HTC sends Google its HTC One GPe KitKat code, update expected soon

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Exactly 15 days ago, HTC America President Jason Mackenzie came out and made the promise that the Android 4.4 KitKat update would be coming to the Google Play edition HTC One in 15 days. As you might have noticed from the previous sentence, today is that day.

So, where’s the update? Well, the promise wasn’t exactly fulfilled, but HTC has at least done its part. The HTC USA Twitter account made this statement earlier today:

“Good news, we’ve delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google.”

So, it’s on its way. It’s in Google’s hands now, and since Google is looking to get these updates out as soon as possible, 4.4 should theoretically be pushed to the device in a matter of days. This is all speculation, though, of course.

Source: @HTCUSA 

 

Google posts Android 4.4 factory images for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7s (2012 and 2013)

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Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start. With the Nexus 4 images being released, we can’t be too far off from the OTA update.

Source: Google Developers

Second-hand Nexus 5 owner discovers test build of Key Lime Pie running on device

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We often hear the classic story of people ending up with a prototype of a device after a night at the bar. This time, it was literally given straight to the customer.

When a brand new Nexus 5 owner turned on his device, he discovered it was actually running a test build of Key Lime Pie instead of 4.4 KitKat.

He got the device second-hand, and after trying it out a bit, he found that the build was not stable was continuously crashing. After some investigating, he found the screen above.

Nothing too exciting was on the device or too different from the regular build other than a few hidden menus.

This happens every once in a while, but the devices are updated to the most recent version of Android when they’re turned on. However, such as with this case, test builds don’t get OTA updates, so the customer had to flash KitKat.

Source: AndroidAndMe

 

Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for mantaray Nexus 10 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your Nexus 10 (mantaray), we have the download link and instructions to manually install it.

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file (linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for nakasi WiFi-only 2012 Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your 2012 Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (nakasi), we have the download link and instructions to manually install

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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‘Pocket’ application to receive 5.0 update, will automatically categorize articles based on length, topic, and more

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Have you ever scrolled down your Twitter feed and felt overwhelmed by the number of how many articles you want to read? “Pocket,” an Android and iOS application certainly minimizes these issues, as it saves articles and web sites in a central location to read later. Today, the application’s developers released version 5.0.

Major additions includes a “Highlights” feature, which categorizes your saved articles and sites into one of four categories: best of, trending, long-form articles, and short articles. As you save new articles, the app will automatically categorize the content, making things a lot easier for you.

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Moto X to receive 4.4 KitKat update in coming weeks, update to Moto G to follow

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When KitKit was initially announced, Motorola came out with a list of phones that would be updated to the new OS, including their flagship, the Moto X, and the newest line of Droid phones. However, the company didn’t release a timeline for the update.

At the Moto G press event this morning, Moto CEO Dennis Woodside said that the Moto X would be receiving the update in a few weeks, and that the Moto G would get it by the end of January. We’d assume that “a few weeks” wait for the update to come to the Moto X would be before January…

Let’s hope that Moto hits their marks this time— it could make for some very positive news if they were to roll out KitKat so quickly to their devices.

Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for Razor WiFi-only 2013 Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your 2013 Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (Razor), we have the download link and instructions to manually install

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 do not have Google Experience Launcher after Android 4.4 KitKat update

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According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.

Source: Reddit