Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Google Glass XE20.1 update just made it a hundred times easier to message your contacts Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:21:53 +0000 Google Glass XE20.1 contacts

There’s a new Google Glass update rolling out this week (it was about time for one, right?). Arriving under the version number XE20.1, the update — in conjunction with an update to the MyGlass app for Android — finally gives Glass Explorers access to all of the contacts stored in their Google account — and we couldn’t be happier.

Google Glass XE20.1 update 1

Although only the most recent/starred contacts you will be accessible by voice commands, the rest can be found by physically swiping/tapping on the touch pad. Once selected, Glass users can now choose how they’d like to message a specific contact, with the new option of sending an SMS, Hangouts message, or an email.

Google Glass XE20.1 update screenshots

The Glass team has also made a few additional tweaks, like the ability to delete a snapped picture by voice, or turn of the “head nudge” in settings. For those unaware, the head nudge is a way for Glass users to activate the display on their devices without touching it but there are certain instances (like when driving) it might be better to keep it off. Some new Google Now cards have also landed in XE20.1, like a currency counter and nearby events.

To update your Google Glass headset, simply make sure it’s connected to WiFi, then plug it into a charger. After that, you’ll see a prompt for an update and let nature take its course.

[Google Glass Journal]

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T-Mobile pushing out Android 4.4.3 for the HTC One M8, bonus GPS update available as well Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:56:22 +0000 htc one m8 wm_1

Early this morning, HTC One M8 users on T-Mobile were greeted with a prompt notifying them that a system update, build 2.22.531.5, is now available for their device. The update, which brings the firmware up to Android 4.4.3 seemed to hit rather suddenly given the absence of the usual support docs giving users a heads up ahead of time. No worries. We’ve already been updated and here’s what you can expect from the 4.4.3 update:

HTC One M8 2.22.531.5 software update (582.04MB)

System improvements

  • Android 4.4.3
  • Security fixes

Performance optimization

  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Mobile network

Application updates

  • Camera
  • Gallery (Image Match)
  • Settings (Power History)
  • HTC Sync Manager

Sense experience optimization

  • HTC BoomSound
  • Extreme Power Saving Mode
  • Motion Launch
  • Quick Setting

HTC One M8 T-Mobile Android 4.4.3 update

IMPORTANT: Once you’ve updated, make sure to check for another software update to find an important GPS update waiting for you (pictured above).

You can manually check for software updates by opening up the Settings app and selecting About > Software updates > Check now (also handy if should you not feel like waiting for the update to hit your device). So far, our One M8 is behaving normally, but should you encounter any bugs or issues, feel free to let us know down below.

We should also note that HTC included all the security fixes from Android 4.4.4 in their 4.4.3 update, so don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

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Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade rolls out for Sony Xperia M2 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:37:53 +0000 M8-Blurred-KitKat

Sony has announced a new software upgrade for folks using the Xperia M2, as well as its dual-SIM variant. This upgrade is bringing us Android 4.4 KitKat, and Sony’s latest user experience is also in tow. Along with all the goodness KitKat brings (which you can get a crash course on right here), you’ll be treated to new quick settings options in the notification bar, a new PS4-inspired user interface, and the latest versions of all of Sony’s unique apps. Here’s the full list of changes as listed by Sony themselves:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totalling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app – enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future

You can expect the upgrade to be made available for unlocked, unbranded handsets immediately, though you’re likely in for a bit of a wait if you do your bidding with a specific carrier. The upgrade is also subject to market availability, though Sony hasn’t yet detailed rollout plans. Be sure to check Settings > About Phone on your device to see if it’s available for pulling down. If not, be patient and we’re sure the goods will be on their way before you’re tempted to upgrade to a newer device.

[via Sony]

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AT&T Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4, Sprint model receives 4.4.4 soak test Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:36:41 +0000 Motorola Moto X DSC00695

After what appears to have been a successful soak test, the Motorola Moto X on AT&T is finally ready to receive its update to Android 4.4.4. Reports can be found of users seeing the update update hit their devices today as build number 212.44.26. For a rundown of everything the update looks to address, Motorola’s official changelog can be found below.

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes accuracy improvements to the power profile, several stability, framework and security fixes including update to OpenSSL.
  • Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Updated Phone dialer with new graphical layout and colors to improve consistency and usability.

While you could always wait for your device to prompt you about the update, those with less patience will no doubt like to take matters into their own hands. Those looking to manually update can open up the Settings app, then select About phone > System updates > Download > (after downloaded) Install > Wait for the automatic reboot.

This now leaves the Sprint Moto X as the only model from “the Big 4″ to have not received Android 4.4.4 (along with regional carrier variants). But those of you with a Moto X on Sprint shouldn’t feel too down, we’re hearing reports a soak test for 4.4.4 is already underway. If everything checks out, expect 4.4.4 to officially hit the Sprint model in the coming days.


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OnePlus One 30O update brings Android 4.4.4 and tons of fixes and changes Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:42:15 +0000 OnePlus One DSC06070

OnePlus owners can look forward to an even more stable phone today as a new update has started rolling out to handsets. Version 30O — which is still CyanogenMod 11S-based — brings us Android 4.4.4 and all the fixes and changes that come with it. Beyond that, OnePlus has detailed many new fixes and changes that should all go toward providing a more pleasant experience. Here’s the full list:

  • Upgraded to Android 4.4.4
  • Updated to new versions of Google apps
  • Added Clear Image
  • Added new (colder) calibration for the screen
  • Proximity sensor prevents activation of off-screen gestures while in your pocket
  • Capacitive touch keys supported in the recovery mode
  • Increased capacitive button illumination
  • Improved overall stability
  • Fixed issues with vibration being disabled during Quiet Hours
  • Fixed lockscreen not updating the track information during music playback
  • Fixed microphone volume for all formats in the Voice Recorder app
  • Fixed “OK, Google” not triggering voice search in Google Now
  • Fixed Viber calls not working
  • Fixed battery percent not updating in custom lock screens
  • Fixed PicasaSync
  • Fixed Camera “O” gesture activating lockscreen instead of triggering camera
  • Fixed wallpapers not applying in full screen, taking the wrong size when cropping, etc

OnePlus emphasizes that the update is “slowly” rolling out, so don’t be alarmed if you head to the settings menu to check for it and it doesn’t show its face. Should you be lucky enough to have it available to download you’ll wan to charge your battery to full and hop onto a WiFi network to ensure things go down smoothly. Let us know how the update works out for you in the comments once you’re able to pull it down.

[via OnePlus]

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Motorola’s Punit Soni confirms the Moto X will receive Android L (as if there was any doubt) Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:34:02 +0000 Motorola Moto X DSC00695

We’re not sure why anyone would doubt it, but just in case there was any question Motorola would be updating the Moto X to Android L in the future, they’ve just come out and said it. In a Google+ post, Motorola’s VP of Product Management Punit Soni tells a user “Yup,” when asked if the Moto X would be updated to “Android L (5.0).” No, we’re not going to take this as confirmation of the upcoming L release’s version number, just a nice gesture by a man who has knowledge of these things.

You maybe remember about a month ago when an alleged Motorola Germany Facebook page “announced” that both the Moto X and G would receive Android L this fall. Turned out that was nothing more than a fake fan page and wasn’t operating in any official capacity. A few weeks later, a Motorola customer specialist appears to have mentioned in some correspondence with a customer that the X and G would indeed receive Android L, although that may have not been official enough for some folks.

So there you have it. The Moto X will receive Android L once it goes live sometime this fall. Of course, exactly how long it’ll take US carriers to push out the update is anyone’s guess. It’s a good thing that Motorola’s version of Android is the most toned down version offered by manufacturers, featuring a largely stock Android OS. This could mean that — as we saw with Android 4.4. KitKat — Motorola’s devices could be first out the gate (following closely behind Nexus devices, of course).

[Cachys Blog via BGR]

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 brings support for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and One M8, tons of new changes Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:30:00 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

The latest milestone for CyanogenMod 11.0 has been released, and a couple of big devices have been added to the list. The Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablet and HTC One M8 have all graduated from nightly status. An M release is a monthly snapshot of all the latest changes. It isn’t quite stable, but it’s far more stable than nightlies have been and you can rest assured knowing it won’t make your phone explode in your day-to-day.

So what’s new in M9? The list is quite large and includes changes and fixes from June 31st through July 27th. Here’s what you can expect once you get your device upgraded:


  • Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
  • Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
  • Torch – Improve performance
  • Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
  • Center clock support
  • Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
  • Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
  • Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
  • Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
  • Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
  • Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
  • Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
  • Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
  • Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
  • Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
  • Fix encryption on some LG Devices
  • Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer

Not all of it is mindblowingly amazing, but you can’t be mad at a more solid and stable experience overall. You can find downloads for the new version for your respective device at CyanogenMod’s download portal here. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t recommend flashing these on carrier variants without clarification from CyanogenMod. We’ll be reaching out to see if the  HTC One M8′s release is only for unlocked, unbranded versions. Hold off if you don’t have that version for now to avoid a massive headache.

Don’t forget to make a backup and charge your battery before you do anything, and always remember that whatever you flash to your device is your responsibility. That disclaimer aside, have at it!

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Verizon Galaxy S5 maintenance upgrade brings lots of changes (and might break root, too) Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:20:20 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 wood DSC05783

Verizon Galaxy S5 owners have a pretty big maintenance upgrade (version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) incoming, though not all of the changes will be satisfactory. Let’s get the official changelog out of the way first. For starters, a few apps have gotten updates, though none of them bring any sweeping changes. You can expect new versions of Caller Name ID, Message+ and Verizon Cloud. Here’s what’s on tap for bug fixing goodness:

  • • ‘Search’ icon has been removed within Memo when there is no memo
  • • Favorite ‘Contact’ information background is now more readable
  • • Visual Voicemail works when S-View flip cover is closed
  • • Connectivity has been improved when streaming music
  • • Stability has been improved for Samsung Gear Manager
  • • Text alert improvements for select factory installed car kits
  • • “Primary Contacts” label has been changed to “Emergency Contacts”
  • when in Emergency Mode
  • • Power On password is no longer triggered when voice call is completed or
  • after screen dims

And all of that is followed by some key changes, additions and upgrades that go to further enhance the experience:

  • User selectable video application when uploading to YouTube
  • • Message+ now supports closed captioning
  • • Emergency Mode has been updated
  • • Contact Menu stability has been enhanced
  • • Easy Mode Settings now includes images
  • • ‘Downloaded Apps’ field added to searchable file types in My Files
  • • Web Search has been added to S Finder

You can’t say Samsung and Verizon don’t know how to put together a comprehensive update. But one big change that may affect some people is the breakage of root — there are reports that it completely nukes that level of access, and that the current root methods do nothing to restore it.

We’ve only gotten a couple reports of said behavior in our inbox so we’re not sure if these folks were just unlucky casualties of circumstance. Either way, if you’re rooted and you want to keep it that way it’s a good rule of thumb to stay away from official OTA updates.

If none of that concerns you then you can just head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update to start pulling yours down (but be sure to hop onto WiFi and have a healthily charged battery to make sure everything goes smoothly).

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Android 4.4.4 is now rolling out for the Verizon Moto X, here’s what’s new Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:56:43 +0000 Motorola Moto X DSC00701

After a soak test began last week for Android 4.4.4 on the Motorola Moto X, it seems Verizon is now comfortable enough to begin pushing it out to the masses. The 210.12.41 update has been officially approved by Verizon and besides the SSL security fixes addressed in Android 4.4.4, manages to bring a few smaller surprises to the mix. Here’s what Moto X users on Verizon can expect from the update:

• Improved camera picture quality
- Improved photos in fluorescent lighting
- Enhanced dynamic range
• Ability to pause video recording
- Offers pause/resume button on the finder
• New graphical layout and colors
- Improves consistency and usability

For those that don’t want to wait around for Verizon to prompt them about the update, it can be pulled manually by jumping into your Settings app and selecting > About phone > System updates. If there’s nothing currently available, just check back the following days where it will continue rolling out in stages. Cheers.


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Unlocked HTC One M8 now receiving Android 4.4.3 update, carries same security fixes as 4.4.4 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:01 +0000 Unlocked HTC One M8 2.22.1540.3 update

It was last week HTC product manager Mo Versi revealed via his Twitter profile that — after hitting the HTC One M8 Developer Edition — owners of the unlocked HTC One M8 should be expecting an update to Android 4.4.3 late this week.

Right on schedule, owners of the region-free unlocked HTC One M8 are now reportedly receiving the update that, while it may not be the 4.4.4 update as found on Nexus/Google Play/Motorola devices, includes the same SSL security fixes that 4.4.4 addresses in the first place.

The update brings the software build to 2.22.1540.3 and is actually quite large, tipping the scales at a little over 592MB. That being said, if you want to make the process as speedy as possible, connect to WiFi and jump into your Settings > About > Software updates > Check now.


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Sprint LG G2 update finally brings KnockCode Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:27:57 +0000

When LG first showed off KnockCode, their tap-based pattern unlocking mechanism for devices that support KnockOn, they promised it’d be headed to many of their latest smartphones. The LG G2 certainly wasn’t going to be left out as it was their 2013 flagship, but it seems to be taking quite a bit of time to make its way to all of the variants swirling about.

Sprint’s version can finally add itself to the list as KnockCode is the feature attraction in a new software upgrade going out today. You can see the feature in action on the LG G Pro 2 in the video above. While not mindblowingly different from a traditional swipe to unlock pattern, LG touts KnockCode as more secure because it doesn’t leave drag marks that can tip a would-be snooper off to your lock-screen pattern.

lg knock code

The software version for the upgrade is ZVD, and aside from the aforementioned addition of KnockCode we aren’t treated to much. We’re sure there are many under-the-hood changes that users won’t really notice, but whatever they are Sprint didn’t feel it necessary to list them. 

You can check for the upgrade by heading to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Update LG Software. We can’t imagine the upgrade is very big, but it’s worth charging your phone up a good deal and hopping onto a WiFi network just in case.

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Verizon Moto X soak test participants receiving invites to test new firmware Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Motorola Moto X DSC00695

Verizon and Motorola appear to be testing out new firmware for their version of the Moto X as soak test invites are going out to the adventurous folks not afraid to sign up for these things. As usual we don’t get any idea what to expect, though we wouldn’t expect them to roll out new firmware without also jumping to a new version of Android.

You obviously won’t be expecting Android L, but Android 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 are still on the table for this phone. The latter is already confirmed to be headed to Verizon’s DROID phones so we wouldn’t be surprised if the Moto X is in line for a similar upgrade.

In either case we wouldn’t expect many sweeping changes as this is likely a bug fixing and stability improvement upgrade. As unexciting as it may be, though, we’ll be keeping an eye on it. Be sure to check your email to see if you’ve been invited (and if you aren’t signed up to test Motorola firmware, head here to figure out how you can get in on all the fun).

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Sprint HTC One M8 receives WiFi calling in new software update rolling out now Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:08:43 +0000 HTC One M8 Check for Update

Those with the teflon coated HTC One M8 on Sprint (seriously, the phone is super slippery) are being greeted with another OTA from The Now Network. Among bug fixes and general stability improvements, the update brings WiFi calling to the One M8, something that should come in handy when network coverage is lacking indoors.

Sprint metions the over-the-air update will be rolling out in stages over the next few days, so don’t freak out if you haven’t received it yet. Aside from waiting to be prompted that the update is ready for your device, you can always manually check by opening your Settings app and selecting: System updates > HTC software update > Check now.

It was back in February Sprint first announced the new WiFi Calling feature coming soon to devices on their network. We’re sure more updates will continue rolling out for additional devices in the coming months.

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Android 4.4.4 Release 2 rolls out to the Nexus 5 in select regions Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:31:19 +0000 Nexus 5 back 1

Out of the blue, Google has posted the official factory image for Android 4.4.4 Release 2 on the Nexus 5 on their site. The update is currently rolling out right now in New Zealand, Australia, and India — but that’s as far as it’s going.

Android 4.4.4 Release 2

This is essentially the same update we received everywhere else last month, only with specific radio updates tailored to the networks in these regions. In fact, the factory image even lists off a specific carrier in New Zealand (2degrees Mobile). For those with knowledge in these things, the downloads are linked below.

Android 4.4.4 Release 2: Factory image | Binaries

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Verizon posts Android 4.4.4 changelog for all 2013 DROID phones Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:04:24 +0000 motorola-droid-2013-2

Verizon and Motorola have confirmed that their DROID devices from 2013 — including the DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX — will be receiving Android 4.4.4 builds. Right away we can tell you not to expect much as this release was only ever meant as a maintenance upgrade. As such, the changelog is rather thin and unexciting but it’s worth taking a look at anyway. Here are the changes you can expect for each phone:

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat: stability, framework and security improvements
  • Improved Bluetooth connectivity
  • Improved dynamic range and flourescent lighting balance in camera photos
  • Ability to pause and resume video recording
  • VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail updates
  • ISIS Mobile Wallet app added

Nothing to write home about, but it all adds up to providing a stable user experience (and it doesn’t hurt to have all your flagship DROID devices on the absolute latest version of Android available). The upgrades should begin rolling out in stages in the weeks to come.

You can start checking for firmware 21.11.21.obake by heading to Settings > About phone > System updates. If it doesn’t show up right away that just means your device hasn’t been tapped to receive it yet, so be patient and all will be right within your DROID-filled universe.

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