Over the weekend, Motorola’s David Schuster gave DROID RAZR HD and RAZR M owners some fantastic news on the Kit Kat update front. According to Schuster, Motorola has made “great progress” on the updates and should be able to deliver them within a “few more weeks.” (more…)
According to Sprint’s support page for the Nexus 5, the Google flagship is due to receive an update today. The changelog for the update only mentions that it enables “Sprint Spark band 26 and band 41″ and includes “misc Android updates.” That’s it.
Is it Android 4.4.3? Could be. Until we see it push to devices or a mention of its existence from Google, we’ll continue to keep one eye-brow raised.
Let us know if you see anything. (more…)
For whatever reason, the Kit Kat update for the LG G2 on AT&T left out Android 4.4′s Tap & Pay settings menu, even though the device should have no problem using Host Card Emulation to make mobile payments. There are work-arounds, for sure, but most involve sideloading hacked Google Wallet apks or flashing a custom ROM. For those who were expecting the functionality out of the gate, life has been a bit frustrating.
Things are changing today, thanks to an update that AT&T is pushing to the G2. The changelog is minimal, but does say specifically that it involves “updates to Google+ and Google Wallet.” At least one reader has already confirmed that Tap & Pay is now working. (more…)
If you have received an update to Android 4.4 “Kit Kat,” you know that most apps have not yet taken advantage of the “Immersive Mode” feature that lets users hide their notification and navigation areas and use apps in true full-screen. One of the greatest possible uses of Immersive Mode is for reading without distractions, but we have so far only seen the likes of Google’s Play Books app take advantage. That changes today with the popular read-it-later service Pocket adding full support. (more…)
The Android distribution numbers of been updated for the beginning of April, with Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) showing signs of growth. The newest version of Android now commands 5.3% of the pie, up from 2.5% last month. With that growth we are seeing a slight decline in Jelly Bean numbers to 61.4% from a flat 62.0%. In other words, the newest devices running the newest version of Android continue to run the newest version of Android.
Ice Cream Sandwich saw a decline to 14.3% (from 15.2%), as did Gingerbread (17.8% from 19.0%).
And that’s that. (more…)
Hardcore Android enthusiasts currently rocking an LG G2 on Verizon should enjoy this news, as an unofficial OTA build of Kit Kat has been released by third-party developers for flashing. The current installation method requires a bit of adb knowledge, but if you are comfortable with tinkering, then this should not prove too difficult for you. (more…)