Verizon LG G2 can now be upgraded manually to KitKat

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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.

Android 4.4.3 could be dropping today

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We already know that Google is readying an update (4.4.3) to squash a number of bugs. The only question is when will will land? Well that day just might be today.

Turns out that Sprint has announced an update to their version of the Nexus 5. This update (KTU48F) does bring Sprint Spark bands 26 and 41 to the phone, but it doesn’t appear that’s all. There is no changelog yet, but “miscellaneous Android updates” were mentioned.

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Google has reportedly begun dogfooding Android 4.4.3 to employees

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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.  » Read the rest

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

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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)

Sprint pushes out KitKat update for the LG G2

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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Sony begins rolling out KitKat update for several Xperia devices

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Sony is beginning to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for several of its Xperia devices, including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. The update includes the latest and greatest from Google’s Android team, as well as some tweaks and updated features from Sony. Aside from updating the guts of the software to Android 4.4, Sony is including a tweaked status bar and quick notification toggles and some interface revamps to make it feel more similar to Sony’s own Playstation 4.

The update also updates Sony’s native apps on the devices, including apps like MyXperia, Smart Connect, and Smart Social Camera, and several of Sony’s other media apps are getting cloud integration with Sony Entertainment Network. » Read the rest

Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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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

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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. » Read the rest