Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:25:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Leaked Android Lollipop firmware for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in flashable form Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:42:09 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5  back DSC05786

Folks with Nexus devices aren’t the only ones who can begin playing around with Android 5.0 Lollipop. A recognized developer has leaked a test build of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5’s Android Lollipop firmware. The goods are flashable via ODIN if you’re brave enough to try it out, though the firmware is not final and does wipe all your data. The developer noted that calling, SMS and other typical functions work just fine, though he hasn’t fully tested all of the device’s sensors.

It sounds like it’d be decent enough to play around with and maybe even as a daily driver, but nothing is guaranteed to work and you obviously take sole responsibility for your phone as a result of anything you do with it.

There’s no word on how far into the retooling process Samsung currently is so what you see here might not be indicative of what we’re to expect once the official rollout begins, but if you want a quick sample then this is as good as it gets. Sprint folks daring enough to give it a go can head to XDA for the download links and instructions.

.[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Verizon begins official Android 5.0 Lollipop rollout to all Moto X (2nd Gen) models Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:47:28 +0000 Verizon Moto X 2014 Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Earlier today we received word that soak tests had begun for the Verizon Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) and in case you missed it, the totally official (read: non-soak test) update is now rolling out over-the-air to all Moto X (2nd Gen) users on Verizon Wireless. The version number is version 22.21.11.en.US and weighs in at 678MB.

Verizon Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop update

The update is only a few days shy of Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out on the Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition model (which beat the Nexus 5 by a few hours). To pull the update, head into your Settings > About Phone > Software updates to check for it manually (if your phone hasn’t notified you already). After the downloading, installing, and your phone reboots, you’ll be enjoying the biggest Android update since Honeycomb.

For more, check out the all new to discuss how the update is treating you. Anyone surprise Verizon was able to get the update out so quickly?

[Verizon | via AndroidForums]

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South Korea gets Android Lollipop on the LG G3 this week Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:21:32 +0000 lg g3 lollipop

LG has announced that they’re bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the LG G3 to more people. After a limited rollout in Poland (likely to test the upgrade in a smaller setting), the company has confirmed that folks with the LG G3 on all three major carriers in South Korea would be receiving the upgrade by the end of this week.

While this doesn’t do much for anyone not within those borders, a South Korean rollout likely means LG feels everything is ready for prime time. Just as with LG smartphone launches in the region, you can think of South Korea as the unofficial kickstart to widespread rollouts in other areas as the weeks and months move on.

Unfortunately there’s no telling how long, exactly, it will take for LG to reach more people. First dibs outside of Korea will likely be awarded to owners of unlocked versions. Carrier rollouts throughout Europe and North America will be sure to follow, though as you know the timeline for that is always iffy. Best not to look too far ahead, we’d say (otherwise the wait becomes a tad bit unbearable). We’ll be reaching out to LG to see if they have anything to share on rollout plans for other regions.

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Motorola sending Lollipop Soak Test invites to Verizon Moto X 2014 users [UPDATE] Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:02:38 +0000 Moto_X_2014_Lollipop_Phandroid

Heads up if you’re a Motorola Moto X (2014) owner on Verizon Wireless. Motorola is sending out notifications about an incoming soak test to get a forthcoming update ready for the masses. While Motorola obviously didn’t give any meaningful details on the upgrade, we’re assuming this is the big Android Lollipop rollout that Motorola began for owners of the unlocked version of the device.

In the event that it is Lollipop, you shouldn’t expect Motorola to stray from its course — it’ll be in the most pure form you can get without a Nexus device, though not without a couple of Motorola’s treats (read: apps) thrown in. The changelog for the Pure edition should mostly apply to Verizon’s variant, though there might be a few Verizon-specific changes to expect. We’ll be sure to track the upgrade down once testing begins so stay tuned for any further developments!

[Update]: Well, that didn’t take long. The upgrade is already starting to roll out to Moto X 2014 soak test participants, and should everything go well then everyone else will have a lot to be thankful for by the time Turkey Day rolls around. You’re looking for version 22.21.11.en.US, and the file will cost you a good 678MB (so be sure you’re on WiFi with a nicely charged battery).

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Here’s how to restore LTE to your Nexus 4 following Android 5.0 Lollipop update Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:46:31 +0000 Nexus 4

Those who upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop on their Nexus 4 ran into a bit of trouble with its LTE radios. If you don’t remember, the Nexus 4 shipped with LTE radios inside, but the device was not approved for LTE use by the FCC here in the United States. As such, Google ended up having to disable the radios via a software patch.

That didn’t hold the community back from bringing support in an unofficial capacity, of course, but those who upgraded to the official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware recently have found themselves in the same pickle. And, well, today’s development proves history repeats itself quite a bit: you can now get an updated hybrid modem to enable LTE on your Lollipop-equipped Nexus 4. You’ll have to be rooted, though that should be no big task with Chainfire’s latest goods.

Once you’ve taken care of root then it’s as simple as this:

  1. Flash to “enable” LTE in the build.prop
  2. Flash this hybrid modem (in fastboot or recovery)
  3. Perform a full data wipe, or use these instructions if you’re knowledgeable on ADB to get the settings to stick
  4. Reboot

And that’s it. Not the most elegant solution out there, but if you’re not ready to loosen the grip on your Nexus 4 in favor of one of the newer devices then this is what you’ll have to work with. Be sure to back everything up before attempting this, and remember that anything you do on your phone is at your own discretion.

[via XDA, thanks Carl!]

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HTC One M8 Google Play edition’s Android Lollipop update has been delayed again Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:10:47 +0000 HTC One M8 Google Play edition

Many of you HTC One M8 Google Play edition owners likely woke up this morning excited to take the wrapper off of Android 5.0 Lollipop as HTC told us to circle today’s date on our calendars, but it looks like you won’t be able to enjoy that tasty treat just yet. HTC VP of product development Mo Versi responded to a concern on Twitter that the update hadn’t yet rolled out to one user’s handset.

The user wasn’t just being impatient or unreasonable, though — that’s because there’s currently no upgrade to be had (nor will one be made available later in the day). Here’s what Versi had to say about it:

@AshDeezy @htc Sorry Ash, New SW required. Will advise once approval from Google is received. Thanks.

It sounds like HTC might have run into some last minute bugs that they didn’t want users to have to deal with. It’s always frustrating when an upgrade receives multiple delays, but even more frustrating is getting the upgrade installed and finding out that it completely screws something up. Better for HTC to take their time and get it right than to rush it out for the sake of the public’s sanity.

Unfortunately HTC didn’t go into any detail about how long another approval would take, so the only advice we can give is to sit tight and keep your eye on HTC’s Twitter account, especially considering they’re usually one of the more open companies out there in terms of communication.

[via Twitter]

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Sneak peek at the HTC One M8 running Android 5.0 Lollipop (and Sense 6.0) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:52:41 +0000 Lollipop-Forrest-Cropped large

We already got a few good looks at what Samsung’s vision for Android 5.0 Lollipop running on Galaxy devices, but now it’s HTC’s turn. A few screenshots taken from a leaked Sense 6.0 build have surfaced thanks to the infamous Android developer/hacker LlabTooFeR. The screenshots — taken from the HTC One M8 running Android 5.0 Lollipop — paint a clearer picture of what HTC has in store for their version of the update.

Really, it doesn’t seem to venture off too far from what we’ve already seen in Lollipop, with the most noticeable difference swapping out Android 5.0’s teal color scheme in favor of more muted greys. This gives Sense it’s usual distinguished look and should help compliment whatever icon/wallpaper theme you choose for your device.

HTC One M8 Sense 6.0 Android 5.0 Lollipop leak

You’ll also notice the same HTC style nav buttons and of course, their current set of icons are still present for a clean, minimal look. We have to admit, we are a bit disappointed to see HTC using Lollipop’s incredibly unintuitive Rolodex-styled recent apps menu (the tab colors have also been removed in favor of a more uniform grey).

We know a good many of you are still scratching your heads, wondering why OEMs skin Android in the first place. We don’t have as much a problem with it anymore. It’s a way of adding personality, features, and brand recognition to a hardware vendor’s devices and as long as its done right and doesn’t hinder the update process — like we saw with Sense 5.0 — we aren’t complaining.

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HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play editions will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop this Friday, Nov 21st Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:20:51 +0000 HTC One Google Play Edition DSC01017

It’s safe to say the road to Android 5.0 Lollipop has suffered from its share of road bumps along the way. Although Google never actually came out and said the update was delayed, last minute bugs and over-the-air updates could have been the reason for the hold up. Maybe that’s why we nobody was too upset that the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 Google Play editions still haven’t received their Lollipop upgrades.

For the few who purchased one of these 2 devices, you wont have to wait too much longer before you too can partake in Lollipop goodness (hopefully with less bugs), HTC’s VP of Product Management Mo Versi revealed on Twitter that the update is scheduled to roll out this Friday after suffering from some last minutes delays. Now that’s the kinda transparency we like.

Ironically enough, we think the people most concerned with the new update are those with rooted, carrier branded HTC One M8/M7s. As soon as the update is issued they’ll finally have a new mostly “stock” Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM to flash onto their devices vs the mostly buggy AOSP ROMs compiled from source. Anyone out there with with an official Google Play edition HTC One M8 or M7?

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Nexus 4’s Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images are now available to download Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:58:53 +0000 Nexus 4 watermarked wm

We knew it was “coming soon,” we’re just glad it was sooner rather than later. A full 2-days after the Nexus 5 received Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 4 is now finally getting the same treatment.

After promising yesterday they were putting the finishing touches on the update, it’s now officially available to download straight from Google’s Nexus factory image page. For all those with knowledge in applying an update like this via adb/fastboot, you can download direct from Google right here.

[Nexus factory images]

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HTC: Android Lollipop for Google Play Edition M7 and M8 targeted for early next week Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:36:13 +0000 HTC One M8 Google Play edition

Owners of HTC’s two Google Play Edition phones — last year’s HTC One M7 and this year’s HTC One M8 — might be in for a very nice treat next week. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, confirmed on Twitter that they’re targeting “early next week” for the Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out for these two devices.

It’s not all that surprising considering Google Play Edition phones are mostly stock Android, though some of them include custom drivers to support the devices’ unique hardware features. The building and testing process, then, takes a lot less work and time than, say, the normal versions of these phones.

Unfortunately the word “target” means there’s a chance the date could slip, though HTC has built up a solid enough track record that we wouldn’t worry about it too much. We’ll be on the lookout for its arrival so stay tuned to Phandroid for the latest!

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets Android Lollipop Nov 18th; GRID cloud gaming open beta begins soon Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:59:38 +0000

NVIDIA had some exciting news to announce this morning. For starters, the company has confirmed that they will be shipping Android 5.0 Lollipop to SHIELD Tablets starting November 18th. This was following a promise that the tablet would get the upgrade by the end of November.

We were hoping it wouldn’t be closer to the end point than the early or mid-way mark so this is very welcome news. As the SHIELD Tablet doesn’t really have a custom user interface you can expect all the Lollipop goodness as Google intended, as well as upgraded NVIDIA Hub and NVIDIA Dabbler apps.

shield grid

NVIDIA also announced that they’re finally ready to let folks in on GRID, their cloud-gaming platform that lets you play PC quality games on-demand over your network. GRID will support over 20 games to start, including Batman Arkham Asylum, Psychonauts and Borderlands 2.

The service is scheduled to roll out in North America this month, western Europe in December and Asia next year. The kicker is that GRID will be entirely free for SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Portable users through June 30th 2015, after which we imagine there will be some sort of monthly subscription to keep playing.

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Finally, if you’re in the market for a SHIELD Tablet this holiday season NVIDIA’s throwing in a Half-Life bundle that includes Half-Life 2 , Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and Portal. Not a bad crop of games to put that ridiculous Tegra K1 chipset to the test. Let us know if you’re looking forward to any of this goodness on your SHIELD devices in the comments below.

[via NVIDIA]

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun rolling out to most Nexus devices Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:17:16 +0000 Lollipop

Here it is, folks. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. If you own a Nexus device, that is. The official Android Twitter account has just sent out a tweet to say the Lollipop rollout has “started and will soon be available on most Nexus devices.” We’re not sure what devices fall under “most,” but the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (12 & 13), and 10 are slated to get 5.0.

Factory images have not yet appeared, but it’s looking like it’s just a matter of time before we see them. Now is the time to mash that “Check now” button. BTW, if you don’t know how to check for an update, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Scroll all the way down to “About phone/tablet”
  3. Tap “System updates”
  4. Tap “Check now”

Let us know if your Nexus is getting the update! Good luck!

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Official: Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition beginning to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:53:53 +0000 Moto_X_2014_Lollipop_Phandroid

Throw out the paperwork on soak tests, leaks and preview builds — Lollipop has officially arrived for the Pure Edition of the 2nd gen Moto X. It was only this morning that owners of Motorola’s Moto G began receiving the upgrade, but now owners of all of Motorola’s 2014 phones (some variants, anyway) can bask in the glory of Android 5.0. The changelog for the upgrade is nearly the same for both, but in case you missed it here’s a quick refresher:

  • A new look and feel. Google brings its all-new Material Design to life with a bold, new visual style. The new user interface is designed to enable better, more natural touch screen interactions and introduces vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery to make using your phone more fluid.
  • Your device, your rules. Catch up with notifications on your lock screen and even dismiss them without unlocking. New “Downtime” and “Interruption” settings also allow you to decide what people and what notifications get through at times that you choose.
  • Share your device. You know that moment when your kid plays with your phone or a friend needs to borrow it? Use “Guest” mode or another account you’ve set up to share your device. You can also pin a view to limit the user to a particular application.
  • Let there be light. Shine a light by using the new flashlight in Quick Settings. Just swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it.
  • Battery saver. The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left even while you’re charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

The full changelog can be found right here. Of course, this doesn’t apply to any carrier-specific variants just yet. Those of you who got the Moto X directly through your carrier will have to wait for the typical rounds of testing and certification before the upgrade arrives, but if last year’s DROID phones and the Moto X are anything to go by it shouldn’t be long before carriers give the green light.

As for folks on the Pure Edition, make sure to get a decent charge on your battery, hop on WiFi and head to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to pull the new firmware down. You’ll be looking for build 22.11.6. Go go go!

[via Motorola]

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Unlocked Moto G 2014 starts receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop, here’s the full changelog Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:59:51 +0000 moto-g-home

Don’t look now Nexus 5 owners, but another device is looking to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop as early as today. Folks are reporting that the unlocked version of the 2014 Moto G is now receiving the upgrade over-the-air. This follows reports of Lollipop soak tests going out to Moto G and Moto X users earlier this week. It may only be a matter of time before the rest of Motorola’s gang of fans are allowed in for the ride.

The upgrade integrates all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s benefits as crafted by Google, as well as a few tasty bits from Motorola. The biggest change is in the new Downtime and Interruptions settings:

You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

And they also integrate neatly with Motorola Assist:

Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed. Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

The full changelog can be had at the tail-end of this post, but before you run off and upgrade be sure to charge your phone to 50% and hop on WiFi before attempting to pull it down. As for scorned Nexus owners? Well, we hear OTAs could be ramping up as early as today, so don’t feel too bummed out if you’re not feeling the Lollipop love.

Moto G (2nd Generation) – Android™ 5.0 Lollipop – Release Notes

We are excited to announce a new software update for Moto G (2nd Generation) by Motorola. This update brings Android™ 5.0 Lollipop to your phone along with other improvements.
For more information on Motorola updates and repairs, visit us at

NOTE: You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.


Android™ 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most significant in recent Android history. It improves your experience in many areas including visual style and how you interact with your device.

After installing the software update you may notice changes that include:

Material Design
You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.

Notifications UI & Priorities
In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
New Interruptions & Downtime Settings You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.

Recent Apps (Multi-tasking)
The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.

Ambient Display
While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen. You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.

Motorola Assist and Downtime
Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed. Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Share your Device
You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone. Guest mode is enabled by default. You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.

Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect) are for the owner account only.

The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.

Pin a view/app
Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.

The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

Smarter Internet Connections
With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.

Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.

Smart Lock
(Trusted Devices) Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone. Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key will only be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.


For a successful installation, we recommend installing this update when the battery in your phone is at least 50% charged and you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
If you have received a notification message for this update:

Select “Yes, I’m in”.
After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
Your phone is now updated with <insert build number>
If you have not received a notification message for this update, follow the steps below to manually update your phone:

Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
Select “About phone”.
Select “System updates”.
Select “Yes, I’m in”. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
Your phone is now updated to <insert build number>

[XDA via Arstechnica]

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Google publishes Android 5.0 Lollipop Quick Start guide to Google Play Books Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:56:56 +0000 google android lollipop quick start guide

Google has published a new Quick Start guide to Google Play Books for anyone finding themselves picking up a Lollipop-equipped Android device (currently only the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6) within the next few weeks. It’s a free download, of course, so you’ll get 62 full pages of Quick Start goodness to read without having to actually buy a device.

Taking a quick peek between the book’s digital covers reveals something that’s more like a “beginner’s guide to Android” more than just an Android 5.0 Lollipop blowout. It’s not that we expected anything different — this is meant for new users, after all — but keep that in mind when thumbing through it. Be sure to find it over at the Google Play Store.

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