The top 5 best music player apps for Android

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps

Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we're also fortunate that there's a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we're provided by the folks who made our phones.
The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It'd be impossible to look at all of them, so here we've chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let's take a look.


We've talked about DoubleTwist a lot around these parts and with good reason. DoubleTwist became a favorite of Android users that had deep roots in the iTunes ecosystem, and still is. But, besides just offering a simple, seamless way to sync your music between iTunes and Android, DoubleTwist is a fine music player in its own right.
The basic music player download is free, but if you're looking for a little more in-app purchases are available to unlock the full power of the app. It has a lot to offer, too. Beyond the visual appeal you have an equalizer, high quality album artwork, a "What's Next" list that eliminates "the guess work of what's coming up next" and support for a whole bunch of different audio formats.
Add videos, podcasts, wireless syncing to your iTunes library, sending music to your Apple TV and other devices, DoubleTwist isn't just a great music player. It's a great all-round media player.
Download: DoubleTwist Player (Free with in-app purchases)


Poweramp is another real favorite. It offers a list of features long enough that we could sit here talking about it all day. But, if you're serious about your music, you should definitely take a look. Making that easier is the free 15-day trial. No barriers, just full access for that 15-days to see whether you like it or not.
And the chances are pretty high that you will like it. It has a much different visual look to something like DoubleTwist, but looks just as fantastic in its own way. Big album artwork in the "Now Playing" view, a crisp and clean layout and some pretty amazing customizations. Poweramp supports themes and has a bunch of tweaks you can make in the settings, so you can really create the music player you've always wanted.
With a ton of different files supported, an equalizer, crossfade, gapless, and much, much more, Poweramp is definitely one of the best music players on Android.
Download: Poweramp (Free Trial)

Google Play Music

Google Play Music
Not just a music player, but we have to include Google Play Music. While it doesn't have the deep customization or power features of something like Poweramp, it offers what others do not; that huge cloud library for your own music. After all, without the music to listen too, what good is a killer music player?
That's not to say Google Play Music isn't a good music player, because it is. Being a Google product it integrates perfectly with your device – including the sweet new KitKat lockscreen artwork. But the real value is in that cloud storage. It means you can take your music collection with you on whichever Android – and now even iOS – device you own. Sure, you need to offline some of that from time-to-time, but it's always with you.
Download: Google Play Music (Free)

Shuttle Music Player

Shuttle is perhaps one you've not heard of before, but one that's definitely worth your attention. Where something like Poweramp is pretty heavy duty and has tons of settings and customizations, Shuffle offers a portion of that with a much more lightweight look and feel.
It comes with a sleep timer, gapless playback, a choice of a few different themes, built in equalizer and much more. And for the HOLOYOLO kids out there, it's pretty much perfect in how it looks. It comes in free and paid versions, but with the paid version just $0.99, it also represents fantastic value for money.


The clue to a big part of this app is in the name. As with the other apps mentioned in this post, there's a pretty decent Equalizer built into this one. It's also a pretty solid music player, though to take advantage of everything it offers you will need to put your hand in your wallet.
On offer though is that 5-band equalizer with presets, bass booster, contextual search, a visualizer – which can be displayed on a second screen – fade and much more. The app is free to download, and you get access to the main equalizer controls for that, too.

Your picks?

So, that's five of what we think are the best music players Android has to offer, but what about you? If you've a particular favorite you wish to share, drop it and why you like it so much into the comments below!
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Micromax Canvas Elanza A93 5″ QHD 1.3GHz 1GB RAM Specification Price

Yesterday we updated our readers about the upcoming GSM+CDMA phone, Micromax Canvas DUET. It is yet another day and Micromax is ready with the new variant in the canvas series that is Micromax Canvas Elanza A93. This phone is spotted on online shopping portal Snapdeal and is enriched with all the latest features and specs and soon to be available on other shopping sites and in the market too.
Micromax Canvas Elanza A93

Micromax Canvas Elanza A93 Specs

This brand new android phone is having 5” inches QHD display with the screen resolution of 540X960 pixels. It is powered by 1.3GHz dual core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which operates at the frequency of GSM900/1800MHz WCDMA 2100MHz. It brags 1GB of RAM with 4GB of memory on board which can be expandable up to 32GB via external memory card slot. It houses 1950mAh battery at the rear.
It brags 5MP camera at the rear with 0.3MP camera at the front for video calling through Skype. Along with the 5MP camera we are getting LED flash and features like auto-focus and 16M colors with resolution of 2592X1944 pixels. For connectivity purpose it is loaded with features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 2G network, 3G network, GPS Support, GPRS, Browser, Edge and USB connectivity.
Micromax Canvas Elanza Side view
For entertainment purpose it comes with FM radio, Music Player, video player, video recorder and audio recording. It is having loud speaker as well as 3.5mm jack for headphones along with G-Sensors. Talking about Dual SIM, it supports both GSM network.
Key Specifications:
  • 5” inches QHD display with the screen resolution of 540X960 pixels.
  • 1.3GHz dual core processor.
  • Android 4.2 Jelly bean.
  • 1GB of internal RAM with 4GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB.
  • 5MP camera at the rear with LED flash and VGA camera at the front for video calling or posing a selfie.
  • 1,950mAh battery capacity.
  • 3G, 2G, GPS support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and EDGE.
  • 3.5mm jack with loud speakers and FM radio.
It is available in three variants that are black, blue and gold which means you have better options in look as well as in features. Though this device is yet to be announced officially but it it is available on snapdeal with all its specifications and price tag.

Micromax Canvas Elanza Price Online

Looking at the specifications we are getting an android phone which can be easily kept in the range of Rs 9,400.
With so many features at such worth is not at all a bad deal. If you have found lower price than what is mentioned above, kindly let us know via a comment.
Micromax seems all set to expand its Canvas range, with the introduction of the new Canvas Elanza smartphone. The latest smartphone from Micromax is now available at an e-commerce website for Rs. 9,400.
The Micromax Canvas Elanza (A93) is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with dual standby support, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. It comes with a 5-inch (540x960 pixels) qHD display. The Canvas Elanza is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor (unspecified chipset) with 1GB of RAM.
The Canvas Elanza features 4GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage, though there is no word on maximum storage capacity. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
On the connectivity front, the Canvas Elanza includes 3G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth. The Micromax Canvas Elanza packs a 1950mAh battery.
The new smartphone from Micromax is now listed on Snapdeal in two colour variants - Black and Blue.
Earlier in February, Micromax launched the Bolt A37 budget smartphone for the Indian market. TheMicromax Bolt A37 is now available on company's online store at Rs. 3,999. The Micromax Bolt A37 comes with identical specifications to the Bolt A37B listed on company's site on recently with price.
The Micromax Bolt A37, much like Bolt A37B runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. The Bolt A37 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device, and supports regular SIM size. It comes with 3.5-inch TFT display with 320x480 pixels (HVGA) resolution, and is powered by a 1GHz MediaTek MTK6572M processor along with 256MB of RAM.
It includes 512MB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The Micromax Bolt A37 sports a 2-megapixel rear camera, though there is no word on the front camera. The device packs a 1450mAh battery, which according to the listing can give a standby time of up to 256 hours, and talktime of up to 5.5 hours. Connectivity options on the Bolt A37 include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, GPRS, EDGE and 3G.
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Micromax Canvas Power 5″ 1.3GHz Quad Core 4000mAh Specification Price

In our previous article we informed our readers about the Canvas Duet and Canvas A93 Elanza and also we stated regarding canvas power which is scheduled to be launched soon. And now the next venture in this segment is Micromax Canvas Power A96 which is especially built for the purpose of long battery life. Battery is the life line of the android phone, usually android phones do not provide better options in terms of battery life. And keeping this thing in mind Micromax is ready with Canvas Power.

Micromax Canvas Power detailed specifications

Alternate namesA96
Release dateFebruary 2014
Form factorTouchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
Removable batteryYes
SAR valueNA
Screen size (inches)5.00
Touchscreen typeCapacitive
Resolution480x854 pixels
Processor1.3GHz  quad-core
Processor makeMediaTek
Internal storage4GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)32
Rear camera5-megapixel
Front cameraYes
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1
Java supportYes
Browser supports FlashYes
Wi-Fi standards supportedNA
Wi-Fi DirectNo
Charging via Micro-USBYes
Proprietary charging connectorNo
Proprietary data connectorNo
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1 
SIM TypeRegular
SIM 2 
SIM TypeRegular
Compass/ MagnetometerNo
Proximity sensorYes
Ambient light sensorNo
Temperature sensorNo
Micromax Canvas Power Image
USP of the handset: Battery life

Micromax Canvas Power Specifications

It is packed with the battery backup of 4000mAh which is quite long lasting. Even it provides better battery capacity compared to the Micromax Canvas Juice which houses 3000mAh battery. Longer battery life means no more worries about the charging of the battery and one can watch their favorite videos, can listen to songs and can play games without any interruption. Clearly its longer battery capacity is the USP of this yet to join canvas series.
4000mAh battery which the talk time of whopping 13.5 hours and stand by time of 400 hours. In this price range, I guess there is no android phone which provides this much large battery capacity. It brags 12.7cm (5 inch) Multi touch screen with vivid colors which let you feel as if whole new world is in front of you.
Operating System and Processor:
On software front other eye catching feature includes Android 4.2 Jelly bean and runs on 1.3GHz quad core processor. 1.3GHz processor enhances the gaming experience with superior graphics quality.
Latest Android version provides better user interface with more attractive and interactive applications and power management options.
Camera option:
It is also having 5MP camera at the rear which provides good screen resolution and 0.3 MP camera at the front which helps in video calling through Skype and other video calling apps. With LED flash and auto focus one can easily brighten up the dull images also. Apart from longer battery life it can both play and record HD videos @ 720 pixels. It also provides GPS support with ____ sensors. *Sensors info currently not available.

Memory front:
It is having 1GB of internal RAM with 4GB internal ROM and memory expandable up to 32GB via external memory MicroSD card slot. It provides Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G and 3G for connectivity.Micromax Canvas Power Specs

Key Specs of Canvas Power Smartphone

SpecsMicromax Canvas Power
Standby Time400 hours
Talktime13.5 hours
Screen5 Inch Multi Screen Capacitive Touch
Operating systemAndroid 4.2 Jelly bean
Camera5MP camera at the rear with VGA front facing camera
Processor1.3 GHZ quad core processor
MemoryExpandable up to 32GB
ConnectivityBluetooth, WiFi, 2G and 3G

Micromax Canvas Power Price

The device has been launched at an average price tag of Rs. 9900. The price is expected to drop as the specs aren’t that much good according to this price range.
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Micromax Hexa Core Smartphones Coming Soon to India

Micromax recently launched its first octa core device Canvas knight and in response to this octa core device Karbonn launched two octa core devices named karbonn octane and octane plus and one Hexa core processor phone which is the first Hexa-core phone shipped to India. Now we have the quad core, hexa core and the octa core powered smartphones in the market where as low end devices still comes with the dual core processor.
If some one wishes to buy an Octa core device but not having a good budget then they can have a look towards the coming hexa core devices by different mobile manufacturing companies including Micromax.

Micromax Hexa Core Phone Quick Roundup

In a recent interview of with the co-founder of Micromax, Micromax is planning to bring its first MT6591 Hexa core smartphone in the Indian market soon. He stated that the phone may be launched in April 2014, you can get all the details on our site regarding this. For latest updates you can subscribe to our blog so that you can receive all the latest news regarding Micromax directly to your mail inbox.
Karbonn launched Titanium Hexa last month which scored 21,000 on AnTuTu Benchmark which is quite good and better than all the domestic quad core core phones available in the market currently. The phone also comes with the latest Kitkat Android operating system.
There is a very strong chance of Micromax to launch a MT6591 Hexa core device in the Indian smartphone market and this is also confirmed by the co founder Vikas Jain.
We’re pretty sure if Micromax brings their Hexa core device and set its price lower than the karbonn’s one then it might get much good response as Micromax products are always preferred more in comparison to karbonn.
Well It would be quite good if they also offer their Hexa core device running on Android kitkat as Micromax users are waiting for this update from quite long.
Let us know your views regarding the upcoming launch.
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Upcoming New Micromax Android Phones 2014

India today is becoming the huge market of low-range to mid-range android phones and therefore whether it is Indian or international, each company is trying their gadgets out. Each company is having their own plans whether it is Nokia, Samsung or Sony, everybody has already announced their latest smart phones. Micromax has also made its mind to capture the first position beating Samsung in 2014. Get to know the list of smartphones by Micromax to be launched in 2014.
Micromax Upcoming Smartphones 2014
With their increasing popularity Micromax has already announced to go international by launching their affordable handset for the very first time in European Market. Micromax is right now one of the companieswhich rely on Chinese market for assembling and manufacturing their handset. From the next year Micromax is planning to manufacture their gadgets in India only instead of importing from China.  It would help Micromax in bringing more cheaper handset to the Indian market. 
What are Micromax plans? What is the company having under the hood for their admirers?
These all questions would be banging in your mind and here we are with all the latest updates regarding Micromax’s future plans.
Micromax is ready with Canvas knight and their very first Windows phones.
Micromax Canvas knight A350
Just like other Micromax handset, it will also be flaunting the 5” inches display. Micromax is planning to introduce true Octacore MT6592 processor for the very first time with 2GB of internal RAM on board.
Other features which we will see in this spanking new android phones are:
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • Customized User Interface
  • It will be featuring 2350mAh battery in board
  • For connectivity purpose, Micromax is bringing  3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi on their handset
According to MediaTek, it is the very first Octacore MT6592 processor which is capable of performing advanced multi-tasking and is having whopping 8 CPU cores and each of them is having their speed clocked up to 2GHz.
Other phones : Micromax octa core processor phone A300 also coming this year. For details search these handsets name on the search box present on our site.
Micromax Windows Phone:
Micromax is also planning to bring their very first windows phone next year to compete against the leading windows manufacturer Nokia after tasting the success in the android, tablet and phablets market.
Micromax visualizes windows market still as a growing market having a lot of potential even for the emerging companies. Rahul, co-founder of Micromax said in an interview that if Nokia had entered the android market then it would have been a big threat for us, but as they are still manufacturing the Windows phone then there is less competition for us.
Micromax has always followed the tagline, “More for less” and even their upcoming plans makes it very clear that the company will try to bring the best of features in the affordable range, then whether it is canvas 5 or cheaper Windows phones.
Other Phones to be launched in 2014:
Micromax Canvas Power [Launched]
Micromax Canvas Elanza [Launched]
Micromax Canvas Duet 2 [Launched]
Micromax Hexa Core Phones to be launched soon in 2014 (Rumor : may be launched in may 2014).

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Micromax Canvas Series Kitkat 4.4 Update

Micromax might be one of the most popular domestic handset makers; however the company has not regularly been releasing software updates for its smartphones.
Now a tweet by MMXNewscaster, a source of leaks related to Micromax mobiles, has claimed that the company is working on Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Canvas series smartphones. The tipster has revealed the model numbers of the Canvas smartphones, which include high-end as well as budget Android Canvas devices also.

View image on Twitter

According to MMXNewscaster, Micromax is working on Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the following smartphones:
Micromax A110 Canvas 2, 
Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus, 
Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle, 
Micromax A116 Canvas HD, 
Micromax A117 Canvas Magnus, 
Micromax A116i Canvas HD, 
Micromax A210 Canvas 4, 
Micromax A114 Canvas 2.2, 
Micromax A240 Canvas Doodle 2 
Micromax A250 Canvas Turbo.

Notably, the tipster also claims that Micromax would also release the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the yet-to-be-announced Micromax A200 smartphone, which was leaked recently. However, there is no word from the tipster on rollout of the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Canvas smartphones.

MMXNewscaster's tweet reads, "New Year KitKat Surprise! ETA unspecified." The tweet is accompanied by hashtag 'surprise can gift happiness' tagline, hinting that the company might announce the new Android upgrade for its customers as a New Year gift.

In addition, a new report has claimed that Micromax's rumoured A200 would be dubbed Canvas Mini. DroidExtra in a report has leaked some of the specifications of the alleged Micromax A200 which include a MediaTek MT6582 chipset, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and a HD (720x1280p) display.

Earlier leaked specifications suggested that the alleged Micromax A200 smartphone would come with a 4.7-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection; 1.3GHz quad-core processor; 1GB of RAM; 4GB of ROM, with no word on the inbuilt storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Other specifications leaked include an 1800mAh battery, while the leak claimed that the alleged Micromax A200 will boast a 7.9mm sleek profile.

Not too long ago, Wickedleak, the brand that launches Wammy series smartphones in India, announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update for its Wammy Passion Z+ smartphone, due on January 14.

Micromax is reported to be testing kitkat on Micromax devices. I was accessing my Facebook account and saw some posts regarding it on different Micromax groups. I also would like to aware you people that there are separate Facebook groups for each phone where you can get support from respective MMX users.
Android Kitkat testing on Canvas 4
We have been getting lots of queries related to this update as recently a leaked information shared by MMXNewscaster stated that Micromax will soon provide the kitkat update in Q2 2014, as April has just started so there are just 2 months left for Q2 to end. Micromax is continuously losing trust of the old users because of this update issue.
Every mobile company is continuously providing updates to its users but Micromax hasn’t even started this. I remember they provided just one update for canvas 2 up to 4.1.1 and the other one if Android 4.2.1 for canvas HD which they have stopped providing because of different issues.
Even Xolo has started providing the updates, karbonn launched three new devices like octane, octane plus, titanium hexa with Kitkat OS by default. So it high time for Micromax if they want to grab the first position in the mobile market they should release out this update.
Now coming back to the point, Micromax has uploaded official kitkat for canvas 4 on under this path : Index of . / downloads / Micromax / 00_A Serie / A210 / SW Versions / V17_050414(Beta Testing password protected) / and the file name is  A210_KK_S9111B_MP_F2F3F5F8_B1_IN_MMX_17_FLASHER_USER.rar.html
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List of Android Phones getting Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware Update [Sony, HTC Official List, Samsung, Micromax]

The Android 4.4 KitKat version was recently announced and it is soon to be officially launched by Google when they would be coming up with the next version of Nexus, the Nexus 5 device. But it would always be a guessing game for the users, to see whether the 4.4 update would be coming to their device or not. With most of the high-end devices that were launched recently, one can easily expect that they would be receiving the KitKat update, but for the earlier devices, you will have to wait to see whether the manufacturer is deciding to send the update and whether the device hardware would be able to support it.
For now, keep checking the list below (updated daily) as soon as we get the information from the sources on the devices which are going to get the next big version of Android OS.
Android Phones KitKat Update
Update: Nexus Phones Android 4.4 Update
The Galaxy Nexus won’t get Android 4.4 as quoted by Google, because it has crossed the 18 month window period, while the later devices such as the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 would be getting the Android 4.4 update soon. The Nexus 5 which was launched today, would be coming with the 4.4 out of the box.

Samsung Phones to get Android 4.4 Update

For now, there is an internal Samsung Knox document which was leaked, and which showed a few devices which are going to get the Android 4.4 update, and the document actually showed the devices which would get the Samsung Knox in the coming update. The devices are as follows:
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Update Rolling out in UKIndia
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega (no confirmation whether the 5.8, 6.3 or both)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 & Tab 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
The Galaxy S3 and Note II have been facing a few regional lock issues and that is what is prompting Samsung to come up with a major update on these devices, as confirmed by one of the Samsung representatives. But again, the document mentions it is the S3 which has 2GB of RAM, and that is the U.S. version which might be getting the update, and the International users might have to wait and watch if Samsung has made it ready for their devices too or not.
* A report from SamMobile has now suggested that the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Ace 2, and the Galaxy Fresh are the devices which they are testing the new OS version on, so it would be a possibility for these devices to run the Android 4.4 KitKat, not very soon though.

Sony Phones to get Android 4.4 Update

Sony has officially updated the list of the Android phones in the Xperia range which are going to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update, and these mostly include the recent high-end smartphones. The exact dates are not mentioned, but here are the smartphones which would receive the KitKat update sooner or later.
The company did mention a few devices which are supposedly going to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and that directs us to a point that these devices aren’t going to receive the KitKat update any time soon. The Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V are the ones which would get the Android 4.3 update directly from Android 4.1 JB, and the devices mentioned above will be getting the Android 4.3 before they see the KitKat update rolling out.

HTC Phones to get Android 4.4 Update

The HTC One Max is to be announced very soon, and that should be anyways getting the update after the launch, but the devices which are expected to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update after its launch, includesHTC One.
Update: HTC has officially named a few devices on its Twitter account, and these are the smartphones which would be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
HTC One (Verizon Wireless) – end of Jan 2014
HTC Droid DNA – around the end of Quarter 1, 2014 after the approval from the carrier
The other phones where the update is still expected, but with no official update from HTC, include:
  • HTC One – Update to US rolled outCanada coming soon
  • HTC One X+
  • HTC One X
  • New Desire series phones launched in 2013
  • HTC Droid DNA
  • HTC J
  • HTC Butterfly

LG Phones to get Android 4.4 Update

We did hear that the LG Optimus G Pro might be receiving the update a little later, but the LG G2, latest flagship smartphone from the company is sure to get the KitKat version of Android very soon after the launch.
  • LG G2
  • LG Nexus 4
  • LG Optimus L7, L5, L3
  • LG Optimus G
  • LG Optimus G Pro
  • LG Optimus VU

Micromax Phones to get Android 4.4 Update

There is a new rumored list of Micromax Android phones which are going to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update, but this is not an official list from the company itself. Check whether you own one of these devices, which could be getting the KitKat version of Android sooner or later. This is through a photo uploaded by MMXNewscaster, one of the sources which leaks the information about Micromax phones.
  • Micromax A110 Canvas 2
  • Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus
  • Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
  • Micromax A114 Canvas 2.2
  • Micromax A116 Canvas HD
  • Micromax A116i Canvas HD
  • Micromax A117 Canvas Magnus
  • Micromax A200 (Rumored Canvas smartphone)
  • Micromax A210 Canvas 4
  • Micromax A240 Canvas Doodle 2
  • Micromax A250 Canvas Turbo
This is just the initial list, which is subject to change anytime once we keep seeing some actual confirmation or leak from the sources. We would try to keep updating this page every time there’s some news flowing around.
Note: Do comment which Android phone you own, and we will be letting you know whether the KitKat update would be coming to that device or not

Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat in late 2013, and while we know it made its debut on the Nexus 5, its arrival on other smartphones is as always, up in the air. Information has been coming through from various sources since its release, so we’ve combined all the official announcements, along with any less formal news we’ve heard, to make sure you know when Android 4.4 KitKat is headed to your device.
Updated on 05-13-2014 by Williams Pelegrin: Verizon updated the support documents for the Razr HD and Razr M with new information about the KitKat update.

Samsung’s KitKat updates are coming

samsung galaxy note 3 rear camera angle macro
Initially, Samsung kept quiet about its plans for 4.4 KitKat, having announced update schedules in the past, then been burned by missing self-imposed deadlines. Following early international tests of the new OS – specifically Galaxy Note 3 owners in Poland during January, and Korean Galaxy S4 phones in February – Samsung soon started sending out its Android 4.4 KitKat updates in America.
On February 13 2014, Sprint officially confirmed the arrival of an Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S4, posting on its support webpage the new software was being released in stages, and a system prompt would appear once it was ready to download. It warned this may not show up for several days.
A week later, Samsung sent out a press release confirming 4.4 KitKat will soon be available for the following devices across all U.S. networks. These are the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S4, S4 Mini, S4 Active and S4 Zoom, plus the Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini. The Galaxy Mega and Galaxy Light are also listed. Moving on to tablets, the Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 10.1, and finally, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will all be updated to version 4.4. Samsung says all carrier variants will get the update. The rollout began on February 18 and will continue for several months. 
AT&T has now confirmed Galaxy Note 3 devices connected to its networks will be receiving Android 4.4 KitKat from March 27. In a short blog post, the network provides an overview of the new features. KitKat will add the new-look user interface, the option to use Hangouts as the SMS app, wireless printing, better GPS performance, and enhanced audio controls. Additionally, the update will add music controls to the lock screen, and a quick access camera button too.
In addition, AT&T began to roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to Galaxy S4 Active owners last week. However, the carrier stopped delivering the over-the-air update, saying it is working with Samsung to bring some “potential improvements” to the update. There’s speculation that some bugs in the firmware update reared their ugly heads, one of them being Wi-Fi connectivity issues. There’s no indication as to when AT&T Galaxy S4 Active owners will be able to update to KitKat.
Reports gathered on April 21 that Korean Galaxy Note 3 Neo devices were being updated to Android 4.4, either over-the-air or through Samsung’s Kies software. Additionally, the same update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet has also been spotted, although in some smaller international markets. Both these point to a wider release in the near future.
Sure enough, a few days later, Verizon confirmed the Android 4.4 KitKat update was ready for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. In addition to the latest version of the OS, the Note 10.1 also gains a full-screen viewing mode, a multi-user option, and faster multi-tasking. Several bugs have been fixed, and some performance enhancements have been made to S-Note. Verizon says the update is being pushed out in phases from around April 28.
Verizon also made available Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3. Owners of the handset can download the update through Samsung Kies or the Verizon Software Assistant, with the update not yet available over-the-air.
If you own a Galaxy Note 2, here’s some good news. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update appears to be ready, and is being sent out to international versions of the device right now. According to reports, French Note 2 phones are first on the list, with other countries to follow afterwards. It’s an over-the-air update, so look out for a notification soon. Features are expected to be in-line with the Galaxy Note 3. 
Positive news for owners of slightly older Galaxy smartphones continued at the beginning of May, when Sprint announced it had an Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S3 ready to be distributed. The support page doesn’t provide any detail, saying only that it would be released on May 1.
However, for the international variant of the Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini 3G, they wont be so luck. In a statement sent to ZDNet, Samsung confirmed that KitKat will not make its way to the two handsets. Samsung blames the handsets’ hardware limitations, with both devices having 1GB of RAM. KitKat was released for the Galaxy S3, but only for variants with 2GB of RAM.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, a post on the official Android Google+ page confirmed the new version was sent out on November 26 2013.
LG sends out KitKat to the G Flex
LG already officially announced the G Flex update for Korea, and has now confirmed its arrival in America. In an April 29 press release, LG stated that G Flex phones on AT&T should already be receiving their update, while Sprint phones will start seeing it over the coming week. Those with their flexible phone connected to T-Mobile will have to wait a little longer, but Android 4.4 should arrive around mid-May. Included in the update is LG’s new Knock Code feature, along with an overall performance upgrade, and tweaks to the way the phone uses battery power, which should result in longer periods between charges.
As LG is responsible for the Nexus 5, we’d been expecting to hear something official about Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2 quite quickly, but we were forced to be patient. On December 15 2013 we got our first piece of official news. LG published a short press release on its blog, saying the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the G2 was, “In progress,” in Korea.
T-Mobile USA became the first network to offer an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2, confirming on its official update page the rollout would begin on March 3. Owners should expect to find all the KitKat improvements, along with an auto-brightness option, and general user experience improvements.
Sprint also confirmed it has started sending out Android 4.4 KitKat for the LG G2 on March 31. The update contains the new software version, plus a bug fix for Next Radio. The network warns it’s a staggered release, and not all phones will receive notification of the new software at the same time.
At the beginning of April, LG pushed another two Android 4.4 KitKat updates live in Korea, this time for the G Pad tablet, and the Vu 3 smartphone/tablet hybrid. Rumors have also emerged LG is working on Android 4.4 for the Optimus G, its 2012 flagship Android phone. The news comes from the same French network where the mostly accurate reports of the first LG software updates originated.
HTC updates continue with the Verizon HTC One Max

HTC talked about getting Android 4.4 on its devices almost immediately after the software was announced.

A tweet sent though the HTC USA Twitter account on November 13 2013 confirmed the update for the Google Play edition of the HTC One was with Google, and that it was responsible for pushing the update. A Google+ post from the official Android account ten days later confirmed the update was being sent out.

Subsequently, HTC also said Android 4.4 would be out for the Developer Edition and SIM-free HTC One before the end of November. It was right on the money too, as on November 29 it sent out another message saying Android 4.4 KitKat was out for unlocked One phones and the HTC One Developer Edition.

The official HTC USA Twitter account has informed us that HTC One smartphones connected to Sprint will be the first to receive an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The new version began finding its way to Sprint devices on February 1 2014. Additionally, HTC confirmed Android 4.4 had reached the final “certification” stage with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

On February 6, HTC announced the Verizon update was ready to go, and added Sense 5.5 would also be included. Verizon followed this up with documentation detailing all the alterations. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 will add a new lock screen process, a redesigned music and gallery app, revised and more detailed location services, plus a Do Not Disturb mode. At the moment, the update is only for the HTC One, but the HTC One Max is set to follow soon. Also, Verizon is investigating an Android 4.4 update for the Droid DNA along with the Virgin Mobile Desire 601.

It has taken more than a month, but HTC has finally got the Android update for the Droid DNA ready to go. Announced by the company’s executive product manager on Twitter, Android 4.4.2 accompanied by Sense 5.5 will start making its way to the phone on April 24. As always with these updates, it may not reach your phone on the first day, but sit tight, it’ll get there eventually.

Verizon announced on April 8 the HTC One Max was the next in-line for an Android 4.4 KitKat update. All the usual KitKat treats are included, along with a variety of other improvements and bug fixes. Verizon’s official documentation talks about a “master switch” and three new profiles for location settings, along with a battery usage indicator for each app using them. Other changes include the notification light now indicating missed calls, emails and pending messages. 

In November 2013, HTC UK announced plans to have Android 4.4 and HTC Sense 5.5 for the One smartphone ready for the end of January 2014. In mid-January, it reiterated the point, saying it was working with local networks to make this happen. However, a short time after the update began, HTC halted the rollout on March 3, after some users complained of rapid battery drain following installation of the new software. On March 18, reports gathered that HTC had restarted the update process. A tweaked version of Android 4.4.2 was being sent out to UK and European HTC One phones, with a fix for an unspecified Wi-Fi issue.

Sony to update modern Xperia hardware

Sony talked about its plans for Android 4.4 in November last year, and while it was all good news, the wait for any further information has been a long one. Finally, on March 19 2014, Sony published a blog post saying the update for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and the Xperia Z1 Compact is ready to go. Sony will add Android 4.4 KitKat to these phones, along with a few new features of its own. These include a new Status Bar and Quick Settings menu, a PS4-style UI with new live wallpaper, plus a wide selection of improvements spread across Sony’s stock apps.

No exact timeline is given, and the usual warning that these things vary by country and carrier is clearly stated, but it should be on its way soon. Once its done with the phones above, Sony will turn its attention to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and the Xperia Tablet Z. The update is planed for sometime around May. Finally, the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1, and the Xperia M2 have all been added to Sony’s list for a future Android 4.4 update too.

Motorola Moto X and Moto G top of its list

Moto G Side
Motorola confirmed the Moto X would be getting Android 4.4 via its website dedicated to software updates. The first Moto X’s to get a taste were those connected to Verizon, and Motorola started a staggered rollout on November 19 2013. 
On February 19 2014, Motorola added Moto X smartphones connected to US Cellular to the list. According to the official update page, Android 4.4.2, along with some bug fixes, has been approved for release and should be with owners soon.
Motorola has confirmed Moto X phones connected to AT&T should expect a 4.4.2 KitKat update very soon. The new software promises to fix a few software bugs, including those which may have affected battery life, and one which could have caused problems with international roaming. The main new feature is support for photo printing via Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters. 
Verizon’s Droid phones aren’t being left out. In December 2013, via a tweet, the network announced it had started updating the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx to Android 4.4 KitKat. It said the new version would be delivered in stages. You can find a few details on the update here.
Meanwhile, Verizon updated the support documents for both the Motorola Droid Razr HD and Razr M with new information about the updates and changes Android 4.4.2 KitKat will bring. The soak test for both devices has finished, so it seems as if the update will go live soon. Some users have reported the update is live via OTA, with David Schuster of Motorola saying the update should be available to all Razr HD users by week’s end.
Motorola confirmed in a blog post that U.S. versions of the Moto G would receive Android 4.4 updates from December 19 2013, and not early 2014 as originally promised. It said phones purchased through Amazon and Motorola would be first, while Moto G phones bought from networks will follow soon. In the UK, a post on Motorola’s customer support page listed the improvements Android 4.4 KitKat would bring to the Moto G, and confirmed the update was being sent out.
Google, its Nexus hardware, and Glass
Android 4.4 KitKat slightly deviated from the tradition of previous versions, which all debuted on Nexus hardware, by deciding to also hit the Verizon Moto X at around the same time. Google confirmed Android 4.4 KitKat would come to the Nexus 4 smartphone, plus the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablet. The Google Editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One also received some chocolatey Android goodness.
As of November 12 2013, the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013 models) and the Nexus 10 started getting the update, and although no official word came through, reports spread on November 20 that it starting to arrive on Nexus 4 smartphones too. Eagle-eyed Nexus fans will notice the Galaxy Nexus isn’t included in the list, and sure enough, the two-year old phone won’t be getting any more Google love.
Google has always said Android 4.4 KitKat was suitable for a wide variety of different devices, and a post on the private Google Glass forum has indicated Google’s smart eyewear is being upgraded from Android 4.0.3 to Android 4.4 very soon. 

Huawei to update flagship Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6Huawei has confirmed on the Sina Weibo social network it would be skipping Android 4.3, and instead working on having Android 4.4 KitKat ready for the Ascend P6 smartphone. It’s hoped the software will be ready by January 2014, but it’s not clear when it’ll be distributed internationally.
It’s important to remember the dates provided by manufacturers are rarely set in stone, and can change. Along with any issues which may turn up as the software is worked on, we shouldn’t forget that updates must also pass through the networks for approval, a process which can take several weeks. Even when it gets the green light, distribution is usually staggered to help identify any previously unseen problems, meaning it could take a while to get to your phone.
Previous article Updates:
Updated on 05-12-2014 by Williams Pelegrin: Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Note 3. However, the international Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini 3G aren’t so lucky.
Updated on 05-01-2014 by Andy Boxall: Sprint has announced an Android 4.4 update for all Galaxy S3 smartphones connected to the network.
Updated on 04-30-2014 by Andy Boxall: LG has announced Android 4.4 for G Flex smartphones connected to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Updated on 04-28-2014 by Andy Boxall: Verizon has announced an update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet.
Updated on 04-22-2014 by Williams Pelegrin: Added in news of pulled Android 4.4.2 update for the Galaxy S4 Active for AT&T.
Updated on 04-08-2014 by Andy: Added in news of an Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet.
Updated on 04-08-2014 by Andy: Verizon has announced Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for the HTC One Max
Updated on 04-28-2014 by Andy: Sprint has confirmed it is sending Android 4.4 out to LG G2 smartphones connected to the network, while in Korea, the LG G Pad and the Vu 3 are the latest to receive the software.
Updated on 03-28-2014 by Andy: Galaxy Note 3 devices connected to AT&T will start being updated to Android 4.4 from March 27, while LG has started sending out Android 4.4 for the G Flex in Korea, indicating a wider release may come soon.
Updated on 03-19-2014 by Andy: Sony has confirmed an Android 4.4 KitKat update will be coming to several Xperia smartphones very soon, plus it has added some other devices to its to-do list. Motorola has sent out Android 4.4.2 for AT&T Moto X phones, and HTC has fixed its update in the UK.
Updated on 03-04-2014 by Andy: LG G2 smartphones on the T-Mobile network should be getting their Android 4.4 KitKat updates very soon, while UK HTC One owners have had theirs taken away due to software problems. Google Glass is also getting a 4.4 update in the near future.
Updated on 02-19-2014 by Andy: Samsung has finally confirmed which U.S. smartphones will be receiving an update Android 4.4 KitKat.
Updated on 02-14-2014 by Andy: Moto X devices connected to US Cellular, and Galaxy S4 phones with Sprint should be getting Android 4.4 very soon.
Updated on 02-03-2014 by Andy: HTC One owners connected to Sprint should find an Android 4.4 KitKat update waiting for them very soon, while One phones connected to other networks shouldn’t be too far behind. HTC has also confirmed it’s working on an update for the Droid DNA.
Updated on 02-07-2014 by Andy: HTC One owners connected to Verizon will soon be getting Android 4.4 KitKat pushed to their phones, along with Sense 5.5. Additionally, there are rumors of an update for several Samsung phones, including various Galaxy S3 and S4 spin-offs.
Updated on 12/20/2013 by Andy: As the year comes to an end, manufacturers are busily preparing Android 4.4 updates. Motorola in particular has been hard at work, and has now announced the new software for the Moto G and Verizon’s Droid range.
Updated on 12/19/2013 by Andy: According to a French network, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will be getting an Android 4.4 software update in the new year.
Updated on 12/16/2013 by Andy: LG has officially spoken out concerning Android 4.4 KitKat coming to the G2, and the news falls in line with previous rumors, as international owners shouldn’t expect the upgrade until next year.
Updated on 12/03/2013 by Andy: Added a timeline for the LG G2 with a date which won’t please owners, and confirmed Android 4.4′s arrival on unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One phones, plus the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
Updated on 11/20/2013 by Andy: Although there has been no official confirmation, some Nexus 4 owners have reported the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat on their phones. We’ve added this news in, along with an update on the UK HTC One.
Updated on 11/19/2013 by Andy: Added information on Motorola and Verizon releasing Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X.
Updated on 11/18/2013 by Andy: Rewrote article to include more information, and easier to keep you up to date with news on Android 4.4 KitKat updates

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