Google Play Editions get Android 4.4.2 complete with crucial bug fix


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Google Play Editions are already proving their worth.


Those with Google Play Editions (GPE) of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z Ultra or the LG G Pad 8.3 can now update to Android 4.4.2.


The latest version of Android KitKat is available to download over-the-air on all 4 of the devices. It's a minor update compared to Android 4.4.1 but it does resolve a number of bugs, some of which are unique to individual smartphones.


Importantly, Android 4.4.2 fixes the Android KitKat SMS hack which left all GPE devices vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks. That alone makes the release worthwhile, but it also packs in a whole host of other security fixes and performance improvements.


Google have also removed the 'Apps On' feature from the latest version because it was never meant for public consumption. The app, which enabled users to control whether apps could access their location and contact list, was accidentally introduced in Android 4.3.


The size of the Android 4.4.2 differs vastly from device to device and we've listed the download size along with any specific fixes included below.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE (57MB update)
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE (444MB update) - Fixes bug that stopped users uninstalling applications downloaded from Google Play and another that stopped users accessing 'Security Settngs'.
  • LG G Pad 8.3 GPE (52MB update)
  • HTC One GPE (66MB)

Do you own a Google Play Edition? Have you already managed to get Android 4.4.2 and what improvements have you spotted? Share your experience with our readers by leaving a comment below.

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