You don’t get to read update specific news for handsets, specially those from local OEMs here on Technology Personalized, but this is kind of a big deal. XOLO, the premium handset division of Lava International Ltd., released an OTA update for Xolo Q1000 Opus smartphone earlier this month, which upgrades the device to Android 4.4 KitKat (manual update available here). Not often do we hear such a news from Indian OEMs, but it’s an interesting and important development.
Back in March, the other popular Indian OEM, Micromax, had announced KitKat update to some of the Canvas series smartphones, and now XOLO has followed the trend and has updated one of its smartphones to the latest version of Android. XOLO says that it plans to release the update to other smartphones as well by June 2014, and specifically mentions Q700S, Q1010i, Q1010, Q3000 models.
Android 4.4 KitKat came with several new features and enhancements. Some of the key improvements include:
- Smoother multitasking experience through better memory management
- Upgraded Hangout that supports SMS and MMS integrated in the same application
- Immersive mode that hides everything except the application used
- Smarter caller tool that identifies unknown numbers by using Google Maps data and prioritizes contacts based on the people mostly spoken with
- Redesigned email app with nested folders, contact photos and better navigation
- Integration with Google Drive
XOLO Q1000 Opus was launched in December 2013 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The smartphone runs on 1.2 GHz Quad-core Broadcom Processor and 1GB of RAM. Other features include 5-inch HD IPS display, full HD video playback, A-GPS & GLONASS for accurate navigation.
As much as we appreciate the intent of XOLO to release a KitKat update for Q1000 Opus, sadly it has met with lot of criticisms from early users. Many users are complaining that the update is full of bugs like Wi-Fi not working, excessive lag, auto brightness going wonky, network signal issue and even getting stuck in the boot screen.
We have reached out to XOLO to understand more about these issues, and will update as and when we hear something from them.