Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet’s Android 5.1.1 update fixes audio issues Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:13:56 +0000 nvidia shield tablet

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet may have been recalled for a scary battery issue, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other perfectly functional units out there which need ongoing treatment. NVIDIA has released Android 5.1.1 for the tablet.

As we know, Android 5.1.1 didn’t change much over the base Android 5.1 update the tablet already had, with Google using the release to clean up some longstanding and annoying bugs. As such, NVIDIA hasn’t done much either, though they did note they provided optimizations and fixes for some audio issues the tablet suffered.

Beyond that, it’s your typical stability improvement, and sometimes that’s all we need. You should be able to find the new goods by heading to Settings > About Tablet. Be sure your battery is charged a good bit before attempting to pull it down.

[via NVIDIA]

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Android M Developer Preview 3 was supposed to be out by today, but it probably won’t Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:44:14 +0000 Android-M-Nexus-6

When Google first opened the floodgates to the Android M Developer preview, we were told the 3rd revision would be out by the end of July. Welp, it’s the 31st, and unless Google has a solid base of code ready to come out of the oven right this moment they probably won’t be able to keep that promise.

Googler Wojtek Kalicinski chimed in about the closing window, and while he never expressly confirmed the update won’t be here by the end of the day, the tone of his statement doesn’t sound good:

We want this to be a near final release to test your apps on, but we need a little more time to get it out to you.

Google did, in fact, suggest they wanted Preview 3 to be a near-final release. That means they have to break one of 2 promises, and we’re sure you wouldn’t want them to break the promise that this release will be near final and stable for the sake of getting it out a bit sooner.

All that said, Google was quite swift and deliberate about getting the first two Android M preview builds out on time, so there’s no reason not to give them some wiggle room on perhaps the 2nd most important release, with the most important obviously being the final shebang set to arrive in Q3.

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge get battery improvements in latest update Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:56:50 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09413

Heads-up: The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are getting quick updates today. The changelog isn’t long, but the company did note that it addresses battery life with various “improvements.” We’re not sure how much of an improvement to expect, but considering the devices haven’t been the most staunch in the area of juice we’d say any improvement is good.

The updates also carry various bug fixes and improvements, though the company hasn’t gone into much detail about what, exactly, they’ve done. You’re looking for baseband ending in “0F8″ for both devices, and you can grab it through either Samsung Kies or over-the-air as long as your battery is charged to 50%. Head to Settings > About Device > Software update to begin pulling it down.

[via T-Mobile | 2]

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T-Mobile’s HTC One M9 now receiving Android 5.1 with anti-theft security and battery life improvements Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:37:55 +0000 htc-one-m9-chin

Android 5.1 for the HTC One M9 has been steadily trudging on. A few weeks back, we saw the update hit the unlocked and AT&T models, with a loose release date for T-Mobile and Verizon’s versions planned for the week after that. That was last week and although it’s not officially late, the update is now finally ready to roll out on T-Mobile.

The update — build 2.7.531.6 — brings battery life improvements as well as Google Wallet preloaded (we’re guessing to replace Softcard). T-Mobile also mentions the addition of new ant-theft software that prevents unauthorized factory resets, but you’ll need to first have secured your lock screen and have at least 1 Google account logged in. After that, it’s automatic. No need to mess around with anything else.

The file size is roughly 833MB, so it’s pretty hefty. You’ll want to make sure you’re connected to WiFi and if you’d like to pull the update early, head to your Settings app > About > Software updates > Check now. It’s still rolling out in stages, so don’t freak out if it’s not available quite yet.


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Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 family get Android 5.1 Lollipop today Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:23 +0000 Sony Xperia Z2 Lollipop edit

Sony today started rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the entire family of Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 devices. That includes the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Still to come are the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra within the coming weeks. Sony then continues with the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3. That will roll into the very first Xperia Z series, and they’ll wrap things up with the Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua after that.

It’s nice to see Sony has already figured out a clear roadmap for upgrading their fleet of devices to Lollipop, and that they’re making nice on bringing the upgrade to every single Xperia Z device they’ve ever released (and then some). Here’s what’s coming in case you haven’t been keeping up:

  • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button

Of course, exact timing for rollout varies from market to market and carrier to carrier, so you’ll want to stay tuned to your carrier’s plans to know when your device will be in line to receive it.

[via Sony]

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Sony is rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to their Xperia line, here’s what’s new [VIDEO] Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:08:45 +0000 Sony Xperia Z2 Lollipop edit

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — the most publicly available up-to-date version of Android — has begun making its way to Sony’s Xperia devices starting today. The first few Xperias to receive the update include the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Sony Xperia Z2, and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Sony was even nice enough to detail all the changes not only Android 5.1 will bring to these devices, but new features in the custom UI.

  • Increased customization options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronization in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button
  • Instant calendar events – create & share smart events directly from any email
  • Calendar agenda in Email – no need to switch apps to check upcoming events
  • Richer Xperia themes
  • New Settings menu icons
  • Additional options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in notification menu

Up next will be the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra followed then by the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, and Sony Xperia C3. After all of those have receive the update, Sony says they have plans to roll out Android 5.1 to the original Xperia Z series, with Sony Xperia M2 and Sony Xperia M2 Aqua after that. That is a whole lot of Xperias, hot damn.

They may not have been first out the gate with Lollipop, but it’s refreshing to see Sony’s commitment to delivering the latest firmware updates to even their mid-range to lower end devices. Other Android OEMs can learn a thing or two. For more on the update, check out Sony Mobile’s quick video down below.

[Sony Mobile]

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AT&T halts Android 5.1 update for first gen Moto X Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:04:12 +0000 Lollipop

We’re not sure why, but AT&T has halted the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for their first gen Moto X. The news was posted to the company’s online support page, and no other information was provided.

Our first assumption is that they caught a critical bug which will need to be fixed, though there could be a number of other reasons to halt a big software update (such as flawed rollout logistics or other things that might not be directly related to the quality of the update).

We’ll be reaching out to AT&T to see if they have any more information to provide. In the meantime let us know if you’ve seen anything strange with your device if you’ve already gotten the upgrade.

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As promised, AT&T’s HTC One M9 is now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:07:33 +0000 htc-one-m9-front-software

It’s only a day late (well, sort of), but the HTC One M9 on AT&T is now officially receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop as promised. It was back on Tuesday HTC’s Mo Versi said that update would hit devices starting Wednesday, July 15th and although AT&T only just posted the changelog, it does mention it was technically available yesterday. Here’s what the software page will look like after you update:

  • Android Version: 5.1
  • HTC Sense Version: 7.0
  • Software Version: 2.6.502.16
  • Baseband version: 01.01_U11440601_72.02.50602A_F
  • Kernel version: 3.10.49-perf-g-15d0457 @ ABM#1 SMP PREEMPT
  • Build number: 2.6.502.16 CL556209
  • File Size: 914MB

Like most software updates, Android 5.1 (software version 2.6.502.16) brings new features, enhancements (like to the camera), and bug fixes — while introducing a whole new set of ones in the process — but that’s just how these things go. Let us know if you’re seeing the update on your One M9, and whether or not you’re noticing any funny business. Oh, and if you’re on T-Mobile or Verizon, expect your Android 5.1 Lollipop update to arrive next week.


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AT&T HTC One M9 receiving Android 5.1 with camera improvements tomorrow, T-Mobile and Verizon next week Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:54:18 +0000 htc-one-m9-orcs

Fresh off the grill, the HTC One M9 has received technical approval for Android 5.1 Lollipop on AT&T, which means a rollout will officially kick off tomorrow. The update has already hit the Sprint variant, along with the Developer Edition only a few weeks back. Along with Android 5.1, the update is said to bring notable improvements to the camera quality, as well as temperature and battery life enhancements.

The manufacturer has been working hard with carriers to get their flagship device updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop and it’s looking like they’ll have most of their bases covered by the end of the month. HTC Product Manager Mo Versi mentioned on Twitter that both T-Mobile and Verizon One M9’s are up next, currently on schedule to receive their updates next Monday, July 20th.

Let’s just hope HTC took the time to fix that strange slow charging bug that affected some M9’s after updating to Android 5.1.

[Twitter 1, 2, 3]

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note Edge now receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:04:50 +0000 note-edge-ruler

After the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on Sprint both received updates to Android 5.1 back towards the end of June, it’s now time for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to follow suit. The update — software version N915PVPU4COFE — should be hitting devices starting today and brings the Note Edge all the way up to Android 5.1.

There’s a few new features Samsung introduced in 5.1, so be on the lookout for some of those. Oh, and if for some reason your Quick Settings toggles disappear, you’ll need this official Samsung app to bring them back.


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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active gets Find my Mobile fix in latest update Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:26:13 +0000 samsung galaxy s6 active official

The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is picking up a quick OTA update today. This one brings it from firmware OE9 to OF3, and the changelog isn’t very large.

The biggest change AT&T saw fit to mention was that Find My Mobile now works with Reactivation Mode, so you should be able to use the feature in the event that it gets factory reset. Other than that, there are probably some bugs that were squished which were either not important enough or too numerous to name.

It’s a relatively small download at 146MB, though you’ll probably still want to be on WiFi if your LTE connection isn’t squeaky clean. It’s also always a good idea to have a fairly charged battery.

AT&T notes that this is a mandatory update, and you can postpone installation up to 3 times for up to 8 hours. To grab it all you’ll need to do is head to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates.

[via AT&T]

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge receives 147MB software update on Sprint Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:13:40 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09187

Sprint may not have been one of the first out the gate with an update to Android 5.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but they weren’t exactly lagging either. Today, the Now Network is pushing out relatively minor updates to the aforementioned devices, providing us with the usual vague “bug fixes and enhancements” changelog.

The update — G920PVPU2BOFE for the regular S6 and G925PVPU2BOFE for the S6 Edge — weighs in at around 147MB in size, and although we can’t be sure, we’re hoping it addresses reports of the device lagging after the previous Android 5.1 update. If you’ve updated, let us know how it’s working out for you.

[Sprint: Galaxy S6 | Galaxy S6 Edge]

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A look at the new features in Android M Preview 2 [VIDEO] Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:11:56 +0000

A little more than a month after Google released the Android M Developer Preview they have released their first update. We already showed you all the new features in the first preview of Android M, but now there are a few more things to check out. The changelog is much shorter this time, but there are some new features and changes that we think you’ll like. Let’s take a look.

The App Drawer Has Been Fixed

The new app drawer in the first Android M preview was met with much criticism. Google replaced the horizontal scrolling pages from Lollipop with a vertical list. The icons were huge, and the alphabetical organization system had a lot of wasted space. Thankfully, they’ve fixed it in the 2nd preview.

It’s still a vertical scrolling list, but now the icons are smaller and fit in a compact grid. You can still use the search bar to find apps, and the four most recently used apps are still listed across the top. This is a much nicer implementation. Now the app drawer and widget picker work the same, and the app drawer requires a lot less scrolling.

Delete Screenshots from the Notifications!

Okay, so this isn’t a revolutionary feature, but it’s certainly handy. When you take a screenshot it always appears in the notifications with the option to “Share.” Now there is a new option next to “Share” that allows you to delete the screenshot. You don’t have to waste time going into the gallery to delete a bad screenshot.

Bye Bye, Dark Theme


Google can add features, but they can also remove them. One of the coolest hidden features of the first Android M preview was a dark theme mode. It only put the settings into a dark theme, but we were hoping it was the beginning of full theme support in stock Android. Unfortunately, the dark theme mode is no longer available. We’re sure we’ll see this feature again some time in the future.

Remove Icons from the Status Bar

The first Android M preview included the ability to customize the toggles that show up in the Quick Settings. Most other Android OEM skins already allow this feature, so it made sense for Google to add it. In the second preview they have taken the customization to the next level. You can decide which icons show up in the status bar.

When you go into the System UI Tuner settings you’ll see “Status Bar.” In here you can toggle the icons for things like Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Alarms, WiFi, Cellular Data, and more. The only thing you can’t remove is the clock and battery. Speaking of battery, you can enable “Show embedded battery percentage” to see the percentage displayed inside the battery icon.

Cleaner Storage Settings

The “Storage” settings have been renamed to “Storage & USB.” Along with the new name is a fresh design for the page. Gone is the colorful bar showing how much space you’ve used. In its place is a simple line and a read-out of how much space you’ve used and how much space is available on the device. Underneath is the same shortcuts to apps, images, videos, etc. But at the very bottom is “Explore,” which takes you to the built-in file manager. A nice touch.

Memory Gets Moved to Prime Time

In the first Android M preview, Google added a memory management feature that was buried deep inside the settings. Now it has been moved to the front page of the Settings. They also cleaned it up a bit, but it still allows you to see how much memory has been used in the last 3 hours up to a day, and see which specific apps are using the most memory. It’s a very useful feature that deserves to be up front.

Opt-in to Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap is going to be awesome, but it wasn’t available in the first preview of Android M. It’s still not working in the second preview, but we’re a step closer. In the Google Now “Now Cards” settings you can opt-in to Now on Tap. You’ll be brought to an unfinished page that allows you to choose “IN!” or “OUT!”


And that’s pretty much it for this release. It’s a step in the right direction. They’ve fixed some of our complaints from the first preview, and added some nice features. Are you running the new preview on your Nexus device? Have you discovered any features we didn’t cover?

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New Android M Developer Preview 2 now available, over-the-air update will arrive shortly Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:57:37 +0000 android-m-developer-preview-2

A new version of the Android M Developer Preview is now officially available from Google. It’s the first update since the M Developer Preview first became available and Google says it mainly addresses bugs based on developer feedback. Here are the changes listed on the Android Developers Blog:

Android Platform Changes:

  • Modifications to platform permissions including external storage, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth location, and changes to contacts/identity permissions. Device connections through the USB port are now set to charge-only mode by default. To access the device, users must explicitly grant permission.

API Changes:

  • Updated Bluetooth Stylus APIs with updated callback events. View.onContextClickListener and GestureDetector.OnContextClickListener to listen for stylus button presses and to perform secondary actions.
  • Updated Media API with new callback InputDevice.hasMicrophone() method for determining if a device microphone exists.

Fixes for developer-reported issues:

  • TextInputLayout doesn’t set hint for embedded EditText.
  • Camera Permission issue with Legacy Apps

Google mentions that if you’re already running the previous M Preview — which is only available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player — you wont have to do much as the update will staring rolling out over-the-air in the next few days. If you want to get it earlier than that, you know the drill. Simply head the Android Developers’ downloads page right here to manually flash.

Update: Here’s the Nexus 6 OTA link straight from Google’s servers for those that want to sideload it. (Download)

[Android M Developer Preview 2]

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Samsung UK says the Galaxy Note 2 (and Galaxy S3) will not receive Android 5.0 Lollipop Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:25:46 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 watermarked

List it up under #AndroidProblems, but when it comes to firmware updates, it’s always tough figuring out if an update will hit older legacy devices. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, there’s been a lot of guessing as to whether or not the phablet will see an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. On one hand, the phone launched back in August 2012, which falls outside the usual support offered to devices younger than 2 years. On the other hand, there was that small bit of info we saw towards the end of last year which listed the Note 2 as receiving a future update to Lollipop, but that was only on Samsung’s Finnish website.

It doesn’t help that Samsung hasn’t been the most forthcoming with information on the update, sending mixed information across various social networks which has left the few owners that even care about Android updates scratching their heads. It seems Samsung UK is finally shedding a little more light on the subject, but it isn’t looking so good. They’ve been responding to Galaxy Note 2 owners on Twitter, letting them (and Galaxy S3 owners) know that they will not be receiving an update to Lollipop in any fashion. At least not in the UK anyway. Keep in mind that Samsung accounts in other regions are telling a much different story, so it’s possible the update could hit some countries in Europe, just not everywhere.

This especially doesn’t bode well for those of you in the states still holding onto the Galaxy Note 2. Not only would Samsung have to work on delivering an update to various carrier versions, but US carriers would then have evaluate whether or not the update provides any lasting value to their customers who have more than likely moved onto newer devices. Add in the manpower it takes to approve these updates and the possible bugs therein and you get the picture. Still, for the truly dedicated, there’s nothing stopping you from simply rooting your device and flashing a custom ROM.


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