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PSA: Android 4.4.3 Does Not Cripple Writing To /system For Root Users

Just a quick heads up for those worrying that the changes that will at some point probably cripple write access to /system even for root-enabled apps did not make it into Android 4.4.3.

This means you can remount /system as read-write, just as before, change build.prop, push APKs to /system/app, and do whatever you want without rebooting into recovery.

For now, you're safe. But probably not for long. And when the hammer drops, we'll have yet another reason to opt in for a custom ROM or kernel, because nobody can take our freedom, not even the mighty El Goog.

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Android 4.4.3 Now Live In AOSP [Updated]

Following the release of full factory images for all supported Nexus devices, Google has begun pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The push is ongoing and should be complete within an hour or two.

The build numbers are KTU84M for the Nexus 5 and KTU84L for the rest of the Nexus devices. The AOSP branch is kitkat-mr2-release, with the tag most likely named android-4.4.3_r1 expected to arrive shortly.

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Android 4.4.3 Factory Images And Binaries For Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, And Nexus 10 Are Out

Following T-Mobile's heads up earlier today, Android 4.4.3 was just officially released by Google in the form of factory images and accompanying drivers. You can find builds KTU84M (Nexus 5) and KTU84L (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10) at the usual locations:

Those of you comfortable with flashing factory images, proceed to our guide. Otherwise, stay tuned for respective OTAs - the urls should be flowing in shortly.

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iOS 8 Was Unveiled Today, Does Android Have Anything To Be Envious Of? A [Long] Summary And Analysis

While some of us doubtless ignored the iOS 8 hubbub this morning, it's safe to say that Apple's WWDC remains probably the closest-watched developer event in the industry, and likely has since the original iPhone made its debut way back in 2007. The WWDC keynote is where we see the world's most valuable consumer electronics company display how consumers and developers alike will interact with its new [usually software] products. It's a highly visual, buzzword-laden ritual that even many of the most ardent anti-Apple find themselves at least half paying attention to in the background, either on social media, blogs, or live video stream.

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Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE Edition (SM-P605) Now Getting KitKat, Currently Hitting Nordic Countries

Samsung has been dabbling around with the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE Edition's KitKat update for a while now, first rolling out the update to the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet several weeks ago. Now SamMobile reports that the LTE Edition, SM-P605, is getting its taste of Android 4.4 now in select countries. The first up are those in the Nordic region such as Denmark and Finland, with more on the way.

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T-Mobile Announces Android 4.4.3 OTA Rollout For The Nexus 5 (KTU84M) And 2013 Nexus 7 (KTU84L) [Update: Nexus 4, Too]

Update: T-Mobile has made a mention of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 4 as well. This update should move the handset up to build version KTU84L and weighs 91.7 MB.

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T-Mobile has announced that the Android 4.4.3 OTA software update for Nexus 5s and 2013 Nexus 7s is due out starting today. According to information on T-Mobile's support page, the update will bump smartphone owners up to version KTU84M following a 77.9MB download.

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Rumor: Google Exploring 'KITT' For Eyes-Free Functionality In The Car, Always-On Listening

A while ago, we posted about information we'd received indicating that sometime soon, Google's search functionality (and other actions) would be expanding beyond the Search app, moving into other apps for device-wide search interaction and - eventually - app-specific functionality.

It appears that isn't the only Search trick Google is working on, though. According to the information available to us, Google is working on functionality for now known as KITT (get it?) or "Android Eyes Free" internally.

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Future Versions Of Android Are Likely To Block System Write Access Outside Of Recovery, Even To Root Users

Over the years, Google has been shoring up security on Android in a bid to make the operating system more attractive to governments and businesses, and to reduce the threat of malware for regular users. Unfortunately, these changes often come at the expense of flexibility in our beloved platform. As we close in on the next major release of Android, due to be announced next month, SuperSU developer Chainfire has discovered a set of commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) that may seriously impact some of the functionality currently enjoyed by many root users.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Is Rolling Out To The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung leaves no phone behind. Well okay, it does, but not all the time. I mean, certainly not a flagship device... usually. At any rate, the Galaxy Note II on Sprint is getting bumped up to Android 4.4 as we speak. Isn't that nice?

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Sense 6 Update Is Heading Out To Verizon HTC One (M7) Owners

You know the drill by now. HTC has been pushing through the Sense 6 update to the old HTC One on US carriers, and now Verizon has given it the all clear. That means Big Red's M7 is getting the OTA update with Sense 6 starting today.

2014-05-28 13_57_37-www.verizonwireless.com_dam_support_pdf_system_update_htc-one-05-28-14.pdf

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