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Android Kit kat 4.4

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Sony has released Android 4.4 KitKat officially on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition but the consumers were really pissed off due to lots of bugs and issues with the OS which had locked many features else also some features were not available for usage. Sony later came up with the 4.4.2 update which brought the solution to all the issues present before and this has been made available through an OTA update. The developers at xda forums need to be credited for their hard work of getting the zip file which is a complete healthy 534 MB zip file for the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Though Sony themselves have provided us with the version of 4.4.2 KitKat on their developers forum, but still it has been very properly compiled for us and available as a single download right here. (

So after you download the install zip file, then the actual process of booting up your device and installing the 4.4.2 KitKat version even on your non-Google Play edition phone is pretty simple. All you need to do is side load the OS after rooting your device which can be done by unlocking the bootloader. For that you can check out Sony’s website where you can check whether phone is capable of boot-loading i.e. if it has an unlocked bootloader.

Now for the steps of the actual process are given below, but before that some words of caution. Make sure that you get a complete backup of your system including your ROM, contacts, your apps, entertainment stuff, etc. times like this it is always better if you have everything on the cloud. So after you have got everything done and backed up, finally we can get to the actual installation of the file.

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Note: Do note that all the steps mentioned below are verified and the Android version is optimized for Sony Xperia Z Ultra, but still if by reason your phone gets bricked or some other complication occurs, which we are sure won’t happen; we are absolutely not responsible for any of it. It is all at your own risk. Also secondly you doing this update on your device will end up voiding the warranty of your device. So also do take due note of that.


  1. Acquire the file that your want from right here. (
  2. Connect your phone to your computer and move the zip file to your phone.
  3. Boot your Phone in Download mode by pressing the power and the volume button.
  4. After opening in download mode, a command prompt will open on your system. In there type the simple command, “adb sideload ” while your device is in recovery.
  5. Now the OS will be installed and loaded on your phone. In short it will be flashed on your phone.
  6. After the entire thing, your phone will boot for the first time. The phone will take a bit extra time to boot up which might range even upto 30 minutes sometimes which happens while booting the device for the first time. But once it is done, then it’s over.

So this is how finally the Android 4.4.2 KitKat can be loaded in any Sony Xperia Z Ultra if you don’t have the patience for until Sony comes up with OTA update for your non-Google Play edition device. The only difference is that with this you will get the stock Android version in the Google Play edition phone so it will be some time until you can get the OTA with the custom Sony UI over Android 4.4 KitKat. But till then or rather even with that present, this is not at all a bad choice now, is it?

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Android recently unveiled the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat along with its latest flagship the Nexus 5. But as we all know from history and reality that the Android 4.4 updates are still some time to go until they reach other phones because all the OEMs add a customized overlay over the Android version. This delay is so bad that by that time that update reached other phones, a newer version of Android is available Google by then. So just so that the other phones do not miss out on all the fun, we have launchers.
This is a procedure where you can install the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat launcher on your Android device and this works on all the devices. The procedure is very simple and we are providing a step by step method on how to do it. So for all those who want the fun of 4.4 on their Android devices can get this done.

install Android 4.4 KitKat launcher on any Android phone

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Do make sure to remember that this is only a launcher and not an actual version, so all the features of the 4.4 Kit-Kat will not be present here.

Step 1: Download the Files

There are three main files that you will need in order for the launcher to work. They are all standard Android features, just with different names.

PreBuiltGmsCore.apk (Google Play Services 4.0)

Velvet.apk (Google Search)

GoogleHome.apk (Launcher)

You can download the launcher and files here ( the files are zipped for easy download and transfer so you can simple unzip the files on your desktop and then transfer them to your Android device using the USB cable.

Step 2: Enable “Unknown Sources”

Since this stuff is not from Google Play, you’ll need to allow the installation of third party apps on your device. To do that, go to Settings -> Security -> Device Admin and make sure Unknown sources is checked.

Step 3: Install the Kit-Kat Launcher

After downloading the files onto your device, you can now go ahead and install them. When installing, you will receive a pop-up message stating that you will be replacing a system application. Click OK to move on.

Installing the Google Play Services 4.0 might cause your phone to restart, but that is no issue, it is perfectly normal. After your phone starts, you can continue ahead with the rest.

This has been tested to work on most Android version 4.1+ devices. There is always a risk when installing third party apps and changing core system files. So in the process if any untoward thing happens which will not happen most probably, we are not at all responsible for it.

Step 4: Select Your New Launcher

After proper installation, you will then have to select the Google Launcher next time the Home button is pressed. After choosing the Google Launcher, you will be sent to the welcome screen.

And there it is, you are done. Now you can enjoy the feel of 4.4 Kit-Kat on any simple Android device of yours. The best part is, you also get the updated apps like Google Now, Hangouts, etc. which are available only on the Android 4.4 KitKat version. So enjoy with your new launcher and boasts around to your friends and family that you received the Android 4.4 KitKat before they could even get 4.3 JellyBean on their devices. 😉

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The HD2 has been broadly altered through the years to run almost every versatile OS believably incorporating Windows Phone 7 and 8, different Linux circulations, and obviously, Android. The principal Android form to hit the HD2 was Android 2.2 Froyo, which appears to be an inaccessible memory. What’s more now, it can run Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The HD2 had awesome specs in its day, incorporating a 1ghz single-center processor, 512/1gb of RAM, and that huge 4.3 inch show.
It was additionally the first Windows Mobile apparatus to back capacitive multi-touch screens. Up until then, Windows Mobile gadgets had been dull resistive screens since Windows Mobile itself did not back capacitive presentations. HTC custom-based own programming on top of Windows Mobile to include multi-touch capacitive back to the HD2. There are individuals who proceed to utilize the HD2 for the sole reason for utilizing it as an alteration unit. There have even been stories of organizations proceeding to utilize it since it can in any case run Windows Mobile 6.5 which a few organizations still require for old, legacy applications.

HTC HD2 Kitkat

The custom Kit Kat Rom, called Slimkat, originates from XDA-Developers and is accessible in beta today. As per the gathering string, there are numerous things that still don’t work with this manufacture, and it is more expected as a test construct for HD2 clients to go for.

It appears that most clients are having triumph booting it, yet the vital things like Wifi and portable information are still not working. The principle focus here is that Kit-kat is running on a gadget that was started in late 2009 or early 2010 (contingent upon business sector) and which never ran Android formally. The handset packs a 1ghz single-center Qualcomm Scorpion processor and 512mb of RAM, in the event that you were pondering. This is an alternate bit of confirmation that shows Kit-kat could be commissioned on an assortment of more senior Android devices, particularly the more prevalent handsets, which is precisely what Google might need. So, will you be giving Kit Kat an attempt on older Android gadget?