that KitKat will be announced on Halloween, which seems to be the latest rumor since the 28th has come and gone, but even that isn’t supported by many details from the animation. The video is pretty short and fun to watch either way, and you can check it out below.
Any conspiracy theories?
Over the weekend, we told you that information on the status of Android 4.3 for the Verizon HTC One would be provided today, and it seems there was a setback in development. Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, just sent out a tweet saying that they “need more time to spin” the new software and re-test the 4.3 update. He gives a new release date of approximately a month from now.
Most other carriers already have 4.3, so this news is definitely disappointing for Verizon HTC One owners. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon and 4.3 will be arriving on your phones in the near future.
The Android community is going crazy trying to predict when KitKat will launch, and KitKat is having some fun with it. They have sent out numerous vague tweets and photos that have gotten people going mad trying to predict a release date. The latest tweet is a photo of a bowling ball with seven Kit Kat shaped pins, with overlaying text saying “Have a break, Have a Kit Kat.” A bowling ball has three holes, meaning that Kit Kat will launch in three days, right?? At least, that’s what some people think.
The said tweet was sent out yesterday, so we’ll wait anxiously to see if anything Kit Kat tweets today hints at two days remaining for a launch. Stay tuned.
While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.
Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.
- Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
- Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
- Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
- Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
- Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
- Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13
Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.
Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.