Posts Tagged ‘Kitkat’

T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced the availability of the LG L90 and L70, devices that fall into LG’s L Series III lineup. Both phones were revealed by LG earlier this year. The L90 and L70 run Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s user interface enhancements. The hardware puts LG’s minimalistic design esthetic to use. Shared features include support for Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

  • L90:The L90 is being sold by T-Mobile and supports the carrier’s LTE 4G network. It has a 4.7-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2,540mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel camera configuration. It will be available beginning April 30 for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50, or the full retail price of $228.
  • L70: The L70 will be sold by MetroPCS. It steps the display down to 4.5 inches and 800 x 400 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel/VGA camera configuration. The L70 is available beginning today for $49 after a $100 instant rebate. For a limited time, MetroPCS will offer an additional $49 rebate to customers who pay for two months of service in advance. The L70 supports HSPA+, but not LTE.

Sprint’s variant of the LG G2 should begin receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update beginning today. In addition to KitKat, the update adds cloud printing. The system update is being distributed in waves and may take several days to reach all users.

Motorola has made the Android 4.4.2 system update available to the Moto G. The update installs a new phone dialer, makes performance enhancements to the camera application, adds photo-editing options to the gallery app, adds support for printing via Google Cloud Print, adds the latest version of Hangouts for use with SMS, and makes the G compatible with Square credit card readers. The update can be installed on all versions of the G.

Verizon Wireless today indicated via one of its Twitter accounts that the Android 4.4 KitKat system update is being pushed to the Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini. The update will be distributed in phases, so it may take a few days to reach all users.

The last of the Moto X models is finally getting the Android 4.4 KtiKat update starting today. Motorola has finally announced the beginning of the over-the-air (OTA) update rollout for Sprint customers. Interestingly, even though the U.S. Cellular model of the Moto X reportedly started getting the Android 4.4 update just over one week ago, Motorola is also including that in today’s announcement.

Sprint Moto X finally getting the Android 4.4 KiKat update

Motorola has been moving at break-neck speed on these updates. It pushed out the first update to Verizon models before Google had even begun the rollout to Nexus 4 handsets. Since then, it has released the KitKat updates for the AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular models of the device. Today’s update for the Sprint model completes the set and brings the same features as all the other updates. In addition to the new dialer, UI tweaks, and general KitKat goodies, Motorola has also added camera improvements to allow users to swipe for focus and exposure. 
Now that the Moto X models have the Android 4.4 update, we assume that work will begin on bringing the bug fix updates (4.4.1 & 4.4.2) to the Moto X; and of course Motorola still needs to push KitKat to its DROID lineup. 
source: Motorola

Motorola today made the Moto G Android smartphone available for sale through its web site. Consumers can buy the device directly from Motorola. The Moto G costs $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model. The Moto G was announced earlier this month. It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and 5-megapixel camera. The Moto G ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat early next year. Motorola is selling the unlocked GSM model only. Wireless network operators will sell the CDMA variant in January.

With the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has updated Google Play Services. First, Google says that Play Services 4.0 will not support Android 2.2 Froyo. According to Google, 97% of all Android devices run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up, and dropping support for Froyo is necessary in order to move Play Services forward. Play Services 4.0 adds a new ad SDK for developers. The Maps and Geofencing APIs have been updated to make them more power efficient and more responsive. Developers now have more control over Maps functions that are added to their own apps, and can improve the performance of their geofencing apps and services. Google Play Services 4.0 streamlines the dialog box in apps that use Google+ Sign-In, and adds more tools to Google Wallet. Last, Google has added new advertising tools that allow users to opt out of advertising, as well as to anonymize their identity as it pertains to advertising services.