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egzthunder1 · Jul 5, 2014

OmniROM Finally Lands on the Sony Z Ultra GPe

We have several flavors of AOSP-based Android builds here on XDA-Developers, and each one of them brings something new to the table. It could be the originality of CyanogenMod that floats your boat, or maybe some of the advanced control features in Paranoid Android. Whatever your motivation to sail through the sea of custom ROMs on XDA, there is one thing that we are certain of, and that is that your ORD always wants more. But wanting more can sometimes make you...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 27, 2014

Sony Z Ultra GPe Joins Non-GPe Variant and Receives 4.4.4 Update

With the unveiling and release of Android L Developer Preview, Android 4.4.4 doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore. While many people are quick to speculate about their carrier/OEM's course of action with this latest variant of KitKat, many OEMs will undoubtedly skip this version altogether and go straight for L once it's released in late Fall or early Winter. Those eagerly waiting 4.4.4 will likely be happy to know that this OTA started rolling out on various devices earlier today--namely the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 6, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Released, Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit, Galaxy Gear Tizen Rooted! – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 5 and many more Nexus devices! 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 OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3 and Google announced a new Project Tango tablet! 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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

[OTAs Captured] Android 4.4.3 Rolling Out to Google Play Editions, Kernel Source Available for HTC GPe Devices!

Today will undoubtedly be remembered the day of Android 4.4.3--at least among us die hard Android fans. Immediately following yesterday's official release, we've seen quite a bit of Android 4.4.3-related activity. Early this morning, we saw the Android 4.4.3 OTA make its way over to the WiFi-only variant of the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Just a few hours later, we talked about all of the changes made in 4.4.3. Not too long after, Motorola began updating its "Moto" devices to 4.4.3. And finally, Google...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 19, 2014

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Receives Bluetooth Certification for Android 4.4.3

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 14, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for Unlocked HTC One and Moto X, Convert Moto G into Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! 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 CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 14, 2014

WOW: Moto G Google Play Edition Now Available, Starting at $179!

It's no secret that the highly regarded Moto G has been a major success ever since its launch a few months back. The device, which doesn't delude itself with false flagship aspirations still manages to deliver a fantastic user experience. And perhaps more importantly, it does this at a price that doesn't break the bank. Now, Google has just made the Moto G that much more enticing, by releasing the Moto G Google Play edition for the same $179 price that made the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 17, 2013

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.2 Rolling Out for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, Fixes Uninstall and Security Bugs!

We first got word that 4.4.2 was being released to the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition earlier today, when XDA Forum Member cob2004 posted a few screenshots and detailed his experiences with the update. In addition to bumping up the Android version to 4.4.2, the 444.1 MB full install OTA also fixes a few of the very annoying bugs plaguing the device including not being able to access security settings and not being able to uninstall apps. Along with the update, Sony...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 14, 2013

Android 4.4.2 KOT49H Now Rolling Out to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition, OTA Captured!

Just yesterday, we wrote about how the HTC One Google Play edition had started to receive its Android 4.4.2 OTA and how the update links were captured for your sideloading pleasure. At that point, we knew it was only a matter of time before the same would be said for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe. Now, that time is here, and the update has begun rolling out to SGS4 GPe devices everywhere. The update for the GT-I9505G comes in...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 13, 2013

[Update: OTA Available!] HTC One Google Play Edition Now Receiving Android 4.4.2 OTA, Framework and Kernel Source Available

Update: The OTA URL has now been captured for your sideloading pleasure, thanks to XDA Forum Member Sapplegater. Just a few short days ago, we saw Android 4.4.2 roll out to the current Nexus fleet. And two days after that, Google published the source code and factory restore images for this latest version. Now, we're happy to report that the Android 4.4.2 update has now begun rolling out to the Google Play edition of the HTC One. The update comes in the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2013

LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Devices Now Available

Two new devices have entered the Google Play edition family. They are the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Curiously, though perhaps indicative of Sony's commitment to provide a true Google experience, they've dropped the Xperia moniker in the Z Ultra. Both devices have landed in the Google Play Store, packing the same hardware that we've seen in their retail variants, but devoid of their typical OEM skins that normally obfuscate the Android experience. They both...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 3, 2013

Android 4.3 OTAs for HTC One and Galaxy S 4 Google Play Editions, Kernel Sources Available

Nine days after the release of Android 4.3, the update to the latest flavor of Jelly Bean has started rolling out to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Whether you're building AOSP-derived ROMs for their vanilla variants or are simply an end user of their aforementioned Google Play editions, these are exciting times. The two Google Play edition devices received their updates in a rather timely manner. Though the update wasn't quite as...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 28, 2013

Google Editions: Lackluster or Leading Edge?

The interwebz are alight. Debate and argument is intense, following the launch of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Play editions. The Google Play edition moniker, for those  (such as I) who choose to reside under a rock, refers to the fact these devices come minus the manufacturer skins and modifications users are accustomed to, and instead ship with the "stock" Google experience, most commonly seen from AOSP or Nexus devices. A fair idea, it appears, although the launch...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 27, 2013

Google Play Edition ROMs for HTC One and Galaxy S 4

Earlier today, we wrote about HTC and Samsung releasing the GPL-compliant kernel source code for their respective Google Play edition flagships. We knew that it was only a (short) matter of time, however, before the firmwares would be repackaged for use on standard devices. The first repackaged Google Play edition firmware for the HTC One has landed. It comes to us from XDA Senior Member bigxie, and is based off of a system dump captured by Jerry Hildenbrand. This version has been pre-rooted with busybox...

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