September 12, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 you all know, Android 4.4.4 is not exactly a major update. Google released it to fix some bugs related to stability and security, so don’t expect wonders after rebooting your device after updating. This update isn’t that boring as it may sounds, however. Motorola has added some of their own enhancements to the phone dialer, which received a new layout, and they added a few tweaks to the camera app.
Here’s a full changelog provided by Motorola:
Android™ 4.4.4, KitKat® – Android 4.4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes accuracy improvements to the power profile, several stability, framework and security fixes including update to OpenSSL.
Camera – Pause video recording – Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
Updated Phone dialler – Updated Phone dialler with a new graphical layout and colours to improve consistency and usability.
Enables Motorola Alert Application download – New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts. Now available for download from the Google Play Store.
If you own a Moto G on Boost Mobile, you should expect the OTA to arrive to your device shortly. Keep in mind that in order to receive and successfully apply this update, you first have to revert to stock recovery.
September 10, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 few users have been complaining about bad battery life (not a big surprise) and a few additional minor issues that forced them to revert to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony was pretty slow in addressing the problems, but after four months, the OEM has finally decided to fix them and deliver an OTA update that should be ready to download in the next few days.
What have been fixed in the latest update? Here’s the list of enhancements.
Upgrade to Android 4.4.4
Better battery performance in some background applications
Email stability & performance enhanced
General improvements to MMS, Calendar, Wifi, Contacts & More
All of our latest bug fixes and enhancements
If you can’t wait for the official update, you can visit one of the threads mentioned below to put your fingers on FTF files waiting to be flashed via Flashtool. A big thanks should be given to XDA Senior Member Jamal_RS and XDA Forum Member xperian.ir for uploading the FTF files.
Hurry up, the FTF’s are waiting for you!
August 28, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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:
As you can see, Nvidia focused mostly of optimizing and stabilizing the Android 4.4.2 Android build used in the tablet. Key among this update’s refinements is the new PRISM feature toggle. If you ever wondered what the technology is, we are here to give you the answer. PRISM is a feature that changes screen brightness and contrast dynamically to improve the readability of displayed content. It also manages the power usage of the device. As reported by some members, PRISM might cause the screen flicker, so it’s up to you to decide whether you want to keep it enabled on your Shield Tablet or not.
Other noticeable changes that were brought with this update are tweaks to ShadowPlay, which was quite problematic in the past, as well as improvements to audio, WiFi, and the Camera. All issues spotted so far have been addressed with proper fixes.
The OTA should be on its way to your device as we speak, but if you can’t wait to get it, XDA Forum Member gqkevyn managed to capture the link and shared it for your sideloading pleasure. If you are the owner of the Nvidia Shield Tablet, flash the OTA and share your reflections in the comment section below.
August 1, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
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 4.2.2 directly to Android 4.4.2 via OTA update.
The update codenamed VK81022B comes in at rather hefty 404 MB, and it brings lots of new features and bug fixes. The G Pad 8.3’s screen can now be unlocked with the new Knock Code lock, which was already available on other LG devices. Of course, all major features introduced in KitKat (Immersive Mode, printing, and so on) are available as well. A few previously reported bugs have been squashed, and hopefully this update will bring no new major issues.
From a power user’s point of view, you must know that OTA can’t be flashed using TWRP recovery. In other words, you’ll need to revert to stock recovery and stock firmware. Your device must be in vanilla state, so forget about root for the moment.
If you can’t wait for Verizon to push the OTA for your device, XDA Senior Member paperWastage has captured the file for your sideloading pleasure. If you are an LG G Pad 8.3 owner, you can visit the KitKat update information thread to learn more about this update and apply it on your device.
[via Android Police]
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 (22.214.171.124), 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.