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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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Lilbits (7-29-2013): Android 4.3 speeds up the original Nexus 7

When the original Google Nexus 7 hit the streets a year ago, it offered crazy good specs for a low price. It was probably the most powerful tablet you could buy for $200. But users started to notice that performance degraded over time, especially after upgrading the OS from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2. Now […]

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9 ROM ported to the Samsung Nexus S smartphone

Developers have been porting custom firmware such as CyanogenMod and AOKP to run on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets since the first models hit the streets last year. The latest Kindle tablets have been a tougher nut to crack thanks to their locked bootloaders. But one developer has decided to work in the other direction: By […]

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Phoenix Devices gets Open webOS to run as an Android app

Since HP released the source code for Open webOS, we’ve seen developers port the operating system to run on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and other devices such as the Asus Transformer Prime tablet. But one day you may be able to run Open webOS on your Android phone or tablet without even rebooting. The folks […]

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Google Android 4.2 ported to the Nexus S phone, Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet

Google has released official builds of Android 4.2 for the latest Nexus phones and tablets. But shortly after Google released the source code for the operating system, independent developers started porting Android 4.2 to run on other devices. That includes the Samsung Nexus S, a phone which Google hasn’t provided an official update for, and the […]

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Android 4.1 coming to Motorola XOOM, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S in July

Google has introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the next version of the company’s mobile operating system. It features improved search, voice search, text input, and camera features and the software development kit will be available today. Starting in mid-July Google will release the source code for Android 4.1, and the company will also release over-the-air […]