More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.4 Now Rolling Out to the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Update: Z1, Z Ultra Too!)
Update: Looks like the update’s also made its way to the Z1 and Z Ultra. And thanks to XDA Forum Member conan206, we now have an FTF image for the Z1 C6903.
Android 4.4.4 caught us all off guard with its surprise factory image release last Thursday. Since then, its corresponding OTAs have started trickling out to devices, starting with the Nexus 5. Now, you can add two more devices two the list, and one of those may come as a great surprise. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have both begun receiving their Android 4.4.4 OTAs.
First up, we have the OTA for the the G Pad GPe, which actually started receiving this update late Wednesday night. The 154 MB incremental OTA update brings you up to KTU84P from KOT49H, and is the second update for the device to date. The update has not yet hit all devices just yet. However, XDA Senior Member PhilDX captured the update’s file name, and Archivist-in-Chief oldblue910 was kind enough to determine the OTA URL and post it to his G Pad 8.3 GPe Stock OTA thread.
Next up, we have the Xperia Z1 Compact with software version 14.4.A.0.108. This update is a bit more surprising, as this marks the first time an OEM-skinned device has received official Android 4.4.4—something relatively odd for an OEM that’s not usually the first to deliver Android version updates. Also odd is the fact that the update is available for the Z1 Compact, and not yet for the Z1 and Z1 Ultra. And for those keeping track, this is even before some Nexus devices, as the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE only received 4.4.3 earlier this week. However, we won’t question a good thing. This update has begun rolling out in a few regions, but XDA Recognized Contributor Jozinek was quick to make a flashable FTF file that can be installed via the latest Flashtool. You can find this in his firmware thread.
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