Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:52:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upcoming OnePlus One update will integrate MaxxAudio enhancements for greatly improved sound Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:01:30 +0000 maxxaudio waves oneplus one cyanogenmodOnePlus has announced a new forthcoming upgrade for the global version of their flagship handset, meaning those sold everywhere except the ones sold through India-specific sales channels. The upgrade focuses on one big area of improvement that OnePlus and the CyanogenMod team felt they needed to address: audio.

They’ve teamed up with Waves to integrate MaxxAudio enhancements into the CyanogenMod AudioFX app, a suite of equalizers and tools that’ll help bring out the best of your music and movies. OnePlus says they’ve whipped up 10 preset equalizers tuned specifically for both the onboard speakers and the official JBL E1+ headphones they sell, though you’ll also have fine control over bass and treble.

So when’s it coming? January is the current window, though no specific date has been revealed just yet. The company didn’t note whether they’d look into bringing these same improvements for the Indian version of the OnePlus One, but we’ll be sure to reach out to see if they have any plans in the pipeline.

[via OnePlus]

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Nexus 5 and 6 factory images and OTA update zips available for download Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:22:49 +0000 Android 5.0 Lollipop DSC07199

After T-Mobile and Sprint both quietly announced that Android 5.0.1 was headed to the Nexus 5 today, the factory image is now (finally) available for the unlocked GSM/LTE model direct from Google.

These are essentially the necessary files to return your Nexus 5 to a purely stock state, undoing custom recovery, ROMs, or any of that stuff at the cost of losing all your data. Of course, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of starting fresh.

You can either grab the factory image from Google here, or download and manually flash the Android 5.0.1 OTA, or wait for the over-the-air update to hit your device sometime relatively soon.

Same applies for the Nexus 6 in which you can either grab the Android 5.0.1 factory image here, or download the here. Godspeed.

Thanks, @GetwAwayFromU!

[Google Developers]

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Sprint’s Nexus 5 is rolling out [Update: T-Mobile too] Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:05:58 +0000 Nexus 5 back 1

Users of the Sprint Nexus 5 should be on the lookout for an upgrade today as the Now Network has announced a rollout to Android 5.0.1. The phone already received its Android 5.0 Lollipop update shortly after release so owners have been enjoying the treat for quite some time, but this update fixes up some bugs that found their way through the cracks. As such you shouldn’t expect much on the surface, but feel good knowing the device is that much more stable because of it.

The software version you’re looking for is LRX22C, and you’ll likely need to be on WiFi and have a nicely charged battery to pull it down. You can head to the settings menu to check for the upgrade if the notification to download it hasn’t already come through

UPDATE: T-Mobile says the update is also hitting their version of the Nexus 5 (and Nexus 6) today as well.

[via Sprint]

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Motorola posts Lollipop update schedule for Moto 360, you’ll have it by tomorrow Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:44:42 +0000 360 wear app

Last week, Google began rolling out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for all Android Wear devices. Over the past few days, Android faithfuls such as yourselves have been mashing their “check update” button on their smartwatches hoping for that sweet, sweet Lollipop goodness. Some have been luckier than others, as the updates roll out to users in large batches. If you own a Moto 360 and haven’t received your update, you shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

Motorola has taken to their official forums to let users know that updates cannot be forced out of turn, despite many users reporting various successes by factory resetting their Moto 360, re-pairing Bluetooth, or even uninstalling and then reinstalling the companion app. Most likely these users that reported success with these methods were merely victims of coincidence. Have no fear though, Motorola states that all devices should be updated by December 15th with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop build LWX48P. So, if your Moto 360 hasn’t been updated yet, you should only have about one more day to wait.

Did your Moto 360 or other Android Wear smartwatch receive the Lollipop update? What are you thinking of it so far? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Motorola]

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Android 5.0.1 now rolling out to Nexus 4, 6, 7, and Moto G GPe [OTA DOWNLOAD] Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:28:09 +0000 Nexus 6 IMG_6216

And just like clockwork, the Nexus 4, Nexus 6, and even the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi have begun receiving their Android 5.0.1 updates over-the-air. Earlier today we saw the updates hit Google’s factory images page, and suspected a rollout was imminent.

For anyone itching to get their hands on the update but aren’t willing to wipe their devices with the factory images, you can download the OTA zip files directly from Google below for the sideloading. Enjoy.

Nexus 4 LRX22C (from LRX21T)

Nexus 5 – :(

Nexus 6 LRX22C (from LRX21O)

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi LRX22C (from KTU84P)

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi LRX22C (from LRX21P)

Nexus 9 LRX22C (from LRX21R)

Nexus 10 LRX22C (from LRX21P)

Nexus 10 LRX22C (from KTU84P)

Oh, and for anyone who happened to pick up the Motorola Moto G Google Play edition, it’s also receiving Android 5.0.1 as we speak.

Motorola Moto G Google Play edition LRX21Z  (from KTU84P) Download

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Verizon rolls out Gear VR update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:53:07 +0000 Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Gear VR update

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 being the only device compatible with Samsung’s new Gear VR virtual-reality headset, it only makes sense we’d see an update of some sort hitting the phablet. Today, Verizon has begun pushing out a small over-the-air update to the handset which, in addition to bringing the usual bug fixes and improvements, allows the device to play nice with the Samsung Gear VR.

It was only yesterday the Samsung Gear VR became available to eager developers looking to cash-in on the future of video game peripherals via Samsung’s site, but quickly became back ordered. At $200, it wasn’t really a bad deal (even if it’s only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4). Those still interested can keep an eye on the listing at either Samsung or AT&T for stock to return.


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Android 5.0.1 factory images now available for Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:33:38 +0000 Nexus_6_Back

Update Wednesday indeed. Factory images for Android 5.0.1 on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 have just gone live on the Google Developers site. Listed as build LRX22C, anyone that doesn’t feel like wiping their entire device to get on the latest Android device should sit tight. We expect an over-the-air update will commence shortly (as it so often does).

UPDATE: Oh, there it is… OTA download links provided here if anyone wants to sideload.

[Google Developers]

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PSA: Android Wear Watch Face developers need to use new APIs by January 31st, or else Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:54:42 +0000

Tucked away inside Google’s blog post for developers detailing the rollout of Android 5.0 and the Android Wear Watch Face APIs (API level 21) was a notice that those who aren’t planning to jump on board with the “new way” will eventually be kicked off the wagon. Google is asking all developers to update their watch face apps to use the new APIs by January 31st, because it’s on that date Google will officially cease supporting watch faces which don’t use the new APIs.

This shouldn’t be too much of a problem for any developer considering the company is now rolling out the Watch Face API to anyone and everyone needing to use it. And why wouldn’t you? It introduces awesome new animation libraries and features that make your watch face behave like it’s meant to be there instead of an app that’s shoehorned its way onto your wrist like an ugly sore. (Not that any of these watch faces are ugly — far from it — but you get the idea.)

android wear watch faces official

Google also mentioned that your apps will only get featured in the new Watch Face category on Google Play if you are using the new APIs. You can ensure your apps are included for consideration by uploading them to Google Play using the new Android Wear apps classification, and making sure to adhere to the distribution guidelines set forth by Google.

More details about developing for watch faces for Android Wear using the latest APIs can all be had by visiting Google’s blog post on the matter, so be sure to jump over there and soak up all the knowledge you need so you can continue to deliver awesome watch faces!

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Android 5.0 for Android Wear rolling out and yes, you’ll need it to enjoy the new watchfaces Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:41:20 +0000 Android_Wear_5.0_Lollippo_Phandroid

After the official Google blog announced the availability of new Android Wear watchfaces in the Google Play Store, there was still a little confusion on exactly what users needed to take advantage of them. It’s not as simple as downloading the new watchfaces already available on Google Play (and receiving a barrage of 1-star reviews because nobody can actually use them).

As we suspected, your Android Wear device (LG G Watch, Moto 360, ASUS ZenWatch) will need to be updated to Android 5.0 — rolling out over the next few days — before you can enjoy the new watchfaces on Google Play. But that’s only half of it. You’ll also need the new updated Android Wear companion app, not yet available on Google Play. Here’s the blip from the Android Developer’s post:

“Over the next week, the latest release of Android Wear, based on Android 5.0 and implementing API 21, will roll out to users. All Android Wear devices will be updated to Android 5.0 via an over-the air (OTA) update. The update allows users to manage and configure watch faces in the Android Wear app on their phone, and install watch faces from Google Play. Any handheld device running Android 4.3 or later will continue to work with all Android Wear devices.”

Seems Google may have jumped the gun a bit when it came to the announcement post, but we’re assuming updates to both Android Wear devices and the application will be available very shortly. Hold off on those 1-start reviews for now.

[Android Developers]

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Rumor: Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Android Wear being pushed out tomorrow Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:32:05 +0000 Android_Wear_5.0_Lollippo_Phandroid

Android Wear owners everywhere have patiently awaited the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for the wearble platform. Google has been a bit quiet on their end, but a trusted source close to Phandroid reveals Google will look to unleash the goods as early as tomorrow.

That timeline isn’t all that surprising considering Google likes to use humpday as an opportunity to dish out all the updates we can handle. We imagine many other apps will see updates tomorrow to go along with Android 5.0 Lollipop’s arrival, though nothing is ever certain.

moto 360 android wear watch face leak

We originally offered up an exclusive look at everything to come in the first official Lollipop release of Android Wear, but in case you missed it here’s a quick recap:

  • Battery and Storage information in the companion app
  • New watch faces (with ability to switch between watch faces via the companion app) and new APIs for displaying weather icons on any watch face
    • The Moto 360 watch face pictured above was passed over to Derek Ross by a reliable source, as per this Android Forums thread. We may or may not see it on Motorola’s smart watch alongside the other new rumored watch faces.
  • The ability to recover dismissed cards
  • New quick screen brightness toggles (regular, theater mode and sunlight mode)
  • New options for the visual impaired, including text size, color-blind options and magnification
  • OK Google will reorder actions based on your previous activity for a smarter, easier experience

Beyond that, we’ve found that Android 5.0.1 might drastically improve battery life for some watches, something Google could have addressed in the bug fixing .1 portion of the update. There won’t be much else to look forward to if our early leak is anything to go by, though that list is filled with more than enough key changes and improvements to get excited over. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Google tomorrow and in the week to come to see if they’re ready to give our wrists the holiday treat they deserve.

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The first gen Moto G (2013) is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:44:50 +0000 Motorola Moto G

We knew Motorola was planning to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop for the first generation Motorola Moto G (2013) sometime soon after an update to Motorola Update Services app hinted as much. It seems the rollout may already be underway as a user on XDA posted yesterday evening that he received the update prompt on his Moto G XT1033 (the original model with the 4.5-inch display and dual SIM) in India.

Moto G 2013 Android 5.0 Lollipop 2

The software version shown is 220.21.16.en.03 and officially marks the first gen Moto G as one of the most affordable handsets on the planet to run the absolute latest Android firmware. Might have to gift myself one of these bad boys for Christmas. Sit tight. We expect the rollout to hit more regions in the coming days. For more info about all the new goodies in Android 5.0 Lollipop, check out Motorola’s page here.

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Incoming Verizon LG G3 update prepares for Advanced Calling 1.0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:37:31 +0000 LG-G3-Hero

Don’t get your hopes up just yet — it’s not the big one. But Verizon LG G3 owners should know that an incoming software upgrade is being pushed out, and its biggest addition is a set of preparations for Android Calling 1.0.

Advanced Calling is what Verizon calls their voice-over LTE implementation which will allow you to place calls over Big Red’s 4G LTE network for clearer and more reliable end-to-end audio. Advanced Calling is also going to incorporate video calls that are charged to your plan’s calling minutes instead of sucking up your data allowance. Neato!

Beyond that, a handful of Verizon and LG apps have been updated to the latest versions, though the changes likely amount to little more than bug fixes and performance enhancements. Verizon did mention one specific issue being addressed, that being an issue with the built-in email client continuously refreshing and showing “updating” when switching between folders. Beyond all that, though, there isn’t much of a plate to eat off of here.

Those waiting for Lollipop will have to wait a little longer, though we know LG has the upgrade going out to handsets in other parts of the world and it’s only a matter of time before it finds its way to the Verizon faithful. Stay on the lookout for this one as the weeks move on.

[via Verizon]

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Android Lollipop for HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play Edition finally rolling out (for realsies) Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:26:49 +0000 HTC One M8 DSC06662

After a couple of heartbreaking delays, owners of the Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7can finally enjoy a taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The upgrade is headed out to handsets over-the-air, so you’ll need a solid connection and a juiced up battery to ensure a successful upgrade.

The version coming in is Android 5.0.1, which Google started rolling out to Nexus handsets earlier in the week. That HTC leapfrogged the vanilla 5.0 upgrade seems to confirm that the company was waiting on some last minute bug fixes that Google wanted to clean up to shore up the otherwise solid Lollipop experience.

As far as what to expect, we imagine it’s strictly Android 5.0 Lollipop without much else smearing the experience. Of course, a bit of added support for that IR blaster and the extra depth information camera on the rear is likely to be in tow, though it should be almost like owning a Nexus device otherwise. Head to your settings menu and hit About Phone > System Update to get started.

[via Twitter]

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Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S5 starts rolling out Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:41:01 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 hand DSC05788

Samsung isn’t always the first company that comes to mind when thinking of manufacturers who deliver the most timely updates to the latest versions of Android, but they seem to have been inspired by the latest major release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The upgrade is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S5 users… in Poland.

Small markets like Poland tend to get the upgrade ahead of everyone else as it’s a good way to test the distribution and fallout of the upgrade process without potentially putting millions of units at risk. Should everything go well in that leg of the world then you can rest assured Samsung will polish it up for the rest of us in due time.

As with any software update, you’re bound to wait a tad longer depending on region and carrier. We reckon unlocked versions of the handset will get it first, with folks in Europe and South Korea getting next at bat. North America is typically on the long end of the update track.

A recent video of leaked firmware for the device embedded above shows you exactly what to expect once it finally makes its way to your handset. TouchWiz has as strong a presence as you’d expect, though Samsung did tweak the aesthetics enough to make it feel a bit different from what we’re used to.

If you live in Poland — congrats, and have fun! For everyone else, well, at least this shows Samsung isn’t dragging their feet and that they’re making good pace and progress on getting the upgrade out to everyone.

[via SamMobile]

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Motorola planning Android Lollipop upgrade for 1st Gen Moto G soon Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:53:13 +0000 Motorola Moto G

Motorola’s nearly gotten all their Moto X and Moto G 2014 folks hooked up with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now the manufacturer is looking ahead to devices from last year. A recent update to Motorola’s Update Services app in Google Play lists preparations for Android Lollipop as one of the big changes in its latest update.

While this doesn’t give us any clue as to how close we are to seeing an actual rollout, it does confirm Motorola is close enough that the prep work is being pushed to handsets ahead of the big day. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from Motorola these past few years it’s that they don’t drag their feet on updates. Make sure to get your app updated if you’re a Moto G owner, and salivate over the prospect of enjoying some tasty Lollipop goodness in due time.

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