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Dec 29, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat Update Arriving on Micromax Canvas Series




We reported in late September Indian OEM Micromax plans to offer an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade to some of its high-end smartphones, including the Canvas Doodle 2, Canvas 4 and Canvas HD.

However, a few weeks later Micromax reportedly stopped working on bringing this major update to its Android smartphones. No details on the reasons behind Micromax's decision leaked online, but those who owned one of the said devices were left with an unpleasant feeling the Indian company doesn't care too much about software updates. Well, it appears that Micromax had indeed dropped work on Android 4.3, but the reasons will sure please fans of the Indian brand. MMXNewscaster reports Micromax is currently readying Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade for lots of its smartphones in both mid- and high-end range.

According to a leaked internal document, the following Micromax smartphones are eligible for an Android 4.4 KitKat update next year: A250, A240, A210, A200, A117, A116, A116i, A115, A114, A113, A111, A110Q, A110, A101 and A100. As one can see in the picture attached to this article, some of the smartphones mentioned earlier will receive the latest Android 4.4.2 update, while the rest will get Android 4.4 KitKat. For the time being, only the Canvas series of smartphones has been confirmed to receive Android 4.4 KitKat, so Bolt series users may want to switch to one of these devices if they want to take advantage of the latest version of Google's mobile platform.

Unfortunately, the leaked document does not mention any release dates for the update, but we suspect more details will surface in the coming weeks. Hopefully, Micromax will not change its plans for the KitKat update like it did with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade. Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming Android 4.4 updates for the Canvas series.

Micromax Android 4.4 KitKat update scheduler
Image credits to MMXNewscaster

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Coming to AT&T with Codename SM-P907A




There have been many leaks regarding Samsung's next lineup of tablets, which are supposed to be unveiled next year at Consumers Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fairs.

The Galaxy Note Pro seems to be the top of the line Samsung tablet and rumor has it the slate will go official in February, probably at MWC 2014. There's no word on price tag and availability yet, but we know for sure it will be picked by many carriers around the world.

Android fans in the United States will be pleased to know Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will arrive in their country via AT&T with model number SM-P907A. The information recently emerged via @evleaks, so we expect it to be somewhat accurate. Stay tuned for more updates on Samsung Galaxy Note Pro's availability.

Samsung Galaxy Note tablet
Image credits to evleaks

Sony WALKMAN App Update Adds Enhanced Offline Download Speed




Sony's proprietary multimedia application WALKMAN has just received another update meant to improve overall user experience. The latest build promises to bring better download speeds, easier access to some functions, and new features.

XperiaBlog reports that Sony WALKMAN build number 8.1.A.0.3 is now available for download on every compatible Xperia device. According to the official changelog, the latest update adds improved download speed for offline Music Unlimited content and easier access to options for each song, album, artist and playlist.

Last but not least, Sony WALKMAN users will now be able to transfer Music Unlimited content using the one-touch function. Obviously, some performance enhancements and bug fixes have been included as well. The latest update has been confirmed for availability on Sony Xperia Z series via Update Center, so make sure you check it out.

Sony WALKMAN app (screenshot)
Image credits to XperiaBlog

Android 4.4.2 KitKat-Based AOKP ROMs Now Available for Download




CyanogenMod might have been the first to release custom ROMs based on the Android 4.4 KitKat platform, but others weren’t too far behind either.

The first nightly builds of the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) software to be based on the Android 4.4.2 OS version are now available for download, although only for a small number of devices. Among these, we can count the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus smartphones, as well as the Galaxy S 3 (Verizon, ATT, T-Mo, USC), Galaxy S 4 (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mo, USC), and Galaxy Note 2 (ATT, T-Mo, LTE-Intl.).

Moreover, owners of the HTC One (ATT, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mo, Intl.) can also download it, along with Xperia Z, ZL, Xperia T and Xperia V users. Those who would like to download and install these ROMs should head over to the AOKP website for that. They should also keep in mind that a device wipe will be necessary.

Android 4.4 KitKat
Image credits to Google

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