February 18, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Early this morning XDA Junior Member Liferules reported in our forums that a new update had appeared for his Asus Transformer Prime. Since the previous update (18.104.22.168), intended to improve GPS performance, Prime users have experienced random restarts and decreased battery life. XDA Senior Member demandarin, shortly after the release of the update, posted this screenshot, showing the system using the previously disabled low-power CPU frequencies. Countless other posters confirmed improved battery life and several even claimed improved WiFi performance (not confirmed).
If you are a rooted Transformer Prime user out there make sure you use OTA Root Keeper to maintain root access after the OTA update. Please also note that you WILLl lose root even with Root Keeper if you install the update using anything but the official over-the-air update. Updating using extracted blob files will break root no matter what.
Most users that received the update already were in the United States with the exception of a few users in Mexico. European Prime owners, sit tight. Representatives from Asus have confirmed that the EU version of the device will get the update early next week. Already installed the update? Want to follow the progress as users report their findings? Be sure to heck out the original thread here.
February 11, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
The Motorola Droid Bionic has been updated to 5.9.902 via an over the air update that started this week. 5.9.902 brings a host of new features, improvements and fixes. You can view the full changelog from Verizon here. Some of the more notable improvements include fixes for black screen lockups, dock lockups, idle resets and improvements to the camera and several system apps.
While some users maintained root after the update, XDA users began reporting in this thread that the update did, in fact, disable root access. Those that used the ’43V3R Root’ method have reported success preserving root after updating. All current root methods have been unsuccessful in rooting .902 after the update.
Is there any hope for those who already applied the update? Forum members have confirmed that it is possible to downgrade to .893 with RSD Lite, so take solace in the fact that you can flash to stock and start over. If you haven’t updated yet, XDA Senior Member tuckmobile has created a step by step guide to rooting, applying the permanent root script and updating to 5.9.902. You can check out his full guide here or just the instructions to apply the update here.
February 10, 2012 By: Former Writer
Developers are always so busy making ROMs the best they possibly can be. However, sometimes things happen that they can’t get to right away. An example of this are OTA updates. Even having the most recent version of a ROM flashed can mean getting notifications for an OTA that’s ready to be installed. Of course, you should never accept an OTA while on a custom ROM because it could break thing. So, what are people to do about it?
If you must have the update for some reason and don’t want to just flash a ROM that’s already 2.3.6, then it’s best to go back to stock. UPDATE will not work unless you have STOCK RECOVERY on your phone.
So for anyone who just wants to flash it, that’s what you’ll need to get it done. For everyone else who doesn’t want it just yet, there are a couple of methods a user can use to make the update stop appearing until they can flash a ROM that’s been updated.
For the complete list of methods, download links and information, you can visit the original thread for everything you need to make those OTA updates disappear until you’re ready for them.
February 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
While it may not be Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, Motorola has released an official OTA update for the Atrix 2 that updates the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and brings several improvements and bug fixes to this popular dual-core device.
The update includes:
As of now, a direct rooting method for this version isn’t available so by flashing it directly, you will lose root and will not be able to gain root till a method is churned out by the developers. However, there is a way to retain root when updating to 2.3.6 if you are already on rooted 2.3.5. The instructions for that can be found in this forum thread.
January 29, 2012 By: liwen
Verizon began to roll out a new update to the HTC Rezound a few days ago. It’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but rather a maintenance release that mostly improves stability and fixes a few other odd issues here and there. According to the official documentation, the new update bring the software version to 2.01.605.11, baseband to 0.95.00.1118r, and the following changes:
Even better, there’s no reason to hold back on this OTA update since it has already been rooted – a forum thread details the process. Alternatively, you flash a pre-rooted stock ROM with the OTA cooked in.
January 26, 2012 By: liwen
Sprint has said that it will remove Carrier IQ on all of its devices, and is continuing to make good on that promise with the latest OTA update targeting the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Sprint’s own version of the Galaxy S II. The new update has the version S:D710.0.5S.EL29 with the following changelog:
Of course, “security update” is corporate doublespeak for “Carrier IQ removed”. The update will roll out in the next 10 days, by which all eligible devices should have gotten it.
If you experience any issues or have something else to share, join the discussion in the forum thread.
January 21, 2012 By: liwen
Last week, owners of the HTC EVO 3D began to receive an OTA update that, most notably, removed Carrier IQ. As Sprint has later confirmed, it is indeed looking to remove the tracking software from all its handsets, and has now begun to push out further updates for the HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G.
Besides removing Carrier IQ, the HTC devices are also getting updated Peep clients for Twitter and improvements to the battery life. For the Epic 4G there’s a speaker feedback fix, and some apps are no longer preinstalled, instead pointing to the Android Market. As usual with such updates, they are rolling out gradually. The HTC devices will receive automatic notifications starting on the 24th, or you can manually check right now, while the Epic’s update is being pushed in stages till the 29th, at which time all devices will have received the update.
For detailed changelogs, see Sprint’s support forums (1, 2, 3). To share your experience with the updates, visit the thread for the EVO or the thread for the Epic. If you like it rooted or deodexed for the EVO 4G, visit this thread.
January 21, 2012 By: liwen
What seems to be the most popular Android tablet out there right now, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, has received an OTA update starting a few days ago. As always, it initially broke root access, but our forum members have already found a workaround for that. So, there’s no point trying to prevent it now, else you won’t get the following features:
This update enhances fluidity and performance, improves support for manually set up e-mail providers in the Email app, and offers a new full screen mode for viewing web pages.
If you’ve already received and installed the OTA update, use BurritoRoot by recognized developer jcase, who has updated his tool to work with the new 6.2.2 version, to regain root. If not, then head over to this forum thread to download the pre-rooted update package flash-able with TWRP, courtesy of forum member nfinitefx45.
January 20, 2012 By: liwen
The ASUS Transformer Prime, one of the more popular Android tablets, has had its fair share of issues, but also some excellent support by ASUS. GPS performance is something that was supposedly improved in an earlier update, but apparently it didn’t solve the issue completely, and it remains to be seen whether any drivers can overcome the inherent design flaws posed by the metal unibody.
However, according to reports in our forums, GPS performance has indeed gotten better with the newest OTA update that started rolling out yesterday. It ups your build version to 22.214.171.124 (actually, people are receiving an even newer 126.96.36.199.1 build now), and the GPS driver version to 6.9.13.
Check out the forum thread for more details and download links for manual updating, in case you aren’t receiving it over-the-air yet.