Galaxy S4, HTC One Google Play Editions updated to Android 4.4.2
16th Dec 2013 | 22:19
Google Play versions of non-Nexus phones have their perks
Granted, this is a minor update to Google's mobile operating system with the release notes indicating it's a security patch full of bug fixes, as was the case with 4.4.1 a few days before.
But that really doesn't matter to Galaxy S4 and HTC One owners. For them, today's Android 4.4.2 updated is all about fixing more glitches.
App Ops was an app oops
Android 4.4.2 may do little than bring the bug spray, but it's garnered attention as it carries the controversial removal of the "App Ops" interface in settings.
Introduced in Android 4.3, App Ops allowed users to restrict apps from accessing their location and reading and modifying their contacts.
Users were able to handily configure these settings on an app-by-app basis, but Google said App Ops was "released by accident," according to the disappointed privacy hawks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Still, it's a good feeling to get an over-the-air Android update on time versus waiting for one on a carrier-bought handset. Those phone owners are typically left twiddling their thumbs until wireless providers give the update OK.