Android Distribution Updated for June 2014 – Kit Kat Jumps to Almost 14%

Google updated their Android distribution numbers today, showing a big jump for Kit Kat (Android 4.4+) to 13.6%, up from the 8.5% we saw in May. Jelly Bean, on the other hand, saw a drop to 58.4% from 60.8%. The rest of the older Android builds fell as well, like Ice Cream Sandwich which now sits at 12.3%, Gingerbread at 14.9%, and Froyo at 0.8%.

Honeycomb is now no longer listed. Throw your bad self a party, 3.0.

And that’s that.  (more…)

People Also Sees Much-needed Polish in Android 4.4.3

We are still digging through Android 4.4.3, looking for major changes to talk about, like the newly re-skinned dialer that we already showed you. Unfortunately, the update is starting to look as minor as expected, so we aren’t finding much much else in terms of up-front overhauls to give you a look at. The People app did receive some much-needed love, though, making it look a lot more like Gmail and a lot less drab.  (more…)

Fresh New Dialer Arrives in Android 4.4.3

Android 4.4.3 is going to slowly rollout over the next couple of days, now that the update has hit AOSP and the factory images have been released. As that happens and more people get their hands on the new goodness, we will undoubtedly find subtle changes here and there that Google has tossed in. The first that we are noticing is a brand new skinned dialer that carries a much lighter theme than we saw in builds below 4.4.3.  (more…)

T-Mobile Says Android 4.4.3 is Coming to the Nexus 5 Today (Updated: Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Too)

According to T-Mobile support, the Nexus 5 will receive an update to Android 4.4.3 starting today. The update includes “security enhancements” and “various bug fixes.” The build number is KTU84M. And that is about all we know.

The Android 4.4.3 update has seemingly been in the works for a few months, with supposed rollout said to happen “at any minute” a couple of times.

Update:  T-Mobile says the Nexus 7 (2013) is getting Android 4.4.3 today as well, build KTU84L. Cheers BiggiePhat!

Update 2:  Nexus 4 now added to the list.

Is today finally the day?  (more…)

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Gets Kit Kat Update Today

Sprint and Samsung are pushing out the Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update to the Galaxy Note 2 starting today. If my notes (no pun) and our Kit Kat update list are correct, this is the first Note 2 from a US carrier to receive the update to 4.4. Good job, Sprint.

In the update, users will get to experience all that is new in the latest version of Android. We are talking an updated lock screen (new camera shortcut and media controls), the option to choose a default SMS app, restyled notification bar, better location management, emoji, wireless printing, and more.

The update should be available today, so head into Settings>More>System update.  (more…)

LG Optimus G Pro on AT&T Gets Kit Kat Update Today

The LG Optimus G Pro on AT&T is receiving an update to Kit Kat today. As surprising as that may sound, the update weighs in at 700-800MB and can be downloaded over-the-air. The software version post-update is E98020g.

You can find a mini-changelog below, but similar to the G Flex and G2 updates, the G Pro will see a restyled status bar for Kit Kat, stronger security, Immersive Mode, improved battery performance, cloud print settings, and even better processing speed. The update should also include NFC  Tap&Pay for mobile payments, lock screen media art, Emoji, and more.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Kit Kat OTA Update is Live (Updated: With Changelog)

The Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Verizon that was only available via PC yesterday, is now rolling out over-the-air (OTA). A handful of readers have been able to pull the update within the last few minutes, so if you held off from updating yesterday through Kies or Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant, now is your chance.

We are still waiting for Verizon to post the full changelog. Once we have it, this post will be updated.

To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates.

Update:  We finally have the full changelog from Verizon. The update is quite large, so the list of changes pushes onto to three full pages. The official build number is VRUCNC4. (more…)