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How to update my smartphone to Android KitKat?

Asked by dina_didi (1276points) November 25th, 2014

I have an Android 4.2.2 smartphone and recently there was an update released. The update is from the official page but there are no instructions on how to update the system. I downloaded the zip file but I don’t know what I should do next.

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hominid's avatar

Unless you are very comfortable with this type of thing – and understand the risks – why not just wait?

What phone do you have? And what carrier? The Moto X 2014, for example, has a rollout of KitKat going on right now for Verizon.

The carriers handle the updates – not Google. And since Android is open, the phone manufacturers have a tendency to destroy it and make proprietary changes (Samsung’s Touchwiz, for example). So, throwing a new vanilla KitKat build on a Samsung phone will come with challenges. You’re going to have to root, etc.

dina_didi's avatar

I have a Zopo zp980+ and the update was released on the official page (I think this is the only way to update the system). I am not sure if there will be an automatic update. It is unlocked (no carrier).

hominid's avatar

I’m going to have to bail on this. I am in no way knowledgeable about this whole market of Chinese phones. It works quite differently in the US. This Zopo doesn’t even have a website. Good luck. Sorry I couldn’t help.

dina_didi's avatar

No need to apologize @hominid! Thanks for your help so far. The website is here.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Try this web page on gizchina has a link for KitKAt for a Zopo 980.

Pachy's avatar

I have a Droid and am able to download/install updates in settings—no zip files and no instructions needed. Aren’t you able to do that?

And by the way, version 5 is due in early December.

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