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Android 4.4

Android L and Android 4.4 KitKat

Android L is far too young and innocent to show up in Google’s Android stats

July 8th, 2014

Google has published new Android distribution stats on its developers portal, the first numbers shared by the company following the Android L Developer Preview release, but the company did not include any Android L numbers in the new chart. That’s hardly surprising though, not only because Android L is not commercially available at this point, …

Android 4.4 Market Share

Despite massive growth, KitKat still lags behind older Android versions

June 5th, 2014

Google has posted its latest Android distribution numbers on its developers site, revealing huge growth for Android 4.4 KitKat, compared to previous months. Even so, KitKat adoption is still lagging behind older operating systems, an ecosystem “feature” Apple highlighted during the WWDC 2014 opening keynote.

Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat Update

Here’s a list of Samsung phones that will be updated to KitKat

May 8th, 2014

Samsung has yet to release an Android 4.4 KitKat update for many of its devices that should be compatible with Google’s latest mobile operating system version, but SamMobile has obtained a leaked internal document that lists the KitKat rollout schedule for some Samsung smartphones. Interestingly, the document reveals that the international version of the Galaxy S3 …

Sprint Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update

Here’s one reason to fall back in love with the Galaxy S3

May 1st, 2014

The “old” Galaxy S3 may not be the hottest Samsung Android handset in town anymore, but there still are millions of these devices in use around the world. One of the phone’s main “flaws” is the fact that it’s still stuck in a Jelly Bean universe, six months after Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Luckily, …

Android KitKat vs Jelly Bean

Android’s KitKat is rolling out even more slowly than Jelly Bean did

April 11th, 2014

Even though Google designed Android 4.4 to work on more devices than any of its predecessors, it looks like KitKat’s adoption rate is lower than Jelly Bean’s was when it first launched. GigaOm citess data from a new Chitika report showing that in the 6 months since Android 4.4 KitKat was launched, only around 10% of Android devices part of the …

New Android 4.4 KitKat Update

Google might release more KitKat updates before Android 4.5 launches

March 20th, 2014

A previously unseen version of Android 4.4 KitKat has been discovered on Google’s Chrome bug tracking board by Myce who spotted build KTU65 running on a Nexus 5 in an issue description that was initially labeled “Google Restrict View” – or visible only to Google employees – before being made public.

Android Immersive Mode

How to force Android apps into Google’s awesome new ‘immersive mode’

March 20th, 2014

Android 4.4 KitKat introduced a number of great new optimizations and features. While only a small percentage of Android devices currently run the latest version of Google’s Android software, the number is growing every day. For those who do have access to KitKat, one of the coolest new features is immersive mode, which hides a …

Samsung Benchmark Cheating Ends

Android 4.4 puts an end to Samsung’s benchmark games

March 5th, 2014

Samsung was caught red-handed more than once last year as reviewers repeatedly discovered evidence that the company’s phones and tablets were artificially boosting benchmark scores. Although Samsung was the primary culprit, other popular brands were found to be using similar CPU optimization to skirt around legitimate results, but based on the latest tests, the biggest …

Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat Update

Here’s a list of Samsung devices that will receive Android 4.4 KitKat

February 18th, 2014

As Google attempts to solve the Android fragmentation problem, Samsung has confirmed a sizable list of its own phones that will catch up to the latest version of Android in the near future. Android Central has shared the announcement from Samsung, which mentions fourteen Galaxy smartphones and tablets that will see the Android 4.4.2 KitKat …