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[How To] Update the Nexus 5 to official Android 4.4.3

Google has now started rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update via OTA to the Nexus 5 as well. The update brings about bug fixes along with a new dialer app. The OTA links have been captured through which users who are yet to receive the update can download and install it manually. The following instructions illustrate two methods by which the update can be installed. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy the latest Android OS on your Nexus 5.

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[How To] Update Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi version to official Android 4.4.3

Google officially released Android 4.4.3 yesterday in the form of factory images and binaries for its Nexus line of devices. The latest update to the Android OS brings about security enhancements and various bug fixes. And the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi only version tab is the first device to get it via OTA. As it may take some, or in few instances, a lot of time for the update to appear via OTA for each user, we have mentioned below the steps of installing the update manually. Follow them and get up and running with the latest Android OS on your device.

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[How To] Root Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) running on Android 4.4.2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) received official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update yesterday. The international variant of the phablet can be updated to the latest Android version via OTA directly. However, if you haven’t yet received the OTA update and do not want to wait for it, we also saw how you can install it manually through Odin.

And now, a way to root the device has also been worked out thanks to XDA Senior Member smeet.somaiya. The process involves installing a custom recovery via Odin and then flashing the SuperSu app from it. For the detailed procedure, follow the below steps to root your Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) running on Android 4.4.2.

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[How To] Update Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) to official Android 4.4.2

Samsung has began rolling out the official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the International Galaxy Note 2 (N7100). The update was first spotted today in France by users which received it via OTA. As OTA updates are always released in stages, it may take a while for everyone to get it on their devices. Luckily, the OTA link has been captured and you can manually install the update via Odin rather than waiting for it to arrive via OTA.

The update, other than allowing users to run the latest version of Android on their phablet, brings about many other new features. These include UI tweaks such as the white status bar icons on the transparent status bar, full screen album art and a Nexus-like TV screen off animation. The update also results in faster performance along with wireless printing and NFC tap-to-pay support. A camera shortcut has also been added to the lockscreen. Follow the below steps to update your Galaxy Note 2.

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OnePlus One officially launched: Specs, Features, Pricing & Release Date

OnePlus One

Today OnePlus officially announced its first Android smartphone, the One, at an event in China. The device runs on a custom build of CyanogenMod 11 based on Android 4.4 KitKat and boasts of impressive specs on the hardware front at a comparatively low price. Continue reading

[How To] Install TWRP Custom Recovery on Samsung Galaxy S5 (klte)

Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S5, has a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 GB RAM. It also has 16/32 GB internal storage which can be further expanded via MicroSD card, 16 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and 2800 mAh battery. The device was launched a couple of months back and runs on Android 4.4.2.

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) have now launched their official custom recovery for this device. A custom recovery, as we know, is very useful for performing many crucial operations such as installing a custom ROM, factory resetting your device, managing and restoring backups and many more. The TWRP custom recovery is widely used and is popular for its interface and easy to perform actions. There are many ways to install this recovery on your device. Let us see how to install it via Odin.

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[How To] Install Official CyanogenMod 11 ROM on the HTC One Mini (M4)

The CyanogenMod team have extended their support to the HTC One Mini (M4) by developing their Android 4.4.2 based CM 11 ROM for it. It all started with the initial release of a test build a couple of days back with nightly builds now also available.

The HTC One Mini was launched in July last year after the tremendous success of its bigger brother, the One (M7). The One Mini had a 4.3-inch screen, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 4 MP UltraPixel camera and 1.6 MP front-facing camera. It originally ran on Android 4.2.2. Now follow the below steps to install the official CyanogenMod 11 ROM, running on Android 4.4.2, on it.

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[How To] Root Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F)

Samsung launched its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S5, last month. It features a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage which can be further expanded via MicroSD card, 16 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera and 2800 mAh battery. It also has fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, is dust and water resistant and runs on Android 4.4.2.

The device hasn’t been released yet but a way to root the International variant of it (SM-G900F) has already been achieved. The credit for it goes to XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire whose CF-Auto-Root tool roots the device and installs the SuperSu app on it. Follow the below mentioned steps to easily root your Galaxy S5. Do note however that the method has been tested to work only for the SM-G900F variant, so do not try this on any other model as it may brick your device.

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HTC confirms Google Play Edition of the new One (M8)

HTC One M8

Soon after announcing its latest flagship device, HTC has confirmed that a Google Play edition of the smartphone will also be available in the Play Store. In fact, just like the quick availability of the standard One (M8), the Google Play edition is already live in the Play Store in the US for $699. Continue reading