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Motorola XOOM gets unofficial Android 4.4 update (near its 3rd birthday)

Once upon a time Google treated tablets as second-class citizens in the Android ecosystem. Then the company partnered with Motorola (which Google hadn’t yet acquired) to release the first officially sanctioned Android tablet in 2011. It’s been almost exactly 3 years since the Motorola XOOM was unveiled, and Google and Motorola have largely abandoned the […]

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Lilbits (12-02-2013): Android 4.4 for the HTC HD2 (phone that won’t die)

The year was 2009. Microsoft was getting ready to launch a dramatically new version of its smartphone operating system which would require phones with some pretty powerful hardware. The HTC HD2 fit the bill, but it actually shipped with Windows Mobile 6.5. Many folks figured it would just be a matter of time before it […]

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Paranoid Android 4.0 Immersive mode gives you more screen real estate

Google rolled out a new “immersive mode” feature with Android 4.4 KitKat. Apps that take advantage of it can run in full-screen mode, eliminating the notification bar and on-screen buttons and allowing you to bring them back with a gesture. But app developers have to tap into Google’s API to fully take advantage of Google’s […]

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Unofficial KitKat: Nexus 5 rooted, Android 4.4 ROMs arrive for older devices

A day after Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and launched the Nexus 5 smartphone, independent developers have started working with both. It’s now possible for anyone to root a Nexus 5 phone, and custom ROMs based on Android 4.4 KitKat have started to arrive for older phones and tablets. It’s always easy to unlock the […]

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Android 4.4 might support older phones, but not the Galaxy Nexus

Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone ships with Android 4.4 KitKat. The company also plans to offer Android 4.4 as a software update for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 in the coming weeks. Notice anything missing? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus won’t be getting an Android 4.4 update from Google. That’s despite the fact […]

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Google schedules an event for October 24th, no news planned

Google is holding an event in New York City on October 24th, which the company is billing as “a night out with Google Play,” featuring music, movies, and games. That could be a sign that the company will show off updates to the Google Play Store and unveil new content — or maybe Google just […]

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Lilbits (10-03-2013): Hello Android 4.4?

About the only things Google has said about Android 4.4 KitKat are that there’s a new version of Android in the works, and that it’s called Android 4.4 KitKat. But it’s likely that this’ll be the version of Google’s mobile operating system that ships on the next Nexus smartphone, it’ll probably be available for older […]

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Lilbits (9-20-2013): A little taste of KitKat (or Key Lime Pie)

Someone at Google uploaded a few new screenshots of the Korean IME keyboard input app to the Google Play Store… and accidentally gave us a first look at Android 4.4. The images have since been removed, but in the left corner where you’d normally find a Jelly Bean debug icon when running Android 4.1 or […]

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Most popular Liliputing articles from 8/30 – 9/06

The annual IFA consumer electronics show kicked off in Berlin this week, and there were some major announcements, including the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, new laptops and tablets from Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus, and a few surprises from Alcatel One Touch and Qualcomm. But the most […]