More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Android 4.4.2_r2 (KVT49L) Rolling Out to the Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE, Factory Images Updated, and Here’s What’s New!
Most of us buy Nexus devices because of their timely updates featuring the latest and greatest that Google has to offer. And if you’re the proud owner of an LTE-enabled Google Nexus 7 (2013), you likely noticed a small incremental OTA update that began rolling out a few days ago, which bumps up the Android version from 4.4.2_r1 (KOT49H) to 4.4.2_r2 (KVT49L).
The fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have created a detailed changelog showing all of the commits that have been merged between the last two versions. So what’s changed? Not very much. There is a snapshot change on the device’s kernel (which is said to help compatibility on Verizon 4G LTE), as well as changes to the stock keyboard and Calendar apps.
Nexus 7 (2013) LTE owners out there looking to get in on the update manually can do so by visiting the Nexus Factory Images page and finding the “Razorg” section. If you’re interested in seeing everything that’s changed, head over to the FunkyAndroid changelog. And once you’re done, make sure to head over to your device’s home forum here on XDA.
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