Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Android Distribution for November: business as usual

You might have noticed that Google didn't release any figures for Android's spread last October. Perhaps it was due to the busy-ness of getting Android 5.0 and the new Nexus devices out the door. Or perhaps there is some more nefarious reason. Whatever those were, this month's numbers are up and, unsurprisingly, KitKat continues to rise while others continue to fall. Surprisingly, Android 4.2 seems to be unwilling to give up its hold in the market just yet.

Huawei Ascend Mate2 will not get Android KitKat

In our excitement over Android 5.0, we might have been guilty of forgetting that there are those who still live in a Jelly Bean world. As if to douse cold water over enthusiasm, Huawei's US outfit has just announced that its previous flagship, the Ascend Mate2, will not even be getting Android 4.4 KitKat. That practically puts an end to the software life of a smartphone that was practically just launched in January this year.

Android distribution: KitKat now over 20%

As a monthly 7-day data collection on Android platform distribution statistic, Google has published the August number – with Android KitKat 4.4 passes 20 percent, now at 20.9 percent. The gain in Android KitKat version is not because of the older Froyo or Gingerbread, but from the reduction of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich version.

Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus launches in India

We’ve seen Samsung update their budget product line with upgraded devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat recently, and one of the first few markets that we’ve seen those migrate to is India, where the Galaxy Star 2 Plus has apparently landed. It is a small budget phone with modest specs, but notably, with Kitkat running the show.

HTC Desire 516 enters Euro budget phone market

HTC has officially announced that the dual-sim budget smartphone HTC Desire 516 will now be made available in certain European markets, with the company expanding its reach in the budget device strata. The most notable element – or should we say absence – of this launch is that HTC has decided that the new budget smartphone will not be containing Android 4.4 Kitkat.

T-Mobile G2 finally gets Knock Code in Kitkat update

Earlier this month, AT&T’s LG G2 units got the long awaited update to finally get the much-praised “Knock Code” security feature that was initially rolled out with the G Pro 2 and gained its fame in this year's LG flagship handset -- the G3. It was only a matter of time before T-Mobile G2 owners get theirs as well, and today is that day when T-Mobile G2 owners will start to get OTA notifications for the D80120e update.

Samsung adds to Galaxy line with new Kitkat budget phones

Samsung is looking to expand its line of Galaxy phones (does anyone actually know how many there are now?) with four new additions that will sit cleanly at the “budget phone” strata for the South Korean smartphone giant – the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Young 2, and the Galaxy Star 2. Allow us to briefly take you through the highlights of each.
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