Amazon has updated their Fire OS to 3.1, and it’s now available via over-the-air for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. This update brings deeper integration with Goodreads such as capturing and sharing favorite quotes with your Goodreads friends, seeing what your friends are reading, sharing your ratings and reviews, and the ability to import all of the book you have purchased from Amazon.
There is also a second screen option which lets you fling TV shows and movies from your Kindle to your TV. You will need a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or a Samsung TV in order to use this feature.
Next up is support for the enterprise and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). You can now connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks and access corporate apps, documents, a VPN client, and a native SCEP client.
Hit the break for the rest of the added features along with the press release.
Hopefully this update will go a little smoother than the Galaxy S III update. The Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) is now getting the Android 4.3 in Nordic countries. Owners of the phone should be excited because this is the first major update since the phone launched with Android 4.1.2.
It will probably take a few weeks for all regions to get the update, so hang tight. It will be available via KIES and over-the-air. For those of you that own carrier versions of the Note II, you will probably have to wait at least a month or two. Hit the break for the full changelog.
Now we know why updates aren’t always available to everyone right from the start. It’s because problems can arise. AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4, and now Samsung has pulled the 4.3 update for the global version of the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300).
Once you look at this list, you will wonder how the update was approved in the first place. Samsung did issue a statement, but you won’t get an answer to that question. Hit the break for it as well as the list of issues.
Pigs must be flying and/or it must be frozen in Hell because Verizon might roll a major update before other carriers. Motorola promised that KitKat would come to the Moto X in the coming weeks, and Verizon’s version looks to be the first.
Last week we told you about invites to Motorola forum members for an upcoming soak test, and according to a post earlier this morning, it looks like it’s just about to commence.
If everything goes well, the Verizon Moto X could be getting some chocolatey goodness in time for Thanksgiving, or at least shortly thereafter. We have the full changelog after the break.
Did you pick up the Android 4.3 update for your AT&T Galaxy S 4 last week? Consider yourself lucky. Android Police has confirmed that the update is no longer being distributed. There is no known reason for the update being pulled, so sit tight; however, Android Police heard that Samsung and AT&T could be looking into “potential improvements.” Perhaps there was a bug found. We’ll let you know when the update resumes rolling out.
Source: Android Police
The Galaxy Note II is supposed to get Android 4.3 by December, and it looks like things are on track. A near final firmware (N7100XXUEMK4) leaked over the weekend for the GT-N7100 model. The official roll out will probably happen by no later than next week, and it could be as soon as today. This update brings Samsung KNOX, Samsung Wallet, and compatibility for the Galaxy Gear. The folks over at SamMobile say this build is pretty stable, so if you want to give it a try, hit the source link.
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.
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
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.
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.