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Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

As we’ve learned from the past several releases of Google’s mobile operating system Android, "Android L" will barely touch your smartphone. Today we’ll use Android 4.4 KitKat as an example of how little Google’s changes affect the wide world of Android smartphones and tablets. To do this, we’ll have to remember October of 2013 when we released our SlashGear 101: Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new.

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Using your phone to wake up rested in the morning

Using your phone to wake up rested in the morning

There’s an app by the name of "Sleep Cycle" that takes the prospect of waking up every morning completely refreshed and aims to make it a reality. All you need is a smartphone with an accelerometer to make it work - and you need the app too, of course, which will cost you a couple of bucks. We’re here to tell you that it’s worth the cash - based on our first few tries with the setup, that is to say.

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CAT B15Q smartphone combines KitKat and ruggedness

CAT B15Q smartphone combines KitKat and ruggedness

Caterpillar has expanded upon its B15 rugged smartphone (check out our hands-on) with the updated B15Q. With the newest rugged offering comes KitKat, something said to make it the first globally-available rugged smartphone that offers the latest version of Android.

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Acer Liquid Z200 is a budget KitKat smartphone

Acer Liquid Z200 is a budget KitKat smartphone

Acer introduced a couple of new E-Series smartphones yesterday, and accompanying them later this year will be a lower-end smartphone that falls into the budget range, the Liquid Z200. With this phone will come modest specs and the latest version of Android.

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LG Volt aims to take on Moto G in budget arena

LG Volt aims to take on Moto G in budget arena

In an effort to rule - once again - the arena of lower-end smartphones in the United States, LG has revealed the LG Volt. This device will be rolling out with a (relatively large for a lesser-smartphone) 4.7-inch IPD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. This device will also be delivered with an 8-megapixel camera at its back.

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Blu Studio 6.0 HD arrives with focus on display

Blu Studio 6.0 HD arrives with focus on display

Blu has taken the wraps off its latest handset, the phablet-sized Studio 6.0 HD. With this model comes a strong focus on the display, with Blu saying the Studio 6.0 HD is the company's best smartphone to date. Among other things, the handset offers a 6-inch 245ppi HD screen.

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Samsung Galaxy KitKat software updates rolling out today

Samsung Galaxy KitKat software updates rolling out today

Today Samsung has revealed their plan to update one whole heck of a lot of smartphones to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. They’ve not been entirely specific about when each of these devices will be getting said update, but their news blast suggests that they’re preparing essentially their entire 2013 lot of devices for the next wave. This update includes Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s own enhancements in tow.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets: leaks spill the beans

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets: leaks spill the beans

According to a collection of documents shared this afternoon relatively anonymously, the Samsung tablet division is readying three new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 devices for Mobile World Congress 2014. These devices will each be incrementally better than their predecessors, coming up with cameras and processing power roughly on-par with the Samsung Galaxy S III for each iteration - roughly. These devices will also each be released with Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Verizon Nexus 7 (2013) arrives February 13th, activations in tow

Verizon Nexus 7 (2013) arrives February 13th, activations in tow

Just this morning a set of photos of the box for the Verizon version of the Nexus 7 were leaked, now here in the afternoon we're seeing the real deal. Verizon will be releasing the Nexus 7 (2013) starting on the 13th of February where the device will be available for the cool $349.99 online and in real-life store locations. This price is off-contract, while attached to a 2-year contract the device will cost $249.99 USD - placing it in a rather interesting place amongst the rest of the Verizon-bound tablets today.

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HTC One KitKat update late: coming clean on 2-weeks

HTC One KitKat update late: coming clean on 2-weeks

This afternoon the folks at HTC have let it be known that their original 90-day window for the full update of the HTC One to Android 4.4 KitKat will be missed - if only by a bit. They've suggested that, although they've already (effectively) done their part in actually shipping the software to the carriers in the USA in question, the certification process each of these brands go through after the fact may miss the 90-day window. That goes for AT&T, Spring, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA.

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Moto G Google Play edition makes surprise debut

Moto G Google Play edition makes surprise debut

Google has quietly added the Moto G Google Play edition to its range of pure-Android devices, with the 8GB smartphone - already hugely popular in its standard form - beginning at $179 unsubsidized. The phone - which is being offered in both 8GB and 16GB forms, the latter for a $20 premium - comes with an unmodified version of Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, though no 4G.

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HTC One X+ KitKat update unofficial, Android updates are over

HTC One X+ KitKat update unofficial, Android updates are over

According to the UK office of HTC, the more powerful of the two USA-based HTC One X devices will no longer be receiving Android updates of any kind. This is the HTC One X+, a device which works with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, one available from AT&T, one which will not be seeing KitKat. This comes after a short rumor period in which it was affirmed that HTC’s One X+ would be getting this update - now HTC confirms that this is not true.

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