KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life

Sony updating additional devices to Android 4.3, includes the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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If you own one of Sony’s recent Xperia devices, then you should be receiving a software update soon. While it is not Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a welcome update. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update adds Sony’s Smart Social Camera app, updates to their own apps, a streamline set of media apps, a new battery management mode, and more enhancements. Of course, the arrival of the update will depend upon your market. To see the specifics of the update, hit the source link.

Source: Sony
Via: Android Central

HTC Butterfly S receiving Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 starting today

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HTC’s Butterfly S, their flagship for markets overseas, is starting to receive the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5.5. MaximusHD ROM developer LlabTooFer tweeted a screenshot indicating that he has received the massive update. Included are Video Highlights improvements with a new interface, BlinkFeed adjustments to broaden its capabilities, Music interface improvements, and Sense TV improvements that also receives a facelift. The version number is 2.21.708.1 meaning that this is for the Bufferfly S in Hong Kong. The update is almost 750MB, so make sure you have enough space. Let us know how it feels after you finish installing! » Read the rest

DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

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We knew it was right around the corner since the soak test commenced last week, so it’s not a surprise that Verizon just announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to roll for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Unless you are really lucky, don’t expect it to hit your device right away though. This is a staged rollout, so it could take up to a week or more. Of course, you can always check system updates in your settings, but contrary to popular believe, it won’t come any faster.

Another round of applause is in order for Motorola, who is really on the ball with KitKat.

source: @VZWnews

Samsung Galaxy S 4, Note 3 getting KitKat at the end of January, according to French carrier

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According to French carrier SFR, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update at the end of next month. This matches with a schedule that was leaked a few weeks ago. Considering the GS4 received Android 4.3 last month, it seems that Samsung is working at a decent pace to make sure its smartphone owners get the latest version of Android. So keep an eye out next month for the update.

Source: SFR (French)
Via: SamMobile

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition receiving Android 4.4.2 today

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With the recent flurry of updates to Google Play edition device updates comes the 4.4.2 update to the Sony Z Ultra GPe. It’s really good news that the Google Play edition devices are working out as well as they were supposed to be from the start. Fragmentation issues are slowly dissipating and it’s certainly nice to have a whole batch of options for devices that have stock Android and receive quick updates.

This particular update is 444MB and includes fixes for the security settings bug, the app uninstall bug, the clear data bug, and also issues with Google Now voice commands.

Let us know if any of you have received it yet and how it’s working out for you!

Google Calendar gets an update that improves accepting event invitations from within Gmail

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Google is continuing their wave of app updates, with Calendar being the latest to receive an update. It’s not a major update, but now if you’re invited to an event from within Gmail, you can respond to the event right there. Previously, trying to respont would put you in the calendar app to actually make your decision, but now you just get a simple little toast notification of whether you reply yes, no, or maybe. It’s a simple change, but it’s just big enough to make the integration between the two apps feel much more polished.

Google Calendar was one of our picks for the best available Android calendar apps, and this little tweak makes it that much better. You can check out that list here, and then grab the download below, courtesy of Android Police, if you don’t want to wait for Google’s staged rollouts.

source: Android Police

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HTC One Mini to receive Android 4.3 soon, update appears in Europe

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Good news for HTC One Mini owners coming in today— the device will be receiving Android 4.3 shortly as the update as been spotted in Europe in multiple countries.

With the update comes all of the the usual Android 4.3 goodies, as well as the ability to turn off Blinkfeed which is certainly nice. Video Highlights and Music will also see an update, making the final file size a whipping 630.55MB.

Let us know if you’ve already received the update and how it’s working out for your device.

Source: AndroidSpin

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition now receiving Android 4.4.2 update

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Earlier today we told you that the HTC One Google Play edition was receiving Android 4.4.2— we now have news that the same update is now being sent out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition.

As was said before, the update is pretty much all minor bug fixes, so no real need to flash anything here.

However, specifically for this device, it seems that one of the bug fixes includes the H symbol being replaced with the 3G symbol even when connected to HSPA+. Another fix is the SMS DOS issue.

Let us know if you have received the update already in the comments and if you’re seeing any other changes to your device!

Source: AndroidSpin

HTC One Google Play edition receiving Android 4.4.2 update

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Nexus device owners received Android 4.4.2 last week, and now the Google Play Edition of the HTC One is getting the update as well.

HTCDev also posted the framework support files (468.4MB) for the new build— if you’re not comfortable flashing anything to your phone, you might be better off waiting for the OTA update. (It really isn’t a big update so you’re not missing out.)

Got the update already? Let us know it the comments.

Source: HTCDev