Here’s some good news if you own Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Android 4.4 KitKat should arrive in just under three months. According to a leaked schedule obtained by iTechAddict, Samsung plans to update those two flagships in January. They list the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 to receive KitKat as well. Those two are scheduled to receive the update in March or April. Samsung is likely pegging their flagships for a January update due to HTC announcing its plans to have KitKat ready by then for the HTC One.
The Android 4.4 over the air update for Nexus 4 owners has just started rolling out, but it will be at least a couple days before the update is installed on all Nexus 4 devices. Last week Nexus 4 factory images were released, so it comes as no surprise that developers over at XDA have now posted links to the OTA update.
In order to install the update you will still need to use ADB sideload in recovery. Doing that however is a lot easier than installing the update through the factory image. If you are willing to go this route rather than just waiting for the update to reach your phone, it is recommended that you have a little technical knowledge and kind of know what you’re doing! There could be problems if this isn’t the case!
Things were getting a bit confusing on the news-front of Google Play. First we had Google Reader, but it was discontinued. Play Magazines and Google Currents brought the news straight to our devices, but why were they two separate apps? After all, they pretty much preformed the same function.
Now, Google is introducing Google Play Newsstand. This application combines Play Magazines and Google Currents into a single, standalone application, and will let you follow your favorite magazines, newspapers, blogs, news sites, and will format all of the news for your device.
Nexus 4 owners have been wondering when they will get their chocolate fix, and the wait is finally over. It appears there were a few bugs in Android 4.4, which is most likely the reason why the Nexus 4 hadn’t received the OTA yet. In fact, most Nexus 7 devices hadn’t received it either. Now that Google squashed those pesky bugs with the KRT16O release, it appears business is as usual. As always, you might not get the update right away, but hang tight, it should get to you within a few days. If you’re really impatient, you can always flash the factory images.
HTC took to Twitter today to let everyone know when they should expect Android updates on their Verizon flagships. First up, they clarified that getting the HTC One onto 4.3 would be a two-step process, which includes a compatibility update and then the actual update. That strange update that One owners saw today was likely the compatibility update, and the actual update should happen sometime in December. Now, in case you were wondering if that was going to push the KitKat update further down the to-do list for HTC, that shouldn’t be the case. The 4.4 update is still on track to be delivered by the end of January. Hey, with how quickly Motorola got KitKat onto the Moto X on Verizon, there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be a realistic time frame.
HTC also clarified the update path for the Droid DNA. They didn’t give out quite as many details, but they said the 4.4 update for the DNA should be arriving by the end of January, “pending certification from your carrier.” Normally, that’s the last thing anyone would want to hear about updates on Verizon, but after today’s Moto X update, maybe it’ll happen.
source: Android Police
Earlier today, Motorola announced the shocking news that the Verizon Moto X is getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today. One of the reasons why Motorola can be quicker than other manufacturers is the fact that their phones are pretty much stock Android except for a few minor modifications. Motorola continues this theme with the KitKat update, but they did make one interesting modification with the KitKat easter egg.
As you probably know, if you go into Settings / About Phone and tap rapidly on “Android Version” the easter egg begins. If you’re using stock Android, you will get the letter, “K”, but with the Moto X, you will get the number, “1″. We can only assume this represents that the Moto X is the very first non-Nexus phone to get the KitKat update. To me, it’s not even about being the first, it’s about how fast this was accomplished. The Moto X is getting KitKat before the Nexus 4. Pretty amazing indeed.
It will be interesting to see if this modified easter egg makes its way to the other carrier updates or if it’s reserved for just the Verizon version.
Google has started to push out updated code for Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The build, KRT16S, replaces the version that was released last week, KRT16O. Google indicates that factory images and proprietary binaries will also be available shortly. No details have been released about what is different in this latest version or what specific bugs are addressed that required such a quick release. There is no indication that the Nexus 5 is being impacted by this new build.
source: Android Build group
Well there you have it. The first non Nexus phone to get the KitKat update is the Moto X and it just so happens to be the Verizon version. Motorola just announced that the update will start rolling today. Think about this for a moment….The Moto X is receiving the latest and greatest Android before the Nexus 4 (at least OTA). In fact, I have two Nexus 7 devices that have yet to receive the official update. Kudos to Motorola and their team for getting this done so fast while other manufacturers like Samsung are pushing 4.3 to their devices.
This update will roll out in phases, so be patient because it could take a week or two till everyone gets it. Motorola didn’t offer any info for other carrier versions, but did say they will “have more KitKat for Moto X news to share on other carriers and countries very soon.” Hit the break for the changelog directly from Motorola.
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.