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LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

The hip thing for hardware brands to announce this week appears to be their schedule for updating their smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat, and LG is aboard right alongside the rest with its G2 for Q1 2014. The LG G2 is the current hero smartphone for the company, with the curved LG G Flex coming in only slightly more recently. The LG G2 has ben pegged for the month of March inside 2014 for a full upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, to be precise.

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Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

Project Svelte: Android 4.4 KitKat works on entry-level thanks to modded Nexus 4

In the creation of the newest version of Google's mobile operating system Android 4.4 KitKat, the developers responsible for testing it did so on modified Nexus 4 devices. One key element in the creation of the full feature set of Android 4.4 KitKat was "Project Svelte", a name for a goal that was to bring the software to any device running a mere 512MB of RAM. To create a system that worked this way, Android developers didn't go out and grab a 512MB smartphone, they crippled their Nexus 4 devices to do the work instead.

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Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

This week there's word on the expected range of dates for the Android 4.4 KitKat software update for the current and second-most recent set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Notes. This tip suggests that models GT-I9500, SM-N900, GT-I9300, and SM-N7100 will all be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat inside of 2014, with the newest set of devices seeing this update inside of January.

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Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

It's time already to see the Moto G hit the market in the USA despite previous suggestion that we'd have to wait until 2014. That is, if you're all about working with the GSM model of the device rather than the CDMA version, meaning you'll be working with the likes of AT&T and/or T-Mobile rather than Verizon. This single model works with a 4.5-inch display and a quad-core processor for $179 USD off-contract.

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Nexus 4 KitKat software update arrives OTA, Nexus family in the wings

Nexus 4 KitKat software update arrives OTA, Nexus family in the wings

There's a collection of factory images prepared by Google just waiting for the final push to airwaves for Android 4.4 KitKat on the remaining Nexus smartphones out in the wild this week. Meanwhile the Nexus 4, the smaller of the two smartphones offered up by Google right this minute, is seeing its Android 4.4 KitKat update arrive over-the-air this afternoon. This push upgrades the device to essentially the same software as exists on the LG-made Nexus 5 since earlier this month.

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HTC One KitKat software update assured by end of January

HTC One KitKat software update assured by end of January

While the world is left in shock by the fact that the Verizon version of the Motorola-made Moto X saw the Android 4.4 KitKat update before the rest of the Nexus family, HTC has assured that the HTC One will be next. They've made this re-assurance in the form of a mini-tweet and subsequent push on the idea that their 90-day promise would be met. That's 90-days after the reveal of Android 4.4 KitKat that their HTC One hero phone would be rolling smooth with the candy layout.

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Moto G specifications and price aim for mid-tier dominance

Moto G specifications and price aim for mid-tier dominance

There's little argument over where Motorola is aiming with the Moto G. Having already made a mark in the United States with the Moto X in its customizable, hands-free mode-toting, multi-carrier subsidized form, this generation's hero phone for Motorola goes international with a taste the budget-friendly. This device works with a 4.5-inch LCD display at 1280 x 720 pixels (329PPI) up front with a 5-megapixel on its back, for starters.

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