Sprint G Flex and Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 has finally received Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Users can expect new security enhancements, Google cloud printing, as well as UI changes.
If you’re an LG G Flex user or a Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE user, you’re in luck: you’re now eligible to download Google’s latest, Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
It’s been six months since Android 4.4 KitKat arrived on the market with Google’s Nexus 5, and Android 4.4.2 was provided some time later to improve Google’s Nexus 5 camera experience. Yet and still, the update, as are all updates, is always pushed out to all Android manufacturers and carriers, but the time in which you or customers on your wireless network receive it may vary.
Before we dive into what you can expect, please keep the following in mind: if you don’t yet see Android 4.4.2 KitKat available, give it some time to appear in your software update settings section. Take the obvious steps before growing impatient: 1) check your Wi-Fi network, 2) check your data connection, and 3) if your network is unstable, please get to a reliable network if you can’t wait for a few hours. Other individuals like yourself are dying for the latest update as well, so remember that mobile traffic congestion may frustrate your attempts to download Google’s latest and greatest.
Sprint LG G Flex Android 4.4.2 KitKat update: what to expect
Sprint’s LG G Flex Android 4.4.2 KitKat update should be present under build number LS995ZV6, and should allow the six-inch curved smartphone to rock the same new update that everyone’s talking about these days.
AT&T LG G Flex users received their Android 4.4.2 KitKat update eleven days ago, and Sprint G Flex customers should see similar additions to the OS as did AT&T customers. One obvious change that Sprint G Flex users will notice is that LG now provides a full-screen mode and the white translucent navigation bars that characterize the Android 4.4 KitKat experience.
Next, Sprint LG G Flex users should also see the inclusion of the Google Cloud Printer, a feature introduced into Android 4.4 KitKat (earlier than 4.4.2 KitKat) that allows users to print documents and photos using either a strong Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection. Last but not least, there is the extension of KnockOn, a feature that LG introduced with its LG G2 last Fall. LG’s goal with KnockOn last August was to allow users to wake up their G2 smartphone by double tapping the display. Apparently, LG has another great use for its KnockOn feature in Android 4.4.2 KitKat: KnockON can now be used as a pattern to unlock your smartphone. LG calls this feature “Knock Code,” and, if you’ve enjoyed KnockON so far, this feature will be a nice addition to LG’s unique contribution in the smartphone space.
Along with these features, Sprint LG G Flex users will receive stronger internet security enhancements, faster browsing speeds, as well as improved battery life.
LG G2 customers also received the new Android KitKat update, which brings along many of the same features as Android 4.4.2 but adds a color adjustment and captions features, not to mention a re-labeling of some features present in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: the former “Easy Access” label is now listed as “Accessibility Settings Shortcut”; “Power Button Ends Call” is now “Power Key Ends Call”; “Speak Passwords” is now “Read Passwords”; “Touch and Hold Delay” is now “Touch Feedback Time”; “Shades” has become “Screen Shades”; and “Magnification Gestures” is now “Touch Zoom.” Many of the new labels attempt to simplify the smartphone process and provide easier access to key features, similar to what Apple did with the release of iOS 7.1.
Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) LTE edition: what to expect
Nearly two weeks ago, Wi-Fi Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 customers upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but it’s now the LTE Galaxy Note 10.1’s turn. Verizon has been somewhat slow with its Android 4.4.2 KitKat upgrades, but Galaxy Note 10.1 users should look on the bright side: at least you get the update, if only a few days or weeks before Verizon Galaxy Note 3 customers. I own a Galaxy Note 3 and have been waiting six months for my KitKat update (not that I’m missing it: I’ve got a Nexus 5 lying around the apartment, too!).
The Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) LTE Android 4.4.2 KitKat update can be found under the build number P605VVRUCNC2, and is a sizeable amount (around 530MBs, according to one Galaxy Note tablet user). This means that you should make sure you have at least 600MBs, if not 1GB, of free space available before you choose to update.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat brings the Google Cloud Printer as well as some unique changes to the Galaxy Note 10.1 experience. While the settings toggles have always had a white background, your settings toggles will now include circles as part of the settings symbols – a feature that is characteristic of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 settings toggles experience. The flatter icon experience can also be seen in your General Settings section, and Samsung is keen on making flat icons look less “alive” than before. This seems to be a change that is in step with Google’s stylistic changes in Android 4.4 KitKat, rather than the company’s own intentional stylistic change.
There are changes to your multitasking manager as well: whereas the former multitasking page consumed all of your screen, the new multitasking manager will only occupy the bottom portion of your display so that you can easily swipe away open sites and still perform other functions simultaneously.
Icons on the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE edition have become normal in shape, larger than before, and the back button on your home screen can now pull up your multi-window mode – as distinguished from the former tab in the middle of the left side of the screen. Multi-window now emerges from the right side, but can be accessed via 1) the back button, or 2) a right-left swipe from the right side of the display.
The new YouTube app in Android 4.4.2 KitKat brings a floating keyboard for Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE users, and the Photo Gallery has been updated from a former “white” motif to a black one – making colors and photos “pop” like never before. “Grays,” “Blues,” and “Greens” now decorate formerly “plain” settings icons.
You may not notice many changes, but these will prove to be some nice aesthetic transformations, nonetheless. Your device should also have battery improvements and web browsing speed enhancements after the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.
Have you updated your Sprint LG G Flex, LG G2, or your Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE tablet yet? Have you noticed any improvements or problems? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.