If you were one of the brave souls who purchased the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, hearing that 4.4 has been rolling out to other devices might have been a bit concerning. You can breathe easier today, the stock Android device that was promised “timely updates” is getting its update to the latest version of Android today. (more…)
Thanks to a new beta tool created by Justin Case, the Moto X on Verizon and AT&T running the new Android 4.4 update has been rooted. The process isn’t necessarily as simple as it has been in the past, but this method installs a “backdoor” to help regain root and also requires a downgrade in bootloaders to “re-expose a vulnerability.” There are tons adb commands involved along with the use of Cydia Impactor to open a Telnet session. Again, it’s not pretty or anywhere near a 1-click option, but at least you have an option. (more…)
When Google announced their two Google Play Edition devices, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, they told us to expect timely updates. People questioned them because the updates potentially needed an extra set of eyes or two before being released, but Google said to us directly that they would be working “very closely” with both HTC and Samsung to make things happen. So far, they have delivered on that promise. Android 4.3 showed up within a week of being announced. Today, we’re less than a month out from the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the HTC One GPE is already seeing the update. (more…)
AT&T Moto X owners, here we go! The Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” update has been approved and is now rolling out to all devices. We had initially expected a soak test to begin and marinate for a few days, but Motorola and AT&T appear to be happy with their work. Our AT&T unit is not a part of the soak and we were able to pull the update with a single check.
To round out our coverage of the official Android 4.4 (KRT16S) updates for the Nexus line, we’ve now got Nexus 10 files for you. Should your device not have received the device over-the-air, you can always sideload it. With that said, I just turned mine on for the first time in quite a while and it automatically pulled the update. I’d say we are pretty close to a full rollout. To check, head into Setttings>About tablet>System updates.
We received an email last night from a reader in distress. He had updated his Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 4.4, and was saddened by the changes he didn’t see after installing the newest version of the OS. Given that there are probably a few people who will run into the same issue, we wanted to quickly go over what some device owners can expect not to see when updating their devices to Kit Kat.
Nexus 7 owners, it’s time to get your Kit Kat on once again. Last week, Google released the OTA zip files for build KRT16O, but this week, a new build is available, KRT16S. You will need to be sure of which build you are running, before you go diving into files included below. Some of you may have already been updated to KRT16O so you’ll need a different file than those who are still on Android 4.3. (more…)
Verizon customers that are into the rooting and custom ROM game, that happen to rock an LG G2, should know that your vanilla AOSP dreams have been answered in the form of Gummy ROM. While this ROM isn’t completely stock, as a few tweaks have been made and additional features have been installed, this is essentially a clean build of Android 4.4 running on the device. (more…)