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Getting To Know Android 4.4 KitKat Edition - Android Gets Cleaner, Brighter, More Useful

Now that the Android 4.4 KitKat fanfare is (finally) settling down, it's time to revisit our Getting To Know Android series, where we bring to light the new and awesome changes in Google's newest mobile OS - exposing the big stuff right along with some interface changes you may not have noticed yet.

There are plenty of new pixels in Android 4.4, changed UI elements, new design patterns, and a slightly more sophisticated language to decode, along with plenty of new features.

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Sprint Spark's 'LTE UI Enhancement' Is A Constantly Spinning Status Bar Icon

Earlier today, we covered some interesting updates coming to Sprint's Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, and HTC One Max, all concerning LTE bands and "LTE UI Enhancements." These changes were of course related to Sprint's fledgling "Spark" tri-band LTE network which, according to Sprint, could potentially reach speeds of between 50 and 60 Mbps.

The network is only ready for a few cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa), but if you own a compatible device you'll get to enjoy Sprint's LTE UI Enhancement anyway.

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HTC Has Delivered Google Play Edition KitKat Code To Google, OTA Update Could Arrive Any Day Now

HTC hasn't been sitting on its hands lately. The company announced when KitKat was unveiled that all HTC One variants in the US would receive the latest version within 90 days. In the case of the Google Play Edition, the update would come in just 15. Here we are at day 15, and HTC has publically stated that KitKat's arrival time is entirely in Google's hands now. According to a tweet sent out earlier today, everything is done on their end.

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[Bonus Round] Joe Dever's Lone Wolf, Challenges, Battle Command, And Sketchpad Escape

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a Joe Dever game from the mind of Joe Dever (presented by Joe Dever), a puzzler with a Geometry Wars visual style, and a free-to-play strategy game.

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CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightlies For The 3G And WiFi-Only Galaxy Note 8.0 Are Now Available For Download

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a pretty capable tablet, though it does have several drawbacks. While the painfully low 1280 by 800 display can't be helped, its default software configuration is far less immutable. If TouchWiz just grinds your gears, you will be happy to know that CyanogenMod nightlies are now available for both the 3G (GT-N5100) and WiFi-only (GT-N5110) versions of the tablet. Sure, anyone who installs them now may be sacrificing stability and other functionality, but that's the price some are willing to pay for stock Android and quicker access to updates.

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Here Are The Details Of Recently Discovered Vulnerabilities That Allowed Any App To Gain Root Privileges With SuperSU And Superuser

An XDA member recently unveiled serious vulnerabilities in all three root packages used to gain superuser access on devices. The developers have been contacted, and the two active projects are working to address the issues. If you're running an older version, you might want to get on the update train.

According to cernekee on XDA, the vulnerabilities allow for a malicious app to obtain root access without going through the proper channels.

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G-Project G-Go, G-Grip, G-Pop, And G-Zip Mega Review: Probably The Best Speakers On The Market At These Prices

Back in mid-September, we reviewed the G-Project G-Boom, a killer Bluetooth boombox that easily slaughters everything else in its price range. It's a beast.

Since it's so good, we decided to check out the rest of G-Project's offerings: the G-Go, G-Grip, G-Pop, and G-Zip, arranged from largest to smallest (the G-Boom is the largest of the bunch). In short, they're mostly as good as their biggest brother, albeit on a smaller scale.

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Galaxy Gear Manager Updated To v1.5.111304, Now Enables Samsung's Smartwatch To Show Full Notifications For Any App

The Galaxy Gear is twice the price of the Pebble and pricier than both iterations of Sony's SmartWatch, but it isn't necessarily a more complete product. A particular sore spot is how the watch handles notifications, limiting not only which apps can send them, but not actually displaying the contents for most apps. The latest update to the Galaxy Gear Manager app alleviates this somewhat. Now users can pick which apps send messages to the Gear and even read the contents on the watch itself.

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[Deal Alert] Get $50 Off Any Tablet Priced $149 Or Higher At Staples With Coupon Code – Works On Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 8.0, And More

Christmas is coming a little early this year – Staples has a coupon that gets you $50 off any tablet over $149. That means you can get a solid deal on several great Android slates.

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Sprint Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini, And HTC One Max All Get OTA Software Updates Providing LTE-Related Enhancements

Sprint wants everyone to know about its tri-band LTE network that could potentially reach speeds of 50 - 60 Mbps, so it gave it a catchy name - Sprint Spark. Once the rollout is complete, this could be the largest LTE network in the US in terms of spectrum usage. But that's the future. Right now, the network is available in only a handful of cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa), and even fewer phones are currently set to tap into it (okay, just one).

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