Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:52:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Android 5.0.2 factory images now available for the Nexus 7 LTE (2012 and 2013) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:39:48 +0000 Nexus 7 2013

It’s been a long time coming, but those of you with the cellular equipped Nexus 7 (both models) can expect Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to soon hit your devices. Earlier today, Google posted the system images and binaries for both the original Nexus 7 LTE , and the Nexus 7 2013 LTE as shown in the screen shot down below.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE Android 5.0.2 image

The Android 5.0.2 update (build LRX22G) is the same build number that already rolled out to the Nexus 10 and WiFi equipped Nexus 7 models. We’re not sure what took Google so long, but hopefully it gave them enough time to patch up all those bugs we’ve been hearing about. From here, you can either manually apply the update yourself (providing you have an unlocked bootloader and knowledge of ADB), or wait for the official rollout to commence.

Still no word on when Google plans on pushing out this update over-the-air, but it shouldn’t be much longer now. Those of you with the 4G LTE equipped Nexus 7 or Nexus 2013 can rest assured the update is, in fact, coming.

[Google Developers]

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HTC One M8 now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update in Europe Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:05:17 +0000 htc one m8 lollipop

European owners of the HTC One M8 will wake up to a nice new software upgrade today. This one is bringing the big Kahuna — Android 5.0 Lollipop — so you’ll officially be on the latest and greatest version of Android with no chains binding you to the horrors of inferiority.

As we’ve seen in earlier previews, HTC’s take on Lollipop is pretty standard. They’ve updated many of their course Sense apps with Material Design and have incorporated some Lollipop-specific features such as the new recent apps switcher and an updated notification pane.

As with any initial software upgrade we reckon this one is only guaranteed to be going out to developer or unlocked editions, while carrier-specific models may have to wait until proper testing and certification is done.

Fret not, though, because carriers in Europe seem to be a lot more timely with these processes compared to their North American counterparts. If you have an HTC One M8 then head to the settings menu to check for it as soon as possible, and let us know how it’s treating you once you’ve fully pulled it down.

[via Twitter]

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AT&T is rolling out Android 4.4.4 for the HTC One M8 again, Eye Experience also on board Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:19:20 +0000 HTC EYE Experience

After AT&T initially announced that Android 4.4.4 (software version 3.42.502.1) was rolling out to the HTC One M8 last Monday, the update was quickly pulled for reasons unknown. We figured it had something to do with the fact that there was no mention of the “Eye Experience” — HTC’s enhanced camera software that was supposed to accompany 4.4.4 — anywhere in AT&T’s changelog but there was no way to be sure.

Today, AT&T has once again updated their software updates page for the One M8 letting us know that the update has begun rolling out. Although the changelog is the same as before, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi confirmed via Twitter that the update is accompanied with the new Eye Experience software as well.

AT&T HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 changelog:

  • Enables HD Voice
  • Updates Android OS to Android 4.4.4
    Security enhancement
    Bluetooth enhancement
  • Adds AMBS Cloud Messaging Integration
  • Adds Copy and Paste camera feature
  • Adds Usage Manager App
  • Improves battery performance
  • Updates AT&T Ready2Go
  • Updates Visual Voicemail
  • HTC Eye Experience

If you haven’t been prompted to update your device just yet, you can manually check to see if the update is available for your device by jumping into the Settings app, scroll down to the AT&T Software Update then tap > Check for updates and continue to download and apply the update to your device. Good luck!


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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is rolling out to Moto G 2nd Gen in the US, 1st and 2nd Gen in India Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:44:11 +0000 Moto G 2014 Android 5.0 Lollipop collage

While Motorola has a pretty good history with pushing out major firmware updates to their Moto phones (even those on Verizon), Android 5.0 Lollipop kinda messed the whole thing up. The initial release was plagued with some serious bugs that delayed the release and a short time after Android 5.0 hit the Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition, we started seeing 5.01, and more recently 5.0.2, making the rounds.

Now that most of the kinks have been worked out, Motorola and other OEMs can resume getting Lollipop updates out for their devices. Just last night, Motorola announced that Android 5.0.2 would be rolling out to the Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen in the US, and both 1st and 2nd Gen models in India. If this is sounding like dejavu, back in December Lollipop soak tests began hitting the Moto G 2013, followed by the Moto G 2014 in January.

It took a few weeks, but now that testing has concluded, you can expect Lollipop — which is now rolling out in phases — to hit your devices in the coming days. Let’s hope they don’t find anymore bugs and delay the rollout further (knocks on wood).

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LG G3’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the United States is right around the corner Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:45:11 +0000 lg g3 lollipop coming soon

The LG G3 has received Android 5.0 Lollipop in South Korea, but to this point it hasn’t traveled far outside of LG’s home turf (Poland has also received the upgrade). That could be changing soon, though, as the company has taken to Twitter to tease that it’s coming “soon.”

To be specific, the Tweet was sent out by the LG Mobile US Twitter account, which would indicate that they’re speaking directly about variants sold in that particular country (though that doesn’t mean it won’t apply to others). That’s all the information we have to go on for now as LG didn’t leave anything else aside from the tasty image shown above.

From what we know of the LG G3’s Lollipop update it won’t be too exciting. There haven’t been any sweeping changes, so you’re pretty much in-store for what you’ve already become accustomed to with Android 4.4 KitKat. That said it’s always nice to be on the absolute latest version of Android no matter how it looks, so we’re sure there won’t be any complaints from the LG faithful.

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AT&T pulled yesterday’s Android 4.4.4 update for the HTC One M8 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:20:54 +0000 HTC One M8 Google Now Launcher DSC08168

Yesterday, we told you guys about an over-the-air update rolling out to the HTC One M8 on AT&T. The update — software version 3.42.502.1 — brought the firmware up to Android 4.4.4 and included HD Voice and some battery performance improvements, but strangely left out any mention of HTC’s Eye Experience (updated camera software) that other carrier branded devices received in 4.4.4.

Looks like update may have been posted prematurely (we have yet to hear from anyone actually downloading/applying the update), as AT&T has pulled the support page originally detailing the update. As of right now, it’s simply showing the last update to roll out back in May of last year — not the one we told you guys about yesterday. We’re not sure what’s up, but we’ve reached out to HTC for confirmation.

UPDATE: HTC has confirmed to us that the update was made in error, and is no longer live.


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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA links for Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 go live (and here’s how to flash them) Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:40:07 +0000 New Nexus 7 wm

Late last week we saw Google upload a couple of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 7 2013 and the Nexus 10, and now it seems they’re readying the big rollout for at least one of those devices. OTA links to downloads for the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 have been uncovered, which means Google is essentially ready to flip a switch, turn on the green light and sent it out to everyone’s devices.

The only issue is we’re still not exactly sure what’s going to be new, though the list of stuff we’ll see on the surface is sure to be very short. Small updates like these tend to do more under the hood in terms of bug fixes and performance improvements so we won’t be expecting anything very exciting.

That said, if you still want the upgrade just to be on the latest and greatest then you can find the files at the links below. You can use ADB to flash the files onto your device. Not familiar? This handy AndroidForums thread will do you some good, so be sure to take a look at it for a complete rundown on how to manually flash OTA update files on your Nexus device.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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AT&T HTC One M8 receives Android 4.4.4 with HD Voice and battery fixes, but what about the Eye Experience? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:05:32 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06662

As Android 4.4.4 began rolling out to carrier branded HTC One M8 models back in October, AT&T owners were left scratching their heads as to why they were left out in the cold. Now, as we look ahead to Android 5.0 Lollipop — which already hit unlocked and Developer edition HTC One M8’s last week — the One M8 on AT&T is now finally receiving its update to Android 4.4.4 (software version 3.42.502.1). Hey, better late than never.

According to AT&T, the update brings a slew of bug fixes and improvements, the most notable being HD Voice and improved battery performance. Here’s the full running list of what you can look forward to:

AT&T HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 changelog:

  • Enables HD Voice
  • Updates Android OS to Android 4.4.4
  • Security enhancement
  • Bluetooth enhancement
  • Adds AMBS Cloud Messaging Integration
  • Adds Copy and Paste camera feature
  • Adds Usage Manager App
  • Improves battery performance
  • Updates AT&T Ready2Go
  • Updates Visual Voicemail

Oddly enough you’ll notice no mention of the “Eye Experience” which according to HTC, is still stuck in the certification stage. If you haven’t been prompted to update your device yet, you can manually check for the update by jumping into the Settings app, then scroll down to the AT&T Software Update and then tap > Check for updates and continue to download the update to your device.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a leaked Android Lollipop ROM Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:24:15 +0000 galaxy-s4-banner2

Samsung Galaxy S4 owners out there who aren’t ready to upgrade their phones anytime soon will be glad to hear this: the Android 5.0 Lollipop update firmware has leaked. It’s 5.0.1, to be exact, and it’s easily flashable over the latest official build through ODIN.

That said, there’s a chance this firmware is unfinished and may house some annoying bugs that have yet to be ironed out ahead of an official rollout. As such, anything that happens to your phone if you decide to flash it is no one’s fault but your own. If you’re on the daring side and don’t mind giving it a go, though, you can find the download over at XDA.

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Note that this is only being listed as compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500, which would be the international variant that can be bought unlocked. Those with carrier-specific variants should steer clear (unless, of course, you’re a brave developer who doesn’t mind tinkering with their device to see if it’ll work just as well). Understanding all of that, go nuts!

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Android 5.0.2 factory images are now available for Nexus 7 (WiFi) and Nexus 10 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:53:04 +0000 Nexus 7 2013

After officially rolling out for the Nexus 7 (2012) a few weeks back, it seems both the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and Nexus 10 should be receiving Android 5.0.2 any minute now. Google has posted the factory images for each of the devices via their Factory Images page and as it so often goes, a rollout is expected to should follow shortly behind.

Feel free to either download and manually install via the links below (and erase everything on your device), or simply wait for the impending over-the-air update to begin. If you do take the “wait and see” approach (often times updates can cause unforeseen issues on devices), see how others are taking to the update by visiting the Nexus 7 2013 forums or the Nexus 10 forums for further insight.

Download Android 5.0.2 factory image: Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) | Nexus 10

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Supposed leaked HTC update schedule shows when your device will receive Android Lollipop Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:03:23 +0000 htc one m8 lollipop

Some of HTC’s One M8 models have already received Android 5.0 Lollipop — including the Google Play Edition and the Developer Edition / unlocked models – but what about the rest of the pack? A newly-leaked release schedule could shed some light on HTC’s plans for updating most phones in their roster to the latest version of Android.

htc update chart rumored

It’s our understanding that the numbers in the chart above correlate to months instead of quarters, so that would break it down like so:




  • HTC One Max
  • HTC M7 Dual SIM
  • HTC Desire 816
  • HTC Desire 820u
  • HTC One M8 Mini
  • HTC One E8 (China)
  • HTC One M8 EYE (China)

March or April

This is just a rumor, of course, and if it’s true then it’s important to remember that exact rollout dates will always vary from region to region and carrier to carrier. It’s safest to assume that unlocked models will always get it soonest, while carrier variants might take a while longer.

That said, it’s nice to get an early look at HTC’s upgrade plans and it looks like they have all bases covered for many of their most recent smartphones. In the meantime be sure to check out an early look at what to expect from HTC once your device receives the upgrade.

[via HTC Viet]

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Official: Unlocked HTC One M8 and Developer Editions are receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:52:06 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06661

Only 71 days since Android 5.0 Lollipop hit AOSP, both the unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One M8 are now officially receiving the update. It’s definitely well before HTC’s promised 90-day timing, with the 584.83MB update bringing the HTC One M8 to software version 4.16.1540.8 and Android 5.0.1 with Sense 6.0.

HTC One M8 Developer Edition Android 5.0 Lollipop

It was only a few hours ago we got a brief sneak peek at the update running on a One M8 and next in line for HTC devices confirmed to receive Lollipop at some point is still the original HTC One (M7), HTC One Mini. HTC also mentioned the HTC One M8 Eye will get Lollipop within 120 days from their original November 3rd announcement, so be on the lookout.

Expect the update to eventually hit carrier branded models in the coming days/weeks/months. At this point we can only guess which US carrier will be first out the gate with the update (or who will be last). Place your bets.

Thanks, vmry2!

P.S. Seems HTC has also added the Sense browser — aka HTC Internet — to their list of apps available on the Google Play Store for easy updating.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 to feature Nexus-like toned-down TouchWiz Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:52:51 +0000 Talk about the Samsung Galaxy S6 at!

Samsung Galaxy S5 DSC05785

If there’s one thing we know about our readership and, well, anyone who has used a Samsung phone, it’s that they don’t like TouchWiz. You guys come out in full force with your opinions about how much it sucks and why Samsung should get rid of it. Luckily for you, they could be giving that a real consideration.

According to South Korean press, Samsung is looking to introduce a very toned down version of TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S6, a phone which is rumored to be unveiled next month at Mobile World Congress. More than just being toned down, though, they’re saying Samsung could be looking to go as far as making the device’s firmware more “Nexus-like.”

This would infer that Samsung’s looking to go the Motorola route and implement features through apps, and let more of the natural shine of Android 5.0 Lollipop through. The motive for such a move would likely be to reduce the memory footprint of the Samsung Galaxy S6, which could in turn improve the common perception (reality, arguably) that the performance of Samsung’s phones tends to get worse over time.

So why haven’t we seen such a firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is currently receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop in Europe and South Korea? Well, those phones are currently receiving Android 5.0, and not the maintenance upgrades that have been released since the latest version of Android’s arrival.

Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly testing those maintenance upgrades internally and are readying them for release once they’re ready. It’s possible they’ll bring said changes to existing Samsung devices in those upgrades, but there’s nothing definitive that suggests that’s what they’ll be looking to do.

But even if Samsung doesn’t bring the sort of changes we’re expecting to the Samsung Galaxy S6 or any of their older devices, it’s refreshing to hear that they’re taking the criticism about their bloated firmware to heart and that they aren’t looking to carry that trend far into the future. Fingers crossed that we see something drastically improved once Samsung hits Berlin next month.

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This is how Android 5.0 Lollipop will look on the HTC One M8 [VIDEO] Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:16:52 +0000

HTC’s still readying the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop for their HTC One M8 to meet a 90-day deadline, but if you were wondering how the upgrade was coming along we have our latest look. Earlier leaked screenshots gave us a look at how things looked, and now we can see much of the same in action.

Not much has changed at first glance. It’s still Lollipop with Sense 6.0, which means you get newly-styled notifications, the new recent apps switcher, and Material Design throughout much of the firmware’s apps. Things are looking quite smooth and stable as the HTC One M8’s Snapdragon 801 chipset seems to be handling the new goods just fine.

htc one m8 lollipop

Unfortunately the upgrade is taking longer than HTC’s early January estimation, but considering the Lollipop source code was officially released on November 3rd they still have just under a month to meet their original promise.

They don’t have an updated time frame just yet, but we imagine they won’t want to void that HTC Advantage they’ve been touting. In the meantime feel free to satisfy your appetite for Lollipop by checking out the video above.

[via HTC Vietnam]

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Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 rolls out in the UK Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:10:32 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 back DSC05789

Quick heads up to our friends across the pond: Android 5.0 Lollipop is now heading out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK. The upgrade has seen limited rollouts in South Korea and a smattering of other European countries, but the UK launch might be one of the biggest markets Samsung has brought the goods to.

As we’ve shown you earlier, Samsung has made some pretty nice adjustments for their TouchWiz user interface on top of Lollipop. The most notable is a bundle of redesigned applications, as well as inclusion of some of Lollipop’s best features like lock-screen and heads-up notifications. Samsung-specific changes include improved fingerprint scanner support, a new automatic setup process and more.

Many who have used the latest version say it’s a vast improved over the Jelly Bean and KitKat days, though it’s still largely TouchWiz and you shouldn’t expect a massive overhaul from the South Korean company anytime soon… at least not for this particular release.

We hear Samsung has plans to further improve their Lollipop firmware for impending maintenance upgrades that they’ve been testing internally, and we’ll have more on that story soon enough.

For now, head to Kies (or use this download link to flash manually if you know what you’re doing) to get your upgrade, and be sure to discuss your new treat over at’s Samsung Galaxy S5 section where many others are listing their thoughts, impressions and reporting potential issues.

[via SamMobile]

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