Today is an excellent day for some of you AT&T customers. AT&T is currently rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the HTC One, but also the LG G2! Both updates bring speed improvements to the devices, along with more updates to each manufacturer’s UI overlay.
Let’s start with the LG G2. Last week, LG released a video demonstrating that the G2 will be getting a 17% increase in speed thanks to KitKat. That’s very impressive, especially since the phone already has excellent specs. The full release notes for the G2 are as follows:
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
- Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
- Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
- Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
- Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.
The HTC One is also getting KitKat today! It last received an update to Android 4.3 in October, right before KitKat was announced. It’s taken awhile, but now all US customers can have KitKat on their HTC Ones. The release notes are as follows:
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, and smarter power use.
- Phone dialer app: The phone app now includes the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search corporate directories easily.
- Caller ID: Whenever a call is received from a phone number not in saved in contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.
- HTC BlinkFeed™ app: The new menu gives quicker access to switch content sources and search for custom topics and includes more news sources.
So both the LG G2 and the HTC One on AT&T can now download and install Android 4.4 KitKat OTA. For those of you with those devices on that carrier, go ahead and update!