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Amazon Fire Phone receives a KitKat-based software update


Amazon Fire Phone receives a KitKat-based software update

When Amazon first released the Fire Phone, it knew it was taking a gamble, but given the company’s success with tablets and e-readers, it would be unwise to write them off with smartphones just yet. Amazon still actively pushes enhancements to its first generation Fire Phone, and the most recent update brings the Android based Fire OS to version 4.6.1 based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

[GUIDE] How to install Android 4.4.4 based TeamEOS ROM on your Motorola Xoom


Motorola Xoom no longer receiving official software updates, it still gets attention from the developer community. The EOS project has been a popular supplier of custom ROMs for the Xoom, and the most recent version brings Android 4.4 KitKat support to the veteran tablet.
While the

KitKat has already arrived on the Xoom courtesy of OmniROM and CM11 (unofficial). Now check out the following guide on how to install Android 4.4.4 based TeamEOS ROM on your Motorola Xoom

[GUIDE] How to install Android 4.4.4 based CyanogenMod 11 on your Motorola Xoom


Motorola Xoom
The Motorola Xoom was released back in 2011 offering a pure Android experience, and has since been a great option for those looking for a powerful Android tablet. While the device no longer receives official software updates, it still gets attention from the developer community.

We have already posted a guide on how to update your Xoom to Android 4.4 KitKat using OmniROM. Now check out the following guide on how to update your Xoom to Android 4.4.4 using an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 ROM.

Oppo updates Find 7 and Find 7a to ColorOS 2.0, based on Android 4.4 KitKat



The Oppo Find 7 and the Oppo Find 7a are now receiving an update to ColorOS 2.0, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. The update brings several new features and improvements to the two handsets, and comes at a time when Google is getting ready to rollout Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The most obvious change to ColorOS 2.0 is the implementation of a single-layer launcher. This follows the set-up commonly seen on Huawei devices, there is no App Tray. Rather, all your apps are managed on the home screens, which Oppo admits, was not an easy decision to make, but felt it was a step toward making ColorOS as smooth and simple as possible.

The user interface has been refined a bit, and made a little more minimalistic. Animation effects have been implemented system-wide, there is a new “Live Weather 2.0” feature, and a new Task Manager. A whole host of gesture commands have been implemented, and there is a new “Super Power Saving” mode. As ColorOS 2.0 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now can be accessed from just about anywhere.

The full list of changes on ColorOS 2.0 with Android 4.4 KitKat are as follows:

CHANGE LOG

Refined UI Design - The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing redundant elements from the 1.x icons the new design are more minimalistic and easier to recognize.

Global Gaussian Blur Effect - System wide Gaussian blur effect makes the whole system looks more beautiful and consistent in different interfaces, such as the notification center, folders, music now playing interface etc.

System Wide Animation - The ColorOS 2.0 is more energetic, with system wide transition animation the whole system comes alive, each operation seems so natural and fluid.

Live Weather 2.0 - Added a new weather effect "Haze", given sound effects for some effects and you may found more surprises when using the live weather 2.0.

Global Gesture Panel 2.0 - The new gesture panel is now activated by slide up from the bottom of the screen. Each gesture you've used can be recorded and shown on top as a reminder.

Redesigned Task Manager - The new task manager design shows every task running in background as a card you can simply slide it up to close it or slide it down to lock it or tap the end all button to close them all (locked apps will not be closed).

Easy Crop for Screenshots - After you've taken a screenshot you can pull down the notification center to crop, share or delete it.

Single Layer Launcher - The changing from dual layer to single layer launcher is not simple a win/lose situation, both design has it's own advantage and disadvantage. ColorOS decided to go with single layer design is just another step towards the purse of simplicity and perfection.

Super Power Saving - By reducing animation, underclocking the CPU or shutdown all applications except for calls and messages your phone can be under deep power saving mode so as increase the battery life as much as possible.

Memory Cleaner - Added "Memory Cleaner" in security center, which enables you to control and release memory more easily.

Other Detailed Improvements

  • Redesigned the guide interface, now it's able to auto select the language according to your SIM card
  • Changed the default lockscreen to "Slide upward to unlock", added Call & Messages shortcut in the default lockscreen
  • Added the double tap to blurry the wallpaper in Settings ->Gesture & Motion -> Screen-on Gestures
  • Added the feature to show network speed in status bar, Settings -> Display -> Show network speed
  • Added resolution settings for ultra-HD photos, you can now choose between 50MP and 24MP
  • Added continuous play settings in video player, when you disabled it the player will not continue to play the next video in your phone
  • Added USB debug options in notification center, when your phone is connected with your computer
  • Added the ability to manually adjust the screen brightness when auto-brightness is enabled
  • Added file safe in the "Files" app, files added into file safe will not be shown publicly
  • Added the ability to sort contact list by Given name/Family name
  • Added a quick to top button in Files, Email and Message list interface
  • Optimized the cleanup feature in "Files", added the function to delete large files and duplicated app installation package.
  • Redesigned the calendar interface, which is now more elegant
  • Removed the "Notes" app and replaced it with Google keep as the default note app
  • Optimized the "Backup & restore" app improve the back/restore speed and added the ability to backup homescreen layout, so that your apps & folders will all be backed up
  • Integrated all security related tools into "Security Center", such as App Encryption, Data Saving etc.
  • Updated the pre-installed Kingsoft Office app


How to update your Oppo Find 7 and Oppo Fin 7a to ColorOS 2.0 with Android 4.4 KitKat

Oppo does not plan to provision this update via OTA (over the air), so you will need to download the update package and move it to the root directory of the phone, then update while in recovery mode. You can use the instructional video at the bottom of this page if you are not comfortable installing the update manually. 

This build of ColorOS 2.0.0i firmware is stable, but Oppo is not pushing it out for mass consumption. An OTA “should” be available in the next month or two, but Oppo is not willing to be exact with this date.

Check out the following video overview of ColorOS 2.0.0i, which is followed by the instructional video to update your Find 7 or Find 7a if you need help installing the update.





Oppo is eager to learn what you think about the update, and is an active participant in the online forums. So be sure to head over to Oppo's forums, and also leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.

source - Oppo

Asus ZenFones receive Android 4.4 KitKat update


AsusAsus is currently rolling out the software update to its ZenFone series. This means anyone who owns an  or will be eligible to receive the latest version of Android.

The Asus ZenFone 6 is also being updated, but it isn't getting the bump to KitKat just yet. For now ZenFone 6 users will have to be content with some system stability improvements. We reckon the largest member of the ZenFone family will soon join its siblings in the world of KitKat.

With Android 4.4 KitKat, the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 5 will receive improvements to Miracast's compatibility and some new functions, such as a Do Not Disturb Mode; Call Guard (Chinese and Taiwanese models only); full dual SIM standby (for dual SIM models); filter effects for videos; and "Reply via Call-in SIM card " - a function that will, supposedly, automatically pick the right SIM card to make the call with, though, not much information is given.

Asus warns that downloading the incorrect firmware for your device may cause a system failure. To check the exact model number of their ZenFone, one must go to Settings -> About -> Model number. You can download the proper firmware for your device from the linked page in the source below.

Download Android 4.4 KitKat for Asus ZenFone 4 and Asus ZenFone 5

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for AT&T receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for AT&T receives Android 4.4 KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for AT&T is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The new software updates the Android version from 4.2.2 up to Android 4.4.2 and brings the I257UCU2BNG4 build number. We've already seen Android 4.4.2 arrive on Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular variants of the device, so it's about time for AT&T customers to get the same experience.

With Android KitKat, you will be getting several new features and improvements, including the white notification bar icons, a larger selection of emoji, new wireless printing options, and consolidated location settings. The media controls on the lock screen are different, and there's a camera shortcut tucked away there as well. Additionally, you should also be getting several enhancements from Samsung to their apps and their TouchWiz custom user interface for Android.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for AT&T receives Android 4.4 KitKat

The update is available OTA (over-the-air) and is being rolled out in stages so you may not see the update immediately. In fact, according to Samsung's support page, the update was launched sometime last week. So if you are a Galaxy S4 mini customer on AT&T look out for the update notification or check for it manually under Settings.


source - Samsung


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Sony Xperia M2 receives Android 4.4 KitKat software update


Sony Xperia M2

The is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The new software brings Android 4.4.2 along with several improvements from Sony. Among the improvements you will receive a new home launcher, new themes, new Sony Media apps and the new Quick Settings feature. The Sony social camera app receives the Portrait ReTouch capability, and there is a new boot-up animation.

Those with the single SIM version is currently receiving the update in regions like Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and France. However please note that the update requires users to download and install the Sony PC Companion as it is not available OTA (over-the-air) at this time. The LTE (D2303) model is receiving the 18.3.C.0.37 firmware version, while the HSPA+ (D2305) model is receiving the 18.3.A.0.31 firmware version. Currently the update is not available for the Dual SIM version of the device.

The Sony Xperia M2 is a mid-range Android smartphone which features a 4.8 inch touch display, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, an 8MP rear camera, a secondary camera for video calls, a 2300mAh battery and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 graphics.


source - PhoneArena


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Asus Fonepad Note 6 receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Asus Fonepad Note 6 receives Android 4.4 KitKat

The Asus FonePad Note 6 is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update alongside the Asus Padfone InfinityThe new software brings all the enhancements you would expect from KitKat along with several changes from Asus. The detailed change-log follows after the break.

Asus Padfone Infinity receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Asus Padfone Infinity receives Android 4.4 KitKat

The Asus PadFone Infinity (A80) is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update, alongside the Asus Fonepad Note 6. The new software brings all the enhancements you would expect from KitKat along with several changes from Asus. The detailed changelog follows after the break.

Sony Xperia E1 receives Android 4.4 KitKat software update


Sony Xperia E1 receives Android 4.4 KitKat software update

The and the are now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The update brings the usual new features and enhancements you would expect from Android KitKat along with some of Sony's own customizations and apps. In fact it is the same new software which was recently made available for the Xperia T2 Ulta.

Sony Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile receives Android 4.4.4 update


Sony Xperia Z1sThe Sony Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile (C6916) is now receiving the Android 4.4.4 software update. With the update you will get all the enhancements Android 4.4 KitKat has to offer, including the transparent navigation bar, white icons in the status bar, improvements to the Quick Settings feature, a customized Xperia keyboard, new boot animations, and compatibility with the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and the Lifelog app.

LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon receives Android 4.4 KitKat update


LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon receives Android 4.4 KitKat updateThe LG G Pad 8.3 on Verizon's network is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The update which is being pushed out OTA (over-the-air) brings Android 4.4.2 along with several improvements to LG's custom user interface for Android.

Samsung Galaxy Note II for US Cellular receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy Note II Titanium GrayThe for US Cellular is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The new update its being pushed out to compatible devices OTA (over-the-air) and brings Android 4.4.2 along with the R950VXUCNE2 build version.

We have already seen this KitKat software update rolled out to Sprint  and Verizon customers, so its nice to see that US Cellular wasn't too far behind.

The Android 4.4.2 update for the Galaxy Note II will bring all the new features and improvements expected from KitKat including the updated icons and user interface. You will also get some enhancements to Samsung TouchWiz along with support for the Gear 2 smart watches and Knox 2.0 support.

If you notice any new enhancements you will like to share with us, feel free to do so in the following comments section.

Samsung Galaxy Note II for US Cellular receives Android 4.4 KitKat


source - US Cellular

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A

The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A is a variant of the regular Samsung Galaxy S4, which features a faster Snapdragon 800 processor and support for LTE Cat. 4 networks. The South Korean variant which was released last summer was one of the first to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update from the manufacturer. Now the Android 4.4.2 update is rolling out to the international version (GT-I9506) of the device.

Update to KitKat is being sent out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-AThe update comes five months after the South Korean version received KitKat. Users who had the international model were previously on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, before receiving the above mentioned KitKat update..

The new software brings the XXUCNG3 build number, and has been seen by users in the Nordic region, in  countries like Sweden and Finland. The update brings the white icons to the phone's status bar, a new lock screen with a shortcut to the camera, support for wireless printing, full-screen album art, newer versions of Samsung apps, improved battery life and an overall better performance for the phone.

Since the update is coming OTA, it is being sent out in phases. This means you wont likely get the update on the first day, and it maybe a few days before it is available for your device. If you don't like waiting for the OTA update notification, you can try manually checking for the update under Settings.


source - Android Authority

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra receives Android 4.4 KitKat software update


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

The is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The news was announced by Sony Mobile on its official blog and users should start receiving the OTA (over-the-air) notification of the update's availability soon.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom receives Android 4.4 KitKat software update


Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (SM-C101) is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The new software brings Android 4.4.2 and the C101XXUBNF4 build number along with several new features and improvements you will expect with KitKat.

Most notably users will notice improved performance and updated visuals, including a redesigned, transparent status bar, the use of white icons and more. Other improvements include wireless printing support and a revamped lockscreen.

The KitKat update has already started rolling out over-the-air in certain regions of the world, so it will probably be landing on your Galaxy S4 Zoom soon. Keep in mind that such updates are rolled out in waves, so it maybe awhile before it reaches your device. Meanwhile, you can manually check for the update by heading to Settings > About device > Software update and you may be in for some luck. If you are an experienced Android user, consider following the source link to manually download and flash the firmware file on your device.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom has since been succeeded by the Samsung K Zoom. While this software update brings the older device in par with its newer sibling, it is not known whether you will gain access to the novel camera features introduced on the K Zoom. Drop us a comment below and let us know about your experience.


source - SamMobile

Asus PadFone 2 receives Android 4.4 KitKat update



The Asus PadFone 2 is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update which should bring several new features and improvements to the phone-tablet combo. The PadFone 2 last received an update in December 2012, when it received  after being released with .

Its not everyday we come across a device which jumps all the way to Android 4.4 from Android 4.1, but its good to see that Asus still cares about the PadFone 2.

Anyone who is planning to update their device should note that you will have to backup your user data using the ASUS PC Tool. This tool will also have to be used to install the update as it wont be pushed OTA (over-the-air). Installing the update will  reset your device like it came fresh off the factory. Once you have backed and download the upgrade guide from the Asus website, for  instructions to install the 950MB update.

You will have to make sure you download the correct firmware for your locale, so check your build number on your device before downloading the update. To check which build you need, go to Settings > About PadFone > Build number, and look at the XX_PadFone-11.X.X.X line. It should tell you which version to download and install.

The firmware is available for the Japan, Russia, Taiwan, China, Singapore (StarHub), and the worldwide edition of the PadFone 2. So for example if you have the Japan version
  • You should be able to see the build number JP_PadFone-11.X.X.X, where “JP” referred to the Japan SKU model.
  • Then download PadFone Firmware: V11.8.3.3 Only for JP SKU and Update version of SOP.
Asus has not released a changelog for this update, but we reckon you should get a huge list of features based on the size of this release. If you do own a PadFone 2, we would love to hear of any new features you discover.




source - Asus | Android Police
img source: +Rob Mey


Samsung Galaxy Mega for US Cellular receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy MegaThe Samsung Galaxy Mega for US Cellular is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. Unfortunately, this is KitKat 4.4.2, not the more recent 4.4.3 or 4.4.4, but most users won't be able to spot the difference. The update is available both OTA (over-the-air) and through the Samsung Kies software, and users are free to download it in a way that suits them best.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for US Cellular receives Android 4.4 KitKat


Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for US Cellular receives Android 4.4 KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for US Cellular is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. Unfortunately, this is KitKat 4.4.2, not the more recent 4.4.3 or 4.4.4, but most users won't be able to spot the difference. According to US Cellular's support page, the updates are available over the air or via Samsung's Kies desktop program.

Samsung Galaxy Note II for AT&T receives Android 4.4.2 software update


Samsung Galaxy Note II for AT&T receives Android 4.4.2 software updateThe Samsung Galaxy Note II for AT&T is now receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat software update. The update is being pushed OTA (over-the-air) and brings Android 4.4.2 along with several new features and improvements.

You will be able to download and install the update once you receive the OTA update notification. Before updating your device make sure your battery is fully charged and that you are connected to your Wi-Fi network to avoid unnecessary data charges. If you don't receive the update notification, you can check for it under Settings.

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