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.
If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.
However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.
Sprint already began KitKat rollouts for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3, and today the carrier announced which other devices will receive the new operating system. Sprint still has plans to update the Galaxy Note II, S 4 mini, S III, Mega and Tab 3 7.0. Timing for these releases has not yet been announced. Some of the features the update includes are Location Menu, Enhanced Messaging, and Updated Lock Screen Features.
A few days ago, Samsung released the source code for Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and today the update is available for everyone. If you have a Note 3, you should receive a notification when the update is available for you, but if not, head to the settings and check manually.
You might not notice much new on the surface, but performance improvements should be dramatic.
If you’ve downloaded and flashed Paranoid Android’s latest KitKat 4.x builds, you’ve quickly noticed that their famous features (such as Halo) are missing and it appears more “vanilla.” Turns out the team is in the midst of re-inventing themselves when it comes to their custom ROMs. While the ROM will still offer plenty of features, they plan on making it a more unified “Google” experience. They are also re-writing the code for all of their features and plan on doing much less “kanging,” or borrowing other features, from other ROM’s.
Any PA ROM users out there disappointed with this news? Let us know! For a full and more detailed explanation coming straight from the team, check out the source link right below!
source: PA Google+
Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.
Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.
Source: Android Developers
The latest device to get Android 4.4.2 is the T-Mobile variant of the LG G2. Technically, it was available a few days ago via the PC Utility app, but it is now available via an OTA update. If you haven’t received a notification prompting you to update just yet, follow these steps:
- From Settings, tap General.
- Tap About phone.
- Tap Update center.
- Tap System updates.
- Tap Check now.
- Follow on screen prompts.
The update should make your device much faster, in addition to bringing new features and improvements.
When the Galaxy S 5 is available for purchase, consumers will have a bunch of free stuff waiting for them. While the specs may not entice you, maybe over $500 of stuff will. Galaxy Gifts as it’s called is more oriented towards the healthy lifestyle that Samsung is pushing with the S 5 and its new Galaxy Gear Fit. Even so there are a few non-health related gifts thrown in the mix.
We have a break down of just what exactly you’re getting after the break.
KitKat is currently rolling out for LG G2 users on AT&T. According to the carrier, KitKat will make the G2 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean, and improve battery life dramatically. Among the improvements:
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
- Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
- Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
- Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
- Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.
To download, make sure your device is more than half charged, and head to Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.
Great news, HTC One owners! (At least some of you.) If your carrier is AT&T or T-Mobile, the Android 4.4 KitKat update has officially been approved, and will be set to begin rolling out shortly. This information is provided by HTC Executive Product Manager @moversi.
Hit the break below for more.