Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:57:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 KitKat for the Verizon LG G2 now rolling out over the air Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:53:36 +0000 LG G2 Verizon Wireless

After reporting yesterday that the KitKat update for the Verizon Wireless LG G2 was finally ready — but only accessible via LG’s installer for Windows PCs — that same update is now officially available and rolling out over the air. If you haven’t been prompted (and don’t feel like hassling with plugging in/installing extra software), you can now jump into your Settings > About phone > Software update > Check new > to pull the update on your G2 manually.

Verizon LG G2 KitKat OTA update

Having rolled out for all other major US carriers), Verizon’s LG G2 finally joins its brothers and sisters in the winners circle. Aside from bringing all the usual KitKat goodies, you should see some minor improvements to LG’s UI, as well as compatibility with KitKat-only apps like Google’s recently released Google Camera app. Enjoy!

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HTC One M8 update hits Verizon, brings connectivity fixes and gallery improvements Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:10:52 +0000 At least one carrier isn’t wasting any time pushing out software updates for the  HTC One M8, making sure what could be the year’s top phone stays in tip top shape. Software update 1.55.605.2 for the HTC One M8 has just begun rolling out to Verizon customers.


The list of improvements:

  • ERI Update to remove the roaming indicator icon displayed on some HTC One M8 devices(Out of Box)
  • Resolved issue related to webpage and application connection errors in certain conditions
  • Bluetooth connectivity improvements
  • Gallery- Integrated a new Copy/Paste feature
  • Gallery- Mute/Edit buttons on the Video Highlights tile
  • Improved sync behavior while closing the flip with Dot matrix case

To download the HTC One M8 update 1.55.605.2 on Verizon, navigate to your phone’s settings, scroll to the bottom and click “Software Update”, then “Check New” and it should be waiting for you.

Are there any HTC One M8 customers eagerly awaiting the above bug fixes and additions?

[Via HTC One M8 Forums]


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Verizon LG G2 KitKat upgrade now available through PC tool Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:11:30 +0000 lg-g2-6

Seems Verizon wanted to deliver some KitKat love without drumming up a ton of noise, as they’ve quietly started rolling the upgrade out the upgrade to their LG G2. It’s build VS98024A, but there’s one catch in order to get it — you’ll need a Windows PC, as it’s only available using the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.

The tool is available by hooking your LG G2 up to your Windows PC using a USB port. You should be prompted to install it automatically. From there, follow all the prompts and you should be well on your way to KitKat.

There’s no full changelog to be had at this time, though you can expect everything that comes with the base KitKat upgrade. Any LG or Verizon changes will have to come with official word, but we have a feeling that won’t take long to come to light. Give it a go on your G2 if you have one and let us know how it’s treating you!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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AT&T LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active getting KitKat today Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:59 +0000 android-kitkat

A couple of AT&T devices are being admitted to the Android 4.4 KitKat ward today, with the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active being pegged for the upgrade. Both upgrades will bring the typical KitKat features you’ve come to know and love (read all about it right here), but there are a couple of slight differences for each one.

The LG G Flex’s notes say to expect restyled status and navigation bars, battery performance improvements, and enhanced processing speed. The S4 Active, on the other hand, brings enhanced music access from the lock screen, camera access from the lock screen, a tweaked location menu, wireless printing and new sound controls.

So how do you get it? There are different paths to take depending on which phone you have:

  • LG G Flex: Settings > General tab > About phone > Software update > Update now
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: Settings > More > About device > Software update > Check for Updates

And no matter which phone you have, it’s always a good idea to hop onto a WiFi network and charge your battery to at least 50% before getting started.

[via AT&T 1 | 2]

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Google Glass receiving KitKat this week, introduces photo bundles and loads more Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:26:46 +0000 Google Glass 2 year Evolution

It’s been awhile since Glass Explorers saw an update hit their Google Glass headsets. Back in December, XE12 rolled out to Glass offering some of the biggest features the device had seen up until then. In fact, because the update added so many new features (Google Glass Games), the Glass team mentioned it’d probably be awhile before we another update for the wearable.

Google Glass gets KitKat

Today the Google Glass G+ page is spilling the secrets on their latest update, said to hit headsets later this week. The changes? There are a lot of them, but probably the biggest (and strangest?) is that the Glass will finally be receiving an actual Android update, jumping from Ice Cream Sandwich all the way to Android 4.4.x KitKat. The Glass team promises Explorers should see improved battery life (every little bit helps). For developers, the new change means they can start writing apps using the latest Android SDK, as well as take advantage of the new features in the Glass Development Kit.

Photo bundles

Google Glass Photo Bundles

Glass will also handle photos and videos a little differently then before. Previously, your photos got mixed in with everything else on your timeline, making photos you took yesterday — or worse yet, last week — exceptionally difficult to find. With photos being bundled together, it makes it easier to find them without scrolling for hours.

Reply with photos in Hangouts

Google Glass Send photo message

Last month, we saw the introduction of photo sharing with friends and family in Hangouts. In the latest update, Glass will now be able to reply to Hangout messages with a photo. Because a picture is worth a thousands words, this is a convenient way to quickly reply to a, “What are you up to?” message, without having to speak a word.

Other changes

The Glass team also mentions they’ve tweaked the interface a bit for voice commands, making it easier to see recent/frequent commands at a glance (instead of scrolling through a huge list). Because the Glass Explorer program relies so heavily on its users’ feedback, they’re also making it even easier to send feedback with a new “tell us what’s on your mind” option in the Settings.

Google Glass Send feedback

But it’s not only additions we’re seeing in the Glass update for this month. Listening to Explorer feedback, the Glass team is making the executive decision to remove video calling in Hangouts using Glass, citing performance issues (and likely hardware constraints). Video calling was always a bit of a mixed bag, overheating headsets, killing battery life, and generally wasn’t very fun outside of WiFi. That, and the fact that the person on the other end couldn’t actually see you, well, it’s easy to see why less than 10% of Glass Explorers used this feature. The Glass team mentions developers are already hard at work at alternative streaming apps, so expect new additions arriving in the MyGlass store in the near future.

All of these features, and apparently these are only the tip of the iceberg. Google mentions they’ll be updating us on all the smaller changes in the Glass Journal, and we’ll be keeping an eye out.

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HTC One (M7) receiving Sense 6.0 update in May Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:10:32 +0000 HTC One blue 2

After successfully launching the HTC One M8 across multiple carriers in the US last week, don’t think for a second that HTC has forgotten about current customers of their previous flagship. Taking to his Twitter account, HTC President of the US reminded owners of the original HTC One (the M7) that the device would soon be receiving its update to Sense 6.0, as early as the end of May.

So exactly what makes Sense 6 so special? Well, aside from HTC further refining the user experience by taking away some of the clutter and making the UI even more “flat” in appearance, other features include the ability to pause video while recording (a la Vine), new Sense color themes, and a timeline view in the gallery.

Overall, it’s a worthwhile update, and one current HTC One owners should be excited about receiving in the near future. Let’s not forget that HTC recently dropped a few Sense 6 apps into the Play Store (BlinkFeed, Sense TV, and their Zoe camera app) which should find themselves suddenly compatible with the OG HTC One upon receiving its update to the latest version of Sense.

We should note that the timeline given by HTC is more than likely in reference to the unlocked/Developer Edition HTC One models — not carrier versions found in the US. Because major software updates always require carrier certification before they’re pushed out to consumers’ devices, expect a slight delay before you see Sense 6 hitting your AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon HTC One. We’ll be keeping a close eye on HTC’s software update page for any changes.


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Sprint Nexus 5 update brings more Spark bands, “miscellaneous Android updates” Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:43 +0000 Nexus 5 shortcuts DSC05742

The Now Network, formally known as Sprint, is pushing out an upgrade to their Nexus 5 this morning. Build KTU48F is in tow, with the biggest known change being the enabling of Sprint Spark bands 26 and 41. This should result in a more stable and fast connection in the areas that currently support Spark.

Beyond that, Sprint only mentions that the update includes “miscellaneous Android updates,” which we can assume to mean bug fixes and performance improvements. Unfortunately there’s no way to tell if some of the most talked about issues in the latest builds of Kit Kat have been addressed.

We imagine this could be the Android 4.4.3 build that we’ve been hearing so much about as of late, but there’s no solid way to tell ahead of the update’s arrival. It would also be odd to see Sprint’s version getting that particular update ahead of the Google Play model, but stranger things have happened.

The first rollout should begin at some point today so we’ll be tuned in to see what, exactly, we’re getting. If you have a Sprint Nexus 5 you can begin checking for the update by heading to Settings > About Phone > System Updates (and be sure to stay on Wifi and get that battery charged to a decent amount to avoid any issues).

[via Sprint]


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Android 4.4.3 reportedly in dogfooding stages right now Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:51:21 +0000 android-kitkat

We could be close to a launch of Android 4.4.3 soon, with reports suggesting Google has started the dogfooding process internally (which means their engineers and employees are using it internally to help find and crush those last annoying bugs keeping them from unleashing the update onto the masses).

Of course, this update might not be huge in terms of new features, but it will be important. For starters, we’re waiting on an answer to the battery drain bug triggered by background initialization of device cameras. Skype was an app that caused this bug to flare more often than not, though the company has already developed a workaround while we await Google’s official fix.

There are sure to be a few more hidden nasties trotting about inside the code that Google wants to address, but until we get a solid changelog we won’t know what, exactly, they are. Fingers crossed that whatever they have cooked up isn’t far off from being released.

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Verizon HTC One Max now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:23:32 +0000 HTC One Max Verizon Wireless Android 4.4.2 KitKat

True to HTC’s word, it looks like the HTC One Max on Verizon Wireless is now officially receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. HTC’s executive director of product management actually tipped us off to the update last Friday, with the OTA (over-the-air) update hitting devices today.

HTC says the update to build number 2.16.605.2 should fix issues relating to device management running during OTA downloads, Bluetooth not connecting to the BMW X5, copy function icon in the top right not functioning, and the Verizon app not directing SMS messages properly. Also, the notification light now shows pending messages, emails, and missed calls, as well as power management requirements now updated. A few new Verizon apps/services have also crept in with the update and include Verizon Cloud, Verizon Location Agent, and Verizon Support and Protect.

Aside from all that, HTC One Max users can also look forward to a new master switch that can turn on/off all location settings, shows a list of apps that are using location services, estimated battery usage of each app, and a new setting to choose between 3 location profiles (“high accuracy” which consumes the most battery, “device sensors” for GPS-only, or “battery saving” mode).

If you haven’t been prompted yet, jump into your Settings app and check for a software update now. Good luck!

[Verizon Wireless]

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HTC One Max on Verizon to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat this Monday, April 7th Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:38:56 +0000 HTC-One-Max

Good news for HTC One Max owners on Verizon Wireless. It looks like HTC has finally received technical certification for Android 4.4.2 KitKat on the HTC One Max for Verizon. HTC’s executive director of product management revealed the news just a few moments ago via Twitter, and mentions that the over-the-air update is scheduled to hit devices this Monday, April 7th.

HTC One Max KitKat status update

While the phone gets the usual KitKat goodies, it should be noted that the One Max will remain on Sense 5.5 (for now). Other devices still in waiting for their KitKat updates (but have already passed certification) include the HTC DROID DNA on Verizon, and the HTC Desire 601 on Virgin Mobile.

Thanks, Brian!

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Sprint LG G2 now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:58:46 +0000 lg-g2-6

There’s no denying that even with the new flood of 2014 flagships hitting this month, last year’s LG G2 is still a powerhouse. Recently, we saw both the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the device receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with neither hide nor hair of the update for Sprint or Verizon. Today, it’s finally time for G2 owners on Sprint to join in on the festivities (sorry, Verizon).

Rolling out to customers’ handsets starting today, Android 4.4.2 brings about a host of new additions like the full screen immersive mode, and countless under the hood improvements that typically arrive with major firmware updates. Because it could take a few days before your G2 actually prompts you when an update is ready, you can always manually check for an update on your LG G2 by jumping into your Settings app > System Updates > Update LG software > Check now button. Because, who wants to wait?

Once rebooted, you’ll now be enjoying the latest version of Android currently available and the peace of mind in knowing you’re part of the cool kids club. At least for now. Anyone grab the update yet? How’s it running so far on your G2?

[Sprint 1, 2]

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:42:24 +0000 Ellen Samsung Galaxy Note 3 selfie

We know, some of you were probably wondering if it was ever coming. But good things come to those who wait, and for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners on AT&T, today is your lucky day. Announced earlier this afternoon, AT&T has officially announced that Android 4.4.2 KitKat is finally ready, and will be rolling out in an over the air update to Galaxy Note 3s starting today.

Besides all the fun stuff that comes along with the latest version (at least for now) of Android, Galaxy Note 3 owners can also look forward to the following:

  • Improved user interface: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.
  • Default messaging app:  Choose a default messaging app when multiple messaging services are installed.
  • Improved GPS performance
  • Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.
  • Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.
  • Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.
  • Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.
  • New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.

If your phablet hasn’t prompted you for the update, you can always manually check for the update by going into the Settings app > selecting the “More” tab > then tapping About device > Software update > Check for updates > at which point the over-the-air update will being downloading. Once finished, expect your phone to reboot and once fully loaded, bask in the glory of all things KitKat. Heck, even take a selfie to celebrate. Enjoy!

For additional update instructions, visit the Note 3 support page here.

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LG Optimus G will jump from 4.1.2 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat this summer Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:40:32 +0000 LG Optimus G Sprint banner phandrizzle

LG’s original flagship device (and a reference point for the Nexus 4), the LG Optimus G will forever hold a special place in our heart. As one of the first Android devices to run Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 processors, the phone has held up quite well over the years. In fact, the Optimus G (both variants) is still one of our favorite Android devices to date. And that’s saying something.

Perhaps that’s why it never sat very well with us to watch as the once great Android device was so quickly abandoned by the OEM that built it (and a reason why we’ve been leery about LG’s support ever since). When the Optimus G debuted back in November of 2012, it was running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not a big deal, as Jelly Bean only debuted a few months before that during Google I/O. It wasn’t until March of last year that we finally saw the Sprint version updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (AT&T’s would get the update a month later), but haven’t heard a word since. Not a good look.

Now, with Android 4.4.3 KitKat looming on the horizon, many LG Optimus G users — at least those who care about these sorta things — are feeling duped. But keep a stiff upper lip, as we’ve got some new info from French carrier SFR, suggests we could see the phone go out with one last bang. According to SFR, they’ve received confirmation from LG that the Optimus G will, in fact, be soon receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The update is scheduled to arrive at some point this summer, just keep in mind that’s in Europe. There’s no telling how much longer it could hit devices here in the states, or if the phone even sold enough units to warrant an update.

In any case, we’ll take this as good news (and hope) that KitKat for the phone is somewhere on the horizon. Oh, and LG. If you’re listening, do your customers a solid and update the phone. For old time’s sake.

[via GSM Arena]

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HTC One Mini now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on AT&T Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:48:51 +0000 htc one mini

Just because HTC’s been busy, oh you know… launching their brand new flagship device for 2014 doesn’t mean they forgot about their current customers. Take owners of the HTC One Mini which, starting today, are seeing Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout to their devices on AT&T.

The update also brings along with an updated version of HTC’s customer user interface (Sense 5.5), as well as other enhancements like an improved dialer, BlinkFeed app, and various other KitKat goodies. Here’s what HTC One Mini users can expect.

  • Improved user interface with Android (4.4 KitKat): The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, enhanced bluetooth and smarter power use.
  • Phone dialer app: The phone app now includes the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search corporate directories easily.
  • Caller ID: Whenever a call is received from a phone number not in saved in contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.
  • HTC BlinkFeed™ app: The new menu gives quicker access to switch content sources and search for custom topics and includes more news sources.
  • New copy and paste options: Copy and paste allows users to share or Google highlighted information.
  • New e-mail user interface: E-mail look and feel similar to Gmail and allows in-line editing.
  • Camera app from lock screen: Click on the camera app icon on the lock screen for quick access to the camera app.
  • Control music from the lock screen: Jump to specific past songs or videos from lock screen.
  • Immersive viewing: Immersive mode enables full screen viewing of books, videos, and games.
  • New clock interface: The clock now has an enhanced analog user interface.

If you haven’t been prompted, as always, you can jump into your Settings > Software update to begin downloading. Additional update instructions can be found here. Godspeed.

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Android 4.4.3 starts making the rounds, said to fix battery draining bug Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:43:32 +0000 Nexus-5-camera-watermarked

Ever since that nasty 4.4.2 battery draining camera bug began rearing its ugly head, we knew Google’s plans to soon release an update dealing with it. After Android 4.4.3 was spotted making the rounds, it looks like that could be sooner rather than later. The folks at the TuttoAndroid made the discovery today, after coming across the new firmware after it was logged accessing another site.


The new build — said to be KTU72B — was further confirmed by Llabtoofer, a popular Android dev known for regularly obtaining leaked Android builds. Still under testing, Llabtoofer mentions it will more than likely fix that 4.4.2 camera bug, with Mike1986_ on Twitter (another Android dev) mentioning that changes will be small, and that it should be arriving relatively soon.

In case you were hoping a completely overhauled camera app would find itself added to the mix, it’s not likely. Because there’s no such thing as perfect, is there anything you would have liked to have seen Google address in Android 4.4.3 (besides the battery draining bug)?

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