HTC is currently hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, completely focused on nothing but Android updates. As Android users might be aware, HTC for the most part hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to updating flagship devices in a timely manner, but they have given it their best since the launch of the One.
When Google released Kit Kat last year, HTC announced that in 90 days, all US variants of the device would be running Android 4.4+. As it turned out, they didn’t quite meet their own timeframe, but you have to give them credit due to the company’s complete transparency on social media as to why devices weren’t being updated. Now in February, all One devices should be running Kit Kat. (more…)
The Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update for the Galaxy S4 on Sprint has been approved and is ready to rollout beginning today. The update will run as build VPUFNAE, and that’s about all we know. (more…)
The Android 4.4.2 update for the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X has passed its testing phase and is now ready to rollout to the masses. Motorola posted the update and its changelog this afternoon, a sign that things are official. The update, as you would expect from 4.4 to 4.4.2, is minor and only includes support for cloud printing, improved battery life, and an email sync fix.
The build is the same as the soak test: 161.44.25.
To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates. (more…)
This morning, HTC announced that it had received approval from Verizon to start pushing the Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” update to the carrier’s variant of the One. Here we are hours later and Big Red has published the support documents that detail all of the changes users will see once upgraded, meaning we are closer than ever to seeing it arrive. Typically when these documents go out, the update is imminent. (more…)
The Moto G from Verizon is receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” as you read this. The update actually started rolling out yesterday, but Verizon just now published the support documents to show all that is involved. There aren’t any surprises, however, the update is pretty significant.
Once updated, you’ll find all sorts of goodies that were introduced by Google with Kit Kat. For example, full-screen “Immersive” mode is there, as is Hangouts as the default SMS app. You’ll also find a new dialer application, better photo editor, and cloud printing built into the OS.
To see all that Kit Kat has to offer, be sure to check out our recap of Android 4.4. (more…)
The favorite time of the month for industry pundits who write stories with the word “fragmentation” in the title has arrived! That’s right, it’s Android distribution number update day!
According to the latest numbers pulled from the Android developer site for February, we’re looking at Jelly Bean jumping to 60.7% (from 59.1%) and Kit Kat to 1.8% (from 1.4%), while the rest of the versions all fell slightly. Ice Cream Sandwich is now at 16.1% (from 16.9%), Gingerbread dropped to 20.0% (from 21.2%), and Froyo finishes the chart off at 1.3%.
To see January’s numbers, check out this post. (more…)
The soak test of Android 4.4.2 for the T-Mobile Moto X is live and hitting participating devices today. The update likely includes the same goodies from the US Cellular update that also started earlier, which means an improved camera and other “general enhancements.” As you probably figured, this is not a major update like you saw from the jump to 4.4 from 4.2.2.
Assuming all goes well with this soak test, the update should push quickly to those outside of the Motorola Feedback Network. Still no word on when the Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T variants will see the update.
At the end of last week, we saw soak test invites of a new software update go out for the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X. It would make sense that the T-Mo version would see updates quickly, since it’s not exactly attached to the carrier and essentially sold as an unlocked device. But that news made us wonder which carrier variant would then be next in line? Would it be Verizon? Maybe AT&T this time around? Actually, it looks like it will be US Cellular. (more…)