Phandroid » OTA Updates Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 26 May 2015 02:36:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Official: Nexus 6 on T-Mobile will start receiving Android 5.1.1 with WiFi Calling this weekend Fri, 22 May 2015 23:04:32 +0000 nexus 6 lollipop

Yesterday, T-Mobile’s Des Smith hinted at the possibility of the Nexus 6 finally receiving its WiFi Calling update this weekend but today, he’s finally confirming it. The Nexus 6 will officially receive Android 5.1.1 — build number LYZ28E — on T-Mobile this weekend, and after a fairly long wait (and a few hiccups on the way), WiFi Calling is officially on board.

The update will be a gradual rollout, hitting a small number of T-Mobile customers in stages. If all goes well, expect a more broad rollout in the coming weeks. Keep in mind you’ll need to already be on Android 5.1 (build LMY47M) in order to update to 5.1.1 and if you’d like, you can grab the factory images from Google’s Nexus Factory Images site here.

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Moto G 1st Gen (2013) now receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update Thu, 21 May 2015 23:23:09 +0000 Motorola Moto G

First generation Motorola Moto G owners — the 2013 model — are being greeted today with an update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It’s an update that’s been a long time in the making, with 5.0.2 originally hitting devices via a soak test all the way back in December of last year.

Motorola has had 5 months since then to iron out all the bugs associated with earlier versions of Lollipop, so we don’t expect to find any of them in this release. What you will find is a whole lot of changes on the UI side of things, along with a handful of new features introduced in Lollipop. As for the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE model, well, Motorola told us not too long ago that this version would leapfrog straight to Android 5.1.

For a full rundown of everything new, you can hit up Motorola’s release notes page here. In the meantime, jump into your settings app and check for an update if it hasn’t already hit your device. Make sure to let us know how everything is working out for you too.


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Nexus 6 could be getting its WiFi Calling update this Memorial Day weekend Thu, 21 May 2015 21:35:58 +0000 Nexus_6_Dbrand_Skin

We’ve known about T-Mobile’s plan to have WiFi Calling enabled on the Nexus 6 since back in October. There’s been quite a few Lollipop updates since then, with none of them bringing that feature T-Mobile customers have been clamoring for.

If the recent tweets of T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Desmond Smith are to be believed, that update — so long in the making — could finally rollout this weekend. You’ll find his tweet down below.

Nexus 6 WiFi Calling update memorial weekend

Alright, so his tweet didn’t come out and say it, but if you remember back on May 12th, Des tweeted that a last minute bug was discovered in the software, delaying the update by 7-10 days. Well, here we are 9 days later, and Des is teasing something sweet coming to the Nexus 6 this weekend.

Des’ lips are tied but if we were betting men, we’d put our chips on the Nexus 6 receiving WiFi Calling this Memorial Day weekend. Keep those fingers crossed!


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Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Wed, 20 May 2015 23:59:33 +0000 samsung-galaxy-tab-s-10.5

After watching as both AT&T and T-Mobile pushed out Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, today we finally have Verizon following suit. The update, which rolled out only a few days ago on other carriers, officially brings the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop (software build T807VVRU1BOD2). It’s not the latest version of Android, but it’ll do.

Samsung updated WiFi-only versions of the tablet to 5.0.2 back in March and as we all know, it always takes sometime before it reaches LTE-equipped carrier models. The real question is whether or not the tablet will see a future update to newer versions of Lollipop, like recently launched Android 5.1.


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Verizon Test Engineer claims Android 5.1 Lollipop is coming to Droid Turbo in mid-June Wed, 20 May 2015 19:07:26 +0000 droid-turbo-64gb

The Motorola DROID Turbo is infamously one of the only current Motorola phones not on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Motorola previously confirmed that the device would leapfrog the base Lollipop build and go straight to the more stable 5.1.

But when? We’re still not exactly sure, but one reputable Verizon test engineer claims to have the details. He confirmed on Google+ (the post has since been deleted, but you can read the full post and conversation here) that the update is scheduled for a mid-June release. That isn’t a tone of time, but even if we assume “Mid-June” means “June 15th” that’s still 25 days, which is enough to make those who have been missing out on Lollipop all this time a bit antsy (except maybe Chris).

Furthermore, the tech noted that Verizon’s delays with firmware upgrades are typically thanks to their stringent testing policies to make sure nothing is impacted on the network side, such as Advanced HD Voice Calling over LTE.

So there you have it — the upgrade is basically ready, but Verizon is holding it up. That’s their prerogative, though, so all we can say is to sit tight and hope that the mid-June window holds up.

[via Reddit]

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3, Z1s one step closer to Android Lollipop according to software updates page Tue, 19 May 2015 01:33:03 +0000 T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Android 50 Lollipop

It’s been a good few months since we saw Sony officially announce Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z3, followed by a rollout for the unlocked US versions. The update has eluded carrier branded models in the US but by now it’s a story you’ve heard before. Carriers tend to delay the update process with the extensive testing that goes into any software update for a device operating on their network.

When it comes to the T-Mobile model, things weren’t looking so good given the phone disappeared from inventory a few weeks back. But it didn’t take long for the Z3 to return to T-Mobile’s store shelves (and at a discount no less), leaving us feeling a bit more optimistic that a Lollipop update was around the corner.

It now seems T-Mobile has recently updated their software updates page, with both the Sony Xperia Z3 and its older sibling, the Sony Xperia Z1s, showing that Lollipop has officially entered into the carrier testing phase. T-Mobile has 3 phases on their page: manufacturer development, T-Mobile testing, and then finally a completed status.

The next phase from here is the rollout and a completed status. Now that we’re one step closer, that rollout can’t be too far out. Stay tuned.


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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Mon, 18 May 2015 19:00:05 +0000 galaxy-tab-s-10.5-quick-briefing

Another Samsung tablet is receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop today, only this one is specific to a T-Mobile variant. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and there isn’t much to look forward to that you aren’t already expecting. It’s Lollipop, and you’ll be treated to everything that shiny new bit of software offers.

T-Mobile didn’t list any other improvements in their changelog so your experience should remain relatively familiar otherwise. Thankfully you won’t have to wait for it to reach you over-the-air if you’re impatient as it can be pulled on demand using Samsung Kies (the download for which you can grab right here).

You’re looking for version T807TUVU1BOE1, and you can come from either T807TUVU1ANK1 or T807TUVU1ANJ3. It’ll require about 1.1GB of bandwidth and space to download so be sure to hop on WiFi to ensure things go smoothly.

[via T-Mobile]

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You can now download Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 WiFi Mon, 18 May 2015 15:48:13 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Note Pro DSC05107

Samsung is now updating their largest Galaxy Note Pro tablet to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and it’s headed out to folks in Switzerland first as firmware version P905XXUABOD7.

The upgrade shouldn’t bring forth many unexpected surprises. Samsung has mostly tweaked their user interface to match the look, feel and features of Lollipop such as a Material Design user interface and improved notifications.

It shan’t be long before most owners in other regions will be able to load this thing up through Kies or over-the-air. If you absolutely can’t wait and you know how to manually flash update files, SamMobile has the goods right now. Otherwise, be sure to check for the update periodically over the course of the next month or two as Samsung greenlights the upgrade for more people.

[via SamMobile]

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Android 5.1.1 hits the ASUS ZenWatch with new gestures and always-on apps Fri, 15 May 2015 18:38:54 +0000 asus zenwatch update

The ASUS ZenWatch is the latest Android Wear smartwatch to receive Android 5.1.1. In case you don’t remember, this update brought a lot of great new goods such as support for always-on apps, WiFi (the ZenWatch doesn’t have WiFi radios, though) and new hands-free gestures for navigating the user interface.

So how do you get it? Well, one way is to simply wait. You could manually check for it (Swipe Down on Watch Face > Swipe to Settings > Go to About > System Updates) but our experience tells us you might not get very far. You can also download the OTA file and flash it manually if you’re handy enough to go about doing that. By the end of it all you should be on Android 5.1.1, Android Wear version, and Google Play Services version 7.3.36.

Otherwise, you’ll simply have to wait until your device is tapped to receive the upgrade (which could be as soon as a day or as much as a month). Be sure to take it for a spin and let us know what you think about it once you have it loaded up!

[via Reddit]

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Moto E (2nd Gen) now receiving Android 5.1 update over-the-air Wed, 13 May 2015 23:47:06 +0000 Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen 2015 DSC09134

We knew Android 5.1 was headed to the Motorola Moto E 2015. Motorola said as much back when they published the release notes for the update last week. It now appears that update is rolling out to users as some are now reportedly receiving Android 5.1 on their second generation Moto E (XT1527).

In case you were wondering what is new, there’s not a whole lot. Mostly smaller tweaks and bug fixes despite weighing in at 258.8MB. Here’s all the new changes you can look forward to once the device officially receives Android 5.1 Lollipop, software version 23.11.15:

Notifications & Interruptions

  • Block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours. It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
  • You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”. This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
  • Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
  • You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.

Heads-up Notifications – In addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.

Quick Settings – You can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature – like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” – can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.

Camera – Reduces noise in low-light shots and improves responsiveness of the viewfinder with the front-facing camera (selfie).

Device Protection – Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings. Note that you must have a Google account on the device to automatically enable this feature and set a PIN, password or pattern screen lock.

Performance – Improvements in the Android Runtime (ART) lead to faster application launch times.

Lockscreen – If you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.
Bug Fixes

Issues fixed in this release include:

  • Clock in the status bar isn’t updating and alarms are not going off
  • Can’t delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
  • No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
  • Calculator floating point calculations
  • Chrome crashes on launch
  • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
  • Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
  • Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
  • Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
  • CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
  • Connection and synchronization issues with MS Exchange servers
  • Incorrect default APN
  • Can’t unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
  • Can’t play ‘pinned’ content
  • General stability improvements

From the look of the chatter on XDA, it hasn’t hit all models yet. This is typical of just about any Android rollout, so sit tight and it should be there momentarily. Anybody else get the update yet?


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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now receiving 237MB update on AT&T [UPDATE: Sprint too] Wed, 13 May 2015 21:49:14 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge DSC09267

It’s been about a month since the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge hit store shelves and already they’re receiving an over-the-air update on AT&T. It’s not Android 5.1 (that’s not expected until June), but without official word from AT&T, there’s no telling what kinda of bug fixes or improvements the system update brings. We do know it’s still Android 5.0.2 and weighs in at 236.92MB, so it’s moderately sized.

We can only hope the update addresses battery life concerns (our units are still barely getting 14 hours of standby). More than likely, this update could be similar to the 159MB update rolling out now across Europe and Asia which brings better fingerprint recognition, new photo editing features, and other UI changes.

There was also word that the Galaxy S6 would soon be receiving a camera update to add support for shooting in RAW. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

UPDATE: Looks like the Sprint model got an update too. It’s still Android 5.0.2 (software version G925PVPU1AOE2), weighs in at 130MB, and is rolling out now over-the-air.

[via AndroidForums | Sprint]

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Canadian carrier Rogers says Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to get Android 5.1 in June Wed, 13 May 2015 18:46:26 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09368

While we like to get our word on software updates from official sources, getting it from a carrier is the next best thing. Rogers — a leading Canadian carrier — is claiming that the upgrade to Android 5.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be on tap this July.

An exact date wasn’t given, and these expectations are always subject to change so perhaps it’s not worth getting excited just yet. We also know that even if the date is accurate, the same may not be true for other carriers and regions.

That said, the Galaxy S6 isn’t really in dire need of an immediate upgrade to Android 5.1 — that is, unless that update brings the memory leak fix we’ve been waiting for Samsung to deliver. Most people are happy enough on the current build of Android 5.0, and if Samsung can fix some of the current issues folks are having (such as this one) with a quick maintenance patch or two ahead of the next major revision we’ll be just as happy.

[via MobileSyrup]

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Android 5.1 Lollipop for HTC One M7 Google Play Edition rolling out, Verizon’s One M7 gets it tomorrow Wed, 13 May 2015 14:09:02 +0000 HTC One M7 thin case DSC01079

Verizon HTC One M7 customers need not worry about the fate of their device as it pertains to Android 5.1 Lollipop. HTC’s Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that the device will be receiving the upgrade as soon as tomorrow, May 14th. Details are scarce, but we can at least anticipate this will be a staggered rollout process that might take a while to get to every handset still in service.

For Those of you with the Google Play Edition, the update is already rolling out with the earliest reports having been seen just yesterday. You’ll only need to head to the device’s settings menu and check for updates to begin pulling it down (look for version LMY470, which is just about 280MB in size).

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s latest maintenance update brings improved fingerprint scanner recognition Tue, 12 May 2015 13:45:31 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S6 DSC09415

Samsung’s supposed memory leak update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have yet to see the light of day in official capacity, but another important maintenance upgrade seems to be headed out to the handsets. Folks in various Asian and European countries are beginning to see verison XXU1AOE3 pop up.

It’s a relatively light download at 159.29MB, and it brings with it the following changes:

  • Improved fingerprint recognition process
  • New feature in Photo Editor (no word yet on what this new feature is)
  • Improved compatibility with accessories
  • Enhanced user interface for Email, Music, S Planner and other apps

As always, you can expect this thing to roll out in stages, with unlocked devices likely getting the first swing at the new goods. Carrier variants are subject to testing and certification, so it may be a while yet before you’re able to pull it down.

[via SamMobile]

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Motorola says Lollipop for the original Moto X is being test driven, official rollout in a few weeks Tue, 12 May 2015 00:34:19 +0000 Motorola Moto X DSC00695

Lollipop has got to be one of the more frustrating Android releases we’ve seen in quite sometime. Motorola knows your pain, and it’s the reason Motorola’s Senior Director of Software Product Management David Schuster took to Google+ to update us on the status of the Moto X 1st Gen and its planned update to Lollipop.

Instead of blaming buggy code, Schuster mentions that a lack of support from “some of our hardware partners” as the cause of the delay, but didn’t offer any more details outside of that. He did note that Lollipop is already being test driven here in the US and in Latin American regions, with the official over-the-air update not more than a few weeks off. That’s great news.

Exactly what the means for carrier versions of the Motorola Moto X is anyone’s guess. Just take solace in the fact that Lollipop is, in fact, coming and people are actively working to ensure it’s a smooth — and more importantly bug free — transition to Google’s latest.


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