Don’t worry, Droid DNA fans — HTC may have given the One series its first batch of Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades, but it still has plenty of love for Verizon’s late 2012 flagship. The phone maker’s Mo Versi now expects the DNA to get an over-the-air update to Google’s newer OS (and the Sense 5.5 interface) starting on April 24th. That’s weeks later than what HTC anticipated back in the fall, but it’s still proof that the company is committed to supporting more than just its latest and greatest devices.
Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
We have sort of started to really love what Republic Wireless has been doing. Beyond having plans that are extremely affordable and offer a great solution to costly monthly bills and lengthy contracts. They recently released the anticipated Moto G for $149 and the ability to reactive a used device on a different account. Today we are very pleased to announce that Republic Wireless is releasing an update to the Moto X that will bring the device up to speed with its brothers, Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The update weighs in at 349.3 MB’s and brings KitKat on boar, along with a New Phone Dialer application and Google Hangouts app update. So says the screenshot. The official release in from from RW talks about an improved Google Now Search, an update to the camera and caller ID functionality. Most of which were additions in KitKat.
The roll out for the KitKat update to the RW Moto X is starting today, however it is only being released to 2,000 randomly picked customers. It is sort of like winning the lottery for some. If you don’t see the update, today, then you didn’t win. The plan is for those 2,000 lucky installers to test it out and help identify any issues. You guys will be the lucky few that will have KitKat installed and no one else will, through April 30th. Then RW will start pushing it out in batches with an expected completion date of May 9th.
If you happened to be part of the first test batch of users, let us know what you think of the update and how things are going.
Reports have been hitting G+, and of course trickling down to blogs, that owners of the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra on Canadian carriers Bell and Rogers have an update waiting for them. The update to the Sony device offers up a build number of 14.3.A.0.757 and brings with it Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The update brings in KitKat , of course, along with performance an UI optimizations, a tweaked status bar and quick settings that are more intuitive and customizable and the new Xperia Themes addition.
If you haven’t seen the prompt for the update yet then head into settings > about phone > software update. Alternatively you should be able to plug the device into your PC and launch the Sony Companion software and check as well. If you do see the update wirelessly, be sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection, a little time to download it and over 50% battery life to get it all installed.
Hopefully this means the the KitKat update for the stateside T-Mobile Xperia Z1s is close at hand too.
Monday funday? Of course not. But hey, Device Updates is here, and hopefully your device is getting an update, or already got one. Android 4.4.2 shows its face to the LG G2 and the G-Flex. You guys out there with an Xperia Z device will be getting your update next month hopefully. Sony is pretty good at keeping their promises.
After being acquired by Google, Motorola feels like a completely different smartphone brand. Its past few releases such as the Moto X and the Moto G have been very well received. The Moto X was a high-end smartphone with a twist, while the Moto G was solidly performing a mid-range smartphone with focus on the basics. Motorola is now reportedly working on the Moto E which will be priced at $230 (unlocked off-contract).
According to the leaked image, the Moto E will be equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. A screen measuring 4.3 inches diagonally might feature an HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, similarly to the Moto G. It will come with a 5MP primary rear-facing camera and a front-facing secondary camera as well. The battery is tipped to be a 1900 mAh one. Software wise, it will come with Android 4.4 KitKat, similar to all the Motorola smartphones that are on sale right now. Along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, connectivity also includes dual SIM card slots, a feature which has huge demand in countries like India and China.
Similar to the Moto G, this device could be heading to developing countries like China and other Indian sub-continent countries. The Motorola Moto G which was priced at ~$200 (INR 12, 499) in India turned out to be a huge hit due to its affordable price tag, inclusion of dual SIM card slots and getting the basics right. The device appears to be very slim at just 6.2mm which might also mean that it could be a more stylish version of the not-so-attractive Moto G. Not only Motorola, even Google is working on a cheaper variant of its Nexus smartphone powered by a MediaTek processor.
happy Friday Android peeps! Today is a particularly good Friday for those of you rocking a LG G2 with Verizon though. Verizon has begun rolling out an update to your beloved device that brings you up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The list of enhancements is pretty boring though. Looks like they went through and just renamed a bunch of settings. It will be like learning a new phone all over again. In addition to all the label changes and the obvious OS update, they also improved the Premium Visual Voicemail and the Basic Visual Voicemail.
Go ahead and take a quick check for the update in your device’s settings, just make sure you have 50%+ battery, a Wi-Fi connection and some time to download the file needed.
While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it’s available in the Play Store, ready to run on any phone or tablet using Android 4.4 KitKat. Beyond bits like Photo Sphere that we’ve seen before, Google is filling in the blanks on its new “Lens Blur” option. Meant to emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an impressive depth of field effect, it uses algorithms to simulate the large camera lens and aperture your phone / tablet doesn’t actually have. Google’s Research Blog has details on how its done, including a Lytro-like ability to change which object is in focus after you take the shot.
Tired of tilt-shift effects after years of Instagramming, no matter how much math is at work? There’s more to the new camera app than that, it has all the other features we’d heard about too, like a “100% viewfinder” that makes sure you can see everything that will be in the picture on your screen before the shot is taken with no “dropped pixels” and a larger capture button. Panorama shots are better now too, with higher resolution, and Google’s 360-degree Photo Spheres can be captured at up to 50 megapixels.
In the middlish of March Sony’s blog announced that the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 compact were all available for Android 4.4 KitKat updates. At the end of their announcement they mentioned that the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z were also going to be getting an updated Android version come Q2 of this year. For those that forget what the quarters are, that would be any time between April 1st and June 30th.
We are already just over two weeks into April and those of us with the Xperia devices mentioned are probably searching daily for news regarding when the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will become available. I know I have been checking often. Thanks to the keen eyes at the Xperia Blog, we now have a target month for the update to start rolling out, assuming everything goes as planned. Sony recently updated their product pages for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z to reflect the cutesy Android KitKat image labeled “Next Version” with “2014-5″. However, May is 31 days long and we will keep our thoughts aimed for the end of the month. If it happens sooner, then we can be a little happier a little earlier.
We won’t hold our breathe in anticipation of any carriers pushing the update as soon as it is available, but it certainly seems like manufacturers and carriers have been at least stepping up their game a little. HTC and Samsung have certainly been a lot more forthcoming with updated OS version then they ever were before, right along with the likes of T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. All seem to be pushing the updates pretty close to each other rather than the usual few months later.
We will keep our eyes peeled throughout May and let you know which device, carrier and country starts seeing the update. It should help hold you over a little longer until the Xperia Z2 makes its way to your hands. Especially with the reports of the Z2 being delayed at least until May.
Source: Xperia Blog
The biggest news about the update is that KitKat is coming to Google Glass, bringing with it under the hood changes and massive improvements to battery life. Also now that Glass runs Andriod KitKat, developers can write Glassware apps using the Android SDK.
Other changes the update also includes:
- Photo bundles — Your pictures will be sorted as bundles, making them easier to navigate through.
- Photo replies in Hangouts – You’ll be able to send images through Hangouts, as well as receive them.
- Sending feedback – Sending feedback will be easier and will have a dedicated card in the settings.
- Voice command sorting – Voice commands are now sorted by recency and frequency.
- Video calls will be removed – Google is removing video calls from Glass for the forseeable future.
Added as a teaser at the end, Google say there’s a ton more features being rolled out as part of this update so advise to watch the Glass Journal in the Explorers Community to see the rest.
It is Monday, so let’s see what devices are getting updated. Seems that there is a nice little update rolling out to the Sprint Nexus 5, which just might be the first Android 4.4.3 rollout, but no one seems to no for sure. Let us know if you see a “3″ in your update settings.