February 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We are now four months past the unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat. And over the course of the last month or two, we’ve seen more than a few devices receive official updates to Google’s latest and greatest. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member Howie Dub, we’ve learned that the T-Mobile LG G2 is one of the latest devices to receive the KitKat goods.
The update is unfortunately not available via OTA update. Rather, it’s delivered via a 1.5 GB KDZ file that must be installed with the LG Mobile Support Tool. Coming in at software version D80120a, the update bumps users up to Android 4.4.2 and Linux kernel 3.4.0. Installing this update will remove your custom recovery (if you have one installed), but that’s probably a tiny sacrifice to make in order to get in on the official KitKat goods.
Make your way over to the T-Mobile 4.4.2 update discussion thread to learn more and update your device.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member Titokhan for the tip!]
Ever since its release in late October alongside the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat has been gradually making its way out to various consumer devices—first to modern Nexus and GPe devices, and later to other phones and tablets. While the aftermarket development community here on XDA has largely picked up the slack for the slow pace of OEMs, it’s still quite nice when a manufacturer releases an official build.
Now, we’ve gotten word that the official Android 4.4 update is drawing near for the LG Optimus G Pro. This discovery was made by XDA Forum Member shanmukha24 after he lost his IMEI when flashing a ROM to his AT&T LG G Pro (E980 ATT). After sending it in for service, the phone returned to him with a beta build of KitKat (AT&T branding, and all). And according to shanmukha24, the service person stated that the update would be making its way out within a month or so.
While the news of a coming update for a relatively high end device would normally be of no major significance, progress is being made to extract this beta KitKat ROM for all others to enjoy. As such, shanmukha24 has already managed to extract the /system partition, in the hopes that developers can create a flashable update for rooted end users.
[Many thanks to XDA Forum Member The_Carb for the tip!]
February 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Official builds of Android 4.4.2 have been making their way to various iterations of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the past month. Now, it seems as if the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 is next on the list, as the GPL-mandated kernel source code has been posted to Samsung’s Open Source Release Center.
News of the source code release comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member toastido, who first noticed the addition on Samsung’s Open Source Release Center earlier today. This source release corresponds to the yet-to-be-released N900TUVUCNB4 update for the device. And while we don’t know much about this particular update other than its build number and Android version, it’s safe to assume that the T-Mobile variant will get to enjoy all of the same goodies seen in other iterations of the device.
Now obviously the GPL-mandated source code release means absolutely nothing for end-users. However, given that kernel source is usually released within a few days of OTAs, we think it’s safe to assume that T-Mobile Note 3 users are in for some tasty 4.4.2 goodness in the coming days.
If you’re a developer looking to start working with the KitKat source code for the device, head over to Samsung’s Open Source Release Center for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 (N900T). And while you’re at it, don’t forget to head over to XDA Forum Member lcm151‘s Android 4.4.2 update discussion thread.
February 28, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been released! 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 the United Stated House has passed the Consumer Cell Phone Unlocking Bill and the Nokia Store has already been ported to other Android Devices! 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 Google Experience Launcher Settings, Jordan talked about all the cool mobile phones announced at Mobile World Congress, and finally TK gave us an Android App Review of Castaway. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
February 27, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Official Android 4.4.2 has been making its way to various variants of the popular Samsung Galaxy S 4 over the past month. Now, the update has arrived for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4, coming in the form of build I337UCUFNB1.
Aside from bumping up the Android OS version to 4.4.2, build NB1 also brings Galaxy Gear compatibility, drag-and-drop to uninstall / disable apps, and calling improvements. Furthermore, the update also brings improvements to various of the included apps such as the phone dialer, the stock camera, and the gallery app.
The OTA is making its way to consumer devices via a staged OTA rollout. As such, your device may not initially receive the OTA. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Maribou was kind enough to mirror the OTA, while Forum Member lordnihilusmd provided instructions on how to side-load the update.
To learn more about the MK2 (4.3) and NB1 (4.4.2) updates for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4, head over to guut13′s information thread.
Please note that root is not yet available for the new update. Furthermore, SuperSU survival mode is not able to regain root during the upgrade. As such, you may wish to block the update until a suitable root option is achieved. Thankfully guut13′s thread linked above also shows you how to block the OTA if you desire.
February 27, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Chromecast is perhaps one of the most innovative $35 devices to come out in the last year. Until recently, you couldn’t do much with it except stream Netflix to your TV. But what about local content? I just want to just select some local media and cast away!
XDA Forum Member awjones offers up a way to show your local media on your Chromecast. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Castaway. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.
February 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s been a long time coming, and now the time is here. The Google Now Launcher is finally available in the Google Play Store, but there’s a catch: It’s only officially available for Google Play edition and Nexus devices running Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Google Now Launcher, otherwise known as the Google Experience Launcher, originally debuted on the Nexus 5 alongside its release back in October. While the launcher isn’t the most feature packed, there are nice addons available to tweak the functionality of the GEL to your liking.
During the past few months, we’ve seen the launcher appear on other devices by means of side-loading the launcher stub and having the latest version of Google Search installed. But until now, this was just officially a Nexus 5 treat. Google has now opened up the launcher for use on its other devices, namely all Nexus and GPe devices running KitKat—though some custom ROM users have reported compatibility issues.
So if you’ve got yourself a GPe or Nexus device other than the Nexus 5, head over to the Google Play Store Listing to get started. And if you are running a different device but already have the latest version of Google Search installed (18.104.22.1689776), head over to our DevHost mirror to download the APK directly. Then once you’re done loading the launcher on your own device, ask your device, “OK Google, What does the Fox say?”
[Many thanks to Developer Committee members kinfauns for the heads up on the lack of compatibility with certain ROMs and Overground for the APK.]
February 26, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
The power and versatility of the Xposed Framework is undeniable. Hundreds of projects are already available in the dedicated Xposed Modules Forum, but every day a few new creations are added. The level of creativity is really amazing, as developers modify almost everything that’s available to modify. This includes system settings and even certain versions of applications.
One such modification was recently developed by XDA Forum Member lj3lj3, who created a module that adds functionality to the recent apps menu. By default, when an application is accessed from the recent apps menu, the end user can close it or view its App Info page in system settings. Lj3lj3′s module now makes it possible to summon an application’s Play Store listing from this menu. As ViewinPlay is an Xposed Module, both root and Xposed Framework are required before getting started.
The module should work on KitKat device, and possibly Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. The download and source code are available in the module thread.
February 25, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
If you are a frequent visitor here at XDA, you more than likely enjoy Android, and probably “stock Android” without all the crap OEMs or carriers like to add. On their “stock Android” Nexus 5, Google launched the Google Experience Launcher. But to some, the experience is similar to OEM experience because you can’t fine tune the settings as much as a power user might like.
In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that allows you to control your Google Experience Launcher settings in more detail. XDA Forum Member theknut created the GEL Settings Xposed Module. TK shows off the module and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.
February 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the T-Mobile HTC One been released! 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 AT&T HTC One KitKat update is available as well and you can see Google Project Tango in action! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the announcement that the AT&T LG G2 KitKat release is out now. Xposed Developer Rovo89 had a Reddit AMA and talked about ART! Finally, Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S 5! Pull up a chair and check out this video and be sure to check out other great videos on XDA Developer TV.
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Earlier today, we saw the AT&T HTC One receive the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat goods via an incremental OTA update. This update, which came in the form a staged rollout, started making its way to consumer devices early in the morning. Thankfully, a couple of XDA community members who were lucky enough to receive the OTA mirrored the update for everyone’s enjoyment. Now, AT&T has started updating its variant of the LG G2 to KitKat as well. And just like before, the community has stepped up and shared the OTA for your side-loading pleasure.
According to AT&T’s release post, the update brings several key features including UI refinements, improved battery life, and 17% faster performance. Furthermore, the “Knock On” feature has reportedly been improved, and due to the rebase to KitKat, Cloud Printing is now integrated into the OS.
Naturally if you’re rooted and running stock firmware, you’re going to want to get in on the update a bit early. Thankfully, XDA Forum Members tonynmisty and hyelton have mirrored the OTA on Dropbox and StorageCow. Once the update has been downloaded, place the file in your FOTA folder using a Root-enabled file manager and flash the update with a custom recovery.
Head over to the KitKat Update thread to get in on the discussion. Those wishing to sideload the update a bit early should head over to tonynmisty’s Dropbox mirror or hyelton’s storagecow mirror and FOTA update instructions. And if you wish to view LG’s performance demo for the update, check out the video at the bottom of this post.
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, we talked about how Android 4.4.2 had begun rolling out to the T-Mobile HTC One. We also mentioned that a similar update was on its way for the AT&T HTC One in the very near future. Well, that time is now here, as the 4.4.2 update has begun rolling out for AT&T’s variant of the device.
The update, which comes in at software version 4.18.502.7, started rolling out early this morning. As expected, it packs Android 4.4.2 laced with Sense 5.5. Naturally, this is a staged rollout, meaning that not every device will receive the update immediately. However, thanks to XDA Senior Members clsA and smoley, we have a pair of mirrors on AndroidFileHost and Dropbox, which can be flashed through the stock recovery.
Head over to the Android 4.4.2 update thread to get in on the discussion. And if you’re looking to get in on the update a bit early, head over to clsA’s AndroidFileHost mirror and smoley’s Dropbox mirror.
February 22, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
HTC has done a reasonably good job in disseminating the KitKat goods to their flagship HTC One, as well as its regional variants. The most recent recipient of the 4.4 update is the T-Mobile variant, which started receiving the staged rollout late last night.
The KitKat update for the T-Mobile HTC One comes in at software version 4.19.531.10, and it bumps up the Android version to 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 5.5. As expected, the update packs all the same features that we saw in the Verizon update not too long ago.
The update is being delivered in the form of a staged rollout. Naturally, this means that not every device will receive the OTA immediately. However, the update was captured and mirrored by XDA Recognized Developer mwang for everyone’s early side-loading pleasure. So if you wish to get in on the update a bit early or create a ROM derived from the official OTA, head over to mwang’s mirrored OTA update thread.
And in other HTC One KitKat news, the update for the AT&T HTC One is coming soon as well. As announced on Twitter by HTC’s executive director of product management, KitKat for the AT&T HTC One has received carrier approval and is scheduled for OTA delivery shortly, and we’ll be sure to share the update once it’s been captured.
Good job with the timely updates, HTC. These are good times to be an HTC One owner. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!