Samsung appears to be rolling out firmware update to improve Samsung Galaxy S 5 performance

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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.

source: phoneArena

Ouya releases firmware update, includes bug-fixes and improves discoverability of games

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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.

Source: DroidGamers

CyanogenMod official blog post reveals security bug fix in latest version, CM 10.1.1

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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 the rest

Android 4.2.2 test build for Samsung Galaxy S III leaked

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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 the rest

European models of the Sony Xperia Z reported to be getting a firmware update

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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.

source: XDA
via: Android Central

 

Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA Rolling Out to Xperia J (ST26i)

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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

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE receives minor firmware maintenance update

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Motorola’s Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint is now receiving a much welcomed OTA software update. No, it isn’t Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, the incremental firmware upgrade bumps the version number to 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10 and brings some enhanced functionality along with several important bug fixes.

Enhancements/Fixes

  • Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
  • Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
  • Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbo
  • Seamless international text messaging
  • Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
  • Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
  • Improved MMS functionality » Read the rest

Some International Samsung Galaxy Note II Models Don’t Have Multi-Window Feature, Older Firmware To Blame

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I have some sad news for those of you in the UK who happened to splurge on a brand new Galaxy Note II smartphone. While we expected devices outside Korea to feature that awesome and coveted multi-window multitasking feature, it appears that some of the international models released in the UK do not feature the customized multi-window multitasking feature. According to various reports, some of the models that feature the older N7100XXALIE firmware does not allow for the multitasking. Conversely, other models that have the newer N7100XXALIH firmware will indeed have the multi-window multitasking feature. If you live in the UK and want to see what firmware you have, be sure to go to your Settings –> About Device in order to see if you are or aren’t affected by this.

We’re sure that the few of you who are affected are no doubt disappointed, but the hope is that Samsung will be consistent with its stellar track record– and promptly update the smartphone with consistent firmware so that all owners will be able to enjoy the feature, not some. After all, these people want to get their full money’s worth, right?

source: Android Central

Stock Firmware Image Released For Verizon Galaxy S III

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Samsung Updates has released the official stock firmware for the Verizon version of Samsung‘s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. This is great news for ROM modders, hackers, and devs since it now offers the safety net of being able to always get back to stock should things go wrong.

This could lead to great new ROMs being cooked up for the S III, but Verizon users have another barrier to get through first. The bootloader on the Verizon S III appears to be locked, meaning no easy hacking or flashing of unsigned images, and no one has been able to unlock or root it yet. Verizon is known for keeping their phones locked down, with the exception of Google’s Galaxy Nexus, and it’s unlikely they would change their policies for the S III. Hope is not lost, however, since devs have been known to find loopholes in the past. As more S III’s hit the streets, the chances get better that someone will find a way to crack this beast. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Still, the stock firmware is greatly appreciated and a good first step on the road to root.

source: samsung updates

Full Firmware Of Samsung Galaxy S III Now Available, Brings Us One Step Closer To Custom ROMs For The Smartphone

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As soon as a leak happens, it turns to an eventual pour. Such is the case with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. Following the excitement of S Voice being available for all, the gang at XDA forums went one step further and got a hold of the device’s full stock firmware. What this means ladies and gentlemen is we won’t have to wait long to see custom ROMs for the smartphone after the initial release. In addition, it’s been confirmed developers have wasted no time and are already hard at work trying to take advantage of the device’s new features– so hopefully we could see some of Samsung’s features ported to other devices.

The firmware is pretty hefty— 786MB to be exact— but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re interested in partaking in any tinkering, please do visit the XDA Forums at the source link below.

It’s a glorious moment in the land of Android, isn’t it?

source: Phandroid

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