Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE won’t receive Android 4.3 OTA, HTC is working on a manual update

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The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.

Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.

HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.

Source: HTC Reddit
Via: Phandroid

HTC Butterfly Receiving Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5, DROID DNA to get Android 4.4.2 by March or April

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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.


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LG likely updating their devices directly to Android 4.4 KitKat

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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 F3Optimus F6G Pad 8.3 (upcoming Verizon model too), G Pro LiteOptimus F7, LG D315 (unannounced), LG LS740 (unannounced), Optimus L9 IIOptimus 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

AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Active Updating to Android 4.3 Starting Today

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If you’re an owner of the Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, you should start seeing an OTA update pushing to your device. The update will be bringing Android 4.3 and all its features to your device. It’s a hefty update coming in at 772MB and will change your build to  I537UCUBML2.

There’s not a change log as of yet, but we’ll update the article as soon as we see one. If you’ve received the update sound off below to let us know any changes you see.

source: Android Central

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!
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Verizon Changelog for HTC One Android 4.3 Update Surfaces

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With the Android 4.3 update for the Verizon HTC One finally upon us, it was only a matter of time before we’d see a changelog surface somewhere. Surface it has, as Big Red updated their web site with a support PDF for the newly approved update.

The update has a finalized build of 2.10.605.1. As far as the update is concerned there isn’t much to it. Besides the improvements that Android 4.3 brought to the table, there isn’t much to it in terms of new or updated software. Verizon has added yet another bloatware app. One owners will be able to add their own tracks to Highlights videos.


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Android 4.3 Rolling Out for the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

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While most of us are anxiously biding our time for Android’s newest iteration, KitKat, a number of devices are making their way to the latest build of Jelly Bean. Among those devices are the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra. While some of you may not be as thrilled and continue to look forward to Sony pushing out the Android 4.4 update, the software update boasts new features on top of performance tweaks. They include:

  •  Sony’s Smart Social Camera – The Xperia Z1 exclusive is now making its way to the Z Ultra. This brings the ability to “download, access and enjoy ‘Xperia Camera apps’ directly from within the viewfinder.”
  • Updated Sony Apps – Messaging, MyExperia, Smart Connect, Track ID, Sony Select, among others, are tweaked and improved.
  • Sony Media apps  - WALKMAN, Album and Movies with Sony Entertainment Network cloud integration are more “converged” allowing for better access to local and cloud content.
  • Themes – Xperia Themes with downloadable UI packs are coming soon.
  • Security enhancements – On top of Android security enhancements Sony has made some of their own to their Xperia in Business platform.

So besides Jelly Bean’s tweaks and enhancements you’ll be seeing Sony’s software enhanced as well. These are just two of the many Sony devices being updated, so look for those announcements in the coming weeks. While you’re at it, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know if you’ve received the update yourself.

source: Sony Mobile