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Android 4.4.3 rolls out to Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Google Play Editions

06/04, 12:44pm

Minor Android update fixes battery drain bug, improves performance

Google has started to roll out a minor software update bringing Android to version 4.4.3. Starting this week and rolling out gradually to users, the update will first head to Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, with a number of Google Play Edition smartphones and recent Motorola devices also reportedly receiving the Android upgrade.

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Android 4.4 not heading to 3G models of Samsung Galaxy S III, mini

05/12, 7:50am

Low amount of RAM at issue for KitKat on Galaxy S III, US LTE versions unaffected

Samsung has decided against bringing the latest iteration of Android, version 4.4, to international models of the Galaxy S III and the S3 Mini. Despite previous plans to bring Android KitKat to the device, as well as allowing for Sprint to release its variant of the software, Samsung advises the two devices will not be updated outside of the United States.

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Apple's iOS 7 hits 87 percent, still outpacing Android's KitKat

04/07, 6:19pm

Rapid adoption means iOS more secure, easier to develop for

On Monday, Apple updated its iOS adoption statistics for developers to show that 87 percent of active iOS devices are now running iOS 7, with only 11 percent still on iOS 6 and a mere two percent (presumably devices that cannot upgrade, such as the original iPad) stuck on earlier versions. The figure was achieved less than seven months after the original release of the upgrade in mid-September. By comparison, only about 5.3 percent of Android users have or have been allowed to upgrade to last year's KitKat , which was announced around the same time as iOS 7 and debuted a month later.

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Nvidia upgrades Shield to Android KitKat, adds out-of-home GameStream

04/07, 3:16pm

Nvidia Shield can be used to stream games over the Internet from home PC

Nvidia's latest Android 4.4.2 software update for the Shield handheld game system allows players to stream games from their computer to the device outside of the home. Expanding from the existing in-home streaming, the remote GameStream feature is in beta and requires a hefty connection on each side, with the home PC graphics card compatibility list extended to include the GTX 800M, 700M, and select 600M GPUs in gaming notebooks.

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Briefly: Android KitKat reaches LG G Flex, Nikon exchanges D600

03/28, 8:33am

LG starts Android 4.4 update roll-out for G Flex in South Korea

LG has started to roll out the Android KitKat update to the G Flex smartphone. The update for the curved mobile device will include LG's Knock Code security system, among other changes, with units located in South Korea being the first to receive Android 4.4. Other markets are also expected to receive the software update, though the timing for this will depend on the region and individual carriers.

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Briefly: AT&T Galaxy Note 3 adds Android 4.4, The Last of Us for PS4

03/27, 7:50pm

AT&T announces addition of Android 4.4 to its available Galaxy Note 3 units

AT&T announced today that it is now rolling out the latest version of Android for its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Current users of the Note 3 through AT&T can update through the Software Update menu. Upon doing so, users will receive a revised user interface, improved GPS, and the option to select a default messaging app. When initiating the system update, AT&T recommends the device has at least a 50 percent charged battery.

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Android KitKat update for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra begins today

03/19, 11:21am

More Xperia devices added to Android KitKat update list by Sony

Sony is starting to roll out Android 4.4 to some of its smartphone range. As confirmed in November last year, the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra are all receiving the Android KitKat update, though final timing depends on the market and carrier, with a company blog post also giving some hints as to when other Xperia devices will see the new mobile operating system.

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Briefly: Sony PS4 hits Japan, HTC One KitKat update on AT&T, T-Mobile

02/22, 2:16pm

Sony starts selling PlayStation 4 in Japan months after US, European launches

Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 game console in Japan, months after shipping it to customers in the United States and Europe. While it has already sold 5.3 million units in other markets when competing against the Xbox One, the launch in Japan will be largely uncontested, with The Verge noting no news of an Xbox One launch in the country has been issued by Microsoft, and the Nintendo's Wii-U continues to sell poorly.

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Samsung details devices receiving Android KitKat in United States

02/18, 12:52pm

Majority of Galaxy S devices will get Android 4.4 update

Samsung has confirmed it will be bringing Android 4.4.2 to a large number of its mobile devices in the United States. The upgrade to Android KitKat, rumored last month, will apparently start rolling out to devices from today onwards, and while the timing will vary between carriers and individual devices, it will continue "throughout the coming months."

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Briefly: Path adds Video to Android, Verizon Moto X KitKat rolls out

02/05, 6:07am

Path adds Instagram-style video clip sharing, filters

Path has finally added video to the Android version of its app, bringing it in line with the iOS version. The official Path blog writes that users of Android 4.0 or later can use the video function in the app, which takes after Vine and Instagram in offering up to 30-second clips, with the option to add a variety of camera filters to the video before sharing with others. Path 3.4 is available to download via Google Play.

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Android KitKat for HTC One reaches Canadian carriers, Sprint early

02/02, 11:06am

KitKat update for Android starts North American roll-out

Owners of the HTC One in Canada have started to receive the Android 4.2.2 update to their devices, despite it only entering carrier testing late last week. At the same time as Canada's rollout, the Android KitKat update for Sprint subscribers has been made available to download, though as a "customer initiated request" rather than a pushed update.

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Briefly: HTC One KitKat inbound, TWC customers gain online A&E shows

01/24, 7:56am

HTC confirms Android KitKat for HTC One in testing, certification expected next week

Users of the HTC One will soon receive an update to Android KitKat, according to a posting on the company's Twitter account. The message states that the Android 4.4 update has "entered carrier labs" for final testing, and to expect certification sometime next week, though the update will probably take longer to actually reach the devices. When asked about a similar European release, the same account advised it did not have "anything official to announce at the moment."

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S III, Note 2 to get Android KitKat this March

01/22, 6:21am

Android software upgrade for older Galaxy devices touted after S4 update

Samsung may be updating its older flagship smartphones to Android KitKat in the future, according to a rumor. Despite the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 2 being in the middle of updating to Android 4.3 through some carriers, it is claimed that the smartphone manufacturer will boost both devices to Android 4.4.2 by the end of March.

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Briefly: Android KitKat on Moto G in UK, O2 shuts down mobile wallet

01/13, 12:21pm

Motorola starts roll-out of Android KitKat on Moto G in UK

Motorola has started rolling out Android KitKat to the Moto G in the United Kingdom. The Android 4.4.2 update, which starts rolling out today and will continue for the next week, adds the usual KitKat improvements along with a new look phone dialer, new photo editing options in the Gallery app, printing support over services such as Google Cloud Print, the new version of Hangouts, and support for the Square credit card reader.

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Galaxy S4, Note 3 to get KitKat in January or February

12/19, 5:00pm

French carrier tips Q114 for KitKat for new flagships

Samsung's two newest flagships may see an update to the latest flavor of Android, version 4.4 KitKat, as early as January of next year. French carrier SFR has announced that the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 – both released earlier this year – will see an update to Android 4.4 around the end of January or the beginning of February of 2014. The carrier, according to SamMobile, has a healthy record of tipping release dates before Samsung does, so owners of the two new flagships may just a little over one month before they can have the most recent software on their devices.

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Briefly: Motorola Droid range gains KitKat, AT&T updates Lumia 1020

12/19, 2:58pm

Verizon upgrades Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini to Android KitKat

Verizon is rolling out Android KitKat to its current range of Droid smartphones. Owners of the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will receive the update from today onwards, with version 4.4 of the operating system bringing a full-screen mode, camera improvements, an updated Droid Zap app, an update for Motorola Assist, and support for the Fitbit, among other items.

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Motorola Touchless Control app update allows voice PIN unlocking

12/15, 7:48pm

Read-out PIN can unlock Moto X, Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx

Motorola has updated its Touchless Control app with more voice commands, amid other changes. The app, available as an update through Google Play for compatible Motorola devices running Android KitKat, introduces the potentially-insecure option of verbally providing your security PIN to the smartphone in order to unlock it.

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CyanogenMod rolls Android 4.4, secure text messages into latest build

12/10, 5:27am

Screen video recording app from CyanogenMod team enters beta

The latest build of CyanogenMod brings Android 4.4 to a number of devices, including a number that have yet to receive the KitKat treatment. The team has also announced that it is adding automatic encryption of text messages to its builds, as well as introducing a new app that records a video of actions performed on the smartphone's display.

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Briefly: LG plans KitKat for G2, busiest day ever on Instagram

11/30, 9:59pm

LG will add Android KitKat to G2 late in first quarter of 2014

The LG G2 will receive the latest version of Android early next year, allowing the device to skip past Android 4.3 entirely. Version 4.4 of the mobile operating system, also known as KitKat, will appear on the company's flagship smartphone late in the first quarter of 2014, or near the end of march, according to details passed from LG Canada to Mobile Syrup.

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Briefly: U-Verse for Xbox 360 ceasing, KitKat on Google Nexus One

11/28, 6:58am

AT&T killing support for U-Verse on Xbox 360 at end of 2013

AT&T will stop supporting the Xbox 360 under its U-Verse service after December 31st of this year. The service, which allowed the game console to act as a secondary set-top box for watching TV, with a representative advising Polygon that it was being pulled due to "low customer demand," and that it will not appear on the Xbox One. An e-mail sent out to a number of subscribers details a $99 credit to cover part of the cost of Xbox Live Gold membership, as well as the required conversion kit.

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Briefly: KitKat hits Google Play Galaxy S4 and HTC One, ChatON update

11/26, 10:51am

Android KitKat heads to Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One

Updates for Android KitKat are heading to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The two devices, running on stock Android instead of the Sense or TouchWiz versions provided by HTC and Samsung respectively, will start receiving over-the-air updates from today onwards, upgrading the devices to Android version 4.4.

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Android 4.4 'KitKat' Part 1: User interface enhancements

11/21, 4:35am

Android 4.4 'KitKat' brings further user interface refinements

Android 4.4 'KitKat' officially landed on October 31 initially as an exclusive for the Nexus 5 smartphone, just three months after the arrival of Android 4.3 'Jelly Bean' on the Nexus 7 tablet. Google has seen fit to move away from the 'Jelly Bean' theme this time around, partly because it has revised the user interface more substantially than in previous releases, while it has also added a number of new features to the operating system. So what exactly has changed from a user interface perspective in Android 4.4 'KitKat'?

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Google ships Android KitKat OTA update to Nexus 4

11/20, 9:14am

KitKat update for Nexus 4 weighs in at under 240MB

Google has started to roll out Android 4.4 to the Nexus 4 smartphone. Reports claim that Nexus 4 owners are starting to see the Android KitKat update being made available for their devices, with the operating system upgrade coming to the smartphone after being made available on the Moto X, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablets.

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Android API shows possible future RAW, burst mode support

11/18, 2:54pm

New camera API for Android not included in KitKat release

Google could be working on a way for Android devices to handle RAW image files, alongside the current JPEG images created by the current camera. The public source code for the mobile operating system shows a camera API for Android that was not added to KitKat before its release, due to a comment claiming it was "not ready yet" for inclusion.

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HTC M8 said to sport 5-inch screen, 4.4 KitKat

11/15, 12:38pm

HTC M8 to have 1080p 5-inch screen

HTC's follow-up to this year's One flagship smartphone will pack an even larger display than its predecessor, as well as the newest version of Android at launch. This according to well-sourced leaker @evleaks, who posted specs on the as-yet-unreleased device. The newest information on the M8's specs indicates a Snapdragon 800 processor powering the device.

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Verizon LTE certification of Google Nexus 7 delayed for KitKat

11/07, 5:23am

KitKat launch delayed Google, Asus in fixing tablet issue

Verizon will not be attempting to certify the Google Nexus 7 for use on its LTE network until Android KitKat is released, the carrier has revealed. Though the carrier advised that it was trying to get the tablet through certification to allow it to activate on the cellular network a few months ago, it has blamed Google for the delay in the process.

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Briefly: Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T, Android KitKat for Moto X leaks

11/06, 6:08am

Six-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 heading to AT&T on November 15th

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be heading to AT&T on November 15th. The Windows Phone device with a 20-megapixel PureView camera, six-inch 1080p IPS display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM will be available for $199 with a new contract, according to the Microsoft Store, with a non-contract version being sold at the same time for $549.

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Google adds in-depth photo editing tool to Android KitKat

11/03, 7:15pm

Multiple filters, image effects include fine level of user control

Android 4.4 will ship with a non-destructive photo editor, as part of its gallery. The new editor will allow devices running KitKat to make a number of adjustments to an image taken by the device, including a number of effects and filters typically associated with desktop image editing software or editing apps, without making any permanent changes to the original image.

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Custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs show up for Galaxy Nexus

11/03, 5:13pm

Neglected Nexus gets KitKat thanks to developers

A pair of custom Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs have been released for the Galaxy Nexus, bringing the latest Android version to that device. Google neglected to port the operating system to the two-year-old device when announcing Android 4.4 last week, but – as SamMobile points out – the Android development community has stepped in to fill the gap. The two ROMs reportedly work well on the Samsung-built Nexus handset, with only a few issues having been reported.

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Android 4.4 apps from Nexus 5 factory image leaked

11/01, 3:14pm

Google Experience Launcher, core apps made available to download

A number of featured apps from Android KitKat have been made available to download. The apps, pulled from Google's factory image of Android 4.4 for the Nexus 5, include some that could be considered minor updates when compared to earlier versions, while others are more notable, including the new Google Search.

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Motorola outlines Android KitKat upgrades for device range

11/01, 11:27am

Moto X, current Droid range to gain KitKat

Motorola has revealed a list of devices that will receive Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. A dedicated upgrades page on the Motorola website allows users to select a large number of combinations for carriers and devices, with the Moto X and the new Droid range on Verizon being shown as receiving Android KitKat in the future.

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HTC says One to get Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days

10/31, 4:46pm

HTC confirms update windows for flagship

HTC has quickly followed the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat with its own declaration that the HTC One will receive an update to the new operating system within 90 days. The Taiwanese manufacturer's most recent flagship device signaled a move by the company to push quality in design, and HTC looks to be trying to match that quality with timely updates to its devices. HTC has not yet commented on when the One's spinoff devices -- the One max and One mini -- will get the update.

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Google launches Nexus 5 with 4.95-inch 1080p display, Android KitKat

10/31, 2:48pm

Flagship Google smartphone introduces Google Now wake commands

After weeks of launch rumors, Google has finally introduced the Nexus 5 smartphone. The LG-produced device features a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 4.95-inch Full HD IPS display, giving it a pixel density of 445 PPI, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.

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Google announces Android 4.4 KitKat, aims to end fragmentation

10/31, 2:22pm

KitKat said to run on lower-power devices

Google on Thursday announced the release of the long-expected new version of its Android operating system, version 4.4 KitKat. The new version of Android will come preinstalled on Google's new Nexus 5 handset, which was also announced on Thursday, and Google will be pushing it out to other Nexus devices in the coming weeks. This latest build, according to Google's Android blog, is aimed at decreasing the amount of fragmentation in the Android ecosystem, and the search giant altered the platform to make sure that was the case.

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Confidential document claims Android KitKat works on older devices

10/31, 5:50am

Low specification requirements to help fight fragmentation

Android KitKat will be attempting to fight the platform's fragmentation issues by being usable on older and lower-powered devices, according to an alleged confidential document. Android 4.4 will apparently be useable on "entry-level devices" and "optimizes memory use in every major component," making it suitable for tablets and smartphones with as little as 512MB of RAM, something that has been previously rumored.

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White Nexus 5 pictured, may launch alongside KitKat on Nov. 1

10/27, 3:00pm

New OS, new hardware may launch with November

Serial leaker @evleaks has tweeted on Sunday a picture of a white variant of Google's long-awaited Nexus 5 smartphone, along with a report that the device will be available on November 1. As the Nexus are Google's means of showcasing a "pure Android" build of its latest operating system updates, @evleaks' prediction would seem to indicate that Android 4.4 KitKat will debut at the same time. Google has yet to make any announcements regarding a media event.

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Android 4.4 KitKat could spark bigger Google push for television

10/27, 2:40pm

KitKat seen as a move to control TVs

Google's forthcoming Android 4.4 KitKat update to its mobile operating system could spark the beginning of a wider movement by the search giant to carve out territory in the television market. A new report from ETNews says that Google will try to leverage Android's brand strength to succeed where its earlier Google TV efforts have so far failed. Google has already said that it worked to make KitKat scalable to more devices, including lower-power handsets, but the new reports seem to indicate that Google is also looking to expand Android's reach upward into televisions.

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Google event invite for October 24 could be Android, Nexus 5 launch

10/18, 3:15pm

Sources claim no hardware, software announcements at Google Play event

Google has started to send invitations to an event on the 24th of October, one which could feature a number of software and hardware announcements. The event, asking attendees to "Join us for a night out with Google Play," could potentially be the launch of Android 4.4, KitKat, as well as the expected official reveal of the Nexus 5 smartphone.

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Rumors claim $399 Nexus 5, Nexus 4 LTE, Android KitKat on Friday

10/16, 5:18am

Nexus 5 could possibly cost more than Nexus 4 with LTE

The next Google smartphone could start from $399, higher than the $299 price tag rumored earlier, according to a new report. The Nexus 5 will also allegedly be accompanied by a new version of the existing Nexus 4 which will offer LTE, with the entire range possibly appearing alongside Android KitKat on a new potential launch date on Friday 18th of October.

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Android 4.4 KitKat leak shows tap-to-pay running on Nexus 5

10/11, 12:52pm

Device unveiling expected next week

Rumors and leaks surrounding Google's next-generation Nexus handset and the forthcoming Android 4.4 update have continued to roll in. The latest screenshots appear to show a KitKat build running on a Nexus 5, with an integrated tap-to-pay feature for making local payments via NFC.

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Google Nexus 5, Android KitKat rumored to launch October 15th

10/10, 2:17pm

Mobile OS, Google smartphone alleged to be shown early next week

The Google Nexus 5 and Android KitKat, version 4.4, will be coming out next week, according to a new rumor from developers. The next Google smartphone and the updated mobile operating system will apparently be launched together on Tuesday October 15th, with the Nexus 5 also said to carry a price tag lower than 250 ($400).

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First Android 4.4 KitKat images show mobile payments option

10/03, 2:19pm

New dialer, mobile data plan management spotted in photographs

The first images of the next version of Android may have been revealed. Photographs of a smartphone running what is claimed to be an earlier build of Android 4.4, complete with pre-KitKat images representing the previous Key Lime Pie name, appears to hint at a few of the features that will come in the next version of the mobile operating system.

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Alleged LG Nexus 5 shown in clear FCC filing photographs

09/12, 2:37pm

Back of smartphone matches that of pulled Android KitKat video

The Google Nexus 5 has apparently appeared again, this time as part of a second FCC filing. Photographs of the LG D820, believed to be the successor to the Google Nexus 4, show the inside and clear shots of the front and back, with the device looking remarkably similar to the phone spotted in the now-withdrawn Android KitKat promotional video.

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Google names Android 4.4 'KitKat;' no word on v5.0

09/03, 1:30pm

Activations surpass 1 billion

Google is now teasing its next major Android release, version 4.4. The update will continue the company's confectionery naming theme, adopting the monicker KitKat from the popular Nestle wafers. Alongside the versioning announcement, senior vice president Sundar Pichai also published a Google+ post noting that Android devices have surpassed a billion activations.

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