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Want to unwrap Android KitKat? Not so fastOnly a few devices are confirmed to be getting the new Android 4.4 operating system. Also, Panasonic pulls the plug on plasma TV and the Line app uses Hello Kitty as a weapon in the messaging wars.
Prepared to wait if you want a piece of Android Kit Kat. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Before we get started with today's news, say hello to the new studio for CNET Update. I'll continue to bring you a daily round up of top tech stories in under three minutes. But now, I'll just be doing it with a backdrop that has a little more possessed. After Google unveiled the new Android Kit Kat operating system, everyone is wondering when the update will arrive on their phones. The short answer is, unless you have a Nexus product, you'll be waiting in a while. Kit Kat was designed to work with all phones even models with older technology. But the role out all depends on the device makers. First to get Kit Kat in a few weeks will be the more recent Google Nexus devices as well as the pure Android Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Everything else is a little foggy on the details. Several HTC One phones will get it in three months. Motorola will give it to the new droids on Verizon as well as the Moto X, but we don't know how long that's gonna take, and no word about Samsung's popular Galaxy devices. LG and Sony, also have not sure details. But as we say hello to a new Android operating system, Google pull the plug on an older service called iGoogle, which let you customize your Google homepage with different widgets. We knew the stay was coming. Google said it was planning to end over a year ago. And that's not the only dead tech this week. Panasonic announced its ending production of plasma televisions in December and will stop selling plasma TVs by March. Panasonic Plasmas as been CNET's favorite TV for years because of their picture quality. But plasma has been losing market share every year to LCD. Amazon keeps pumping a new perks for prime members. The Surface will now offer a free Kindle book every month ahead of the title's official release state. The program is called Kindle First, but it's only for these lesser known books that were released by Amazon Publishing. A prime subscription cost $80 a year and aside from free two-day shipping, it also throws in free Kindle book borrowing and free streaming from a selection of movies and tv shows. Today's app to watch is a messaging up called Line. You may not have heard about it yet but it's big in Asian countries and it's one of the first apps to make digital stickers popular. Line is hoping to grow with its US audience with the help of Hello Kitty. Its launching Hello Kitty messaging stickers to US members as a way to compete against other messaging apps that are big with teenagers like WhatsApp and Kick. The Line app also offers free voice-over-IP calling. That is your tech news update but you can get more details on the show blog cnet.com/update and be sure to follow along on Twitter for the latest. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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