Soak test invites have been sent to T-Mobile Moto X users and we can assume that it’s an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The Moto X has been rather outstanding when it comes to updates so it’s great to see updates sent out this quickly. Let us know if you’ve been sent the same invite!
Owners of the original HTC Butterfly should start seeing an OTA notification on their devices starting today. The update comes in a little over 500MB and changes the software version to 3.15.707.4. On top of Android improvements the update adds some features with Sense 5.5. Here’s what users will see:
- Custom soundtrack support and content selection in Video Highlights.
- GIF creation from Zoes and burst shots.
- Blinkfeed improvements including support for offline viewing and custom feed creation from keyword search or RSS.
- Enhanced music channel.
The OTA is pushing out in waves, so if you haven’t seen it yet, be patient. That’s not the only HTC update news however.
As promised, HTC is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update to the One smartphone. The version is 4.19.401.8 and it comes in at 308.24 megabytes. Among the usual bug fixes, users will get security enhancements, Cloud Print Service, and new Bluetooth profiles. We should also note that Flash Player has been removed from the HTC stock Browser.
U.S. users should hopefully see this update next month if the carrier approval process goes smoothly.
source: @LlabTooFer (1) and (2)
LlabTooFer has done everyone the service of letting us know when HTC plans on updating their devices to Android KitKat (and letting us know which devices have has support dropped completely). HTC has tried to be pretty transparent about updating their 2013 flagship, the HTC One, to KitKat, but they’ve been pretty quiet about other devices in their current lineup. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from HTC this year.
Both the One Max and the One Mini are slated to receive the KitKat + Sense 5.5 update in late January to mid-February. That’s roughly the same time as the HTC One, so it’s good to see HTC keeping everything in sync. Both the Butterfly S and the Butterfly are in testing for KitKat and are expected to see the update later in the year, just a few months behind the One lineup. Now, the tricky part is looking at where Verizon’s Droid DNA falls in this chart. According to the chart, it says the Android 4.3 update has been cancelled for the DNA, but it looks like it may still be on track to get the KitKat update with the non-carrier Butterfly. It wouldn’t be the first time an OEM has skipped versions of Android, (Samsung has done it) but it’s rare nonetheless.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.
LG may be ignoring Android 4.3 and updating their devices directly to Android 4.4 KitKat. Information sent to Phone Arena shows the Optimus F3, Optimus F6, G Pad 8.3 (upcoming Verizon model too), G Pro Lite, Optimus F7, LG D315 (unannounced), LG LS740 (unannounced), Optimus L9 II, Optimus Vu II, Vu III, and G Flex all getting the bump to the latest version of Android.
If LG does indeed update all of these devices to KitKat, it would be quite impressive as LG does not have a proven track record in timely updates.
Source: Phone Arena
CEO John Legere’s company, T-Mobile, was the only carrier in the nation to offer first-party Wi-Fi calling— until now.
Internal training documents reveal that Spring will be joining T-Mobile with its own offering, beginning on two Samsung devices, the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4. The Wi-Fi calling will be enabled through maintenance updates.
The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.
This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.
Remember the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX’s soak test that went out on Monday? We now have the details on what it brings. Unfortunately, not much. To be exact, it adds just two enhancements. The first is a data bug that was occuring while roaming in Canada on Telus GSM and UMTS networks. And the other was yet another data bug that occurred when connected to an extended network in places like Alaska. A warning would appear; however, that has now been fixed. The update is named 98.72.165.XT912.Verizon.en.US in case you were wondering. Nothing else to see here, folks.
Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.
HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.