Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon

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It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7

You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

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2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers

Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today

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We have been anticipating Android 4.4.3 for a while now, but today could finally be the day that it starts rolling. We have no idea if it’s premature or not, but T-Mobile says the Nexus 5  and Nexus 7 (2013) are going to get the update starting today. The builds are KTU84M (Nexus 5) and KTU84L (Nexus 7 2013) and include many bug fixes. The changelog isn’t posted, but we suspect that it will include fixes to the camera, Wi-Fi issues, and numerous other annoying bugs.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 getting Galaxy S 5 features in latest update, including Kids Mode and Download Booster

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 is getting a small update that patches in a few really useful features from the new Galaxy S 5. The update includes Download Booster, the controversial feature that allows users to download files over both WiFi and 3G/4G simultaneously, and Kids Mode, which sets up a safe environment for kids to play around with on a device. It’s pretty crazy that T-Mobile and Samsung have backported Download Booster, a Galaxy S 5 feature, to the Note 3, when other carrier-branded Galaxy S 5s still don’t have Download Booster. Way to go, T-Mobile.

T-Mobile doesn’t have a changelog up for the update just yet, but keep checking your notifications and let us know if you see anything.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen

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Samsung promised to update the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen to bring it in line with the Gear 2, and it looks like the update is finally ready. The 2.2.0 version update will completely replace Android with Samsung’s in-house OS, Tizen, and bring a few extra features like better battery life and the ability to store music on the Gear locally. Most features on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that didn’t need specialized hardware (like the heart rate monitor) have been backported to the Galaxy Gear. » Read the rest

Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany

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If you’re still using an original Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, don’t worry, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about you. The original Note 10.1, the GT-N8000, is starting to see prompts for an update to Android 4.4.2 in Germany, both OTA and through Samsung Kies.

The update brings the device up to par with other Samsung devices on KitKat, bringing better performance and battery life, some redesigned interface elements (think white status bar icons) and wireless printing support, plus everything that’s native to KitKat.

Samsung is likely using Germany to test out the update at first, so we’ll probably see it pushed out to the rest of the world pretty soon.

source: SamMobile

Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active

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Galaxy S4 Active (international version) owners will be receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their devices this week after Samsung began rolling out the update.

The software version, I9295XXUCNE5, will include faster performance, the white status bar icons, improved battery life, full-screen album art while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging/launcher apps and more.

The update is out in the Netherlands now, and expect it to come to other counties gradually. Give it a week or two before worrying about getting the update. If you want to give it a shot, you can try to manually get the update by going to Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu, or go through Kies.

Source: SamMobile

Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

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HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.

Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.

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Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices

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If you are not an owner of this year’s Galaxy S 5 or even last year’s Galaxy S 4, just know that Samsung does still care about you. While an alleged schedule claims that the aforementioned devices are currently being tested for Android 4.4.3, a multitude of Samsung handsets are nearing an update to Android 4.4.2.

All of the devices prepping for Android 4.4.2 are pegged for the update in either May or June. Some have already gotten the update and others are waiting in the testing stage. Only one device, the Galaxy S III, does not have an estimated time of arrival. This is not the LTE variant, though.

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