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Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the time of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo launch, the device did not come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which was a little disappointing for some users. Not only that, but because of the fact that the device was not a flagship, users were worried it wouldn’t get the Android 4.4 update for a while. Well, it seems that users didn’t need to fear after all, as Samsung has started pushing out the update.

So far the update is only being pushed out in Korea, but it should be available in other countries soon. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will feature many of the same upgrades that were present on the Galaxy Note 3, including white status bar icons, improved battery life, full screen album art, and so on.

Source: SamMobile

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Sprint Removes Mention Of The Android 4.4.3 Update For The Nexus 5 From Its Website, No Sign Of OTA Either

n5So. Sprint. About that KitKat 4.4.3 update you mentioned for the Nexus 5. You haven’t seen it lying around anywhere, have you? Because we certainly haven’t. And neither have any of our readers.

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Wherefore art thou, KTU84F? Huh. Doesn’t have the same ring.

Apparently something has gone wrong over at Sprint, because not only have we not seen the 4.4.3 KTU84F software update headed for any Nexus 5 units, the Sprint support page has removed the brief mention of 4.4.3 from its update chart.

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AT&T LG G Flex getting the Android 4.4 update today

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The AT&T model of the LG G Flex will start getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update today. The update will be 686MB in size and is likely to have reached most devices already. As with any KitKat update, this is quite significant for the smartphone and will introduce quite a few changes.

Here’s the complete changelog:

  • Android 4.4 OS upgrade
  • New full-screen mode
  • Restyled status and navigation bars
  • Battery performance improvements
  • Enhanced processing speed

LG has improved some key elements of the UI while blending it with the Android 4.4 specific changes quite well. If you don’t see the update notification yet, try pulling it manually by heading over to Settings – General – About – Software Update – Update.

The LG G Flex is the company’s premier flagship with a unique design and a flexible display panel. It also features a self healing back cover which is immune to accidental scratches. Overall, the G Flex is a very capable device and it’s good to see that LG wants to keep its flagship devices updated with the latest versions of Android.

Source: AT&T

Via: Android And Me

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Users of the Sony Xperia SP reporting display flickering issues after the Android 4.3 update

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The Sony Xperia SP is a very popular midrange handset in markets of Asia and Europe. And the company recently started rolling out the Android 4.3 update for the smartphone and it seems like there are some serious issues with the update already. According to some users, they are observing a display flickering bug ever since the update was applied.

This flickering of the display backlight can naturally be quite an annoyance to customers who are trying to get some work done on the device. Xperia Blog reports that the issue is only seen on devices running firmware builds 12.1.A.0.266 and 12.1.A.1.201.

Sony is yet to confirm this bug, but it seems to be widespread at the moment. Although the issue is hardware based, it seems to have been triggered by the Android 4.3 update. So it is possible to be fixed with the help of a bug fixing update, although there’s no word on when that might happen. Make sure you drop a line in the comments box below if you’re facing similar issues. You can see the exact nature of this particular bug in the videos embedded below.

Source: Sony Mobile Forums

Via: Xperia Blog

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Document reveals Android’s pre-touchscreen development

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In the latest bit of interesting information about the history of the development of Android, as is being revealed during the current Apple v. Samsung trial, we get confirmation that Android was originally designed for phones with a physical keyboard. This should probably not come as a surprise as Android was being developed at a time when Blackberry devices ruled the corporate smartphone market. Apple probably considers this to be helpful in their claim that Android and Samsung were copying Apple’s iPhone. However, the same information suggests the Android team had already contemplated a future where touchscreens were popular.

According to the information, the Android team was communicating to different manufacturers in 2006:

“Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption. However, there is nothing fundamental in the products [sic] architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future.”

This information is part of a document titled “Android Project Software Functional Requirements” that also revealed Google was planning to use Microsoft’s FAT 32 filesystem. The early specifications also indicated Android would support widgets and third-party applications.

source: re/code

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Results of the Android Central Semi-Annual Survey

We’ve wrapped up our Android Central semi-annual survey, which managed to field about four thousand responses across a wide range of questions. With the information we’ve collected, we got a good feel for who you guys are and what you want. That data will shape the kind of content you’ll be seeing here on Android Central. Of course, we’re happy to take feedback year-round, so always feel free to voice your opinions in the comments. We’re here at your service after all, dear readers.

That said, we want to include you guys in the process and share the information we’ve picked up. Hopefully you’ll find it just as interesting as we did.



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Pocket-lint Goes Hands-On With A Prototype Of The Android Wear-Powered LG G Watch, Highlights Its Form Factor

GWatch-ThumbPocket-lint has gone hands-on with a prototype version of the upcoming Android Wear-powered LG G Watch, sharing some photos in the process. Judging from the press image released with the product announcement, we could already see that the accessory would be square and come without buttons. These vivid, up-close photos confirm this. Aside from that, we see a device that looks like a flatter, more subdued version of the Pebble.

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Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT — the Android Central Podcast!

Prepare yourselves, as it once again is time for the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! (Say it with a lot of reverb in your head.) Coming up this afternoon we’ll have the lowdown on the new Amazon FireTV and see if it gets anyone to unplug their Chromecast. Plus we’ve got the Google Play edition of the HTC One M8 in hand. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a week away, and its new watches and fitness band are up for preorder.

And, as always, we’ll answer your questions live. OK, most of your questions. At least the ones we can answer in public.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that’s 9 p.m. in London — for the live recording of the Android Central Podcast. Use this link to join us!

    



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Coming up at 4 p.m. EST — the Android Central Podcast!

Prepare yourselves, as it once again is time for the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! (Say it with a lot of reverb in your head.) Coming up this afternoon we’ll have the lowdown on the new Amazon FireTV and see if it gets anyone to unplug their Chromecast. Plus we’ve got the Google Play edition of the HTC One M8 in hand. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a week away, and its new watches and fitness band are up for preorder.

And, as always, we’ll answer your questions live. OK, most of your questions. At least the ones we can answer in public.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that’s 10 p.m. in London — for the live recording of the Android Central Podcast. Use this link to join us!

    



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Intel Releases 64-bit Kernel for Android 4.4

Intel, still somehow hovering around the Android space, announced last night that they have released a 64-bit kernel for Android 4.4 (Kit Kat). Since Kit Kat doesn’t natively support 64-bit hardware just yet, this gives manufacturers who want to start to dabble in devices with 64-bit chips a chance to. Well, assuming they want to go with Intel. 

Here is the note from the company’s press release on the matter:

Intel also released Android KitKat 4.4 with a 64-bit kernel optimized for IA. With this release, the company ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA, taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own. This release will provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices. Fisher said Intel will regularly make Android code for IA available as part of the company’s effort to speed up the device development process and improve quality.

And, yep.

Via:  Intel | CNET

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Android Distribution Updated for April 2014 – Kit Kat Cracks 5%!

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. 

Via:  Android Developers

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Sprint pushes out KitKat update for the LG G2

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Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.

If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.

source: Sprint

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Partial Android 4.4.3 Changelog Released! Galaxy Note 3 Gets KitKat! – Device Updates

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Let’s wash those Monday blues away with some Device Updates. A partial list from the Android 4.4.3 update that should be rolling out soon, has hit the net, and it definitely squashes the bugs that are plaguing Android 4.4.2. As soon as that update rolls out, we will let you guys know.

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Partial Android 4.4.3 update changelog
Sprint rolls Android 4.4.2 to the HTC One Max
AT&T Galaxy Note 3 gets KitKat


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Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

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A week ago, we reported that a new version of Android (KTU65) showed up in the Chromium code. Yesterday, folks at myce spotted the Android 4.4.3 running on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 with the build number  KTU83 running on Nexus 5, codenamed “Hammerhead”.

In addition, a Google employee was found running build KTU79 on a Nexus 7 device which was created on March 21. We explained before in detail what each letter or number in the build number designate and the first letter designates the Android version (‘K’ for KitKat). So the build number KTU83 starts with the letter ‘K’ referring to KitKat version, the second letter is the branch code which for KitKat is a ‘T’ although Google used other letters previously as well. The ‘U’ and the numbers after it refer to the quarter release, ‘U’ is Q1 2014 and after ‘U’ comes the number 83 which means the 83rd day of Q1 which basically means that it was built on March 24 while the KTU79 has the number 79 at the end which means it was built on March 21.

Source: myce

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Pebble sold 400,000 devices last year, ready for the Android Wear onslaught

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While Google garnered a lot of attention earlier this week with the release of Android Wear for wearable devices, especially smart watches, one company is a bit of an “old hand” in the smart watch category. Pebble is coming off a successful 2013 that saw them sell over 400,000 smart watches and they expect revenues to double in 2014. Despite this success, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky knows Google’s entry into the market is a potential game changer and will force his company to be “laser-focused on creating the very best user experiences we can.”

With the growth in revenues, Pebble has seen employment at the company expand. They have added 35 new positions, up to 70 total, just since this January. Investors have also benefited. George Zachary, with Charles River Ventures and a Pebble investor, noted that the company was the fastest-growing company he has ever invested in.

Looking forward, Pebble appears to be well positioned for continued growth. Developers have already created over 1,000 Pebble apps and the company has incorporated battery technology that will keep the device going for up to a week at a time. That compares very favorably to other devices like Samsung Gear smart watches. Ultimately, Migicovsky is hoping to incorporate flexible materials for better screens. He also sees Pebble devices becoming a central controller for users to access other digital assets like cars or items in their home.

Do you think Pebble can survive a push from Google into the smart watch market?

source: Fortune

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Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for the international LG G2

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The Android 4.4 KitKat update is now available as an OTA for the international LG G2. The KitKat version has been available for the Korean LG G2 since last December, and AT&T G2 users got their hands on the KitKat update last month.

The update will be a staggered one so it might take a few days or weeks before it will be available for your device. The latest KitKat update brings an improved user interface and battery life, faster processing speed, cloud print feature, and an improved “Kock On” feature.

Source: GSMArena

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Android 4.4.2 update released for Moto X on AT&T

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Motorola today released the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update for Moto X phones on AT&T. The update includes a few minor updates as well as some minor bug fixes. Google Cloud Print was also added, and users should also experience better battery life. The update will be rolling out over the next couple days, but you can also install it manually by heading to “Settings”, “About Phone” and then “System Updates”.

Source: Motorola

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Taking The Android Wear Preview SDK For A Spin – Notifications, Notifications, And More Notifications [Detailed Hands-On With GIFs Galore]

imageAs I’m sure you’ve seen by now, earlier today Google exploded a bombshell by unveiling the Android Wear smart watch initiative along with a number of partners that will be making the hardware later this year. Last but not least, the Android Wear Preview SDK was announced so that developers could start playing with the Android Wear watch emulator hooked up live to their devices and get the feel for how everything will work.

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How to respond to a message with Android Wear

We know Android Wear devices will push notifications, but how do we interact while using the platform? On release of the new wearable system, Google put forth a series of design guidelines for Developers. With those, we get an idea of how Google wants Android Wear to interact with us, and how we can interact with our smartwatch.

The platform will be a lot like Google Now, giving us info in a card-like format. We’ve been over notifications, but that’s just information pushed to us. The question, once we get a card or cards full of info, is how we’re allowed to interact with it. There are a few ways, done via voice or redirecting us to our smartphones and tablets.

When a card appears on our device, we’ll have the ability to swipe to the left and see some options for a reply, which Google calls action buttons. The easiest way to think of it is that Google is taking the options you have on your smartphone and splitting them amongst various screens. Let’s say you get a Hangouts notification on your smartphone. In Hangouts, you’ll see the option to reply, archive, or other actions. With Android Wear, you’d have to swipe to a different screen to select your intent.

From there, we’ll have some voice options from the Android Wear device. If we choose to talk it out, we simply speak into our wearable, and what the system picks up is fed back to us on our small screen — just like on a smartphone — and we’ll have the option to send it along. Should we not be able to chat, Google is encouraging Developers to add five simple text responses to their app, which they say should be useable in various circumstances — like “yes” or “see you then”.

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If we don’t want to give a voice response, and a simple text answer is not desirable, we can still hack out something on a keyboard. Happily, we see that Google isn’t trying to make your smart wearable a standalone device here, as a “reply” action will redirect to your smartphone. Again using the Hangouts analogy, should you get a message asking “will we see you at 8:00 tonight?”, but the “yes” won’t do (you’re in traffic, and still need to get to the dry cleaner.. and want to explain that), hitting “reply” on your Android Wear device kicks it over to your smartphone. From there, you can hack out a message and send it along from the phone.

The Android Wear device is tethered to your smartphone, so all notifications and messages sync. The Android Wear smart device is also meant as a quick-glance notification system, not wrapping you into a small-screened world. Google wants you to look at a message, and quickly reply via voice or a canned response text. If more than that is needed, the device defaults to your smartphone. We like that approach, because small screens are terrible for anything but a cursory glance.

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Tuesday Poll: Are You Going to Buy an Android Wear Smartwatch?

With Google’s announcement of the Android Wear platform for smartwatches this morning, we can see that Google’s vision for what a smartwatch should be is exciting to many of you.

Two companies have already unveiled their plans for bringing Android Wear to the market – the Moto 360 from Motorola and the G Watch from LG. Other companies including HTC, Samsung, and even Fossil have announced partnerships with Google to bring Android Wear to the market.

With that being said, it’s time for us to gauge who among us plans on dropping cash as soon as they hit the market. As for when that will be, LG states that the G Watch should launch in Q2 of this year, and Motorola states the Moto 360 will be available “this summer.”

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Vector 33: State of the Android (spring 2014)

Vector 33: State of the Android (spring 2014) Phil Nickinson of Android Central joins Rene to talk Galaxy S5 malaise, HTC’s new One, Nokia X, Android as a platform, and how he handles 300+ phones on his desk. Seriously.

    



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Sony Xperia Z Ultra now getting the Android 4.4 update

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Sony has started rolling out the Android 4.4 update for the Xperia Z Ultra smartphone starting from select regions in Asia. The smartphone with the model number C6833 in Hong Kong is reportedly getting the update first. As of now, this is only available as an OTA, so owners cannot flash the update manually. Users can also try checking the settings to see if an update is available there. Since this is a phased roll out, all Xperia Z Ultra users will not see the update immediately. In the meanwhile, expect the developers over at XDA to come up with a manual update package soon with the OTA now rolling out.

Users of the HTC Butterfly S have also started receiving the update to Android 4.4.2 since Friday. It is a hefty 740MB so make sure you’re on an unlimited connection before downloading the update. Both updates will bring several changes to core functionality, mostly pertaining to stock Android. This is accompanied by standard changes and tweaks to the UIs of the two devices, so a lot will be different after the update.

Source: XDA

Via: GSM Arena

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Moto G reportedly suffering from connection loss bug after the Android 4.4.2 update

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According to a few user reports, the Moto G is facing some issues with the network connection after it received the Android 4.4.2 update. It is claimed that the smartphone sometimes turns on Airplane Mode on its own whenever a user tries to make a call. Other problems include intermittent loss of network and connectivity. This issue was faced on a few Nexus 4 devices as well, so it’s probably something to do with the particular version of Android. Users claim that this issue can be fixed with a reboot of the device, but that appears to be a temporary solution.

Luckily, Motorola has acknowledged this issue and promised to fix it soon with an update. It is said that this little glitch made its way with the version 174.44.1 update recently. Some users are also claiming that an update from last week has already fixed this bug, but it seems like that fix hasn’t made its way to all devices yet.

Have you faced this problem on your Moto X? If yes, make sure you let us know by leaving a comment below.

Source: Motorola Forums

Via: Android Police

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Android 4.4.2 update for Sprint Moto X ready to roll out

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The Sprint variant of the Moto X is set to get the Android 4.4.2 update as build 161.44.32. This update will include the same changes as the T-Mobile and Verizon Moto X models.

The features that will be brought to the device include improved battery life, the ability to cloud print, and a fix for email sync. You can check for the update yourself by going to Settings > About phone > System updates.

Source: Motorola

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Some Moto G Owners Are Constantly Losing Connection After The Android 4.4.2 Update

moto gOne of the biggest advantages of Motorola’s latest phones is that they’ve been rapidly updated to Android 4.4. But at least some owners of the low-cost Moto G are having serious issues after updating to 4.4.2. Many posters on the official Motorola support forums are saying that their phones are intermittently dropping all cell signals, and in some cases even losing connection with the phone’s SIM card. These issues were not reported before the Android 4.4 update.

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T-Mobile’s LG G2 Is Getting The Android 4.4.2 Update Starting Today (Probably)

lg-smartphone-handy-D802-G2-medium03After showing up as a humongous ROM, the T-Mobile LG G2′s Android 4.4.2 update is making its way to devices as a regular OTA. Well, it’s probably getting the update. T-Mobile’s support page is a little fuzzy on the details, but today (March 3rd) is listed as the start date for the software’s availability.

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The update comes with version number D80120a and the changelog is lacking in detail.

  • Update to Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Auto Brightness
  • User experience improvements

The support page says the update is available now, so you might be able to manually check for updates and install.

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Verizon takes another step toward Android 4.4.2 update for Moto X

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Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.

For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.

source: Verizon Wireless

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Verizon Moto X to receive Android 4.4.2 update soon

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Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint now getting the Android 4.4 update

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Sprint has officially begun the rollout of the Android 4.4 update for its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 starting today. Only yesterday the U.S. Cellular variant started getting the update, so this was along expected lines.

If you own a Sprint branded Galaxy Note 3, make sure you head over to the Settings menu on your smartphone and check for an update manually. The update is quite big as it brings along a plethora of changes compared to Android 4.3, so make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi network before beginning the download. If you’re having no luck getting the update notification, you can also try pulling an update manually by connecting your smartphone to Samsung Kies through your computer.

The update will bring some S-Pen specific tweaks on board, in addition to the standard Android 4.4 related core features. Expect to see a few Sprint specific updates on board as well with performance enhancements. Hit the source link below for more on the update.

Source: Sprint

Via: GSM Arena

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Android-x86 announces 4.4 release candidate

Giving their loyal followers a Valentine’s gift, the Android-x86 project has released an image for Android-x86 4.4-RC1. After months, if not years, of development, this might be finally be the next stable release of the Android port for Intel and AMD machines.

Android-x86 was born out of a desire to make Android available on x86 computers, particularly the ASUS Eee PC. This was during a time when Android was still primarily and officially available only on ARM-based hardware. Getting Android running on Intel and AMD chips was no trivial matter but the project’s work got a lot easier when Google officially released source code for Android 4.0 for x86 processors.

Of course now we’re seeing Android running on a number of x86 devices, particular tablets powered by Intel’s Atom processors. That said, there is still a lack of ROMs tailored for any x86 device, a category that Android-x86 can still pretty much cater to. Hopefully, the arrival of a release candidate, bearing Android 4.4 no less, will be a sign of renewed activity and a stable release that anyone can install.

Included in this release of Android-x86 is the integration of ffmpeg multimedia library in order to give users access to a wider variety of media formats. Drivers have also been preinstalled so that Android can run in the device’s native resolution. There is also the Android 4.4 Launcher3 present, though the Google Experience is of course not there. There is even support for up to 8 users. Installing Android-x86 on a netbook or laptop is arguably easier than a regular Android image on an ARM device. Simply download the image file and burn it to a CD or USB flash drive and slap it in the machine. Of course, care must still be taken since the process of installing will involve some reformatting of the hard drive. One can also try running it first on a virtual machine, like Virtual Box, to get test it out before installing.

SOURCE: Android-x86

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