May 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat for the Sprint LG G Flex and the Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is rolling 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 Sprint Galaxy S III receiving KitKat and the OTA update for the Oppo Find 7a! 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 SideControl. Then, Jordan shows you what’s new on the Nvidia SHIELD. Later, TK gave us an Android App Review of Rheti. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
April 28, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Now that we’re a half year past the official release of Android 4.4, many devices have already received or are just now receiving Google’s latest and greatest. What’s more, various carrier variants of devices that have already received the update are now receiving KitKat as well. You may recall that eleven days ago, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and the AT&T LG G Flex received their Android 4.4 updates. Now just under two weeks later, two more variants of the above devices are receiving their updates.
First up, we have the Sprint variant of the LG G Flex. Today’s update comes in at software version LS995ZV6, as opposed to the V3 release firmware. According to Sprint, the update brings an “OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat).” Aside from this, it’s safe to assume that the same features that made their way into the AT&T update will also be found in the Sprint update. These include Knock Code, which can be viewed as an upgrade or extension to the previous KnockOn double tap to wake feature. With Knock Code, users can tap a predefined pattern to unlock their devices. In addition to Knock Code, the update will likely also bring the same refined UI, improved speed and efficiency, and cloud printing that we’ve seen in the KitKat updates for other devices.
Next, we have the Verizon variant of Samsung’s latest flagship tablet. Today’s update brings up the Verizon Note 10.1 (2014) to software version P605VVRUCNC2. As a result of the KitKat upgrade, the Note 10.1 (2014) now gains immersive mode for full screen viewing, faster multi-tasking, print services, and multi-user mode. And according to Verizon, it also brings improved S Note performance, fixes for graphical glitches in Chrome, a fixed Google account sign in wizard, and more.
The updates for both devices have not yet been captured or mirrored. However, be sure to mash that update button, as the updates are now rolling out. Also, make sure to visit the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and LG G Flex forums to get in on the discussion and sideload the update once it has been captured and mirrored.
April 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s always nice when a large OEM graces one of its devices with official firmware updates. Today, we see not one, but two relatively high profile devices receive the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat goods. These are, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and the LG G Flex.
Let’s start with the Note. Samsung’s latest full-size tablet actually started receiving the official update to firmware build P600UBUCND1 early yesterday morning. Along with an update to Android 4.4.2, this update also brings a new task switching interface (seen in the screenshot to your right), as well as a different multi-window bar. According to users on the forums, the update also appears to bring vastly reduced UI lag, as well as improved battery life. Not everyone’s a fan of the new multitasking UI, but luckily rooted users who aren’t a fan of the new task switching look can easily switch back with a simple build.prop modification to make the device act like the Note Pro 12.2.
You can learn more about the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) upgrade in XDA Senior Member BarryH_GEG‘s update changes discussion thread. Those wanting to get in on the update action a bit early should check out Senior Member 22sl22‘s mirrored update thread. And rooted users who aren’t a fan of the new multitasking interface should head over here to get back the old look.
Next up, we have AT&T’s variant of the curvaceous LG G Flex. The device started receiving its taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat early this morning. According to the AT&T Release Notes, today’s update to software version D95020b (screenshot to your right) brings several new features along with its upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest. This includes a Knock Code, which can be viewed as an upgrade or extension to the previous KnockOn double tap to wake feature. Now, users can tap a predefined pattern to unlock their devices. In addition to Knock Code, the update brings the same refined UI, improved speed and efficiency, and cloud printing that we’ve seen in the KitKat updates for other devices.
You can learn more about the update by visiting the AT&T release notes above, as well as the yuckycool‘s update discussion thread. Unfortunately though, there’s not yet a captured OTA update available for the G Flex, but it seems as if most users are receiving the OTA simply by checking manually through the settings menu.
February 18, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Before today, Samsung has been very cautious in tempering expectations regarding official Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its recent devices. While certain phones have already received the 4.4.2 goods, much of the rest of the company’s lineup is still in Jelly Bean limbo. We’ve seen leaks fly around left and right for the Galaxy S 4, but official word regarding KitKat for the device has been lacking. And since this is just for their latest and greatest, the future didn’t look so hot for Samsung’s older devices.
Some time ago, we saw a leaked internal memo pointing to a potential KitKat release schedule for various devices. Now, however, Samsung has broken the silence by stating which devices will receive official updates to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Unfortunately, they aren’t stating when, though.
Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini™, Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Galaxy S® 4 zoom™, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III mini™, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.
In addition to the Android version bump, the update will also pack the following additional features:
- Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
- Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
- Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
While the update news is a few months later than we would have liked, it’s nice to see that older devices like the Note II, S III, and Note 10.1 will get to enjoy the KitKat goods in official capacity. However, the presence of the word “select” when talking about which carrier-branded devices leaves us more than a bit skeptical about certain US-based carriers with less than stellar track records. Furthermore, we’d still like to know when exactly Samsung plans on delivering the goods!
September 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Samsung recently unveiled three new and enticing devices aimed at making you simultaneously lighten your wallet a little, as well as pack your pocket, briefcase, and wrist with a little more technology. These are, of course, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), and the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy Note lineup with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). Both build upon their predecessors by adding more powerful specs, while retaining the critically acclaimed S Pen functionality. The Galaxy Note 3 ups the ante on its predecessor by raising the screen resolution to 1080p, upping the RAM to 3 GB, and packing in a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Similarly the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) increases its screen resolution to 2560×1600, brings the RAM to 3 GB, and packs that same quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor as its little brother. Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The device, which connects to various Samsung mobile devices, features an 800 MHz processor, a 320×320 resolution display, and half a gig of RAM.
In today’s additions, we also have the Sony Xperia Z1. Codenamed Honami, the Z1 is a high-end device with a 5″ 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and a slim 8.5mm profile. More info and specs can be found on Sony’s official product page.
Are you thinking of adding any of these to your mobile arsenal? Let us know in the comments below, and of course, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums to get in on the discussion!