With Mobile World Congress 2016 looming large on the horizon, excitement levels are at a high while we wait for the LG G5, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets to be announced. That doesn’t mean that current handsets have ceased to exist, though, with today’s news of Samsung updating the Note 5 (SM-N920C) to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Read more
Samsung has just begun pushing out a nifty maintenance update to all variants of the Gear S2 in the United States. The upgrade itself weighs in at a relatively small 4.85MB and carries version number R730TUVU1AOL3, but don’t let its size fool you as the firmware includes some major battery life optimizations, in addition to the usual plethora of bug fixes and speed optimizations.
Google has published the factory images for its November security update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The upgrade eliminates seven core vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, including the latest critical exploit which “could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”
Following on some updates to their software app for Android and iOS, Pebble has released a firmware update to version 3.4 for their Pebble Time and Time Steel smartwatch devices. The primary updates included in the new firmware cover some additional languages as well as improvements to notifications and some energy conservation updates. Read more
According to reports, owners of the unlocked European version of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 are starting to receive a firmware update that promises general performance improvements. Sources indicate the update not only includes several “under-the-hood” improvements, it comes with a new kernel and baseband. The firmware version for this update is XXU1ANG2. No specific details are available, but at least one user has reported the amount of useable RAM was reduced after receiving the update. There is no word on when the update may roll out to devices in markets outside of Europe.
Ouya recently released a new software update to their Android-powered gaming console which includes some bug-fixes and improvements that deal with the discoverability of games.
The user-interface has been slightly tweaked— games that were previously downloaded are now found in the back row in the Discover section. Games that you don’t currently have will now be more visible… obviously a marketing move by the company. There are a few other adjustments, including the option to “bury” games that you are not interested in, and a notification that will tell you when a game has finished downloading and is ready to be played.
Ouya provided a change-log of the bug-fixes, which include:
– Fixed an issue where sometimes a system update would cancel and not inform the user, so only a blank downloading bar would appear.
– Fixed an issue where high bandwidth could actually cause performance issues and crashes while navigating menus.
– Fixed an issue that could cause the OUYA to overheat in some cases.
– Fixed a handful of crashes that could occur after browsing DISCOVER for a long period of time.
Solid update for the console, and there may me more to come in the near future regarding external storage support.
Once again, the CyanogenMod team seems to be on top of things, as they just released version 10.1.1 of their famed firmware. A post on their blog today issued a follow-up to the general release. They pointed out that the CM 10.1.1 build is simply a security bug-fix release on top of their previous release, the 10.1.0.x code-base. Check out the full blog post after the break for more details. Read more
As the summer solstice was drawing to a close, SamMobile released a leaked test version of Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to sources, Samsung is still testing the Android 4.2.2 build and may still be in the process of adding features such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4‘s camera features. The official release of Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III is expected some time in July or August. Read more
Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is starting to see its first major firmware update hitting devices out in Europe. The update seems to bring the firmware to version 10.1.A.1.434 and is only available for a minority of the devices so far. While there’s no change log of what the update brings, it’s widely speculated that this update addresses that nagging issue which causes devices to go through an unintended slumber, but we won’t know for sure until Sony gives up the information we’re all looking for.
If you’re an owner of the Xperia Z and living in Europe, be sure to connect your phone to your computer using Sony’s PC companion app and check for the download today.
via: Android Central
Great news for Sony Xperia J owners out there! Like its brothers, the Xperia T/TL (LT30p, LT30at, LT30z) and Xperia V (LT25i), the Xperia J (ST26i) will finally see the much anticipated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA update rolling out to handsets.
This is amazing in itself since the Xperia J only has a single-core CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The kernel version is 3.4 and the firmware is 11.2.A.0.21.
Rumor has it that the Xperia TX (LT29i) will be seeing its update to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean goodness here in the next couple of weeks. So fear not Sony fans, the company is working hard to ensure their Xperia handsets stay up-to-date in an ever-changing mobile market, making it that much easier to live with signing that two year service commitment…mmm, okay, maybe just a little easier anyway.
Source: XPERIA Blog