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Samsung started pushing an update to KitKat for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9500) less than a week ago. Now, it's time for the Snapdragon-equipped S4 (GT-i9505) to see some action. In addition to the standard Android 4.4.2 feature set, this update will also bring some tweaks to the lockscreen, including a shortcut to the camera and full-screen album art during music playback, an improved landscape-mode keyboard, several bug fixes, and the now standard white KitKat status icons.

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It seems like just yesterday when we heard that Verizon was inviting users to the Moto X 4.4.2 soak test, and now here we are. Big Red just updated its Moto X support docs with the full 4.4.2 changelog, which should mean that the update is preparing to roll out to users soon – possibly within a few days.

Update 2/24: Motorola just pushed the release notes to its customer portal, so the update should be hitting devices any time now.

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AT&T is currently the only carrier to offer 4G LTE roaming in other countries, a change it rolled out back in December. At the time, only Canada was supported, followed by the UK. Now the carrier is rolling out the service in around a dozen additional countries. These range from locales as small as Hong Kong and Singapore to places as expansive as Australia and Russia.

AT&T now also supports 4G LTE roaming in:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • France
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Russia 

Since carriers in different countries use various wireless frequencies, a device that works in one country may not work in another.

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So, you may or may not have noticed that a pretty special thing happened recently: we surpassed 500,000 followers on Google+. Five hundred thousand. Half-a-million people now get their AP fix directly from Google+, which we think is pretty great.

As a huge thanks to all of our G+ followers (and everyone else who reads AP, of course), we teamed up with NVIDIA to offer a giveaway that's just as special as the occasion it represents: we're giving away two SHIELDs.

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Feb
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Sony is showing off its own take on Google Glass at Mobile World Congress, and while the current name, the SmartEyeglass concept, doesn't flow as well as Google's, it already looks less weird. The company has managed to cram an accelerometer, compass, brightness sensor, embedded camera, microphone, and other bits of hardware inside a bulkier but otherwise normal-looking frame.

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The company first unveiled the product at CES, and details remain scarce.

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Feb
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The All New HTC One+ 2 isn't expected to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress, but that doesn't mean HTC doesn't have things to share. The company just held a press event where it unveiled a new midrange device, the Desire 816.

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This handset comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5.5-inch display, 1.5 GB of RAM, 2600mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

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Feb
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Samsung is mere hours away from announcing the Galaxy S5 to complement those new Gear smart watches, but it seems a few devices are already floating around the show. The leaked images show off a phone that looks very much like the Galaxy S4 with some Note 3 influence.

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The back has a loose dimple pattern, not faux-leather like the Note 3 and Pro tablets. There is also a large camera sensor, flash, and another sensor of unknown identity.

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Today is the day that the WWE turns on the WWE Network, its new streaming service that provides a 24/7 streaming network along with 1,500 hours of video on demand. To kick off the launch, the company is also rolling out an update to its Android app. This way you can watch your favorite scantily clad beefcakes body slam each other anywhere you'd like.

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Feb
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Update: Some owners have also reported to us that the update is rolling out in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and other European countries as well.

HTC is steadily dishing out KitKat to HTC Ones all over the place, and now it's the UK's turn. The company has started the Android 4.4 rollout today, which will continue over the next several weeks. It might not yet be your turn in line, but that doesn't mean there's any harm in checking right away.

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The phablet market is exploding, and just about every manufacturer wants a piece of the oversized pie. Here at Mobile World Congress ZTE has just announced the Grand Memo II LTE, the successor to last year's Grand Memo. It ups the screen size to a full 6 inches of IPS goodness. Well, maybe goodness  - they aren't saying what the resolution is just yet, just "HD," which I'll assume means 720p.

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