Owners of the ASUS PadFone 2 have received something of a pleasant surprise with the release of an official manufacturer-supported upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. The news comes despite the fact the this device is over two years old, having originally been released in December 2012.
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Sony have announced an update programme that will see a number of its devices receive Android 4.4 KitKat, in addition to a range of app and user interface improvements. There is also tighter integration with the company’s non-mobile products, as some design elements of the revised UI have been borrowed from the Sony PlayStation 4.
There is some good news for Android owners in the UK, with the announcement that it is now possible to download BBC iPlayer programmes on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or better. Download functionality was previously highly restricted, but the new policy means that 96% of those who use the Android iPlayer app will be able to store programmes on their devices.
The developers behind Android-x86 have released a version of Android KitKat for AMD or Intel-based computers.
Reports are emerging that Samsung is preparing to release an Android 4.4 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The speculation about the roll-out of the latest version of Android comes despite the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S III was released back in May 2012.
Polish owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have started to receive an update to the latest version of Android. The phablet is one of Samsung’s flagship devices, which will become even more attractive to potential buyers with the availability of Android 4.4 KitKat.
The successor to the HTC One is looking increasingly likely to make its debut running Sense 6 and Android 4.4.2. The forthcoming Android smartphone has been subject to increased attention in recent weeks, with a launch looking likely early in 2014.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has hit out at Google after it emerged that the App Ops interface was removed from Android in the recent 4.4.2 update. App Ops was introduced with Android 4.3, making it possible to disable specific permissions for individual apps.
LG Estonia has apologised after mistakenly announcing that an update to Android 4.4 KitKat was available for the LG Optimus G. News of the update quickly spread across the internet, with many LG Optimus G owners hoping that it would quickly spread across Europe, before being made available to the rest of the world.
HTC One owners in Europe will start to receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat from late January 2014. The version of HTC’s custom user interface will remain the same, however, with Sense 5.5 included alongside the latest version of Android.