If you’re ready to try out Android 4.4 KitKat, there are workarounds available. While we always advocate waiting for something official, the open source nature of Android lends itself to these situations. While downloading the new apps can be fun, it still doesn’t quite emulate KitKat perfectly, but they do a really nice job.
Essentially, what you’re doing is building your own KitKat build. By using what can be consider aftermarket parts for this build, you’ll get the kit-car of KitKat. It won’t be perfect, and you’ll absolutely see the difference when you compare the two, but it’s probably the best unofficial KitKat you’re going to see.
Droid Life was good enough to provide links for all the Google apps you’ll need, like Search and Play Services. It’s also worth noting that the new launcher will need three separate apps: Play Services, Search, and the Google Home APK. This is part of the new way Google Now functions with Android, and it’s pretty sublime. Definitely something you’ll want to check out.
Again, remember that you’re likely to run into issues with this. Phandroidnoticed a glitch where Google Search was force closing. The fix was pretty simple: select a different language, do a search, repeat three times, and revert back to your native language. It’s an odd issue, but that’s the type of thing you get in these situations.
We want to extend our thanks to Otterbox for providing the HTC One and the following cases for this giveaway! If you want some of the best protection you could possibly have for your smartphone, then Otterbox should be at the top of your list. In this giveaway, they are providing two Commuter and two Defender cases. The Commuter case allows for pretty lightweight protection, especially when compared to the top-tier Defender, which might give you more size but definitely gives you much more protection.
You’ll be getting the Commuter cases in purple and white, while the Defender cases come in grey and pink. No matter what, though, your new HTC One will be good and protected!
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We have just a few days to go until Samsung unveils its 2013 flagship handset at a special media event in New York, but the Galaxy S4 is not the only new Android smartphone that’s going to be announced that day.
Xolo has decided it’s worth trying to steal the show from Samsung on March 14 with a media event of its own during which it will unveil the “fastest smartphone ever, with Intel Inside.”
Xolo’s event will take place in Goa, India at 4PM (presumably local time,) which means the new Xolo handset will be unveiled well ahead of the Galaxy S4. But while the device may indeed be the fastest smartphone ever with Intel Inside, it will surely not be able to steal the buzz from the Galaxy S4 this week. But will it be faster than the Galaxy S4?
Recent leaks showing benchmarks for Samsung’s fourth-gen Galaxy S model revealed that the smartphone will offer an overall improved performance compared to the competition. While we will point out the fact that the benchmarks have not been officially confirmed yet, the Galaxy S4 will probably be one of the fastest smartphones out there, if not the fastest one, at least for a few months, until something better comes along.
Obviously, we’re looking forward to see official benchmarks for a variety of upcoming Android handsets, including the Galaxy S4 and Xolo’s new Intel-based smartphone, and we’re certainly interested to see how Intel’s new mobile processors perform in the wild. But we’ll be back with that information as soon as testing these devices is possible.
Anyone looking forward to buy new Xolo smartphones this year or are you going to get the Galaxy S4 instead?