Android 4.4

Amazon’s Fire Phone gets an update, KitKat features included

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Amazon’s Fire Phone – the online company’s cheaper and proprietary take on an Android phone. We know that the Fire Phone launched with a Fire OS version that was based on Android 4.2. Now we’re getting a belated update to Fire OS 4.6.1, and with it comes a slew of KitKat features, giving us the implied picture that this is indeed the Android Kitkat update for the Fire Phone.

OPPO brings out ColorOS 2.0.7i update, still KitKat flavors

If there’s any consolation for not having Lollipop on a flagship level phone these days, Chinese manufacturer OPPO seems to be saying that at the very least, they’ll give you lots of new features. Is that a consolation at all? At this point, users of the OPPO Find 7 will not have any choice but to accept the ColorOS 2.0.7i update – with lots of fixes, new features, but still distinctly and a bit disappointingly, Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Android distribution for January is still missing a Lollipop

Google has just released its monthly chart for Android coverage and most of it is what you'd expect, with older versions shrinking and latter ones getting stronger. What is somewhat surprising, though just a wee bit expected, is that Android 5.0 Lollipop is still missing from the picture, hinting at the rather slow adoption of the latest Android version, despite Google's more aggressive push in order to combat that notorious image fragmentation that has beset the platform.

CyanogenMod outs official CM11 nightlies for Verizon LG G3

There have been a lot of unofficial CM11-based/CM11-like ROMs for the Verizon LG G3, but finally we have an official one – this is the official CM11 ROM for the Verizon LG G3 (together with nightlies). We got wind of this via the XDA developers forum. If you want some of this, dig in.

ASUS launches mid-tier ZenFone 5 Lite

ASUS just launched a dual SIM KitKat smartphone that is set to lodge squarely on the mid-tier market – the ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite (A502CG). ASUS seems to be targeting the market for affordable KitKat smartphones in developing economies, and this phone is “exhibit A” for that intent.

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.

OPPO releases KitKat-based ColorOS V2.0.0i for Find 7 and 7a

Users of OPPO’s Find 7 and 7a smartphones rejoice, you’ll finally be getting some Android KitKat goodness (while others move on to getting some Lollipop, haha) at long last. OPPO has just released V2.0.0i of its own take on Android called ColorOS, and this update will be available for the OPPO Find 7 and 7a.

Asus ZenFone 4 update brings KitKat 4.4

Asus ZenFone 4 owners have something to be happy about on the first day of October. A major software update has landed for the Asus smartphone bringing with it a number of notable updates. Most notable is a new version of Android.
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