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This community wiki will list all of the known and rumored dates for devices. If you have an update make sure to follow the format that's been established, and the following guidelines: Keep devices in alphabetical order listing the manufacturer and model Specify if the date is confirmed or rumored and link to the source If there is an unofficial ...


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Android phones have at least 2 fingers in the pot that iPhones do not: the hardware maker and the network carrier. The hardware makers often consider their drivers trade secrets, and therefore must learn the new versions code and then adapt their drivers. Manufacturers also often provide custom "skins" that must be updated for the new version, and sometimes ...


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See this image released by HTC. It describes the update process in a very detailed form: Edit: fixed link


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update.zip are never touched by Android. Inside that archive is a script that is parsed and interpreted by the Recovery runtime. The Recovery, at execution, opens the archive by unzipping into a temporary directory, reads the script, aptly named update-script, analyzes it, and based on the syntax, executes a function known to Recovery, that function may do ...


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Not quite, no. When you uninstall a package, it also removes other data to do with that package: for example, the app's own private data, its data on the SD card, your default preferences for that app. It also tells any other interested apps that you've removed the app, via an intent broadcast. Other apps receiving that broadcast might take further action ...


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This is a 2-part question. Part 1 asks why Android phones do not get the newest update right away, and has been answered adequately by the other answers. Part 2 asks why older phones often never get the newest update, and has not been answered yet. As LeBeau says, there are other corporate stakeholders besides Google. Google only creates the new versions, ...


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You retain your groups if you have the same number. Off-topic, you may also want to check the official documentation on how to back-up and restore your chat history to the new phone.


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Actually, I believe Samsung has suspended the 4.3 update for now. Have a look here.


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Did you try clearing the app-data of play store? If not, try clearing the app-data, and/or any updates installed by play store, and allow it to install a Play Store update again (it will do this automatically), and then try using Google Play Store.


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You have to wait until Samsung lets out their update with their added components, or flash a custom ROM onto it. I don't know how to do that, so I won't provide a recommendation. Depending on what network you're on, it may be a little while yet. An article about that.


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I think there are a number of reasons why updates are so slow for android devices: The time it takes a manufacturer to apply their customisations to the new version and ensure everything works OK can be quite long. This has improved over the last year or so as Google give them an Android PDK, or the Platform Development Kit which should allow them to work ...


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Since you bought your phone from Kuwait, the phone has the Kuwait Galaxy Note 2 Rom, and still now the 4.3 update has not been pushed out in Kuwait or the middle east region for both the note 2 and s3. But for the Indian Rom 4.3 has already been pushed out for both the phones. My brother had the same problem with his s3 and since I have some knowledge in ...


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In addition to the incredibly long HTC infographic in Mpeti's answer, other manufacturers have come out and said why their updates lag behind official Google releases, and why they don't release updates for older models: Sony Mobile: Ice Cream Sandwich – from source code release to software upgrade, selected excerpts and headers below: However, before ...


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IN App updates (Host files etc): Basically because you are in an arms race agains the advertising / app developers. The developers want you to see the advertising, as this is one of their sources of income. They are also aware of Ad-Block, AdAway, AdFree etc etc and are constantly trying new advertisers, new proxies and new methods of embedding the ...


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While that RAM restriction applies to several low-end devices (which came with less than 512 MB RAM), it is not really the main reason for missing updates. And looking into the custom-rom scene proves that many devices abandoned by their manufacturers (not too seldom for this reason) are in fact supporting newer versions. So when talking about "official ...


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Short answer: No. Long answer: Nexus factory images, as so kindly implied by their name, are complete snapshots of the software installed on a Nexus device prior to leaving the factory. Due to the device-specific nature of Android, e.g. it needs specific drivers for it to run on any one given device, it is generally impossible (or illogical, as it seems) ...


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The WhatsApp FAQ has instructions that should help you: To delete a single message from a conversation: Open WhatsApp and go to the chat window with the message you want to delete. Highlight the message. Press the 'del' key on your keyboard. To delete an individual or group chat: In the Chats screen, highlight the chat you wish to ...


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Turns out the answer to this problem was quite simple, in order to disable Google play store (1) First, you must have version 4.8.2 installed (just replace it in /system/app with the new com.android.vending.apk) Download a root service from the store called "Disable service" (again make sure root is installed and the app is given root permission) Now, in ...


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Error 920 seems to be a server-side error. Just wait 10-15 minutes and try again. This appears to happen most often if you download a bunch of apps from Google Play at once (like after you wipe your device). I tried clearing my Google Play Store data and cache, restarting wifi, and rebooting to no avail. (I didn't try to remove and re-add my Google ...


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have the same issues as the first bloggers that posted. I have the Nexus 4 16Gb and in February 2014, I cracked the screen and changed the digitizer. In the process I tore the lithium polymer bag for the battery and subsequently the phone started to have a sweet smell. After 5 days the phone started acting up with these ghost images which was typing the ...


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EDITED 01/30/2014 If you clear the data for Google Services Framework, you can force the OTA update to start again. There are a few downsides to this, but with a brand new device, you can safely clear the data and perform the OTA update. Old Answer... As deailed in this question, you can download the 4.4.2 image directly from Google and install it on ...


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Those of you who had tried OTA (over the air) or used KIES to update - and failed. My recommendation is FLASH your smartphone using software. I went to an authorised Samsung dealer who flashed my phone - and didn't have to backup either - and it took only 10 - 15 minutes, in total. Flashing uses proprietary software.


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I'm O2 UK as well, and at 4.3, my phone is 'up to date'. This article suggests we'll be getting Kitkat, but not quite yet. If you look at comparable previous releases from Samsung, I think we've still got months yet.


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If you just want to "refresh" it, you could try a factory-reset, which will essentially revert it to a "blank state" (i.e. remove all user-data and user installed apps), so you can start over with a fresh system. You should however create a good backup beforehand – which is not an easy task with Android prior to ICS (pre-4.0). On the other had, this can be ...


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When Google releases a new version of Android, the build is then processed by the manufacturer. This takes several months for them to assure the update can take advantage of the phone's features, and so they can install any additional features they want. The process is then repeated for the carrier, which again takes several months.


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You can remove them, you just need to root your device and then download titanium backup and you will be able to clean them out completely! 1) How to root your phone? Depends on your device! 2) Stop updates? Go to apps, find samsung apps and there you have an option to specify when to update them! Choose none and you are good to go.


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It's because Apple has to look only over its iPhone models, which are less in number. Also iOS is more efficient (runs well on old hardware). And Google also had claimed that KitKat will support low-on hardware devices well, and it does. But the problem with Galaxy Nexus is that Texas Instruments, its SoC manufacturer has discontinued SoCs and probably ...


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Over-the-air (OTA) updates from your carrier or manufacturer cannot be directly applied on a device that has a custom ROM installed. This is due to many possible incompatibilities between the stock firmware and whatever code base the custom ROM is using. Therefore, most (if not all) custom ROMs intentionally disable any OTA checks that usually come ...


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The notify when updates are available option has no effect on auto updating apps. You need to disable "Auto Update Apps" right below that option. Also, in the Play Store, go to the camera app listing and tap the menu button (either physical menu key if equipped or the 3-dot menu in the top right) and make sure "Auto Update" is not checked for the camera app. ...


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No. When new Android versions are developed by Google, they use the Nexus devices to test and develop them. They co-operate with the vendors of the different hardware and software components inside the device so that all the necessary driver changes will be ready for the new version, and they only announce it when the updates are already available for Nexus ...



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