Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:01:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) now receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:34:26 +0000 Nova Launcher Moto X 2014 DSC07206

Better late than never (but almost just as embarrassing), AT&T is now officially ready to push out Android 5.0.2 to the Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) nearly 4 months after it became available on the stock “Pure Edition.”

Considering Verizon manage to get the update out towards the end of November (yes, Verizon), we’d be inclined to believe AT&T was simply dragging their feet on the update. But given all the issues with Lollipop since 5.0, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they found something really buggy (seems everyone else did). Here’s some of the new goodies you’ll get after updating to software version 22.21.34:

  • 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.

If you haven’t been prompted about the update, you can manually check for it by diving into Settings > About Phone > System Updates to pull the new firmware on your own. If it’s still showing as not available, sit tight. It’ll get to you soon enough.

You can check out all the new goodies that come with Android 5.0.2 by visiting Motorola’s page over here. Don’t forget to check out our “15 Tips & Tricks for Android Lollipop Users” post as well.

[Motorola | via Google+]

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T-Mobile launches Software Updates page to help you keep track of device updates Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:20:29 +0000 03/26/2014 T-Mobile Un-Leash Announcement

Keeping track of software updates is probably the biggest headache when it comes to Android devices. With so many incremental releases, you may feel overwhelmed trying to figure out when, or even if, a system update will be available for your device. T-Mobile is just one carrier looking to help take the guesswork out of things, with T-Mobile Product Manager Des Smith tweeting out a link to T-Mobile’s all new Software Updates page.

Tmobile software updates page

It’s here you’ll be able to track — what else — but the progress of software updates for your T-Mobile devices. The page will give you the status of the update as it moves from manufacturer development, to T-Mobile testing, to an inevitable completed status. It’s worth noting that the T-Mobile Software Updates page lists only devices that are currently scheduled to receive an update, which just so happen to be bigger name flagships. Here’s the full list as it currently stands:

Save yourself the stress and sleepless nights that come along with Android updates and bookmark that page. Our tips inbox will be forever grateful.

[T-Mobile Software Updates]

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop now officially rolling out to all Moto G 2nd Gens in the UK and Germany Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:29:26 +0000 Moto G 2014 black blue cover

Motorola has a strong track record of pushing out major firmware updates to their Moto phones across the world. You can blame Google’s initial Android 5.0 Lollipop code for messing that whole thing, delaying the release of the new firmware for just about every OEM out there.

It was towards the tail end of last month we saw Android Lollipop continue its slow rollout across Motorola’s smartphone portfolio. That’s when 5.0.2 officially hit US models of the Moto G 2nd Gen in the US, as well as 1st and 2nd Gen in India.


After Android 5.0.2 began hitting some lucky Moto G 2nd Gen owners in the UK and Germany last week as a soak test, that update is now officially available for all. Still rolling out in stages over-the-air, you may not see the update right away but rest assured it is indeed coming. If you’re looking for a changelog on everything that’s new, check out Motorola’s support page here.

Because Lollipop is the biggest update to Android we’ve seen in years, you may also want to check out our post “15 Tips & Tricks for Android Lollipop Users” as well. Cheers!

Thanks, Carl!

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rolls out to Moto X (2nd Gen) on US Cellular Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:23:40 +0000 Moto_X_2014_Lollipop_Phandroid

Those who yield the 2nd generation Moto X on US Cellular should be on the lookout for an upgrade. Motorola and the carrier have announced that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is now rolling out over the air.

It brings Lollipop’s best features in their most pure form outside of what a Nexus device could provide. That means you’ll get the new notification experience that allows you to view notifications directly on the lock screen and rank them by importance, material design goodness, a new recent apps interface and built-in do-not-disturb controls.

Furthermore, you can use Lollipop’s Ambient Display feature if you aren’t a fan of Moto Display (just disable Moto display in the settings), and use the new downtime settings through Motorola Assist.

You might get a notification letting you know that an upgrade is available, but if not you can simply head to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to check for the new goods. If it shows up it’ll ask you if “you’re in.” You are, of course, so make sure you’re on WiFi with a healthily charged battery to begin pulling it down. You’ll be looking for version 22.21.33.

[via Motorola]

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Moto 360 now receiving Android 5.0.2, here’s the official changelog Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:23:43 +0000 Moto 360 DSC06958

Just a quick heads up: Motorola is now pushing out a software update for the Motorola Moto 360. Going by the build number LWX49L, the update brings the software version number up to 5.0.2 and looks to be little more than bug fixes. Here’s the official changelog from Motorola:

Google Play – Updated Google Play services
Bug Fixes – A variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance and stability

Other than that, not much else. We expect a similar update to hit other Android Wear variants as well, so owners of the LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, ASUS ZenWatch, and others should be on the lookout.


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Android 5.1 could come in March, according to HTC’s Mo Versi Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:13:21 +0000 HTC One camera

Android 5.1 has been popping up on Android One phones left and right, but Google has yet to come out and say anything about it. While they leave us to wonder, HTC’s Mo Versi might have spilled the beans on when we can expect a formal, widespread rollout of the firmware for everyone else.

The company man Tweeted to someone asking about a fix for capacitive buttons on the HTC One M7 Google Play Edition, and his response was that the fix would tie in with Google’s next “MR” in March. We can only imagine that stands for “maintenance release.” That leads us to a few different possibilities:

  1. HTC is referring to Android 5.0.2 as the Google Play Edition never got upgraded beyond 5.0.1. It would be odd for Versi not to mention 5.0.2 by its exact version instead of referring to it as the “next MR.”
  2. HTC is referring to Android 5.1, as we would obviously hope.
  3. HTC is referring to some other incremental upgrade — possibly Android 5.0.3 — though considering we haven’t seen a shred of evidence of this or any other versions this is highly unlikely.

We’re still digging for more, and we hope Google will have more to share on both the arrival day of Android 5.1 and all the changes it’ll bring once it finally arrives.

[via Twitter]

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S5 now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:29:30 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 DSC05785

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 users are now being treated to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update they’ve been craving. It’s standard affair here, with Samsung’s TouchWiz-infused Lollipop experience bringing a new multi-tasking menu, popup notifications and app design upgrades to fit in with Material Design.

Otherwise, everything should be familiar once your device reboots with its new drags. It’s a sizable 939 megabyte download, so you’ll want to be on WiFi with a charged battery to pull it down.

Some will notice the notification popup to prompt them to upgrade, but if not it should be available once you head to Settings > About Phone and check for the update yourself. After all is said and done you’ll be on the latest version of Android and won’t have to look on with envy while others have their fun.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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HTC says Lollipop for the Verizon One M8 should arrive in early March Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:43:32 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06660

After watching as Verizon successfully pushed out Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 early this month, HTC One M8 owners may be wondering what the status is on their software update. HTC revealed that because of buggy software, they would be missing their self-imposed 90-day deadline as part of their “HTC Advantage” promise. And although we saw a few carrier variants like the One M8 on T-Mobile receive Lollipop last week, this didn’t bode well for customers on Verizon who’s lengthy approval process typically means longer wait times.

Well, you may not have to wait too much longer. In a response to one user’s inquiry on Twitter, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi revealed that Verizon already has the HTC One M8’s Lollipop update in their labs, and that HTC is expecting the update to be approved in early March. No exact date was given and we’re hoping Verizon doesn’t run into any major bugs before then, but now you don’t have to hit that “Check for software updates” button for a few more weeks.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge begins receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:02:41 +0000 note-edg-edge

Another day, another device receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is next up in line. Samsung had already delivered the upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users, so it’s not surprising the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge wasn’t far behind.

The upgrade is headed to folks in Australia first, though if Samsung’s other rollouts are any indication then it won’t take long to make its way to users in other countries. You’ll be expecting a file size of about 1.02GB large. That’s hefty so you’ll want to make sure you’re on WiFi with a comfortably charged battery before attempting to pull it down.

Samsung notes that the update requires about 3GB of space to be free, so try to delete some unwanted files and uninstall unwanted apps if you don’t have enough. They also note that the update will eat up an extra 950 megabytes of overall storage. That’s especially sucky for those who are already struggling to find space.

But by the end of it all you’ll have Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz on top, and we’d say that’s worth the cost of admission.

[via SamMobile]

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Google name-drops “Android M” during Philippine Android One launch Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:42:51 +0000 philippine android one

OK, so the first time we thought we heard about Android “M” it really turned out to be a big misunderstanding, but the name has popped up yet again. Philippine press was treated to the launch of Android One today, and it brought a handful of affordable phones that ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop (which Google still has yet to comment on, but mostly seems to be a big bug fixer more than anything else).

Multiple outlets attending the event spoke with Google representatives at a Q&A session, and one rep suggested that Android One phones would be among the first to be treated to the platform’s latest updates. The rep even went as far saying “Android M” would be among those updates.

Unfortunately that’s all we know, and it’s quite obvious the next major update for Android will start with the letter “M.” What isn’t obvious is what its full name will be, what features it will bring and when it’ll be ready for public consumption, but Google’s willingness to begin talking about it suggests they’re hard at work and have likely made significant progress. In the meantime, I think most of us are still waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop so we’ll worry about that before looking too far ahead.


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Sprint’s LG G3 now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:30:30 +0000 lg g3 lollipop

Sprint LG G3 owners better have their phones charged and be near a WiFi hotspot right now: Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially rolling out. Sprint mentioned that the update is going out over the air, but didn’t confirm its size, version number or whether this is a staggered process (it usually is). They did take care to highlight the benefits of updating:

  • Material Design for fluid animation, multicolored themes and 3D views
  • More efficient battery use
  • Android™ TV support
  • Notifications on the lock screen and customizable options with prioritized notifications for events, reminders, messages and calls
  • Updated Lock Screen features allow users to quickly access notifications and active apps
  • Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities for added Accessibility
  • Integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities
  • Enhanced Messaging with Google Hangouts™ support for SMS and MMS and a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons
  • Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ apps automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files

We’ll be searching for more info about the upgrade, but in the meantime be sure to head to the Settings > About Phone menu on your phone if you’re looking to pull it down. Don’t forget to come back and let us know how you’re liking Lollipop once you’ve installed it.

[via Sprint]

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Official: Lollipop begins rolling out to the Moto E and Moto Maxx, but only in select regions Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:53:55 +0000 Motorola Moto Maxx cafe

It’s official: Lollipop has begun rolling out to Motorola Moto E and Motorola Moto Maxx owners. Well, some of them anyway. Announced on Motorola’s official blog, it’s more of a soak test that starts with the Moto E in India and Brazil, as well as the Moto Maxx (GSM variant of the DROID Turbo) in Mexico and Brazil.

If everything turns out alright and no major bugs are discovered, the update will expand to new regions around the world. If you live outside of Mexico, Brazil, or India and own either one of these devices, just know that the update is practically on your doorstep.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 begins receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update, here’s a quick preview [VIDEO] Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:48:06 +0000 note 4 lollipop

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the next Samsung flagship to start receiving its Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. Hold your horses before you start mashing that “check for update” button, though: it’s only rolling out in Poland so as to perform a light market test ahead of more widespread rollouts.

It’s a practice often used by manufacturers to make sure they don’t send the update out to millions of people only to find out something went horribly wrong. Poland is a relatively small market so it’s a popular choice for testing.

We aren’t expecting much different from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s Lollipop build compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s. That particular build is still very much Samsung and TouchWiz as we know them, though the company does let a bit of Lollipop’s natural shine through and embraced Material Design for the device’s standard suite of apps. You can see a preview of the update in action on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the video below.

Folks lucky enough to own the unlocked model — SM-N910C — can look for it over-the-air, and while it has yet to hit KIES we imagine that’ll be a good place to check throughout the course of the day and week. For everyone else? Let’s hope it doesn’t take long to reach the rest of the world.

[via SamMobile]

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US Cellular’s Moto X (2nd Gen) now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:07:45 +0000 Nova Launcher Moto X 2014 DSC07206

Android Lollipop continues to make some headway amongst Android’s bigger flagships. After watching it arrive earlier today for the T-Mobile HTC One M8 and the AT&T LG G3, it’s finally arriving for the Motorola Moto X 2014 on US Cellular. The update reportedly weighs in at around 400MB, so it’s fairly hefty. And it should be. This is a major firmware update and in terms of design, a complete retelling of the Android experience as it appears on mobile.

The US Cellular Moto X (2nd Gen) model officially joins the unlocked Pure Edition and Verizon Wireless versions of the device in the Lollipop winner’s circle. For more on what you can expect from Lollipop, make sure you check out our post “15 Tips & Tricks for Android Lollipop Users.” To check if the over-the-air update (rolling out now in stages) is available on your Moto X, jump into your Settings app and select > About phone > System updates. Good luck!

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AT&T LG G3 and T-Mobile HTC One M8 get Android 5.0 Lollipop today Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:39:52 +0000 Google_Lollipop

Two great phones on two great carriers will be getting big upgrades today. First up is AT&T’s LG G3, which is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. Aside from your standard Lollipop experience, AT&T and LG thought it was to take out the old setup wizard. There are also your typical stability improvements.

T-Mobile’s HTC One M8 is also getting its Lollipop upgrade today. It’ll be infused with Sense, naturally, though HTC’s implementation of certain things like notifications and recent apps take their cue from standard AOSP Lollipop. They’ve also added a search function within settings to make it easier to fund stuff. Otherwise, you can expect HTC to update their standard apps with Material Design and provide an overall familiar user experience.

For the AT&T LG G3, it’s available over-the-air with WiFi on, and you’ll just head to Settings > General > About Phone > Software Update to check for it. You’ll be looking for version LRX21Y.

T-Mobile HTC One M8 users can expect the same rollout conditions, and the version number will be 4.20.531.4. You’re able to upgrade from any official firmware their HTC One M8 has ever received, so long as you aren’t rooted or using a custom ROM.

HTC One M8 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

Find more details for each respective rollout at the source links and let us know how they’re treating you once you get them loaded up.

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