Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:31:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LG G Stylo and LG Leon now receiving Android 5.1.1 update on T-Mobile Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:31:26 +0000 LG G Stylo Leon Android 511 update

After they were made official back during Mobile World Congress, the LG G Stylo and LG Leon both launched on T-Mobile only a few months later. Offering a fair mix of mid-range to entry level specs, the handsets came out of the box running Android 5.0 Lollipop. It wasn’t bad, especially given the amount of devices only recently receiving Lollipop. Being that these weren’t flagship devices, we didn’t think LG would make these devices a very high priority when it came to pushing out Android updates. Looks like we were wrong.

In what can only be described as a refreshing turn of events, it seems both devices are now receiving updates to Android 5.1.1 — the absolute latest version of Android currently available. In fact, it’s a more current version of Android than even the LG G4 is running, which will reportedly stay on 5.1 until Android M rolls around (we don’t think that extra .0.1 would amount to much anyway).

Android 5.1 brings a few new additions to the core Android OS with T-Mobile saying owners should expect a boost in battery life, especially when using WiFi Calling. They also mention that the updates are available right now, but only over WiFi. So, if you want to get the jump on the update, hop into your Settings app and pull it right now.

T-Mobile: LG G Stylo | LG Leon

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge now receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on Verizon Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:59:07 +0000 note-edge-ruler

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the latest device to receive Lollipop in a recent string of software updates hitting multiple devices across various US carriers this week. The phone now officially joins other flagships in the Lollipop winner’s circle, although it’s not quite Android 5.1 (the latest version currently available).

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Verizon Lollipop update

Either way, Note Edge owners should be excited. Lollipop is a pretty big upgrade from KitKat and brings a variety of enhancements, all of which Verizon is detailing on their software updates page here. The update actually comes in 2 parts and after all is said and done, will bring the Android version up to 5.0.1 and software build number up to LRX22C.N915VVRU2BOF2. Good luck!

Thanks, Jaime!

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Motorola DROID Turbo is now getting Android 5.1 Lollipop Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:52:41 +0000 droid-turbo-angle

It’s out, folks: the Motorola DROID Turbo’s Lollipop is now widely available for all to download after a brief soak test. The DROID Turbo was infamously held as one of the last devices in Motorola’s 2014 lineup to see Lollipop, and it didn’t help matters that there were units spotted with the goods in the wild a long time ago.

There aren’t many surprises by now: this is Lollipop (Android 5.1, to be specific), and it brings you up to the most contemporary version of Android available. That brings a whole new slew of features over the previous KitKat firmware, including a new Material Design user interface, lock screen notifications and more.

You’re looking for version 23.11.38.en.US, so get on WiFi, charge up and try to pull it down over the air if you’ve been waiting on this.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is now available for download Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:40:11 +0000 huawei-ascend-mate2-back

After initially releasing a statement that the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 wouldn’t be updated to Android KitKat, the company was quick to go into damage control, later telling users they’d be skipping KitKat and jumping to Lollipop directly. Early this month, Huawei was looking for a few good beta tester to test early builds of Lollipop on their devices, but only for members of their forums.

Today, Huawei is allowing anyone with the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (model number MT2-L03) to update their device to Android 5.1 Lollipop along with EMUI 3.1 — you just have to manually download and flash it to your device. Huawei says that you’ll first need to be coming from software versions V100R001C00B126 or V100R001C00B148 before you can update, so make sure and double check.

Just be forewarned, Huawei is calling this “Android L Preview” so expect bugs (don’t worry, you can always downgrade back to Jelly Bean if you experience any issues). Steps for manually flashing — as well as the download link for 5.1 on the Mate 2 — can be found below.

  • A micro SD card of 4GB or more is required.
  • Format the micro SD card (This is optional).
  • Download then extract the file.
  • Copy the entire “dload” folder to the root directory of the micro SD card.
  • Make sure your handset is powered off. Insert the micro SD card into the handset.
  • Press and hold the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN keys simultaneously, and then press the POWER button. Release power when you see the device turn on.
  • The phone should boot and begin flashing. When the progress bar stops, the phone will restart.
  • You may enter the Emergency Data dialog at the first boot. Choose the Factory data reset and click the Yes button. When the reset is done, reboot your phone.

Download: B309 (Android 5.1 Lollipop)


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AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) is now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:27:34 +0000 Nova Launcher Moto X 2014 DSC07206

It’s been a busy week for Android users looking to get their Android 5.1 fix. The HTC One M9, DROID Turbo, and Galaxy S6/Edge have all seen updates to Android 5.1 across various carriers here in the US. Joining fellow Android devices in the 5.1 winner’s circle is now the Moto X 2nd Gen, which is now officially receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop on AT&T.

Don’t worry about AT&T’s support page. It’s kind of a mess right now. Aside from showing the Samsung Galaxy S4 on the header, it also incorrectly states the update is for the original Moto X 1st Gen. As you can see from the updated software version — 23.16.2.victara_att.att.en.US att — it actually references the Moto X 2nd Gen (Victara). The update is pretty sizable at about 508MB, so make sure you’re on WiFi before pulling it.

It was barely last week that Android 5.1 hit all Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Editions, followed by the Verizon version only last night.

[AT&T | via Google+]

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Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:03:54 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09263

Typically Android updates take some time before carriers can approve of software for use on their networks. In what can only be described as a refreshing move, Android 5.1 adoption seems to be in full swing. A few weeks ago, we saw T-Mobile push out the update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with US Cellular following suit shortly thereafter.

Today, Sprint is getting on the ball, pushing out updates to both these handsets on their network. This comes in the form of software build G920PVPU2B0F7 for the flat S6, and G925PVPU2B0F7 for the S6 Edge. Sprint reminds us that the rollout can take a few days before you see it on your device, so don’t freak out if you haven’t been prompted.

If you don’t feel like waiting around for your device to notify you of the update, you can always manually check by jumping into your Settings app and selecting About device followed by Check for updates. Good luck!

[Sprint: Galaxy S6 | Galaxy S6 Edge]

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Android 5.1 Lollipop is now rolling out to Verizon’s Moto X 2nd Gen Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:09:40 +0000 Moto_X_2014_Lollipop_Phandroid

Moto X 2nd Gen users on Verizon are being treated to Android 5.1, with Verizon announcing that a rollout has commenced. It brings the software version up to 23.16.3.victara_verizon.verizon.en.USvzw.

If you don’t remember, Android 5.1 was mostly a bug fixing update, but it did introduce a couple of key quality-of-life improvements. Namely, volume controls are now more easily accessible from the notification shade thanks to a new bell icon, and WiFi and Bluetooth connections are easily managed with new drop down mechanics.

The update also brings interruption / downtime controls to let you manage which notifications can get through when you set your phone to do not disturb, as well as factory reset protection that prevents unauthorized access to your phone even after it has been wiped clean.

The goods are going out over the air in waves, so be sure to check for the update (probably best to be on WiFi and have a good charge) in the settings menu. Otherwise, wait for your phone to let you know that the update is ready for the taking.

[via Verizon]

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Sprint’s HTC One M9 will be receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop on July 1st Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:08:19 +0000 htc-one-m9-software-angle

Good news for HTC One M9 owners on Sprint: starting this Wednesday, July 1st, you can expect an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. It’s the current latest version of Android (well, until Android M launches later this year) and brings small improvements to the UI, as well as other nifty features and bug fixes.

We actually took a look at some of these improvements last week when an early version of the software leaked out. The coolest part was the ability to change the temperature of your phone’s display. Whether or not this makes its way to all models remains to be seen.

We’ll be sure to find out more once the update officially commences on Wednesday, but don’t freak out if you don’t receive it right away. Over-the-air updates often roll out in stages on Sprint, so it could be a day or 2 before you see it hit your device.


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Lollipop for the Motorola DROID Turbo is almost ready, and coming sooner than ever Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:22:58 +0000 DROID Turbo Lollipop

If Motorola Mobility’s recent tweet is any indication, you can expect Android 5.1 Lollipop to be hitting your Motorola DROID Turbo any minute/day/week now. What’s throwing us off is the strange wording of their tweet, which says “coming” — not that it’s actually here.

Yeah, it’s always been coming soon. Ever since they initially announced the device would be skipping 5.0 and jumping straight to 5.1. And the re-announcement several weeks later. And now this. In any case, you should probably check for the update on your phone and let us know if you find anything. This is such a tease.

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Every Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition is now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:39:11 +0000 Moto X 2014 featured DSC07020

It’s a headline that sounds like many you’ve heard before and that’s largely because of the way Motorola handles software updates. Generally they start testing updates in select regions and then gradually broaden that to new areas. Very slowly. Making the necessary revisions and fixes as issues are discovered. But this time they mean it: starting today, every single unlocked Motorola Moto X 2014 (2nd Gen) Pure Edition will be updated to Android 5.1. For real this time.

It was an update that may have taken a little longer than expected, especially from Motorola who normally has a great track record with speedy updates. In fact, they were able to get the initial Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to the Moto X 2nd Gen Pure Edition quicker than even the Nexus 5. Now that’s saying something. Users can expect all the smaller additions from stock Android 5.1, along with added fixins from Motorola like that funky karate chop motion to launch the flashlight.

We perhaps will never know what the hold up was with such a tiny incremental update to 5.1, but we know Motorola was working hard on it. They’ve practically kept us updated on its status the entire time and we must say, Motorola’s transparency and interaction with users on Google+ is refreshing and something we’d like to see more of in Android.

For those curious, you can find everything new in the Android 5.1 update for the Moto X 2nd Gen right here. Those of you with carrier branded Moto X 2014s will have to continue waiting for the update, but hopefully not too much longer. Samsung and their carrier partners were quick the push Android 5.1 for the Galaxy S6 out the door with little delay. We don’t see why Motorola would be any different and in fact, we’re hearing a soak test has already begun for Moto X 2014 owners on Verizon.

[Motorola | via Google+]

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Huawei gives some Honor 6 owners a chance to beta test Android 5.1 Lollipop before official rollout Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:51:29 +0000 Huawei Honor 6 Lollipop

It’s not the first OEM that comes to mind when you think of software updates, but Huawei has been making a better effort at supporting some of their flagships with newer versions of Android. A few weeks back they kicked off a new community forum where members could test out new software updates and even try out devices before they’re released to the public. Earlier this month, the allowed community member to test drive Android Lollipop on the Huawei Mate 2 and now they’re doing it again, this time with the Huawei Honor 6.

Huawei UK announced the news on their Facebook page, letting Honor 6 owners in Europe know they could test drive the new update which will bring the Honor 6 up to Android 5.1 along with EMUI 3.1 (Huawei’s custom user interface). When the Honor 6 launched in August of last year, it was running Android 4.4.2 KitKat so this new update is sure to make users happy (well, once it officially rolls out).

To get started, you’ll first need to sign up for Huawei’s “Honor Club” and drop them an email here with the subject ‘’Beta Test Honor 6” along with the IMEI number on your device and a short statement on why you should be the one to test the new update. Huawei will be hand-selecting 100 applicants in the UK, Germany, and France up until June 30th and you’ll need to remain in contact with Huawei to report any bugs.

Once again, this is beta software, so weirdness and general instability are almost certain. If that hasn’t scared you away then godspeed. Applicants will be notified by next week if they were selected to test the new software update. Cheers.


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Motorola invites DROID Turbo users to new soak test; is it finally Lollipop? Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:00:31 +0000 Motorola DROID Turbo sad

It’s coming, folks. Motorola has sent soak test notifications to Motorola DROID Turbo users informing them that they can participate in an early trial of an upcoming software upgrade. Be sure to check your email for instructions if you’ve signed up to be part of Motorola’s Feedback Network.

The company didn’t share what, exactly, was in store, but considering units have been spotted in the wild with Lollipop (and folks are so anxious that Motorola had to keep reminding us Lollipop is coming) we’re willing to bet it’s that. Of course, there’s a chance it isn’t and we could be getting a very disappointing maintenance release.

But it’s been so long. You guys have waited longer than most other owners of contemporary Motorola smartphones. It’s cruel and unusual if this isn’t Lollipop. Fingers crossed that it is.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Android 5.1 for the HTC One M9 leaked, here’s a quick look at some of the changes Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:55:25 +0000 HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Sense 7

Lately, we’ve been seeing OEMs like Samsung make a big push to update their flagships devices to Android 5.1 — the latest version of Lollipop as it currently exists. Although we’ve yet to see the update from HTC, their recent track record leaves us optimistic.

If you’ve been curious to take a look at what HTC has been working on, Android developer and ROM modder LlabtooFeR is giving us a sneak peek inside an early Android 5.1 software build for the One M9 (2.7.401.1) and a few of the new changes therein.

We’re not sure where they got the idea from, but it looks like HTC will be giving users the ability to tweak the color temperature of their phone’s display. It’s something you’d typically only find on a TV or monitor, but a nice power user tweak that we think many users will appreciate. Also making its way to the One M9 as a part of Android 5.1 is multi-user support which you can find in the screenshots above. Smaller tweaks include new UI animations and improved sound controls that allow the user to enable Do Not Disturb mode but still allow alarms through.

Unless you have a carrier branded HTC One M9 in the US, we don’t think you’ll have to wait much longer before the update starts rolling out. In the meantime, you can either wait for the update to hit your HTC One M9 in the coming weeks/months or root your phone and flash LlabtooFeR’s latest ROM right now from the link down below.

[LlabtooFeR | via AndroidBeat]

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop today Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:04:49 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 wood DSC05784

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have gotten Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and now yesteryear’s counterpart is in line. Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rolling out starting today, with folks able to pull it down over-the-air and through Samsung Kies.

There’s no word yet on what, exactly, is different. Our hope would be that the device will receive Camera RAW support like the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are currently enjoying, but we’ll have to wait for further reports and testing to see if that’s on tap. At the least we can expect improved performance and other enhancements, as well as bug fixes galore.

Be sure to download it and report back with your impressions once you’ve gotten it loaded up!

[via SamMobile]

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Android Wear 5.1.1 hits the Moto 360 starting today Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:50:39 +0000 Moto 360 disconnected DSC06929

Google has announced that the Moto 360 is now receiving its Android 5.1.1 update. Aside from being on the latest version of Android, this Android Wear update delivers always-on apps, gesture support for UI navigation, and WiFi support for devices that have the necessary radios.

Of course, if it’s taking a while for your watch to pull the update down it likely means it hasn’t been greenlit to receive it yet. Fret not, though, because it should make its way there eventually. Let us know how you’re liking it if you’re lucky enough to be in the first wave!

[via Google+]

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