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Verizon HTC DROID DNA

Today’s the day, HTC DROID DNA owners. Following HTC’s announcement earlier this week that the DROID DNA’s update to Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 would begin rolling out on April 24, some DNA owners are indeed now getting their serving of KitKat.

The update appears to be rolling out in two parts, with the first being a small 18.3MB update to prepare the DROID DNA for the second, 618MB bundle of KitKat goodness. As you might expect from an update of that size, the changelog is fairly lengthy:

BLINKFEED

  • New menu delivers quicker access to search and content sources
    • Access by swiping from left side of the screen
  • Easily turn BlinkFeed on or off
    • Perform a pinch-in gesture on the home screen > Then access the Edit screen > Simply tap BlinkFeed ON and BlinkFeed OFF

LOCATION SETTINGS

  • Redesigned for ease of use and battery conservation
  • Shows estimated battery use of each app
  • Offers a master switch that turns all location settings on or off
  • Lists which apps are using location services
  • New setting enables you to choose between these location profiles:
    • High accuracy (most battery use)
    • Battery saving (least battery use)
    • Device sensors (GPS only)

GALLERY APPLICATION

  • Redesigned for easier viewing of different content configurations
    • Panels for each configuration (folders, highlights) have replaced the drop-down menu
    • Swipe left or right to switch between panels
  • Quickly access photos from the cloud and social networks
  • Manage and edit Video Highlights easily
    • From Events panel, tap desired event, then switch to Video Highlights
    • Select desired pictures, themes and music

DO NOT DISTURB

  • Cut down on phone distractions during important events
  • Block incoming calls: turn off sound, vibration and LED notifications
  • Can be set to resume "normal mode" at a certain time
    • To access this feature, go to Settings > Sound > Do not disturb
  • Tap on an Event to view all the pictures and videos from a particular occasion

LOCK SCREEN

  • The process to lock screen widgets has been simplified
    • Swipe left from the lock screen
    • Tap the + icon to choose a widget to add to the Lock Screen

MUSIC APPLICATION

  • Redesigned for easier viewing of different content configurations
    • Panels for each configuration (artist, albums) have replaced the drop-down menu
    • Swipe left or right to switch between panels

We’ve known for a while now that the DROID DNA would be receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5, but it’s still great to see HTC continuing to support the device. It’s certainly not the freshest Android phone around, but anyone that’s still sticking with it can now enjoy the latest version of Google’s OS as well as an updated version of HTC’s Sense user interface.

Are any of you rocking a DROID DNA? If so, be sure to give us a shout when the Android 4.4.2 update makes its way to your device!

Via Droid-Life, @jeffdotsteak, Verizon


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