The FCC has ruled on Net Neutrality! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the Pebble Time Kickstarter and be sure to stay tuned for even more mobile world congress announcements! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday...
[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.2 KitKat Arrives on the Verizon HTC One Max
Back on Friday, we talked about how the Verizon variant of the gargantuan HTC One Max had received technical approval and was set to receive its update to Android 4.4.2 some time today. Well folks, the update has now started rolling out to consumer devices.
Coming in at software build number 2.16.605.2 and baseband 1.36.60.0122, today’s update takes the Verizon variant of the HTC One Max up to Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Along for the ride, you get an improved location settings menu, which now offers a master switch for all location settings, as well as a list of apps using location and how much battery each app consumes. On top of the changes to location settings, the update also fixes several bugs related to car kits, notification light, and OTA update processing. Unfortunately, we now have three new pieces of bloatware: Verizon Cloud, Verizon Location Agent, and Verizon Support and Protect.
The update is currently making its way out to end-user devices by way of a staged OTA rollout. As such, not every device will receive the update in the first wave. Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer Flyhalf205 was kind enough to pull and mirror the update for your sideloading pleasure. Naturally, you’ll need to be on stock or very close to stock firmware in order to run the update, and you’ll also need the stock recovery, which can be downloaded in this thread.
You can find out more about the update itself on Verizon’s support PDF for the update and get in on the discussion in the Verizon HTC One Max KitKat Update discussion thread. And if you’re after a mirror, go check out Flyhalf205’s mirror.
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