Android News 11 January 2014 – 12:00 GMT / 07:00 EST:
- Motorola Promotion Still Stands: Buy a Moto X and get a Chromecast for Free
- Android 4.3 Available For Dell Venue 7 and Venue Through OTA Update
- HP Might Release its First Android Phone Next Week
- Android KitKat Test Firmware for Galaxy S4 Leaked
1. Motorola Promotion Still Stands: Buy a Moto X and get a Chromecast for Free
After dropping the retail price of Moto X to $399 for the 16GB version, now there is yet another tempting promotion, which offers a Chromecast for free, if you go for the unlocked Moto X with 16GB or 32GB internal storage.
The promotion has started a few days ago and will be valid until January 14th. What you need to do is as simple as designing your own Moto X, ordering a Chromecast dongle, and use the “STREAM” promo code to be eligible for the promotion.
So, for $449 you’ll get a 32GB Customized Moto X and a Chromecast dongle.
2. Android 4.3 Available For Dell Venue 7 and Venue Through OTA Update
Dell Venue tablets are mostly known for their Atom processors, and according to many reports from Dell support and XDA forums, the company is now rolling out the OTA update for both Venue 7 and Venue 8 to upgrade the firmware to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Other than obvious Jelly Bean 4.3 improvements, camera focus and compression as well as touch response have been also improved.
So, if you own either of these devices (or maybe both), head to the System Updates and update your device.
3. HP Might Release its First Android Phone Next Week
HP seems to be officially joining the Android phones manufcaturers, by launching a Galaxy Note-like device in the next week at an affordable $200 price. The company reportedly is planning to launch its budget 5.5 inches phone, so called HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, to prepaid and emerging markets sometime “as soon as next week”.
4. Android KitKat Test Firmware for Galaxy S4 Leaked
It is really find to name any not-Nexus (we are kind of counting Moto X series as Nexus devices) devices which have already been updated to Android 4.4.2, even if you always keep updating yourself with the latest Android news.
While HTC is promising this month to roll out the KitKat update for HTC One, Samsung is planning to release the update for Galaxy S4 in mid-Q1 2014 (read: February or March). But if you don’t like waiting, you can install the leaked Android 4.4.2 KitKat test firmware, to be one of the first to experience the Android 4.4.2 on their Galaxy S4.
Other than slight improvements in both performance and smoothness, there are some changes in the Samsung’s keyboard layout and status bar icons.
Update your Device (At your Own RISK)