KitKat

Verizon releases Galaxy Note II Android KitKat update

Verizon Galaxy Note II users can now rejoice as your Android gadget finally gets its 4.4.2 update, turning your phone into a lean KitKat machine. The update brings with it new features including Google Hangout upgrades, integrated cloud storage, as well as resolving issues from its previous version. It also adds Samsung’s Knox security framework which is designed for companies who allow employees to bring and use their personal gadgets to the workplace.

Samsung Galaxy Core Lite is a budget 4G smartphone

The rationale for the original Samsung Galaxy Core smartphone was to provide a lower-end option for those who wanted a phone that looked like and acted like the current Samsung flagship phone at that point. The same is true with newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Core Lite, probably one of the cheapest Samsung smartphone units to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity included in an entry-level spec sheet.

Google’s Project Tango gets a tablet, powered by NVIDIA

Google has just announced their Project Tango 3D imaging smartphone will get a big brother. Moving from experiment to development kit, the Project Tango tablet will be available to a select audience later this year. A sign-up page for the device is active, but it’s likely not one you’ll want to try and snap up.

KitKat bug may be affecting widgets on your handset

Have widgets been disappearing from your KitKat device? If so, you may not be alone, as HD Widgets is reporting what they believe is a widespread issue among Android handsets running 4.4. It’s causing quite a few headaches, and we’ve even noticed the issue ourselves.

More leaked shots show new dialer app for Android 4.4.3

Leaked screenshots purportedly show the new Android dialer, which is expected to become available in version 4.4.3. If the shots are really from the new dialer app, it seems we’re getting away from the slightly clumsy interface we have now. Rather than a mix of tiles, banners, and list tems, we’ll now see a lot of colorful tiles.

New dialer app possibly leaked by Google’s Twitter account

With Android 4.4.3 incoming, it leads some to wonder what is in store for us. With all the chat about ugly apps lately, we’re sure to see some UI tweaks from Google. They may have tipped their hat a bit early via Twitter, where some tech support led to a glimpse at what oculd be the new dialer.

KitKat for Google Glass rolling out now

The KitKat update for Google Glass has begun rolling out, making a big leap to XE16. Prior to this update, the XE listing was at 12.1, so Google has sidestepped the norm once again and numbered an update as they see fit. The update brings quite a few changes as well, so Glass owners should get ready for this one.

Study: KitKat execution slower than Jelly Bean

Many major OEMs have made the move to KitKat, but maybe not as quick as they did to Jelly Bean. A new Chitika report shows that only about 10% of Android devices are running Android 4.4 or better. In a similar timeframe after Jelly Bean launched, it had a 16% adoption rate.

HTC One Max starting to receive Android 4.4.2 update

The HTC One Max for Verizon is receiving the latest Android update. As expected, the update is starting to roll out today, and is expected to take a few weeks to complete. While users are getting the latest in Android, they aren’t getting a Sense update just yet.
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