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Top 5 News: S3 Jelly Bean updates, WhatsApp on PC, KitKat and Nexus 5

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Nov 9, 2013

It's been an insane week here: the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat were released late last week, we got our shiny new Google flagship and put it through its paces and uncovered as much KitKat information as we could get our chocolate-covered hands on. Samsung revealed their plans for folding smartphone displays, we shared tips and tricks for BBM, Google silently disabled Android Device Manager and we compared the Nexus 5 to the LG G2 and also to the Nexus 4. But the weekend is here and there's time to relax and unwind and catch up on the biggest stories of the week.

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Top 5 News of the Week. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S3 gets Android 4.3

The good old Galaxy S3 scooped the top two posts this week, showing that just because shiny new Nexus phones and Android updates are out, there's not still plenty of us rocking older phones with older Android versions. The S3 is still a massively popular device, and the leaked firmware, followed by the official firmware rollout, and what changes it brought to the Galaxy S3 were the hottest tamales on AndroidPIT over the last seven days. The questions remains: have you got your Jelly Bean fix yet and how do you like it if you have?

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean finally comes to land on the Galaxy S3. / © AndroidPIT

How to install WhatsApp on your PC

Just because WhatsApp doesn't support tablets or PC installation doesn't mean that it's not possible. With our clever tutorial you can get WhatsApp fired up and running on your desktop. Be warned though, there's not much you can do about WhatsApp's one-device-only policy, so unless you have a spare phone number or don't want WhatsApp on your other device anymore, this PC-based version will be the only one you can have running.

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Yes, you can even get WhatsApp on your PC if you know how. / © AndroidPIT

Android 4.4 KitKat: Samsung, Motorola & HTC confirm update for devices

In case you couldn't already tell just how hungry our readers are for update news that affects them, the number three spot this week was the confirmed dates and devices that will receive manufacturer updates of KitKat. Some schedules are a little vague, some device lists aren't as long as you might like, but either way, this is essential reading if you aspire to run KitKat at some point.

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We all want KitKat, but who of us is actually going to get it? / © AndroidPIT

Android 4.4: The design changes at a glance

Android 4.4 KitKat is here, and we've already shared the new feature breakdown as well as the hidden features not everyone knows about, but it seems what you most wanted to know was just how different the new OS will look compared to Jelly Bean. It certainly has a prettier interface, so we pulled together all the major design differences you can expect to see in the new candy treat from Google, if and when your device gets it.

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Android 4.4 sure looks pretty, but how is it different to Jelly Bean? / © Google

Nexus 5 review: the measure of all things great and small

Whether you're a fan of Nexus devices or not, they get used so often as a benchmark with which to compare other devices that it's essential to at least be vaguely familiar with what they offer, especially considering they tend to cost a lot less than other flagship devices and quite often perform just as well. We got our Nexus 5 and wrote an in-depth review of what was good, what was bad, and what we liked and didn't like about Google's newest Nexus flagship.

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The Nexus 5 is finally here and it's worth getting to know. / © AndroidPIT
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Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Kris Carlon
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    Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

    It's ok guys, everyone has a bad day sometimes. Let's all play nice.

  • Oh stop grammar Nazi

  • Poor @chet smith. I hope that he will learn the spelling of "that". :D

  • Poor Shelly Jay. I hope thst when she graduates from Grammer School she will be able to ask a question in an intelligent way.

  • You published an article about a list of manufacturers updating to KitKat.

    Where is the list, please?

    • Kris Carlon
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      Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

      Hi @Shelly Jay, the ''list'' you so politely requested is in the title of the article: Samsung, Motorola, HTC. I think LG and Sony have also added confirmations for some devices now too. Because you asked so nicely, we might even publish an updated list.

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