April 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The HTC Droid DNA is Verizon’s close cousin to the Japanese HTC Butterfly. It launched all the way back at the tail end of 2012 with Android 4.1, which has since been officially updated to 4.2.2. Now, the device is about to skip over 4.3, and jump straight Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Droid DNA now have reason to rejoice, as HTC has received technical approval for its Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5 update on the DNA. As expected, this is not going to be the same software that is seen on the latest generation HTC One M8, but rather more similar to the M7′s Sense 5.5 + Android 4.4.2 builds. The news on the upcoming update comes direct from Executive Director, Product Management Mohammed Versi who wrote the following to his personal Twitter account earlier today:
DNA Owners! Appreciate your patience, we have technical approval for OS 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Expect OTA updates to start on 4/24. Thanks
Unfortunately, HTC has yet to make any official statement regarding bringing Sense 6 to the DNA, which is a bit disappointing considering that the hardest part (bringing up the Android version) has already been accomplished. That said, we can’t imagine it’d be too difficult for aftermarket developers here on XDA to bring fully functional hybrid ports based on the official 4.4.2 DNA builds with some Sense 6 goodness baked in. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and also head over to the Droid DNA KitKat update thread.
[Source: Mohammed Versi Twitter]
April 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We all know that Android and XDA are about customizing your device. While that often means rooting and installing custom ROMs, sometimes you just want to play with fonts–and that’s fine, as long as it is not Comic Sans! It would be great to change the fonts on a per app bases to really unleash the power of customization!
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you change fonts! XDA Senior Member zst123 created the PerAppFonts Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
April 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Now that HTC’s previous generation flagship devices are all enjoying their official upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat, many have begun to wonder when these devices would receive the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense UI. First seen on the HTC One M8, Sense 6 brings many key refinements to the Taiwanese OEM’s signature interface such as a heavily updated launcher, improved aesthetics, and much more.
You may recall that about a month ago, HTC’s Sense 6 update plans were leaked out for various last generation devices such as the HTC One M7. The leak’s proposed timetable was then officially confirmed for the M7, with the date being set for some time next month. Now, HTC has gone ahead and updated their software update status pages for US and Canada to show their current stage of progress. Included in the update pages are various versions of the HTC One (M7), as well as carrier variants of the HTC One Max and One Mini.
Currently, all devices in all regions other than the T-Mobile HTC One are in stage two (integration). This means that the bulk of the work has been done, and now carrier-specific software (i.e. bloatware)is being added. It’s unknown exactly how long integration and the subsequent certification will last, but we don’t think it’s impossible for HTC to meet its May timetable.
April 21, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat has finally arrived on the Verizon LG G2! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z will receive their KitKat updates in May and the story about how the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition has received a Bluetooth certification for Android 4.4.3! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan also talks about the exciting news of the Xperia Z1 receiving multiboot. Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos like, XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Xposed Tuesday video for Call Blocker and TK’s Android App Review of Lockdown Pro. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat back in October of last year, they changed quite a bit under the hood to improve the OS’s performance. But in addition to cleaning up various bits and pieces of code to make things more efficient as part of Project Svelte, Google also got rid of the dynamic status bar indicators that would change colors to indicate network connectivity.
In doing so, Google replaced the dynamic blue and white signal and connectivity indicators in the Android status bar with static white icons. Not only did this improve UI performance by reducing rendering overhead and UI overdraw, but it also cleaned up the overall look of Android’s UI. Unfortunately though, there are still quite a few places in Android where you can still find the Tron-esque Holo Blue. But now thanks to XDA Recognized Themer rush25, you can finish what Google started.
Rush25′s theme subtly transforms quite few common Google applications to the KitKat-friendly white UI. The themed applications include the Dialer, messaging app, Calendar, Desk Clock, Gallery, Camera, Settings, Google Ears, Gmail, and more. The theme was built following a previously covered guide by XDA Senior Member enricocid, and I installs through the popular T-Mobile/CyanogenMod Theme Engine. And those running other ROMs can get in on the action using XDA Senior Member hdbk1986‘s HKThemeManager Xposed Module.
To get started, simply head over to the original thread.
[Thanks to enricocid for the tip!]
April 19, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
You may recall that a few days ago, Sprint jumped the gun a little bit in stating that Android 4.4.3 would be rolling out for the Google Nexus 5 in waves, starting on April 14th. Well, the 14th has come and gone, and the Nexus 5 is still without 4.4.3. And in fact, Sprint even removed mention of KTU84F from their support page recently.
Despite the temporary delay, we’re still quite confident that we will see this maintenance update’s eventual release in the relatively near future. And as if the mystery build sightings and Sprint’s support page weren’t enough, we’ve now gotten word that the Google Play edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has received Bluetooth certification for its Android 4.4.3 update. The Android build number is KTU72, and the device-specific software version number is S1.3013.
Given Sprint’s retraction, as well as sightings on various Nexus and GPe devices, it’s highly likely that Google is holding off on rolling out the update until all devices in the current Nexus and GPe lineup are ready for the 4.4.3 goods. What are your thoughts, and what bug fixes are you hoping for most in this release? Let us know in the comments below!
April 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the last few months, we’ve seen Android 4.4 KitKat roll out first to the Korean variant of the LG G2, and then to various US carrier devices such as Sprint’s, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s. Many were left wondering when the Verizon LG G2 would get its turn. Then just about two weeks ago, a leaked build appeared for the Verizon variant. But now, the update is finally here in official form, though it isn’t quite as easy as a standard OTA update.
Just like we saw in the T-Mobile update, the Verizon model’s update is not yet available as an incremental OTA update. Rather, it is currently available in the form of a 2 GB complete installation can be installed directly from a Windows PC using Verizon’s Software Upgrade Assistant application.
But what if you don’t happen to own a Windows PC or you’d rather not bother with Verizon bloatware on your PC? Well, you can also download the KDZ directly from LG. But this is XDA, and we want root, right? Luckily, XDA Recognized Contributor MicroMod777 also cooked up a pre-rooted and debloated build that can be installed from any custom recovery.
Head over to the comments section below and the KitKat update thread to get in on the discussion. And if you want to update manually, either download the KDZ directly or head over to MicroMod777′s pre-rooted and debloated version.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
April 18, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for Google Glass has been rolled out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that Android 4.4.3 is being rolled out to the Google Nexus 5 (sort of) and that HTC Sense 6 has been ported to the Nexus 5! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Call Blocker. Then, AdamOutler told you how to hack an Android App. Later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Lockdown Pro. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that although Sony is one of the most developer-friendly OEMs, they aren’t exactly the most expedient in delivering firmware updates to their Xperia devices. But despite the delays, Sony has already updated its 2013 flagship devices to Google’s latest tasty treat.
When Sony issued its last round of KitKat updates, the OEM also laid out a projected Q2-2014 timetable for its 2012 flagship devices. Now, Sony has gone ahead and confirmed this—albeit somewhat indirectly. And just like what we heard before, the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z will indeed be receiving the official KitKat love in Q2 of this year—more specifically, next month in May.
Wondering what this upcoming update will bring to the 2012 flagships? Well, it’s more than reasonable to assume that this update will bring the same new features that were found in the 2013 flagship update. This includes status bar and quick settings interface tweaks, PlayStation 4-style launch animation and live wallpaper, updated native apps, and Xperia Themes.
Late is certainly better never, and one month certainly isn’t too far away. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z forums while you’re at it.
April 18, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
It’s been a while since Android 4.4 KitKat was released, and we’re slowly preparing for a new version cooked up somewhere in Google’s secret AOSP laboratories. With KitKat, Google for the first time decided to use transparency in Android’s ubiquitous status bar. It’s a great improvement in terms of aesthetics, but unfortunately not every app has this feature enabled. Fear not as with the help of XDA Senior Member StephenMilone‘s Xposed module, KitKat can start look better.
With this module, status bar transparency will be available in every application, not just the launcher and a handful of other apps. This module is experimental, and some applications like Gmail, Greenify, and even Xposed Installer itself may suffer some weird bugs or even stop working properly. The list of incompatible applications isn’t long though, and hopefully will get shorter with upcoming releases. Needless to say, this module will work only with API level 19+ (Android 4.4 and higher), where transparency has been enabled. To use this module, you need to root your device and enable the module in Xposed Framework Installer (which will stop working afterwards, so be prepared or don’t mark it on the list).
If you want translucent status bars in every app, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.
April 17, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Our smartphones are our lives. They store our contacts, emails, texts, bookmarks, and many other pieces of important information. So when your friend asks, “Hey my batteries dead can I use your phone,” you may constantly hover over them to make sure they don’t access your private data. There has to be a better way
XDA Forum Member appmobileplus offers up an application that allows you to lock others out of certain apps with a PIN. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Lockdown Pro. TK shows off the application, its uses, and functionality. He then shares his thoughts, so check out this app review.
April 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Verizon and Motorola shocked us all back in November when the Verizon Moto X became the first non-Nexus device to receive Android 4.4 KitKat. But what about Motorola’s other devices on America’s largest mobile carrier? Naturally, many were quick to wonder if/when the 2012 Droid family (Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M) would receive the official KitKat goods.
Now, we’ve gotten official word that the update is not only coming, but that it will hit consumer devices very soon. This news comes directly from David Schuster, Senior Director of Software Product Management for Motorola. As stated on David Schuster’s Google+:
A number of people have been asking me about that status of the KitKat upgrade for the 2012 DROID family (HD and M). I am happy to report that we have made great progress and it should only be a few more weeks until you guys can enjoy it. So stay tuned…..
Although we don’t have an update yet, it’s great to hear from an official source that KitKat is coming very soon. Keep checking back here on the XDA Portal, as well as the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M forums to get in on the update as soon as it’s live.
[Many thanks once again to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
April 16, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
A little under two months ago, AT&T started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the former flagship Galaxy S 4. Many Galaxy S 4 Active were then left wondering when their devices would receive their taste of Google’s latest tasty treat. Thankfully, the update has now begun rolling out, and KitKat is here in official capacity for the AT&T variant of the S4 Active i537.
Today’s update comes in the form of firmware build I537UCUCNC9. Aside from bumping up the Android version to the latest official 4.4.2 (no, Sprint—4.4.3 is not yet live), today’s update also brings all of the other goodies we’ve seen in other Samsung KitKat releases. This includes refined UI styling, full screen album art and media controls in the lock screen, a new location menu, wireless printing, and a new sound controls menu.
The update is currently making its way to consumer devices in the form of a staged OTA rollout. But of course, not all devices will be in the initial wave. Luckily, those wanting to get in on the update action a bit early can do so thanks to XDA Forum Member TreyLWalker, who mirrored the update for your sideloading pleasure.
You can learn more about the update on AT&T’s update support page. Share your experiences with the update in the comments below, and then head over to the 4.4 discussion thread to get in on the action. And if you want to update your device before you receive the OTA, head over to TreyLWalker’s mirror to get started sideloading.