Android 4.4 Kitkat Coming To Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

Do you feel like your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3 is outdated and you want to get a new one? This news might make you hold your phone more for a few months or so.  Samsung has announced that the much-awaited Android 4.4 Kitkat update will be coming to your Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 soon!

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According to foreign blog TalkAndroid, the update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owner will come this month while Samsung Galaxy S3 owner will get the update in early May. No word yet what kind of changes will it bring to the your phones. Stay tuned.

LG G2 in The Philippines Now Getting Android 4.4 Kitkat

Attention to my fellow LG G2 owners! Android 4.4 Kitkat is currently being rolled out our phones! The file is quite big at 535MB so better connect you G2 to a reliable WiFi connection and not to your LTE connection especially if you are a Globe subscriber (Remember that 1GB per day data cap?)

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Here’s the improvements being made after the update:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
  • Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.

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We will do a short review on our LG G2 running Android 4.4 Kitkat and will post it pretty soon.

LG G2 Dream Sale 2 Happening On March 15, 2014!

LG Mobile Philippines will be having a 1 day sale of the current smartphone flagship, the LG G2.  On March 15, 2014, a custome will get P7,500 worth of freebies for every purchase of the LG G2 – LG Tone bluetooth headset, power bank and quick window cover.

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This promo will be be valid on March 15 from 10am to 8pm only and will be available on participating LG stores, kiosks and dealers nationwide.

Here are the participating LG stores, kiosks and dealers:

  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM Megamall
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM North Edsa
  • Cellway, SM Fairview
  • Abenson, Glorietta
  • Avant, Greenbelt 4
  • InforGadgets, Market Market
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM Batangas
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM City Cebu
  • Aerophone, SM City Cebu
  • Save N Earn, SM City Cebu
  • RC Goldline SM City Cebu
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM City Bacolod
  • Playtel, SM Iloilo
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, Limketkai Mall
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, Gaisano Mall Davao
  • LG Mobile Concept Store, SM Lanang Premiere Davao
  • LG Mobile Kiosk, SM City GenSan
  • LG Mobile Kiosk, Gaisano Mall Gensan

LG G2 Android 4.4 Kitkat Coming This March!

The much awaited Android 4.4 Kitkat is also coming this month. To keep LG G2 users drooling, LG has released a comparison video between the LG G2 running Kitkat and another G2 running Jellybean.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Now Rolling Out on Samsung Galaxy S4

Attention Samsung Galaxy S4 owners! Samsung has just rolled out Android 4.4 Kitkat update for your phone. Better connect to WiFi to get the update. We had our Samsung Galaxy S4 updated to Kitkat last night.

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Here are some of the new features you will have after the update:

  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Music Album art will be displayed on the lock screen while playing music.
  • A new launcher setting menu
  • Improved UI and stability

After the update, we noticed the battery indicator became white (from green). Same thing happened on the signal and WiFi indicator as well.

Please do share the changes you’ve encountered after you updated your phone. 🙂

Android 4.4 KitKat Coming To Sony Xperia Z1 and LG G2

Google surprised us with the unveiling of the Nexus 5 running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. This new OS is said to be coming to a billion Android phones worldwide next year. Even smartphones with entry level specs like dual core processors or with only 512 RAM will get KitKat update. Sony was the first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to announce Android 4.4 Kitkat update will be coming to the Xperia line.

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According to Sony, these are the following smartphones will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat – Xperia Z1, Xpera Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Z Ultra. The update will be due for early next year but these smartphones will be updated first to Android 4.3 Jellybean this November or December.

Here are the following smartphones getting only Android 4.3 Jellybean – Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V.

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It seems that it won’t be long before LG will be updating their smartphones as well. A leaked poster from a French mobile operator indicate an update to Android 4.4 KitKat is due sometime in December. I guess LG has an advantage of getting the update first because they are Google’s partner in making the Nexus 5.

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How about Samsung? Its kinda disappointing to know that Samsung is just rolling out Android 4.3 Jellybean to Galaxy S3. Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Note 3 and no word for a KitKat update. I will be be switching back to Android soon from iOS (I own an iPhone 5) this month and I haven’t decided yet on whether to get the Sony Xperia Z1 or the LG G2. Both phones are great and I’m aware of the pros and cons of these devices.

Android 4.4 KitKat Will Be Coming To A Billion Devices Next Year! New Features Revealed!

After the announcement of the new Nexus 5, Google also revealed full details of their newest and greatest OS – Android 4.4 KitKat. We all know Android is the most popular mobile OS now. I think everyone now has an Android phone. But comparing to iOS, not all smartphones and tablets are running the latest version. In fact, there are smartphones still running the 3-year old Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Google now aims to update 1 billion active Android smartphones worldwide to Android 4.4 KitKat. The company even claims it will run smoothly even on smartphones with 512MB RAM.

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This means if your phone is still running Android 4.0 or even 2.3, big change will come to your devices soon. In 2014, Google will give their OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, etc the choice to ship one version of Android (that means no customized UI like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense UI) to keep all their users updated with the latest software.So let’s see how Google will work this out with their top OEMs.

Here are some of the new features of Android 4.4 KitKat posted on tech website CNET:

  • The revamped phone dialer app will evaluate which contacts you talk to most and automatically prioritize your phone book accordingly. Also, integration with more Google apps such as Maps will let you search for nearby places and businesses right in the phone dialer.
  • Caller ID gets a boost as well. For incoming calls that don’t match a phone number not in your contacts, Google apps will scan and display any matches from local businesses listed in Google Maps.
  • The immersive mode will clear up clutter on your screen by automatically hiding everything except except the one item that you really want to see. When you’re ready to move on, you can bring back your status bar and navigation buttons by swiping the edge of the screen.
  • A new Hangouts app consolidates all of your text and mulitmedia messages, conversations, and video calls into one place.
  • You’ll be able to print photos, documents, and web pages from your phone or tablet. Any printer connected to Google Cloud Print will be compatible, along with HP ePrint printers and other printers with Google Play apps.
  • Smaller details range from a uniform color for status bars to a new condensed font.
  • Google Now will be accessible via one swipe from the home screen. After saying “OK, Google,” you can use voice search, send a text, get directions, or play a song. Also coming are new card types that give you more information specific to your interests.

As usual, devices with Nexus (Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10) branding will get first taste of Android KitKat. The newly announced Nexus 5 is the first smartphone running the said OS.

Here is CNET’s hands on with the Nexus 5 including Android KitKat’s new features:

[Update] Google Nexus 5 Running Android 4.4 KitKat Now Official: Now On Sale Starting Today for $349!

Yes its finally announced! The much rumored Google Nexus 5 made by LG is now official, And because of its Nexus branding, it is the first device running Android’s latest OS – Android 4.4 Kitkat. It is now available on Google Play Store for $349 (around P15,000). Wait, before you guys react, the Nexus 5 is not available on the Philippines’ Google Play Store. Don’t worry, I know LG will bring this device here soon.

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Google Nexus 5 specs:

  • 2.3GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Andreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB internal storage
  • 4.95-inch Full HD LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 445ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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What I like about the Nexus line is they are always the first to get software updates. Google has already announced that Android 4.4 Kitkat update will be coming to other Nexus devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 pretty soon. Unlike other Android OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung, HTC, and Sony were most of their devices are still running Android 4.2 and getting ready for Android 4.3. I will be waiting for this phone to come to the Philippines. I have been an iOS user for a year now and I’m dying to switch to Windows Phone. If there is a phone that could stop me from switching to WP8 and go to Android instead, that would be the Nexus 5.

UPDATE: Tech blog THE VERGE managed to get a hands on with the Google Nexus 5. See it for yourself.

Anyway, the Nexus 5 will be initially be available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. Paging Kimstore, I will be waiting. 🙂