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Some unlocked Moto X users seeing 4.4.2 update this evening

Moto X

Users of SIM unlocked models on both AT&T and T-Mobile are reporting the OTA

It looks like Motorola has another successful soak test under their belt, as folks with unlocked — as in SIM unlocked not bootloader — have been reporting that they are pulling the 4.4.2 update down this evening.

From what we hear, there’s little difference between 4.4 and 4.4.2 that faces the user, but when something is .2 higher you know it has to be .2 better.

As luck would have it, I’m not seeing anything on mine so I’m living through the user reports. I’ll keep checking though, and you should probably do the same.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

    



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HTC One X on AT&T to receive Android 4.2.2 OTA this week

HTC One X

Technical Approval received; OTA to roll out from Jan. 29

The HTC One X is at the top of many people’s minds recently as HTC announced it will not update the device past Android 4.2. Well the day has come now for AT&T’s variant of the phone to make that take its last major platform version jump. The update, which will also bring along the improvements of Sense 5 to the device, has passed Technical Approval with the carrier and is expected to roll out starting Wednesday, January 29th.

This interestingly comes just slightly over a week after its successor, the HTC One X+, started receiving the same exact update on AT&T. Regardless of timing, it’s good to see these devices finally get off of Androi 4.1 — even if that comes with the sour taste of knowing it will be the last update the phone will ever receive.

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Verizon Ellipsis 7 update rolls out, still a device few people should buy

Verizon Ellipsis 7

Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life

Remember the Ellipsis 7? That’s the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there’s a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis 7.

You’ll be getting improved LTE connectivity, better mobile hotspot, a camera image quality boost, longer battery life and several other small features. The latest update also lets the Ellipsis 7 be used with Verizon’s prepaid plans, as well as better manage where pictures and apps are stored between the internal memory and SDcard expansion.

Even with the latest update, we’re thinking that the Ellipsis 7 is a pretty tough sell for any Android enthusiast unless you’re simply looking for a functional and cheap device that supports Verizon LTE.

Source: Verizon

    



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Verizon Ellipsis 7 update rolls out, still a device few people should buy

Verizon Ellipsis 7

Improved LTE performance, camera quality and battery life

Remember the Ellipsis 7? That’s the Verizon self-branded tablet the carrier released back in November for $250. Well for those half-dozen people who bought one, there’s a pretty sizeable update waiting for you. Verizon has posted to its support pages that update MV7A_31D26_422 is on the way with a whole load of features for the Ellipsis 7.

You’ll be getting improved LTE connectivity, better mobile hotspot, a camera image quality boost, longer battery life and several other small features. The latest update also lets the Ellipsis 7 be used with Verizon’s prepaid plans, as well as better manage where pictures and apps are stored between the internal memory and SDcard expansion.

Even with the latest update, we’re thinking that the Ellipsis 7 is a pretty tough sell for any Android enthusiast unless you’re simply looking for a functional and cheap device that supports Verizon LTE.

Source: Verizon

    



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AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Active getting Android 4.3 update today

Galaxy S4 Active

772MB of downloading gets you to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and all the goodness that goes with

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is finally getting some love from AT&T today, as the I537UCUBML2 update — that’d be Android 4.3 — is currently rolling out over-the-air.

We don’t currently have a list of the changes (the update itself isn’t “official” just yet) and the update just started pushing so there’s not a lot of customer feedback for now. What we do know is that 4.3 is bigger than 4.2, therefore the laws of smartphone physics say it must be better.

If you have an S4 Active from AT&T, be sure to check for your update. Discuss in the S4 Active forums!

Thanks, Trey!

    



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Android 4.3 rolling out for Dell Venue 7

Dell Venue

OTA brings Dell Venue 7 tablet up to version 4.3

Got a Dell Venue 7 tablet? Start mashing the check update button because there is an OTA ready and waiting to bring the 7-inch Clover Trail tablet up to Android 4.3.

Word is that this update does good things, and the Venue 7 runs it well. We’ve no official change log as of yet, but runs well is the kind of response everyone like to hear.

Thanks, Paul

    



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AT&T’s Optimus G Pro gets a small software update

G pro

It’s still Android 4.1.2, but OTA brings small fixes and enhancements

Software version E98010n is ready for AT&T’s LG Optimus Pro. The 65 or so megabyte file is still Android 4.1.2, but bumps the software version up from E98010k (“n” is more than “k” so it has to be better) and contains these few changes, per AT&T:

  • Closed Captioning: Closed captioning option will appear in full screen mode for video files that are closed captioning supported.
  • Battery and Data icons in AT&T apps folder: You now have quick and easy access from your device home screen in the AT&T folder to manage data usage or optimize battery life.
  • Dual camera: You can take still photos using the front and rear camera at the same time.
  • Video pause and resume: You can pause and resume while recording a video.
  • Smart video: With eye detection, if you stop watching a video, the video will pause.
  • Home button LED: You can set the home button LED for “Favorite” contacts. Go to “Favorite” contact > Edit > Home Button LED.
  • Unused apps: You can set notifications for unused apps at: Settings > Apps > Menu key > Unused apps.

The usual rules apply — you’ll need to be on Wifi, you can only “officially” check once per day, and your battery should be nice and charged.

There’s a thread in the Optimus G Pro forums where folks are discussing the update, jump in!

Thanks, Mike!

    



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Verizon’s LG G2 OTA now pushing, relax it’s not KitKat

Verizon G2

Update fixes some bugs, adds Verizon’s Cloud app and issues a Google Security Patch

Verizon and LG are pushing out that LG G2 OTA they spoke of yesterday. The 172MB update brings the software version to VS98012B, and addresses some bugs, forces Verizon’s Cloud into your app drawer, and contains a security patch that everyone seems sure will break root. Here’s the official changes.

  • Video playback quality has been improved when viewing on websites
  • Dialing *611 will now appear on device screen
  • TalkBack reads each deleted letter when using Messaging Keyboard
  • Backup Assistant Plus resumes syncing after completing a voice call
  • Device lockups have been reduced
  • Viewdini application has been removed
  • Verizon Cloud app is now preloaded
  • Messaging is now supported via QSlide
  • Voice quality has been improved
  • Google Security Patch has been added

Reports of people seeing the update are growing, so there’s a good chance it’s waiting for you if you jump into the settings and try to fetch it. 

Everyone is discussing — especially the possible root breakage — in the forums. Jump in and have a read!

More: Verizon G2 forums; Verizon (.pdf)

Thanks, Doug!

    



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Android 4.4 KitKat update hitting Droid Ultra, MAXX and Mini

KitKat

Update rolling out ‘in phases’ starting today

Verizon has taken to Twitter to announce that the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini will start receiving their over-the-air updates to Android 4.4 KitKat from today. The update is rolling out “in phases” according to the carrier, following a short soak test over the weekend. In addition to the new Android OS features, today’s Droid update includes a new version of the Droid Zap sharing utility with a revamped interface, according to the official changelog.

It’s a remarkably quick turnaround for the Verizon-branded handsets, coming a month to the day after the Moto X KitKat updates started, and less than two months after the Android 4.4 open-source code drop.

If you’re seeing KitKat on any of the 2013 Droid phones today, hit the comments and let us know how you’re getting on.

Source: @VZWNews; More: Verizon Changelog (PDF)

    



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Android 4.4.2 OTA for the Google Play edition Sony Z Ultra rolling out

OTA  Android Central

Show stopping bugs addressed in the bump to KOT49H

We still don’t yet have the URL for side loading, but the 4.4.2 OTA for the Sony Z Ultra GPe is starting to push out. We knew an update was coming “soon” to fix some of the issues we’ve seen with the phone, and we saw the LG G Pad — the other new Google Play device — get its own update today. Sony and Google have managed to get the software updated before the devices gets into too many hands.

It’s confirmed that the 444MB update fixes the security settings bug, the app uninstall bug, the clear data bug and random issues with Google Now voice commands. 

We’re up all night to get lucky try and find the URL for this one (I gotta have it myself) and we’ll update when and if we come across it.

Update: Nobody can seem to capture a standard URL for this one, but thanks to sfagundes. we have a mirror for side loading. Grab it here. Thanks, Sean!

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Android 4.4.2 OTA for the Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3 now available

LG G Pad 8.3 GPe update

52MB download makes no immediately noticeable changes

Seeing as the latest Google Play edition devices came out of the box with just Android 4.4, it was only a matter of time before the small bump to 4.4.2 came. The OTA is now pushing out to devices, including our own, bringing the first Google Play edition tablet up to build number KOT49H.

The update screen doesn’t give much of an indication what’s been changed or improved, other than the standard “performance, stability and bug fixes.” We’re not immediately noticing anything, but you can’t expect many changes with an x.x.2 update.

If you haven’t yet received the OTA on your own GPe G Pad 8.3, you can grab the download directly from Google at the link above. If you need a refresher on how to update, you can check out our guide, linked below.

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More HTC Android 4.3 updates landing this week

HTC

4.3 rolling out now for HTC One Mini; Verizon HTC One OTA due this week; international One Max also getting bugfix update

More Android 4.3 updates are arriving for certain HTC One series handsets this week. First up, the international HTC One Mini is getting an over-the-air update to version 2.12.401.1, based on Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5, which brings it in line with the European HTC One. The update includes all the features we’ve previously seen Sense 5.5 updates for the One and One Max, including a re-vamped BlinkFeed and additional gallery and video highlight features.

Next is the Verizon HTC One, which had its Android 4.3 update delayed around a month and a half ago. According to a tweet by Mo Versi, HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management, Verizon’s M7 should be getting its Android 4.3 OTA this week after the update received technical approval from the carrier. It’s unclear whether this update will be based on Sense 5.5 or the older Sense 5.0, however.

And finally the international version of the HTC One Max is getting a selection of bug fixes in an update now heading out to European handsets. Version 1.54.401.1 — still based on Android 4.3 — includes fixes for touch responsiveness, SIM card detection, Wifi connectivity and general system stability. In addition, the update resolves issues when posting HTC Shares to Facebook, and improves performance for the battery-toting HTC Power Flip Case.

Next up is Android 4.4 KitKat, which is already rolling out to unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones in the U.S., and due to land internationally by the end of January.

Source: XDA; @moversi; Thanks, Shen!

    



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HTC One Google Play edition Android 4.4.2 update rolling out

HTC One

HTCDev framework support files for the latest build also available

Just a few short days after most Nexus devices started making the hop to Android 4.4.2, the HTC One Google Play edition is now pulling up to parity. According to a few different tips we’ve received as well as posts in our forums, it seems as though Google and HTC have pulled the trigger on the small point release, which is starting to hit devices now.

Additionally, HTCDev has posted the appropriate framework support files (coming in at 468.4MB) for the Android 4.4.2 build, confirming that it is indeed ready to head out to users. Most folks will be inclined to just wait for the OTA file to hit rather than tinker with any of that, naturally, especially considering the small nature of Android 4.4.2.

Seeing the update on your own Google Play edition HTC One? Hop into the forums and let other members know how the update is treating you so far.

Source: HTCDevThanks, Tambe!

    



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Verizon posts Galaxy Note 3 update documents, OTA imminent

Note 3

Update to version SM-N900V brings bug fixes and enhancements, as well as new pre-installed applications

Details of the upcoming update for Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 have been posted. This happens when the update has been approved, and a general rollout to devices usually follows soon after. We expect this one to play out the same way.

The update is chock full of software fixes, including resolving the Bluetooth audio and email sync issues, as well as bringing improvements to sound quality and connectivity. In addition, Verizon has included some new applications for your pleasure. Hit the break for your full list.

Source: Verizon

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Nexus OTA updates to Android 4.4.2 are pushing out now

Nexus update

KOT49H brings Android 4.4.2 mere days after 4.4.1 hit

Yet another small OTA update is headed to your Nexus 5, this time it’s Android 4.4.2. The unofficial change log reads the same as the last one, which was Android 4.4.1 and lasted a whopping four days. According to the official Sprint forums, the original 4.4.1 had some issues, and was pulled and today’s update was issued instead.

If you side loaded the last update (KOT49E) there is a small patch ready for you. You can side load it via the download link here using the same methods. We’ll add more as they become available.

If you didn’t fool with any side loading or didn’t get the 4.4.1 OTA, you have a 54MB OTA coming that takes you from 4.4 to 4.4.2. We’re looking for more download links as I type this out.

Confused yet? Don’t be. The forums are filled with folks discussing and ready to help. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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Android 4.4.1 arriving on more Nexus devices [update]

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Along with Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE also getting new Android version

Update: The OTA file for the Wifi version of the Nexus 7 (2013) is now available. You’ll find the link after the break. Get to it!

Original Story: The Nexus 5 isn’t the only device getting updated to the new version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1. The update is also hitting the Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 (LTE version only, for now) as part of a gradual, staged rollout. It appears the update isn’t quite as big a deal for these devices as it is for the N5, which inherits a bunch of important camera improvements with its latest OTA. Nevertheless, both should benefit from the usual assortment of tweaks and fixes that point releases tend to bring. Given the fast pace of 4.4.1′s arrival, it’s likely other Nexus devices won’t be too far behind.

We’ve got direct download links after the break for those wanting to sideload Android 4.4.1 onto the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE. If you need help flashing the update to your device, be sure to refer to our how-to post on the process.

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Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 5 now live

Nexus 5

Camera improvements are the focus this time around

Shortly after Google officially announced that an update to Android 4.4.1 was making its way out to Nexus 5 devices, folks have started to see it on their own devices. The update supposedly fixes many of the issues with the Nexus 5′s camera, including poor autofocus and slow capture speeds, although we can’t know for sure what else is included in this update until we take a deeper look.

For now, if you’ve instantly lost your patience waiting for the update to hit your device, you can grab a download of the official file from Google at the link below. If you need help understanding the basic process of flashing this file to your own Nexus 5, head to our guide for Nexus tablets — the process is the same.

Update: Android 4.4.1 is also rolling out to other Nexus devices.

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Sprint Galaxy S4 getting minor bug fix update

Sprint Galaxy S4

MK2 update said to resolve ‘sleep mode’ issues

Sprint has announced on its community message boards that its Samsung Galaxy S4 has been updated with a minor bug-fixing patch. The update to firmware version “MK2″ is said to resolve issues with sleep mode on the phone, but that’s the only change pointed out in the carrier’s official changelog. It comes a month after Sprint’s GS4 got its Android 4.3 update.

Sprint’s post flags this update as having been pushed out on Nov. 30, and according to reports from the Android Central forums, the update has been arriving on handsets over the weekend. So if you’ve not already got it, now’s the time to start hitting that “Check for updates” button.

Source: Sprint, Android Central forums

    



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NVIDIA Shield December software update released

NVIDIA Shield

Gamestream, Game Mapper and fullscreen improvements in latest OTA

NVIDIA has released another over-the-air update for its Android-powered Shield gaming handheld. The NVIDIA Shield December update enhances some of the features added in the previous October update, enabling 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second in “Gamestream” console mode when connected over Ethernet, as well as improving 720p/60fps performance over Wifi. And Gamestream has also been expanded to support new PC titles such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The Gamepad Mapper feature has been augmented too, with a “community profiles” feature (in beta) allowing Shield owners to share gamepad mapping profiles. Gyro input can now be mapped to the analog thumbsticks, and the right thumbstick has been improved for use in first-person titles.

Finally, fullscreen mode has been updated with the option to auto-hide the status bar, and view it with a swipe-down gesture (similar to Android 4.4′s immersive mode). These settings can be controlled via the “Display” menu in the Settings app.

All in all, a pretty significant update for Shield owners. We’ve got the full changelog after the break.

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Your AT&T Galaxy S4 is getting an OTA today, even if you already have 4.3

AT&T Galaxy S4

Two updates are pushing to get everyone on build MK2

AT&T and Samsung have reissued the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4, and according to AT&T it should start pushing out to devices today. The update seems identical to the last round, which was pulled for unknown reasons by Samsung shortly after things got started. We imagine there are important changes under the hood, though. 

Anyhoo, if you’re not yet on Android 4.3 your update will be a wifi-only 727MB download, and when all is said and done your device will be current as far as things stand now. If you had previously installed the 4.3 OTA, your update will be a small 28MB update. In either case, you’ll be running version I337UCUEMK2.

Got that? Don’t fret if you’re not up on all these numbers and versions. Just wander into the forums, where you can get all the help you need from people just like yourself. OTA days make the forums especially love-filled, so don’t miss all the good feelings and karma.

And enjoy your update and your turkey.

Source: AT&T. Thanks, Michael!

    



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