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The New Android Updates: What do they mean for Users?

August 18, 2014 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Whenever we purchase a new mobile phone, we tend to become preoccupied with the specification of the device and its unique features. While this is perfectly understandable, however, it may cause some customers to overlook key selling points such as the type of processor used and the underlying operating system.

Android is renowned for constantly updating its operating system, in a bid to improve the user experience and enhance the efficiency of individual handsets. It is also known for attributing unusual, sweet-related names to each individual update, from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system to the most recent 4.4 KitKat incarnation.

The Most Recent updates and what they hold in Store for Mobile Users

The month represents one of the busiest in Android history, however, with new 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 KitKat updates scheduled for simultaneous release. These updates have been rolling out gradually since June, with non-Nexus devices among the first to benefit from amended software and small bug fixes. Although the two updates are quite similar, they have targeted specific issues that have blighted recent Android operating systems and triggered complaints from smartphone users and customers.

More specifically, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat has been designed to fix many of the small but irksome bugs that have been reported by users during the last twelve months. While many of these may seem relatively insignificant, their impact can accumulate and prevents users from getting the most out of their handset. In contrast, the Android 4.4.4 KitKat is essentially a security patch, which ensures that the operating system software is less vulnerable to risk or the development of future bugs.

Sony and Motorola are next in line to roll out the updates to their flagship handsets, and the majority of mobile operators are releasing them as to separate entities to customers. HTC users need to be aware that the firm is taking a slightly different approach, however, primarily by combining both updates into a single package for all of its individual smartphones. The main reason for this is the desire to increase user convenience, as multiple updates and separate releases can cause additional disruption to the performance of handsets.

The Bottom Line

While it has yet to be seen whether other companies will follow HTC’s lead, the majority of customers’ should expect their handsets to be updated by the end of August. This includes the HTC One M7, which emerged as the firms’ flagship handset in 2013 and has experienced significant sales volumes to date.

While some question the regularity of Android operating system updates, there is little doubt that they serve a clear purpose and enhance the user experience. These latest updates are likely to be particularly important, especially as the implementation of an improved security specification is likely to take Android interaction onto a new level and enhance mobile gaming considerably. With popular apps such as Rush Poker currently wowing thousands of gamers nationwide, this is a positive development that should be welcomed by all.