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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is undoubtedly the most unique form factor in Google's collection of Nexus and Nexus-like devices today. What we've gotten out of it so far is just that - if you're looking for a replacement for a device you've got in your pocket already, something that's just an upgrade from a large smartphone you've had in the past, this isn't it. Instead you've got a device that's massively solid and feels like a whole new generation in in-between greatness.
HTC has pulled back the curtain on Android updates, launching a new site detailing each stage of the OS upgrade process in the hope of minimizing complaints about software fragmentation. The new site, promising "transparency", not only shows the status of HTC's current devices and what Android version they're running, but comprehensively details the full rigamarole each new release must go through before it can arrive on owners' phones.