Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1, and Tablet Z will be updated to Android 4.4

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We’ve been getting confirmation as well as timetables from manufacturers regarding Android 4.4 updates to their devices, and today we’re getting the information from Sony.

According to Sony’s blog, the Xperia Z series will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat— timing information was not included in the announcement. The full device list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1. It’s not expected to come in 2013, though.

This isn’t the complete list that will be updated though, as Sony described this as the “first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for.” It would be a surprise if the Xperia ZR and Xperia SP are not included in the future list.

Source: XperiaBlog

 

Google Experience Launcher exclusive to the Nexus 5 for now

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For now, the Google Experience Launcher will remain available only on the Nexus 5. Google has told The Verge that its exclusivity could extend to last year’s Nexus 4, but for now they’re analyzing how users handle it on the newest Nexus device. Another possibility is for the Google Experience Launcher to be made available in the Play Store; however, that is likely far off as they would rather like to see devices get upgraded to the latest software version. So if you don’t have the Nexus 5, hang tight or see if there’s a KitKat ROM or leaked build available for your device. They’re showing up quite frequently. Hit the break for the full quote on what Google shared with The Verge.
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Android 4.4 KitKat build leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X

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We have good news if you’re eager to get your Moto X to run Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as possible. Over on the XDA Developers Forum, a leaked build of the software has been made available for owners of T-Mobile’s Motorola flagship. As you know, Motorola plans on updating the Moto X and their line of DROIDs on Verizon.

This is the first leak for a KitKat build available for the Moto X, so proceed with caution (especially if you do not have the T-Mobile variant). After you decide to dive in, you’ll be greeted with the KitKat that everyone is yearning for. The person who created the post says the build “should have updates to Touchless Control, Active Display, Camera and has a home screen selector. It does seem to have most of the standard KitKat features, including SMS with Hangout, updated keyboard, etc.” Hit the source link for directions and the file itself.

Source: XDA Developers Forum
Via: XDA Developers

Layouts For Living Now Available For Download To New And Existing SwiftKey Users (Video)

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Personally, of the many options of keyboards one can have on the Android platform, SwiftKey is my absolutely favorite due to its uncanny accuracy and its ability to learn your various typing styles. So it’s my pleasure to announce that the much awaited “Layouts for Living” by SwiftKey is now available. The 4.3 update is available for download on the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for those ready to dive in. The new layouts aim to assist with a more comfortable and seamless typing experience no matter what device you’re on. Whether it be a smartphone, tablet or any MID in between, Swiftkey has individually tailored the user experience.  And if you’re an existing customer, the app is available to you free as an update, so just head on back to the Play Store and retrieve it.


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Android 4.4 KitKat Update Coming To LG G2 In November/December?

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If you’re in the US and you’ve recently purchased an LG G2, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s been revealed that our overseas counterpart will most likely be receiving the new KitKat 4.4 update sometime in Nov/Dec per a leaked screenshot from french mobile operator, SFR’s software update page. And while there’s not a specific date in tow, we’ll take it as Nov/Dec is close enough. And though this a french mobile site, we’re extremely hopeful that the US and other regions will receive the update around the same time or shortly after. In the meantime if you’re not familiar with what the update entails , check out our previous post “Everything you need to know about Android 4.4 KitKat“.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Google assures everyone that ads are NOT coming to the KitKat Dialer

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According to Android Police, there were strings of code hidden inside the Android 4.4 KitKat Dialer that involved advertisements. The strings in question have to do with ads being enabled and disabled. Being that it is in the Dialer app, it would mean that as you search for a contact such as a business, you would get relevant ads. Another set a strings included Google’s AdMob advertising network. But don’t worry because a reader was quick to point out that this kind of stuff has been appearing in Dialer / Phone apps in the past.

Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo was able to get in touch with Google and the company assured him that advertisements are not coming to the Dialer app. The strings were merely old and left behind. So breathe easy move along with your day, folks.

Source: Android Police, Ars Technica

Jelly Bean is now on more than half of Android devices, Gingerbread still lingering

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Who says Android’s fragmentation isn’t going away! According to new distribution numbers from Google, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is now running on more than 50% of Android devices. Last month, Jelly Bean sat just under 50%; however, they have finally crossed that illustrious mark. Another good sign is that Ice Cream Sandwich declined from last month, likely meaning many OEMs are pushing software updates to existing devices.

There’s still one lingering problem. Android’s Gingerbread, what the operating system looked like before Ice Cream Sandwich’s overhaul, has a huge chunk of the pie. Gingerbread remains on 26% of devices. These are likely lower-end devices or older devices that just don’t have the power to run a fresher version of Android. But with Android 4.4 Kit Kat also aimed at devices with little RAM, Android’s fragmentation could become less of an issue.

Source: Google Developers Dashboard
Via: Android Police

Galaxy Nexus will not receive Android 4.4, Google will follow 18-month support window

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The Galaxy Nexus, the device that started the “Ice Cream Sandwich-age” of Android, will unfortunately not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. This actually comes as a bit of a surprise, as Google has stated (and will continue to state) that one of Android 4.4′s main goals is to put an end to Android fragmentation, bringing support to lower end devices.

Yes, Android has had an 18 month rule— if a device is over 18 months old, it will stop receiving support.

However, the Galaxy Nexus definitely has the RAM necessary to run the new OS version. (Google has stated that 4.4 will run smoothly on devices with 500mb of RAM, which is half the amount the Galaxy Nexus offers.)


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Only Moto X and current line of Droids will receive Android 4.4

DROID_Ultra_Boot_Screen_Motorola_Logo_Google_CompanyPeople 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.

Source: Phandroid

KitKat coming to HTC One within 90 days, Google Play edition within 15 days

HTC_One_VX_Back_HTC_Logo_TANow 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.

Source: Engadget