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Steps to Update Android Kitkat OS-On Your Smart Phone:

Have an Android Smartphone or tablet you want to update to the latest version to get all the latest modes and features??

Well we all want the most up-to-date gadgets and therefore the most recent versions of the software that is available for them. Upgrading an Android device might take you to a newer version of the operating system like 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or 4.1 Jelly Bean bringing new features or enhancements for your smartphone or tablet. And adding to the latest version of Android is  the 4.4 KitKat. (OS). It is the latest tech-innovation from Android.

KitKat, is the dessert-themed Android codename for the 4.4 update of the open source Android mobile operating system. KitKat debuted in November 2013 as the successor to the “Jelly Bean” Android releases. No more  need to touch the screen to get your apps running. When on your home screen or in Google Now, just say “Ok Google” to launch voice search, and virtual world would be on your figure tips. Send a text, get directions or even play a song , it’s your pick. It even allows more intrigrated features, such as while listening to music on your device, or while projecting movies to Chromecast, you’ll see beautiful full-screen album and movie art when your device is locked. You can play, pause, or seek to a specific moment.

Well here’s a one-size-fit-all guide, to update your device  with the latest  software version of  Android i.e. the Kitkat 4.4.

How to check if your Android device is updated:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It’s easy to check so follow the below guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called ‘Android version’. If it doesn’t, click ‘Software information’ to find out.

The latest version is Android 4.4 KitKat which 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 all coming under the name Jelly Bean.

How to update your Android Smartphone or Tablet:

 

Step One:

As a precautionary measure it’s good practice to back up your data such as contacts and photos. The upgrade should not affect your data but there is no guarantee.

Step Two

Navigate to the Setting menu of your device. On most Android devices this can be done via the app menu or notification bar. Typically the Setting app will have a cog or spanner logo.

Step Three

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on ‘About Phone’ or ‘About Tablet’. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the ‘general’ section.

Step Four

The menu can vary slightly from device to device but click the ‘Software Update’ or similar button. This section of the menu will also detail which version of Android your device is running.

Step Five

Your phone or tablet will now search for an available update. If you are taken to another menu, select the ‘Software update check’ button or similar.
 
If an update is available your device then you will be asked whether you wish to install it. If you select yes then the system will download and install the new software and reboot.

Note*: You device may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We also recommend downloading the software over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.

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Last modified: May 31, 2014
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