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There are so many groups and organizations that certify devices for compatibility and safety, so it’s not terribly surprising when one of those groups publishes data on something that’s yet to be announced — like Android 4.4.3. Earlier this week saw Sprint announcing an update to Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 5, and today it’s the Bluetooth Special Interest Group’s turn. In this case it’s another “Google” device, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition.
TripIt — a must-have travel app for anyone who leaves home more than once a year — tonight got a major redesign in its Android application. It’s being touted as a “new card view,” and it is, we suppose, insofar as you swipe left and right between items now instead of scrolling and taping back and forth. That’s not to say it’s not a good update — it is — but visually it feels like some sections got left behind.
Earlier this week, we got a supposed sneak peak at Google’s upcoming icon changes for a future version of Android, dubbed internally as Moonshine. If you’re anything like me, after seeing Android’s upcoming Moonshine UI icons, you’ve been drooling to get that sexy, flat design on your Android devices. Thanks to talented Android designers, you can now rock those new icons inspired by Google’s upcoming designs.
The Moonshine icon pack on Google Play aims to get the job done by currently 60 icons in XXX-HDPI as well as 6 gorgeous wallpapers that complement Moonshine’s theme. Nexbit Designs, the brains behind the icons, plan on adding new icons as they go and they’re even accepting suggestions if you want something included that currently isn’t themed.
To get started, all you’ll need is a supported launcher such as Nova, Apex, ADW, Smart, Unicon, or Action Launcher. Then, head on over to the Google Play Store and download ‘Moonshine‘ for FREE.
Get your flat on.
Verizon LG G2 users may want to be on the lookout for an update notification as Kit Kat is on the way. Big Red has shared the specifics for the update, which will be arriving as Android 4.4.2 with software version VS98024A.
The full changelog has been posted and it includes changes dealing with the indicator bar, location settings, visual voicemail, and accessibility. Sitting just below is the full breakdown for each;
- Indicator Color has been changed to white
- The latest location specs are now reflected
- Premium Visual Voice Mail, which converts voice mails to text so you can read them discreetly.
- Basic Visual Voice Mail, with a 20-message mailbox, is included at no charge.
- Color Adjustment has been added
- ‘Magnification Gestures’ label is now ‘Touch Zoom’ label
- ‘Shades’ label is now ‘Screen Shades’ label
- ‘Captions’ have been added
- ‘Touch and Hold Delay’ is now ‘Touch Feedback Time
- ‘Speak Passwords’ label is now ‘Read Passwords’ label
- ‘Power Button Ends Call’ label is now ‘Power Key Ends Call’ label
- ‘Easy Access’ label is now ‘Accessibility Settings Shortcut’ label
As always, an incoming software update means you have two options to consider. You can sit back and wait for the notification to arrive or go looking. Those choosing the former will have the easiest path as that involves nothing more than following the prompts. Of course, the latter isn’t difficult — it just involves a few extra taps.
Those looking for the update should grab their handset and navigate to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates -> Check for Updates. Assuming the update is ready for your particular device it will be a matter of following the prompts from that point forward.
SOURCE: Verizon Wireless
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happy Friday Android peeps! Today is a particularly good Friday for those of you rocking a LG G2 with Verizon though. Verizon has begun rolling out an update to your beloved device that brings you up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The list of enhancements is pretty boring though. Looks like they went through and just renamed a bunch of settings. It will be like learning a new phone all over again. In addition to all the label changes and the obvious OS update, they also improved the Premium Visual Voicemail and the Basic Visual Voicemail.
Go ahead and take a quick check for the update in your device’s settings, just make sure you have 50%+ battery, a Wi-Fi connection and some time to download the file needed.
T’was the year of 1998. Chumbawamba was getting knocked down (only to get up again), the Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl, the WB kicked off its new network, A Bug’s Life had barely hit theaters, and President Clinton officially found himself out of a job. While all that was happening, there were those too busy playing the newly released Baldur’s Gate in their parent’s basement to even notice.
After numerous delays and launching in late 2012 for the iPad, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is now finally ready to make its Android debut. Priced at a whopping $10 on Google Play, the game doesn’t come cheap. But those of you who have been playing the game since it released almost 16 years ago can maybe educate some of the younger whipper snappers on what they’ve been missing.
Based on the Dungeons & Dragons and universe, Baldur’s Gate is a point and click RPG through and through. The game runs on an improved version of the original Infinity Engine, a time when sprites still reigned as king (no fancy 3D polygon characters here). Keep in mind that even though it is a $10 game, it does offer in-app purchases as well. Here’s what you can buy in addition to the actual game:
- Brothers Lost: Lend your aid to Rasaad yn Bashir, the Sun Soul monk, as he scours the Cloud Peaks in search of his lost brother.
- Neera and the Red Wizards: Save the wild mage Neera from the cruel machinations of Thay’s dreaded Red Wizards.
- Path of the Bloodied: Join the blackguard Dorn Il-Khan in taking revenge against those who betrayed him in Luskan.
- Gallery of Heroes: Reimagine your character with eleven never-before-seen character portraits from acclaimed Icewind Dale artist Jason Manley!
- New professionally recorded voice sets to choose from to further customize your character.
Given Baldur’s Gate II: The Enhanced Edition sequel was also promised to be making its way to Android nearly 6 months ago, we imagine it wont be much longer before its sequel also arrives on the Play Store. For those wondering what all the hoopla is about, you can check out Machinima’s quick explanation of the game below.
Download on Google Play: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
With the start of the Easter break, we’re ready for four-day weekend and an excuse to stuff our faces with chocolate. But bargain-hunters also have a reason to celebrate — a weekend of hot deals over on ShopAndroid.com, where you can save 20% on all Android cases and accessories!
The ShopAndroid Easter sale starts now an runs through Tuesday, April 22, and all you need to do to take advantage is use coupon code HOP14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!
We’ve got cases for all the latest Android devices, including the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, as well as the Galaxy S4, Moto X and many others. So be sure to take advantage of the sale while it lasts!
One of the most iconic games of the late 90s has finally come to Android. Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition re-launched on iOS a few months ago, but it was a rocky ride as licensing issues nearly killed the game. Now Android users get the chance to spend $9.99 to relive the glory days of Dungeons & Dragons-style computer RPGs.
Baldur’s Gate is an epic RPG set in the Forgotten Realms.
- Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition Is Coming To Android For $9.99, Release Date To Be Announced
- Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer Released, Coming To Android Sometime After November 28th
- Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Removed From The iOS App Store, Android Version On Indefinite Hold
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[New Game] Classic RPG Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition Finally Arrives On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Verizon takes its time getting updates out to devices, but today is finally the big day for owners of the LG G2 on Big Red. The OTA (version VS98024A) has started rolling out to devices, but don’t get too excited just yet – Verizon is pushing the update in phases.
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) April 18, 2014
When KitKat does show up on the G2, you’ll notice the now-mandatory white status bar icons and the new location menu.
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How long does it take before the battery of your smartphone runs out of power? Does it last the whole day or does it give out that low battery notification in the later part of the day? As well all know a smartphone is only useful if its battery is charged, once it gets drained it’s pretty much useless.
Philips may have a solution to the battery problem of smartphones by coming up with the Philips W6618 Android smartphone that uses a 5300mAh battery pack. On paper this will give consumers 1604 hours or 60 days of standby time and more than a day and a half of continuous talk time. That’s two months of standby time before you will need to recharge your device again. While the battery life will depend on how the device is being used I’m sure that with heavy usage this model can still make it through the day without needing a recharge.
- 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display (540 x 960 pixels)
- Dual SIM
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB ROM
- expandable via microSD support
- 11.6mm thick
- 5,300 mAh battery (non-removable) Android Smartphone Packs A 5300mAh Battery
In terms of specifications the device can be considered a mid-range model with its quad core processor and one GB of RAM. Its 5-inch display has a rather low resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. This won’t be a problem though for consumers looking for a device with endurance.
Despite using a 5300mAh battery the Philips W6618 is still a compact device having a thickness of only 11.4 millimeters. It doesn’t look bulky at all.
As far as we know there isn’t any other smartphone in the market with this battery capacity. The recently announced China made Eton Thor smartphone only packs a 5000mAh battery. Even the Droid Maxx falls short using only a 3500mAh battery. The W6618 has even a larger battery than several of the popular tablet brands such as the Nexus 7 (3950mAh) or the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 (4800mAh).
The Philips W6618 has recently been released in China and costs 1,699 CNY or roughly $273. The company usually sells its devices in Asia with some select models reaching the European market. As of this writing it is still uncertain if this model will be sold outside of China.
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An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.
If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.
Come comment on this article: Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
The self healing, flexible LG G Flex with AT&T has an update on the way today. AT&T has announced that OTA update that brings the LG G Flex up to Android 4.4.2 is rolling out as write this. Besides being brought up to a more recent Android build, the update is said to bring key enhancements to the user interface, battery efficiency and processing speed. Take a look at what AT&T has to say about it.
- Updated user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
- Improved battery efficiency: The phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
- Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications faster than ever and improves web-browsing speed.
- Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
- Knock Code ™: Tap a pattern to quickly and securely unlock the phone.
One of the more interesting additions is the Knock Code. That is where you can tap a pattern on your sleeping G Flex to unlock it. Those of you with a G Pro 2 will be pretty familiar with it.
If you don’t see the update yet you can always head into Settings>About Phone> Software Update>Update Now. You will want to make sure you have at least a 50% charge to your device, a Wi-Fi connection and some time to sit around waiting as the update comes in at 680MBs.
Flickr for Android just got a complete overhaul, bumping the app to version 3.0 and bring a host of new and welcome features. First thing you’ll notice upon opening the new Flickr is the completely redesigned interface, bringing it up to modern Android standards. It also just looks plain better than the old version (and possibly better than the iOS version). The app has also gained a suite of editing tools that let you tweak and refine your photos.
Hey, you. Yeah, you with the fancy curvaceous phone. Stop showing off that flexible frame and self-healing back, and check your settings menu. According to AT&T’s blog, the LG G Flex is being updated to Android 4.4 as of today. Huzzah, excelsior, and general rejoicing abound. At least a few users over at XDA have already received the over-the-air update.
Credit: XDA user hands0m3. Ignore the carrier text – the model number (D950) matches AT&T.
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AT&T Updates The G Flex To Android 4.4, Throws In LG’s Knock Code Too was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It was just a few month ago when Sony rolled out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to some of its early 2013 devices but it seems the manufacturer isn’t done yet. Up on their respective support pages, Sony has scheduled the Xperia Z, Xperia XL, and Xperia ZR smartphones, as well as the Xperia Tablet Z for another software refresh in May.
These aren’t exactly the latest Xperia devices and definitely not the most high-end ones. All them were launched in the first half of 2013, with some making their debut as early as the first quarter of last year. While they differ in most aspects, like screen size and resolution, all four of them share something in common. They all ran on a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2 GB of RAM. And, as of December last year, they were all upgraded to Android 4.3.
So it is with open arms that we welcome Sony’s resolve to bring the latest Android 4.4.2 to these devices, which it has scheduled for release in May. At the moment, the company isn’t saying much about what to expect, although it did share some of them, which consists of, unsurprisingly, updated Sony apps and supposedly a launch animation that matches those used in the PlayStation 4. Of course, aside from those we can expect Android 4.4 features to also arrive, like the redesigned navigation and notification panels, cloud printing, and immersive mode.
There is no specific date yet when the update will actually roll out, though it is probably already a generous estimate to expect it mid-May. However, when it actually arrives, especially those that first have to go through carriers, is a different question entirely.
VIA: Xperia Blog
Updated Google Calendar For Android Finally Suggests Locations Of Nearby Places And Lets You Join Video Calls In Hangouts [APK Download]
It’s still Update Wednesday here in San Francisco, and just when I thought I was done for the day, Google decided to upload yet another new version of one of its core apps – Calendar v201404011. And it’s a big one, folks.
Location suggestions of nearby places
The main change in this update finally addresses (no pun intended) what I consider the most requested feature missing from Calendar for Android, which is actually present in Calendar on the web – location suggestions for places known to Google Maps.
- Google Calendar App Updated – New Notification Actions, Event Location Suggestions, And Quick Event Creation
- Google Maps Updated to 5.2 – More Foursquare-esque Features Added
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Sony is set to bring Android 4.4 (KitKat) to consumers this coming May, according to the Sony website. Those who own older Xperia Z products will be updated to the later version of the operating system. This covers the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z. We previously looked at the company’s plans to bring Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its portfolio of Android hardware, which revealed a mid-Q2 launch for KitKat on older Xperia Z-series devices.
Unfortunately, no firm date within the next month has been provided and we’ll just have to wait until May hits before we can begin searching for these promised upgrades. We’ll let you all know when 4.4 hits older Xperia Z hardware as soon as we know ourselves. Not long to go now, folks.
Source: Xperia Blog
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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.
If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.
Source: AT&T Blog
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Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.
Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.
Hit the break for the full features list, screenshots, and download links.
- Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
- Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
- Panorama mode with high resolution
- 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
- Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
- Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat
Come comment on this article: Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store
While we’d seen rumblings that it was in beta testing, Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android made its official debut today. This means that those who fancy Mountain View’s mobile OS can take a gander at files that reside on a Windows or Mac machine that’s safely docked in the office. The Remote Desktop app has been available on the desktop for quite some time, and now the same access is available through Chrome on Android smartphones and tablets. For those who prefer Apple’s devices, an iOS version of the software should be on the way soon.
Head into the Google Play Store and you’ll see YouTube sitting at version 5.5.27. The last time we covered an update for YouTube on Android was in late November when the app improved search results and channel pages. The changelog listed is old, but there are reports that there is now support for casting live videos to Chromecast.
Play around with the settings and you’ll notice that the Preloading menu has been removed. You’ll also find a Captions menu that has been added to YouTube for Android.
Play around with the app and let us know if you find anything else in there.
Download it now and let us know what you think.
Via: Droid Life
When the Sony Xperia SP was released in April 2014 it first ran on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This model is just recently got the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update with the KitKat update also planned to arrive sometime soon.
Several improvements have been introduced in the 4.3 update which include
- Memory management problem resolved
- LED works perfect on Walkman even at 100%
- Smooth UI and good touch response
- Nice gaming
- Volume bar issue fixed
- Better and more stable Wi-Fi
- Overheating fixed
- Battery usage is like 4.1.2 (good)
- Good AnTuTu benchmark results (23500++) compared to 4.1.2 (21000+)
There is however a problem with this update as reported by some owners of the device who got the update. Owners report of a flickering backlight display problem on their device. While it doesn’t render the device unusable it can be quite a distraction and sometimes annoying. It also appears that this problem only exists in models with firmware builds 12.1.A.0.266 and 12.1.A.1.201.
Several methods have been done by owners of the device to try to fix the problem such as checking if it is the screen protector interfering with the sensor. Others have also tired installing custom ROMs but the problem still exists.
One owner of the device detailed what he did with his device when he noticed the flickering after the update.
- Disabled HW overlays, Force gpu rendering, disabled auto brightness(adapt to lighting conditions)
- perform SUS factory reset and repaired…
- factory reset my phone again from phone menu..
- flashed stock 4.1.2 with flashtool and reupdated with companion
- flashed stock 4.1.2 with flashtool and reupdated with SUS
- forced to unlock bootloader and root and i tried custom kernels and roms
- change different settings related to screen rendering on build.prop and other things eg some apps allowed me to change kernel and rom settings (trickster mode, android tweaker 2,pimp my ROM and some others)
- Nothing works
Check out the YouTube videos below regarding the flickering issues.
Sony has not made any official statement regarding this issue yet. It seems like it is only present in Android 4.3 so one solution to this is to try to revert back to the previous Android version or for Sony to rush the release of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia SP.
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Along with two new apps, today’s Update Wednesday has brought us a new version of YouTube with version 5.6.31. The previous version was 5.5.27, so it became clear right away that we should expect something relatively significant as opposed to simple bug fixes. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to disappoint those of you still waiting for offline and screen-off playback – those are not here just yet. There are no major UI changes either.
- YouTube For Android 5.2.27 Slowly Rolling Out [APK Download]
- YouTube 5.3.23 For Android Rolling Out With A Reorganized Navigation Menu, Better Searching, Tabs On Channels, And More [APK Download]
- Download: Boot Animation, SunBeam Live Wallpaper, And Updated Camera From Google Play Edition Devices [Updated]
- Chromecasting Now Supported On Almost All Embedded YouTube Videos
[APK Download] YouTube For Android Can Finally Cast Live Videos With Today’s Update 5.6 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google updated its Edu Device Setup app this afternoon with a changelog that mentions Android 4.4.3. As you probably recall from yesterday, Sprint told us to expect an update on the Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.3 at any time, though the update has yet to surface on a device in the wild.
This changelog doesn’t give us much else in the way of when we can expect the update or what will be included in it, but I think it’s safe to assume that it should be here any day. If both Google and Sprint think the update is ready, I’d be surprised if we don’t have a download link for you very shortly.
With Samsung all in with Tizen and their Gear line of watches, I wondered if they would offer a watch based on Android Wear. Well hidden deep in a Reuters article about the success of the Galaxy S 5 was a little tidbit worth noting.
Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team said that Samsung plans to introduce an Android-based smartwatch later this year. Android Wear wasn’t mentioned specifically, but what else could it be other than a forked version of it? Will they drop Tizen? Probably not since they plan on introducing Tizen phones later this year.
Yoon also said that they would like their Gear smartwatches to be compatible with all Android phones, but they keep saying that. Just make it happen already.
Come comment on this article: An Android Wear smartwatch might be in Samsung’s future
Don’t panic, Google isn’t about to drop support for mobile devices anytime soon. Matias Duarte, Chief Android designer, did say “mobile as a concept is actually dead,” but he didn’t mean mobile devices.
Speaking at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge, Matias meant that apps need to be designed for multiple screens as in developers shouldn’t be creating different apps for each device. I think what he is saying is far deeper than worrying about 5-inch displays and 10-inch displays. I do believe the future mission is to create apps that work on both Chrome and Android, thus the convergence of the two. So for example, an app might work in Chrome OS, and the very same app would work on your phone and tablet. Mobile shouldn’t be thought of as a separate category anymore.
The full 37 minute interview can be seen after the break.
Come comment on this article: Matias Duarte thinks ‘mobile as a concept is actually dead’
In the middlish of March Sony’s blog announced that the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 compact were all available for Android 4.4 KitKat updates. At the end of their announcement they mentioned that the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z were also going to be getting an updated Android version come Q2 of this year. For those that forget what the quarters are, that would be any time between April 1st and June 30th.
We are already just over two weeks into April and those of us with the Xperia devices mentioned are probably searching daily for news regarding when the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will become available. I know I have been checking often. Thanks to the keen eyes at the Xperia Blog, we now have a target month for the update to start rolling out, assuming everything goes as planned. Sony recently updated their product pages for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z to reflect the cutesy Android KitKat image labeled “Next Version” with “2014-5″. However, May is 31 days long and we will keep our thoughts aimed for the end of the month. If it happens sooner, then we can be a little happier a little earlier.
We won’t hold our breathe in anticipation of any carriers pushing the update as soon as it is available, but it certainly seems like manufacturers and carriers have been at least stepping up their game a little. HTC and Samsung have certainly been a lot more forthcoming with updated OS version then they ever were before, right along with the likes of T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. All seem to be pushing the updates pretty close to each other rather than the usual few months later.
We will keep our eyes peeled throughout May and let you know which device, carrier and country starts seeing the update. It should help hold you over a little longer until the Xperia Z2 makes its way to your hands. Especially with the reports of the Z2 being delayed at least until May.
Source: Xperia Blog
The more rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Active, that found its way to AT&T’s network is getting an OTA update today moving it from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4 KitKat. According to the release information on AT&T‘s blog there are a number of things you will you find other than just a new OS version. Take a quick read.
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
- Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
- Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
- Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
- Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
- New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.
You will want to make sure you have over 50% charge to your device and a Wi-Fi connection available to download the 426.84mb file needed to update. If you happen to meet the above requirements then you should head into your device settings and check for the update if you haven’t seen it yet.