ANDROID 4.4 KITKAT Posts on XDA

Google Chrome for Android is dropping support for Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean

Android apps generally have a long shelf life. While most apps these days require Android 5.0+, it's not uncommon to see apps that still support Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean. One such app is Google Chrome, which is an immensely popular app that is used on all sorts of devices. Soon, however, Chrome will no longer...

Android Q to warn users running apps targeting Android Lollipop or older

It's usually in the best interests of a developer to update their apps to support the latest Android platform features. Each new Android versions offers new APIs and features that earlier versions of Android don't offer. However, each new Android version also adds new restrictions to what apps can do, which some application developers aren't...

The History of Printing on Android and how the Mopria Alliance made it better

Prior to the debut of Android 8.0 Oreo's Default Print Service, printing documents on Android was easier said than done. Google's mobile operating system didn't gain native printer support until Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the exception of third-party solutions from the likes of Samsung, setting up a printer required vendor-specific plugins and drivers. But...

Android Oreo is now on 4.6% of all devices while Android Nougat remains on top

After skipping last month, Google has now released the latest statistics for the distribution of Android versions across all devices that have Google Play Services installed. This information is based on data collected over a 7 day period ending today, April 16th, and it's the most accurate information we have regarding the distribution of Android...

Make Nova Google Companion App Work On KitKat Devices

Recently, we reported that Nova Launcher developers found a way to add a Google Now Panel in their launcher, without root. With a few simple steps, you can have the same functionality on KitKat devices. XDA Senior Member Nikhilkumar038 managed to found a workaround to make the Nova Google Companion working on an older version of Android. The method...

hi) by Fenotek is a Smart Doorbell Powered by Android

Android is an extremely versatile operating system and is capable of being run on a wide range of hardware. We're always interested in seeing Android being used to turn regular appliances into smart devices, though we still believe that some devices would be better off not hopping on the smart bandwagon just yet. Despite the tackiness...

Device Review: No.1 X1 Rugged Smartphone

We are almost at the end of Q2 for 2015, and we have seen most of the flagship phones for the year already. While flagship phones usually offer bleeding-edge specs and are the most sought after phones, there is a huge market for non-flagship phones. Some offer value, others offer unique differentiating features.Today, we are going...

SlimKat Final Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

For the past few months, the team behind SlimROMs has been working hard on finalizing their SlimKat release. If you want a stable build for your supported device, SlimKat may be the daily driver you're looking for.In today's video, XDA TV Producer rirozizo, shows off the SlimKat Final on his Nexus device. The main features covered and talked...

Remove Bloatware from Your Android Device – XDA TV

Carriers and manufacturers sometimes have the nasty habit of installing apps at the factory. These apps are claimed to be useful and helpful. However, why do I need Verizon's Navigation app when Google Maps is already installed? Why do I need Samsung's Mail app to check my Gmail? Android already comes with a much nicer...

Make Your CM11 ROM Look Like Xperia Z3’s Firmware

Unlike some themed firmware by various OEMs, every AOSP ROM looks pretty much the same. Porting applications and features from Sony's or Samsung's firmware is difficult but absolutely possible if you know what needs to be done. The Sony Xperia Z3's firmware has loads of interesting things that can be used with almost every AOSP...

Unofficial Android 4.4 Lands on Three Mediatek Devices

For the last few years, devices with MTK systems-on-chip haven't received much in the way of official Android updates. Some OEMs were limited by MediaTek itself, which previously wasn't the best at updating proprietary drivers, binaries, and kernels with every Android release. Custom ROM developers also had trouble with providing third party kernels due to...

Oppo Releases ColorOS for the Find 5… Poorly

Almost every OEM has taken the liberty of creating its own incarnation of the Android OS. While some ROMs are simply better than others, we aren't here today to discuss the quality of Sense UI, TouchWiz, or even EmotionUI. These ROMs are ultimately (and sometimes loosely) based on AOSP. They are also developed by professionals who put...