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KitKat update roundup: S4 and HTC One (GPe), Nexus 4, Moto X and more
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KitKat update roundup: S4 and HTC One (GPe), Nexus 4, Moto X and more

You may have heard recently that the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One were getting the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment. Well, the makeover has officially started and has begun appearing on those Google Play devices. Last week, the Moto X miraculously became the first non-Nexus device to get the newest Android version before the Nexus 4 and several manufacturers have since announced rollout plans for the tasty treat on their flagship smartphones.

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The KitKat rollout continues, now on Google Play edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One./ © AndroidPIT

The Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are the latest on the list of smartphones getting Android 4.4, adding to the existing list so far of the Nexus 5, both versions of the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Moto X, and Nexus 4. The Google Play edition updates began rolling out two days ago, and we are getting pretty solid reports that the update is running as smoothly as expected. Not so on the Nexus 4 which seems to be facing some issues after Google noted a major bug that needed to be ironed out first. Needless to say, Nexus 4 owners have still had a rocky run of it, with reports of lockscreen and dialler problems, Play Store popups, bugs in Quick Settings and bad navigation key response, random reboots and poor battery life.

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The Nexus 4 and Moto X are also running Android 4.4 now. / © AndroidPIT/Google/Motorola

If you have the OTA update on your HTC One or Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, let us know how you're enjoying it, and if you happen to have a Moto X we'd love to hear if you're getting a better experience than Nexus 4 owners. Meanwhile we've seen some more announcements from Sony about which Xperia devices will get Android 4.4 and a supposedly official Samsung document showing a rollout schedule for Samsung's flagships. HTC have provided a loose schedule already too, along with Motorola's update roster.

Do you have KitKat on your immediate horizon? Are you happy with your OEMs rollout schedule?


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  • I feel bad for everyone who's looking forward to KitKat from the perspective of 4.2.2. There wasn't much to get excited about in 4.3 and there's not too much (other than transparency!) in 4.4. I've had a couple minor bugs on my N4, but nothing too traumatizing. Plus, I've switched back to my old launcher (I hate the huge icons), so my KitKat experience isn't that noticeable.

  • i just update my nexus 4 but i loose the flash player

  • It would be nice if kit kat brought all the functions as the N5 but that didn't happen. I did notice that I'm missing the tap and pay settings.... I did notice that it became very laggy at times and also shut off on its own. Other than that I guess it's ok but I feel let down since I was so anxious about the update which ended up being no different than 4.3. :-(

  • bharat Nov 28, 2013 Link to comment

    IMEI number on my N4 vanished after upgrading to kitkat via OTA. Had to get the entire PCB replaced from LG service center. Now back to 4.3 as LG has not yet released kitkat for N4. I am in India so support is provided by LG

  • I didn't find any real differences between 4.3 & 4.4 on my N4 and without the GEL it is barely noticeable, definitely just a tweak rather than any major change. I guess its the lower spec phones that will really see an advantage with KitKat. The impression of a 'full screen' is a nice touch in the GEL but I don't like the fact that the Home screen is not 'centered' and Google Now dominates the left hand panel. I think overall I'm neutral and will probably switch to a CM ROM as I like the improved functionality they bring whilst keeping a 'stock' feel. I haven't seen any bugs and my battery life seems the same.