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Top 5 news: Galaxy S3, turn Note 2 into Note 3, Android 4.4.2 battery drain, Nexus 7, KitKat...

In the news this week: with the announcement of the Samsung Z as the first Tizen-based smartphone, we had a look at the new operating system competition between Samsung and Google. In a reader poll we also asked what you look for most in a new smartphone - "processor and specs" came out on top with "previous experience with manufacturer" lingering near the bottom. Loyalty apparently counts for nothing in the current smartphone climate. Let's have a look at some of the bigger stories of the week...

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Top five news of the week © AndroidPIT

How to transform your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 into a Note 3

By integrating many of the features from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 into the Note 3, users are able to bring their older device up to date. Your Galaxy Note 2 must be rooted and unlocked, but after a simple procedure you will able to make use of cool features like “multiwindow” and “unlock with signature.” Have a look at our how to transform your Galaxy Note 2 into a Note 3 article to find out more.

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Get the features of the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 on your Galaxy Note 2! © AndroidPIT

Android 4.4.2 battery drain fix for Sony Xperia Z and co.

Battery problems following an update are nothing new, and the Sony Xperia range were the latest devices to suffer problems after upgrading to Android 4.4.2. The devices drain battery while seemingly inactive - read our Android 4.4.2 battery drain fix for Sony Xperia Z article to find out what it's all about.

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Android 4.4.2 can really take the life out of the Sony Xperia Z © AndroidPIT

Galaxy S3 to get KitKat after all?

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 3G were expecting to miss out on the sweet KitKat experience after Samsung officially announced they wouldn't be supporting it. However it looks like some lucky Samsung S3 4G owners could receive the 4.4 update. Interesting...

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Looks like good things are coming to Galaxy S3 owners internationally. © AndroidPIT

Android 4.4.3 OTA file now available for the Nexus 7 3G (2012)

As you may be aware, Android 4.4.3 was recently brought to most of Google's Nexus devices. Now, after a slight delay, it should be hitting the Nexus 7 3G (2012). If you are still waiting on the OTA 4.4.3 update for your Google Nexus 7, you can even side load it yourself. It's pretty much the same procedure as for the Nexus 5. 

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Why wait for your carrier to get your hands on the Nexus 7 update? © AndroidPIT

How to install Android KitKat on the Galaxy S3

Though Google may be leaving the Samsung Galaxy S3 3G out to dry, never fear because here at AndroidPIT we have created a handy guide on how to manually install KitKat on your S3. There's nothing untoward about this, Samsung even provide the tools to do it. Take that, Google. 

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (left) verses 4.4 KitKat (right) © AndroidPIT
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