Android 4.4 Kit Kat

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.

Android L developer preview now rooted on Nexus 5 and 7

Well that was fast. The Android “L” test firmware – a developer preview for the Android version that was revealed at the Google I/O keynote and the one that we will all probably get the full version by later this year – was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices yesterday. And today, root access is delivered by the good folks at XDA (hooray!).

Android 4.4.4 now rolling out to Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Z1, and Z Ultra users can now update their smartphone units to the latest and greatest version of Android Kitkat, as Sony has begun rolling out the 4.4.4 updates to these models. It was actually the Z1 Compact who got the update a day before the Z1 – last year’s flagship model – and the Z Ultra also were included in the list.
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