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Today was the rumored date for the Android 4.4 update to hit US Cellular's Moto X, and in this case the speculation was right on the money. Motorola has updated the help page and release notes with OTA details, and Motorola's Punit Soni also confirmed the rollout on Google+.

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Dec
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ROM news for the last month or so have been focused on KitKat, but if you prefer your customized Android software in a more reliable flavor, Cyanogen has you covered. CyanogenMod 10.2, the CM build of Jelly Bean 4.3, just landed on the download page. You can stroll over there right now and get your Android 4.3 on.

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CyanogenMod stable builds are the most reliable and complete packages offered by the custom ROM team, and generally have no bugs or incompatibilities (or at least no more than the standard AOSP builds).

02
Dec
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It's that time again - Google has updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers. Following a predictable trend, KitKat has eked out its own 1.1% niche, Jelly Bean (API version 16-18) is going strong at 54.5%, putting it further over the mark it reached last month, running on over half of all devices that have checked in to the Google Play Store in the past two weeks, while Gingerbread's grip continues to slip, decreasing to 24.1% from 26.3% last month.

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Last Updated: December 4th, 2013

Besides a bevy of new features, Android's update to 4.4 brought forth a ton of tweaks to the interface through GEL launcher and a fresh round of updated stock apps. There's little doubt Android's user experience and overall design paradigms are continuing to evolve, becoming more refined, usable, and useful. We covered most of the changes to the interface in Getting to Know Android but, as with any major update, new changes come with new opportunities for error.

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Last Updated: December 9th, 2013

If you're the owner of an unlocked US HTC One or HTC One Developer Edition, get ready for some KitKat: HTC's US Twitter account just let slip the news that an Android 4.4 OTA update is headed your way starting today.

While the rollout will probably be staggered in groups over the coming days, this is yet another incredibly quick OEM turnaround on Android 4.4.

29
Nov
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Today, at the DefCamp Security Conference in Bucharest, Romania, details were revealed about a potentially serious SMS vulnerability found in all current Nexus phones. The person responsible for the discovery is Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Levi9 and independent security researcher in Romania. When exploited, the attack can force the phone to reboot or destabilize certain services.

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The method of attack simply relies on sending a series of Class 0 "Flash" messages to the target phone.

27
Nov
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When a new version of Android drops, it's Nexus this and Google Play that. But for a lot of advanced users (especially those who don't have the choice to go Nexus), custom ROMs are their first taste of the latest and greatest. In the tradition of independent developers and tinkerers delivering the goods, the relatively new OmniROM team has released nightly KitKat builds for no less than fifteen devices.

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Here's the full list of phones and tablets:

  • Galaxy S II (i9100G)
  • Galaxy S II AT&T (SGH-i777)
  • Galaxy S III (i9300)
  • Galaxy S III LTE (i9305)
  • Galaxy Note (N7000)
  • Galaxy Note II (N7100)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE (t0lte)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE AT&T (t0lteatt)
  • Galaxy Note II LTE T-Mobile (t0ltetmo)
  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 2012 3G
  • Nexus 7 2012 WiFi
  • Nexus 7 2013 WiFi
  • Oppo Find 5

If you haven't heard of OmniROM, it's a new family of custom ROMs that's quickly gaining steam among Android power users and enthusiasts.

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Nov
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One of the greatest features that sets Android apart from most of its mobile counterparts is the highly versatile sharing system that allows apps to declare themselves as targets for different types of media you might want to send from one app to another. All of this is accomplished with the familiar Sharing dialog, also known as the Chooser. Unfortunately, since people began using KitKat, a strange bug has turned up that may randomly cause your last chosen action to be reused automatically instead of allowing you to choose something different each time.

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The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition started its Android 4.4 update yesterday, a little later than many of its owners would have liked. For those who are eager to get KitKat on their expensive AOSP phones and don't want to wait for the rollout, we've got a download link for the manual OTA update ZIP file.

Those of you who are Nexus veterans know how this goes: download the file on your PC and use ADB to reboot into recovery, copy the file over, and then flash it.

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Nov
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If you've been waiting for your magenta-flavored Galaxy S4 to get its long-awaited Android 4.3 update, check your notification bar now. According to both T-Mobile's official support page and some evidence from the denizens of XDA, the phone is getting its final Jelly Bean release as you read this.

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The 4.3 update for this and other Samsung phones packs more than the usual updated software: it also makes Samsung's later phones compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, previously restricted to the Galaxy Note 3.

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