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Want to make sure your gadget is running the latest software? Sometimes that’s easy… sometimes it’s less easy. And sometimes it’s officially unsupported.

Today’s roundup of tech stories from around the web includes a few OS updates: Hackers have figured out how to install Android 4.4 KitKat on Google’s now-defunct Nexus Q media streaming orb. Meanwhile, Mozilla has provided official instructions for loading Firefox OS 1.1 on the ZTE Open, one of the first phones to ship with Firefox OS 1.0.

Mozilla’s update brings support for some pretty basic features, including push notifications, MMS picture messaging, and downloading media files from the web browser.

ZTE Open Firefox OS 1.1 update

Here are some of the headlines in today’s tech news.

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3 replies on “Lilbits (12-23-2013): Updating your devices (officially or not)”

  1. Yep – I have an Archos 80 G9 Turbo that Archos failed to provide any OS upgrade path for, and due to low buyer traffic (the original 80 G9 non-turbo, really was a terrible processor and memory choice for Archos), well, due to low buyer traffic, there has been no Ubuntu hacker provided option that has popped up either. So, it is stuck in old OS version land… AND, with that move, Archos made a mistake as some others I know, will not buy another Archos product because of the possibility they will pull the same trick. My suggestion is to go with a very popular open tablet, the more open, and the more popular the better (as it will have the hacker attention to extend it’s life that we all will want).

  2. Sometimes upgrades are not all that. Like the Android 4.3 auto-update last week that broke text re-flow in all the web browsers on my tablet.

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