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Lilbits (11-14-2013): Google Android 4.4 KitKat factory images released

Google started rolling out over-the-air software updates bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to its latest tablets this week. Now the company has also posted factory images online, which means it’s relatively safe to start building or installing custom ROMs and mucking about in other ways — since there’s now a way to grab the stock images […]

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Android 4.4 KitKat arrives for the Google Nexus 7, Nexus 10 tablets

Google is starting to roll out Android 4.4 KitKat for its line of Nexus phones and tablets. Starting November 12th, 2013 users of the WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets should start to receive over-the-air updates. Both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets are getting the software update. Updates for the Google Nexus […]

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Lilbits (11-7-2013): Internet Archive hit by fire, Nexus 5 hit by dissection tools

Backing up the data on your computer, phone, and other devices is a good way to make sure you don’t lose anything in the event of a fire or other disaster. The folks at the non-profit Internet Archive go a bit further by trying to make backups of everything they can — books, web pages, movies, […]

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Lilbits (11-05-2013): Another peek inside the Google Nexus 5

Another high profile device, another teardown from iFixit. The repair shop has ripped open a Google Nexus 5 to get a look at its insides. They liked what they saw, deeming the Nexus 5 relatively easy to repair — but let’s be honest. the odds of you fixing the $350 phone yourself instead of buying […]

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KitKat: Thousands petition Google for official Galaxy Nexus update, indie devs port Android 4.4 to more phones

Google plans to offer Android 4.4 updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 tablets, and companies including HTC and Samsung are starting to reveal their update plans. But despite the efforts of third party developers to port Android 4.4 to run on the 2011-era Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google still has no plans […]

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Android 4.4 KitKat ported to run on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Google may have no plans to release an official Android 4.4 software update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But the nice thing about phones that ship with unlocked bootloaders is that you can load your own software — and like most Nexus devices, there’s a pretty healthy developer community involved with the Galaxy Nexus. So […]

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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 […]