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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 2, 2015

OTA Updates for Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013) Mobile

A few days ago, Google finally released factory images for mobile versions of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013). The waiting period was quite long, as Google had a 3 month delay to provide the update. It was a bit of a weird situation, but it's definitely nice to see the factory images being released. Flashing the factory image might be problematic as the device must be unlocked and flashing wipes all the data stored on the device. It's a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 15, 2014

Moto 360 Officially Receives Android Lollipop

Not too long ago, we talked about Google releasing the watch face API for Android Wear. In the release notes surrounding the update, Android's creators also stated that the Lollipop update would be released pretty soon to various Android Wear watches. Now, the update is available for download on the Moto 360. Today's update brings user interface enhancements that we've seen previously on other Lollipop-powered devices. Motorola posted the following list of improvements on its forum: Android L: Updates Android...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 14, 2014

Moto G (2013) GPe Also Gets Android 5.0.1, OTA Captured

Motorola has been a smartphone OEM for a very long time, but recent years have been quite difficult for the company. As a result, this American company found itself acquired first by Google and then by Chinese giant Lenovo. When the Moto G was released, Motorola was still a part of Google and Android's creators ensured that the budget device would ship with great support and an AOSP-like experience. In the last few weeks we've seen many devices getting their...

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jerdog · Nov 14, 2014

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet To Receive Lollipop Next Week

NVIDIA's latest device in the SHIELD line, the succinctly named NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, is set to beat all other tablet manufacturers that aren't in the Nexus family to Lollipop. Announced today via their NVIDIA blog, the SHIELD tablet will be receiving the update beginning November 18 and is set to also unveil a new updated Dabbler app all made up with Material Design goodness. XDA TV Producer Jordan highlighted the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet back in August, and NVIDIA has done a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 8, 2014

OnePlus One Receives 44S OTA Update

The OnePlus One is a great choice for all you who don't want to spend the big bucks on the Google Nexus 6. The “Flagship Killer” received an OTA from the CyanogenMod team fixing some annoyances spotted since the last update. The CM team focused mostly on stability with this update, so you shouldn't be expecting some new functions etc. This small update fixes the following things: Memory causing screen artifacts will not anymore Random reboots and instability are now gone Solved...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 21, 2014

T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA

The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers. From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.”...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 12, 2014

Moto G on Boost Mobile Finally Receives Update to Android 4.4.4

The Moto G is one of those, wallet friendly devices that is definitely not considered "low end." In fact, this device from 2013 can easily compete with the "higher end" Google Nexus 4 on many levels. While the G has been updated to Android 4.4.4 a long while ago, the Boost Mobile variant was still stuck on an older Android firmware version. The situation has changed and now, all of you using Moto G on Sprint's prepaid arm can expect an OTA update heading your way. As...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 10, 2014

[FTF] Sony Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

While Sony is still struggling to provide KitKat for some of their mid-end phones from 2013 (still pending investigation), owners of flagship devices from this Japanese OEM should feel happy right about now. Sony has started to roll out an update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z bringing the latest Android 4.4.4 on board and fixing lots of bugs present in earlier firmware revisions. When Sony released a KitKat update back in May, more than a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 28, 2014

[OTA] Nvidia Shield Tablet Receives its First Update

The Nvidia Shield Tablet is the latest toy from one of the largest desktop graphics manufacturers, and it has just has received its first OTA update. The first update, which is labeled as firmware revision 1.1, brings a rather long list of optimizations and improvements poised to make this device even greater. The rather small, 84.1 MB update contains the following refinements: Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios Improved camera performance NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 1, 2014

[OTA Captured] Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Finally Gets Official KitKat Update

It's been almost nine months since the LG G Pad 8.3's official release. At about the same time, Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the LG-manufactured Nexus 5. While the majority of current generation devices have since been updated to Android 4.3 or 4.4, the LG G Pad 8.3 (Verizon variant) has been stuck on 4.2. Luckily, things have just changed for the better. Users of this mid-sized tablet should feel happy, as the Verizon variant of the device has been updated from Android...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 18, 2012

Transformer Prime Gets Battery Improvements with System Update 9.4.2.14

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 (9.4.2.13), 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...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 15, 2012

Iconia Tab A200 Gets Previously Promised 4.0.3 OTA Update; A500 Next?

Acer Iconia Tab A200 owners have been reporting OTA updates this week bringing the device up to date with Android 4.0.3. The Iconia A500's younger brother shipped with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and an impressive spec list, including a 10.1 inch screen, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, full size USB 2.0 port and a 2mp front-facing camera. The latest software version (Acer_AV041_A200_1.037.00_PA_CUS1) is noted to be different than the 1.019.00 leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update some users have already installed. The differences...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 11, 2012

Droid Bionic Owners Beware; 5.9.902 Update Breaks Root for Some Users

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...

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Former Writer · Feb 10, 2012

Get Rid of Those OTA Update Notifications on the Samsung Galaxy S II

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? XDA...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Feb 8, 2012

Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OTA Update Available for Motorola Atrix 2

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: Significant improvements and fixes to the camera app Enhanced keyboard Visual Voicemail (by AT&T) Cloud syncing of text messages and call log (by AT&T) Improvements to Wireless Hotspot and Webtop Haptic feedback problems fixed Decreased call ending...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012

HTC Rezound Getting OTA Update, Improves Stability

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: Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI). Screen Timeout issues while connected to...

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liwen · Jan 26, 2012

New OTA Update For Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch Removes Carrier IQ

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: Security update Dismissing multiple calendar alerts Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activation Of course, "security update" is corporate doublespeak for "Carrier IQ removed". The update will roll out in...

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liwen · Jan 21, 2012

Updates For HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G Remove Carrier IQ

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....

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liwen · Jan 21, 2012

Kindle Fire Receiving 6.2.2 Update, Adds Full-Screen Browsing

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...

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liwen · Jan 20, 2012

ASUS Transformer Prime OTA Update Improves GPS Performance

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...

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