Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:31:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Sony phones reach end of life status: Xperia SP, Xperia C, Xperia M and Xperia L Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:46:39 +0000 end of the line

Don’t look now, but a few Sony phones have reached the end of the road when it comes to updates. It appears owners of the Sony Xperia SP, Sony Xperia C, Sony Xperia M (and its dual SIM variant) and the Sony Xperia L will no longer be getting major upgrades. The phones are currently on variants of Jelly Bean between Android 4.2 and Android 4.3, so KitKat is seemingly out of the question.

Why? We’re not sure as some of Sony’s latest phones with similar (read: identical) specs are able to run KitKat just fine. It’s likely a product of them being spread so thin in their testing and certification department that it’s no longer economical for them to support these older phones. After all, Sony does introduce more phones than we can count on a yearly basis. Perhaps it’s time for them to realize that they’re releasing far too many phones.

We shouldn’t be that surprised that phones not considered “flagships” are being left in the dust, though it’s a sad reality of the smartphone world — support could end at the drop of a dime. Your only options are to upgrade to a more current handset or root and get the latest and greatest that the aftermarket community has to offer.

You should note that end of life doesn’t mean critical updates are coming to a standstill. Experience-breaking and security sensitive bugs will likely be ironed out if any arise, but don’t expect any major new features or upgrades to the latest version of Android.

[via XperiaBlog]

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T-Mobile pushes out software updates for HTC One M8, M7, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy S4 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:58:31 +0000 HTC One M8 system update WiFi Calling DSC06840

As we prepare for T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0 event kicking off in just a few short minutes, the Uncarrier has been busy pushing out software updates for a variety of their flagship Android devices operating on their network.

They’re relatively small updates, mostly having to do with WiFi Calling optimizations, but everything from the Galaxy S4 (software build M919UVUFNH7), LG G3 (software build KVT49L.D85110m), HTC One M7 (software build 6.10.531.9), to the HTC One M8 (software build 2.22.531.6) are all seeing updates. Galaxy S4 owners will be pleased to find a bigger firmware update to Android 4.4.4 (a jump from the previous 4.4.2) as well as the original HTC One getting a bump up to Android 4.4.3 (which has the same OpenSSL security fixes as Android 4.4.4). For the LG G3 and HTC One M8 — no changes to the Android firmware were made.

To check if an update is available for you, simply jump into your Settings app and check for an update which can be typically located under “About phone.” Cheers.

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Android Wear 4.4W.1 now rolling out to LG G Watch, Moto 360, and more Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:54:34 +0000 Android Wear update Moto 360 LG G Watch DSC06834

Listen up, Android Wearers. Google has just begun pushing out an update to all currently available Android Wear devices, bringing them up to version 4.4W.1. While they’ll all see that same software version, builds may differ slightly. For instance, our LG G Watch is showing build number KGW42Q, while the Moto 360 shows KGW42N (chances are, your Moto 360 may have already shipped with the newer build).

Last week, Google detailed a variety of software updates they had in store for Android Wear devices and although this latest update doesn’t introduce offline music playback or downloadable watchfaces, it does add a few goodies we’re excited about.

First off, you can now choose your business end points when performing a navigation voice command. For instance, when navigating to Starbucks, you can now scroll through a list and choose the exact location you had in mind. You can also choose exactly how you’d like to get there, with the option to select driving, walking or public transportation.

You’ll also find the update adds a few more options when setting an alarm, allowing users to select whether it’s a 1-time deal, or how often they’d like the alarm to reoccur. Pretty much the same thing you do when setting an alarm on your smartphone.

Keep in mind this is just the first of many updates headed to the wearable OS in the near future, so sit tight. There’s plenty of time for Android Wear to evolve before the Apple Watch debuts early next year.

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Google Glass XE21.0 rolling out, brings Waze info into navigation and quicker Google Now cards Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:17:31 +0000 Google Glass Chris Chavez fitting

Google Glass Explorers are being treated to yet another software update hitting their headsets this week, albeit a bit of a smaller one. Last time around, we saw Google add an assortment of goodies with XE20.1. New features like complete access to your entire contact list (finally), additional Google Now cards, and the ability to turn off Glass’ “head nudge” to wake feature.

As detailed on Google’s official changelog page, this time around XE21.0 is fine tuning some things, dramatically decreasing the wait time for specific cards like flight information or sports scores — updating info within seconds. They’ve also managed to include some helpful Waze information in this update, displaying accident indicators when navigating to a specific destination. And well, that’s about it.

Google Glass XE21.0

It seems the update was so small that the Google Glass G+ page didn’t even bother mentioning it, but we’re still excited to see any new advancements hit the headset before its official consumer release. You know, whenever that may be.

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Verizon HTC One M8 to receive Android 4.4.3 on Sept 10th Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:14:41 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06660

HTC has been a busy bee these past few months, updating current and last generation flagship One devices with new software builds. While updating devices on Verizon is also a sticky situation, recently we saw HTC receive the green light to update the Verizon HTC One M7 to Android 4.4.3 which, aside from fixing OpenSSL security issues, introduced HTC’s very own Extreme Power Saving mode.

Today, we’re now receiving word from HTC that they’ve finally receive approval to push out Android 4.4.3 for the HTC One M8, with an official rollout beginning on September 10th (they day after Apple’s iPhone 6 event). Just as we saw with the M7, the update will bring all the security patches addressed in Android 4.4.4, along with new HTC specific software like their Extreme Power Saving mode.

While you’ll no doubt receive a prompt at some point that the update is ready, feel free to manually check for the update yourself this Wednesday when the update officially becomes available.

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Verizon HTC One M7 receiving Android 4.4.3 and Extreme Power Saving mode this week Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:52:36 +0000 HTC One M7 thin case DSC01079

As HTC continues to support their older flagship line — the original HTC One (M7) — the manufacturer’s US base of operations announced today on Twitter that they have received approval from Verizon regarding their Android 4.4.3 update.

Aside from being infused with the same OpenSSL security fixes as you’ll find on stock Android 4.4.4 devices, One M7 users can also look forward to HTC’s Extreme Power Saving mode — a feature you simply can’t get on stock Android.

No word on the exact day the rollout will begin, but keep an eye out. It’s going to be a busy week.

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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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