Is your Galaxy Note 3 stuck at the startup logo after a manual Android 4.4.2 KitKat upgrade went wrong in Odin? Don’t worry; you almost certainly haven’t bricked it, and it can still be saved. I had the same problem myself this week, so I thought I’d put together a little guide on how to fix it.
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In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has introduced a new experimental runtime — ART a.k.a Android Run Time. Being in nascent stages, Google did not replace Android’s current runtime — Dalvik — with ART. Instead, it has hidden it under Settings for developers and tinkerers to play around with and probably get some feedback.
Back in 2012, Google introduced Chrome for Android and paved the slow and steady way to replace the AOSP browser with it. With the Nexus 4, Google stopped shipping the AOSP browser on Nexus browser and instead replaced it with Chrome for Android.
With KitKat, Google completely killed the AOSP browser and even stopped actively updating it.
Adobe killed Flash Player for Android during the Ice Cream Sandwich days and suggested that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users uninstall the plugin from their device. However, to the delight of many — the Flash player plugin worked flawlessly on Jelly Bean powered devices right until Android 4.3.
Thanks to some underlying changes in Android 4.4 KitKat, the Flash Player plugin does not work properly on the latest version of Android. As always though, someone from the Android community has managed to find a workaround to get Flash Player to work under KitKat.
Earlier this week, Google released the Android 4.4.2 OTA update for all the Nexus devices it currently supports. Unlike the Android 4.4.1 update that was rolled out last week, the latest update to KitKat only fixed a few under-the-hood bugs and patched a major security loophole.
The roll-out of the Android 4.4.2 OTA update has been pretty quick from Google’s side and chances are you must have already received the OTA update notification on your device. However, if you are rooted, the OTA update will fail to install on your Nexus device.
The Moto G has revolutionised the lower-end smartphone market. The handset packs in such a brilliant package of specs and software that it manages to make the Nexus 5 from Google look somewhat overpriced.
Unlike the Moto X, the Moto G comes with a bootloader that can be easily unlocked, making the process of rooting the handset relatively easy.
Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 and other devices from the Nexus series. While the Android 4.4.1 update is mainly aimed at improving the camera performance of the Nexus 5, there are still a lot of changes and bug-fixes for all the other devices that makes the update worth it.
If you have still not received the OTA update on your Nexus device, use our quick guide below to side load the update on your Nexus device.
Earlier today, we reported the various issues Nexus 4 owners are facing after updating their handset to Android 4.4 KitKat including Bluetooth connection dropping, random reboots and more. If you are also having trouble with KitKat on your Nexus 4 and are looking to downgrade to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, here is a quick guide on doing so.
Got yourself a Google Play edition HTC One but still waiting for the Android 4.4 KitKat update? Worry not. If you are impatient enough for the OTA update to arrive, you can always manually install the update on your phone in a few simple steps.
With every new Android version comes a bunch of new bugs. Android 4.4 KitKat is no different with its own share of bugs. One very irritating bug in KitKat that some users have been facing is the Share menu not working properly.