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Verizon LG G2 Android KitKat 4.4.2 Update Explored

Running on Verizon and available since September 12 of last year, the bestselling LG G2 delivers arguably one of the most versatile and powerful hardware packages of any smartphone. And now the Verizon LG G2 supports the new Android KitKat 4.4.2 operating system update, which delivers the updated Auto Brightness option to the handset. Across-the-board user experience improvements benefit you once you download the new software, and it is recommended you have at least 50% battery life before following through with the over the air transfer.

The phone was recently spotted running on Verizon at a discounted price in the Amazon Wireless store online, and if you have not yet downloaded this upgrade, follow these steps. From your home screen tap Settings then More. Choose About Device and Software Update and then tap OK to check for the available install and update your files. You should also have at least 147 MB of free memory for successful installation onto your Verizon LG G2.

The official changelogs for the LG G2 show a new lock screen access and media controls, including full-screen album art. You can now also access your camera through a shortcut provided on the lock screen and can set your preferred default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages. Android KitKat 4.4.2 on the Verizon LG G2 also delivers restyled navigation and status bars. Expanded and additional Emoji Icons are supported, as is wireless printing through both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options.

And if annoying mobile pop-up messages frustrate you, the Prevention Information feature blocks these unwanted interruptions. Also, although the onboard 3,000 mA battery provides a generous 18.2 hours of run time after a full charge, the new software upgrade includes improved battery efficiency and faster processing speed. This allows the Snapdragon 800 processor to run at speeds of up to 2.3 GHz. The LG G2 is one of the most dedicated smartphones concerning delivering quality audio and supports 24 bit 192 kHz Hi-Fi playback that reproduces studio-like quality sound.

Designed with a slim form factor that measures just 8.9 mm (0.35 inches) in thickness, the Verizon LG G2 offers a large 5.2 inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. 2.0 GB of RAM memory is offered, as is 32 GB of built-in data storage space. The rear-facing 13.0 megapixel snapper delivers simultaneous video and image recording in high definition and is capable of 1,080P HD resolution video recording. Also on board is a front facing chat cam, as well as an FM Stereo radio with RDS display functionality.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Moving Forward

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most popular devices on the market that is not made by Apple and according to reports, it looks like the Android 4.4 KitKat software is starting to finally spread to more users.  The Exynos powered SM-N900 is the model being referred to in many reports from this week and last week which is when the update first started to roll out.  Typically, an update like this will roll out in stages with maybe 10% of the overall users getting the first look at it with that number rising each week until all of the devices have been updated.

Last week the Android 4.4 KitKat software first showed up on the international version that is running on the Snapdragon 800 processor according to some users in Poland.  Unbranded devices that work internationally are typically the first on the list to get any software update and now that the Exynos model is seeing the same, it is safe to say that the update is moving forward without any issues.  The reason for slow rollouts is so that the company can keep an eye on whether or not there will be major hassles for users once the software gets installed.

Many of the online sources reporting about the update have been tracking it for a few weeks now and as more users report the download notification arrived, they are reporting on it right away to keep others ahead of the game.  The update that is coming to the Exynos model is the same one that went out to the international models just last week and that includes all of the same features.  Because the update is an incremental one, there will not be massive changes to the overall design, however, it does build on the Jelly Bean foundation.

Samsung’s version of the Android 4.4 KitKat software comes with an improved lock screen, emoji support, switching between stock messaging and Hangouts, plus a better keyboard.  As of right now, it remains unclear as to when Samsung is going to get the same update to the Galaxy S4 users.  The first quarter is when the company announced that the software was coming, so that could be the end of March at this point.  The Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 are also expected to see the same update.

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