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Galaxy-Note-3-KitKat

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.

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. 

Google-Chrome-logo

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-Flash-Logo

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. 

Nexus-5-Android-4-4-1

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.

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