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[Hell Freezes Over] The Moto X On Verizon Gets The First KitKat Update, And It's Starting Today

There are a number of themes in Android news so common that we can almost pre-write the posts. One of the near certainties has always been that Verizon is going to take forever to update its phones. Well, that's why this news is so surprising. KitKat is coming to the Moto X on Verizon first, and it's happening today.

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International Galaxy Note II Starts To Receive Android 4.3 Update

The Galaxy Note II came out over a year ago rocking Android 4.1.1. That was great at the time, but now that a giant KitKat statue is standing up in front of the Googleplex, it's time to move things along. Samsung never bothered with bringing 4.2.2 to the Note 2, but customers will likely forgive them now that 4.3 is rolling out to devices across the globe. It's moving in phases, though, so for the time being the only models to start receiving the update have been the GT-N7100 and the GT-N7105.

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FreedomPop Now Lets You Activate Some Sprint Devices On Its Free Phone Service

The low-cost Sprint MVNO FreedomPop just launched its freemium phone service last month, but now it's expanding phone selection by letting users bring their own handsets. However, that doesn't mean you can take just any Sprint device over the FreedomPop and kiss your bill goodbye – there are some restrictions.

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Samsung Has Sold 800,000 Galaxy Gears, Making It The Most Popular Smart Watch Yet [Update: Shipments, Not Sales]

Update: Samsung has confirmed that it meant 800k shipments – not sales. The confusion might have resulted from Samsung's claim that the Gear is the best selling smart watch, which might still be true. We don't know how many have actually been sold, or if that rumored 50k sales number from last week is accurate.

Samsung's foray into the nascent smart watch market has not been as much of a failure as some recent reports would have you believe.

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T-Mobile's Sony Xperia Z Gets An Overdue Android 4.2 OTA Update

If you're using the T-Mobile variant of the slick Sony Xperia Z, check your notification tray - you might have a very welcome waiting for you. According to this T-Mobile support page, the Xperia Z is finally getting an over-the-air update. It's probably not what you were hoping for: the update brings the phone up to Android 4.2. You know, the version that's now over a year old.

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If it makes you feel any better, it's been only five months since the Android 4.2 update was sent to the international version of the Xperia Z.

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Todoist Android App Updated To Version 2.1 With New Google Now Integration And DashClock Support

There are many to-do list apps available for Android, and the majority of them are either available for free or just a couple of bucks. Todoist is different. This to-do list service costs $29 a year to take full advantage of (though a free version is available). In return, uses get a feature-rich setup that syncs across all of their devices. Today, the Android side of things just got better, as the Todoist app has gained support for Google Now and DashClock.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Is Offering 50% Off On Select Smartphones - LG G2, HTC One, Moto X, Galaxy S4, S4 Active, S4 Zoom, And More

If you've been waiting for an opportune time to switch to AT&T, it's now. AT&T is currently offering a limited-time sale on a handful of on-contract devices, some of which are pretty desirable. It doesn't cover everything (the almost brand-new Galaxy Note 3 is notably absent, for example) but you should be able to save a pretty penny on your purchase.

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The best deal of the lot is probably the LG G2, at least if you're looking for cheap, powerful hardware.

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[Deal Alert] Dead Zebra Opens The Vault – Get Discounted Android Minis With Damaged Packaging And Extra Stock Of Old Series

You know those adorable little Android collectables made by Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra? Well, you can head over that way and buy yourself an early non-denominational holiday festival present. Dead Zebra has opened "The Vault," which is stocked with leftover Android minis from old sets and heavily discounted units with slightly jacked up packaging.

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27 New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (11/5/13 - 11/18/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Google Seeks To Reward Proactive Security Improvements In Android By Expanding Patch Rewards Program To AOSP

Back in October, Google announced a rewards program that would give financial incentives for "down-to-earth, proactive improvements" to security across third-party open-source projects that Google deems "vital to the health of the entire Internet."

Starting with core infrastructure services, Chrome foundations and other "high impact libraries," Google vowed to expand the program soon. Today, in an entry to the official security blog, Google announced that the program has been expanded in scope to include open-source bits of Android, found in AOSP, and several other projects.

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