How to manually install Android 4.4.3 on your Nexus 5

The wait is over and Google has finally begun the roll-out of Android 4.4.3. The update itself brings mostly just bug fixes to various devices but also boasts a visually redesigned phone app. If you’re just chomping at the bit to get the update and don’t want to wait for the OTA update to hit your phone, we’ll show you how you can do it manually.

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Preparations

Before starting, you’ll need to download two files:

By doing this update, you’ll be updating your Nexus 5 to build number KTU84M and as such, you’ll need to have a Nexus 5 with a build number of KOT49H prior to doing this. To check what version you have installed currently, go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number.

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More battery drain fixing tips for Samsung Galaxy S4

Recently we covered how to upgrade to Android 4.4.2, which led us to write an article highlighting some of the problems Galaxy S4 users were experiencing once they managed to upgrade to the latest iteration of Android. We did another article where we highlighted how to fix some of these KitKat issues plaguing the S4, but one issue which is the most important of all is the one concerning battery life.

It can be a real pain in the neck to have a device that constantly requires charging and this is made even more frustrating if you have bought the device at a premium, which is usually the case for the Samsung Galaxy S4. In addition to other battery saving tips and tricks shared a while back, today we show you more ways to save on battery life (until Samsung decides to provide a fix for this issue or until the next iteration of Android comes out and hopefully fixes the issue).

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Battery life problems on Galaxy S4 / © AndroidPIT/Martin Steers

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How to fix Android 4.4.2 problems on the Galaxy S4

If you’re tearing your hair out since updating your Galaxy S4 to KitKat, read on and get some stress relief.

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Sink your teeth into these KitKat solutions for the Galaxy S4. / © AndroidPIT

Lock screen of death

Turning your phone on to see a black lock screen is disconcerting at best and looks like the device hasn’t turned on at all at worst. While you can still unlock a black lockscreen as you would normally, it’s hardly a good thing. The quickest and easiest fix to get rid of this problem is to ditch the lock screen personal message.

Go to settings > lockscreen > lock screen widgets > clock or personal message > clock.

You don’t actually need to have had personal message enabled in the first place for this problem to affect you. The solution still works though.

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Android KitKat Blocks Some Access to Micro SD Cards

Android KitKat Blocks Some Access to Micro SD Cards

While many Android phones have done away with expandable storage, enthusiast site Android Police has discovered that Google is pushing to limit the ability of apps to write to certain portions of SD cards altogether as of Android 4.4 (KitKat).

The changes (which you can read about in-depth at the source link below) now mean that apps by default get their own private folders on your phone’s built-in storage, but must request permission to write to the SD card. Even with that permission, the app will only be able to read public folders on the SD card. It can’t write to anything on the SD card outside of its designated sandbox.

The implications for the change aren’t fully clear yet, but for certain devices with an SD card slot and Android 4.4 (including the popular Galaxy S4), some apps may simply be unable to do anything but read data stored on the SD card. While root users may eventually be able to get around this, it’s also unclear what would be required. It may be possible for a root app to request the access required, or it may require changes to the ROM itself. For right now, though, if you need to dump some files on to your phone, it might be best to stick to your phone’s internal storage.

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Android Run Time: An Easy Hack To Make Your Phone Faster And Its Battery Last Longer

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When Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ launched on October 31 something very important and underreported was introduced. Its name is ‘ART’ and with the Android 4.4.2 update released in early December it is ready for the mainstream. What is ART? Something that will, quite literally, change how all Android phones operate.

ART stands for ‘Android RunTime’ and its job couldn’t be more important: it runs the apps on Android devices. ART replaces ‘Dalvik’ (named after the Icelandic village where creator Dan Bornstein’s ancestors lived) which has performed this task since Android first appeared. As you might expect Dalvik was getting very long in the tooth and it wasn’t that great in the first place. In giving it the boot users will get two significant benefits

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