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How to get Android KitKat 4.4 on your Android phone

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A lot of Android users have heard that KitKat 4.4 has been launched and is full of fixes. But unlike iOS 7.1 that is automatically downloadable across all Apple devices all over the world, KitKat deployment is dependent on carrier and device manufacturer.

Keep in mind that although Android phones have the same OS, the UI and other features device manufacturers and carriers put on top of the OS have to be taken into consideration. This means that although KitKat 4.4.3 has been out for some months, you might have to wait a bit longer to get your device updated. If it ever will be.

What?s great is that you can check if the update has been rolled out and available to you right on your phone! Here are the steps:

1. Go to the Settings app on your Android phone.

It?s usually the icon that looks like a gear. If you can?t find it on your Home Screen, open your app drawer and look for the icon there.

2. Scroll down the options in the Settings app and tap on ?About?.

Tapping on about opens menus and descriptions of your device. Here you can see your phone number, network details, software information and other legal disclaimers on the usage of your apps and services.

3. Tap on ?Software updates? or on the option that shows the software version of your phone.

Since different Android devices have slight variations in UI and layout, this is where things might not be the same for every phone. Nonetheless, look for the option that checks for updates. This requires an internet connection and a while to do. The phone will see if the update has been rolled out.

If it has, then congratulations! Your phone is up to date with the latest version of Android. If not, you might have to wait a while. Check online if your device is even on the waiting list to be updated. Check out the rumoured fixes for this Android version as well (taken from http://bgr.com/2014/03/31/android-4-4-3-kitkat-update-changelog/):

  • frequent data connection dropout fix
  • mmqcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
  • camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
  • Power Manager display wakelock fix
  • multiple Bluetooth fixes
  • fix for a random reboot
  • app shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
  • USB debugging security fix
  • app shortcuts security fix
  • Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
  • other camera fixes
  • MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
  • stuck in activation screen fix
  • missed call LED fix
  • subtitle fixes
  • data usage graph fix
  • Internet telephony fix
  • FCC compliance fix

photo source: http://www.android.com/phones-and-tablets/

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