Sony has announced in a blog post that it has started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Xperia E1 and E1 Dual devices. The update is available Over The Air (OTA) and through PC Companion.
The update brings :
Performance and UI optimisation
Tweaked status bar and quick settings
Sleek launch animation and livewallpaper across the lock and home screens (like on the PS4)
Option to move apps between internal storage and memory card
Sony’s native app portfolio : Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, Sony Select, and Battery STAMINA Mode
Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
Sony Xperia themes with UI packs
Sony has also announced that Xperia m2 and Xperia M2 Dual will be the next in line to get KitKat update.
Note : The updates are released in phases and may take some time reaching your device.
CyanogenMod team has released the M9 build of CM11 for supported devices. CyanogenMod has announced that this release is the first stable release for Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablets and HTC One M8. You can download the build M9 from CyanogenMod or update to M9 from the built-in updater in your CM ROM on your supported device.
The M9 build brings various bug fixes along with new features. Below is the complete changelog from the :
*Themes support for additional UI elements
* Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
* Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
* Torch – Improve performance
* Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
* Center clock support
* Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
* Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
* Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
* Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
* Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
* Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
* Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
* Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
* Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
* Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
* Fix encryption on some LG Devices
* Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer
Google has started rolling out the Second Release of Android 4.4.4 for Nexus 5 devices. The update Android 4.4.4 r2 carries the build number KTU84Q and has been rolled out For 2Degrees/NZ, Telsta/AUS and India ONLY. Google has posted the factory image and binaries for this new release on its developer website.
The update is available OTA in the three countries, New Zealand, Australia and India.
KTU84Q : Factory Image, Binaries
Google has released latest Android Distribution numbers and KitKat has taken the second place in the charts. Android KitKat is now on 17.9% of all devices running Android. KitKat has surely risen from last month and the trend will rise in the coming time.
Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3) has retained its top position with now 56.5% of the total share.
According to the charts :
Froyo is now on 0.7% of the devices with the least share and almost negligible. Gingerbread now accounts for 13.5% of the devices. Ice Cream Sandwich is now on 11.4% of the devices.
Google I/O 2014 has begun. Google I/O is Google’s biggest annual event. While Google did not say anything about next Nexus smartphone and tablets, but a number of other important announcements were made.
Google I/O 2014 Day 1 Round-Up :
Android L Developer Preview
This was indeed the most awaited announcement. Google announced the newest Android version which will follow Android KitKat. Google is yet to announce the official name. For now. it has been called Android ‘L’. Google has released a developer preview of the update. This will let developers and device manufacturers to work on it before Google releases the update.
Android Auto will bring Android experience to your car’s entertainment system. With Android Auto, you will be able to listen to music, recieve calls, navigate around using voice commands. Google also announced that Android Auto equipped cars will be avaiable in the market by year’s end.
Google is all set to conquer your living room, this time with Android TV. Android TV can be controlled via smartphones, tablets, Android wearable devices. Better news is that you can also access Play Store on your Android TV. Sony, Sharp are expected to come up with televisions powered by Android TV during the next year.
Google announced LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360 smart-watches at the event. Android wearable devices can be easily connected to Android device. You can now view notifications, new messages and other updates on your wearable device.
Google has tied with smartphone manufactures Micromax, Spice and Karbonn to offer $100 Android smartphones. Google showed a Micromax Android One smartphone at the event with a 4.5 inch display, micro SD slot, dual SIM and will cost less than $100. Android One program will help Google target the low-end segment.
Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100). The roll out has begun with France and the update will reach other markets in the coming few weeks. The update is available through the Kies PC software bearing the build number N7100XXUFND3.
Sam Mobile is reporting improved performance after the update. The update brings KitKat specific features to Note 2 – white status bar icons, full-screen album art and a camera shortcut on the lock screen, wireless printing and NFC tap-to-pay support, options to set default messaging and launcher apps, transparent status bar.
You can check for the update from Settings >> About phone >> Software update.