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Verizon starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update with Stagefright fix for the Nexus 7

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.

All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade alongside Verizon’s XLTE service, such as support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience, a new recent screen, personal unlocking and Material Design.

As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually.

To do so simply open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Once done, the upgrade will start downloading from Samsung’s servers.

Source: Verizon

 

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Download: Nexus OTA Stagefright Patches (Updated)

Posted by Kellex August - 12 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Update 8/11: Almost all Stagefright OTA update files are available except for the Nexus 9 LTE. Get after ’em!


Last week, Google released factory images for most of its Nexus devices that were supposed to address Stagefright vulnerabilities. While those images are there for the flashing and will get you all patched up, we know that many of you like to wait for over-the-air (OTA) updates to hit your devices. If you are still waiting for those and are willing to sideload the updates instead, we are compiling them in a list below.

Before long, we should have .zip files for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE, and Nexus 10.

We will continue to update this post as we have more URLs. 


Download Nexus Stagefright patches:

  • Nexus 4 – [LMY48I from LMY47V, 20.1MB] – Download Link
  • Nexus 5 [LMY48I from LMY48B, 10.1MB] – Download Link
  • Nexus 6 (T-Mobile) – [LYZ28J from LYZ28E, 24.8MB] – Download Link (via)
  • Nexus 6 (Project Fi) – [LVY48E from LVY48C, 25.1MB] – Download Link (Cheers kevlar!)
  • Nexus 6 – [LMY48I from LMY47Z, 24.6MB] – Download Link
  • Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi – [LMY48I from LMY48G, 10.3MB] – Download Link (Cheers Neil!)
  • Nexus 7 (2013) LTE – [LMY48L from LMY47V, ] – Download Link (via)
  • Nexus 9 WiFi – [LMY48I from LMY47X, 22.9MB] – Download Link
  • Nexus 9 LTE – Link incoming!
  • Nexus 10 – [LMY48I from LMY47V, 18.5MB] – Download Link

*Note – In order to flash a .zip file in adb, be sure to match up the build number on the file to your current or the update will fail. For example, look at the new build number in brackets followed by the build number that it’s coming “from.” In your Settings>About screen, you will want to match up to the “from” build number.

For instructions to sideload using adb, check here. For instructions on how to grab an OTA file, check here.

Download: Nexus OTA Stagefright Patches (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Expect Nexus devices to receive monthly security updates from now on

Posted by wicked August - 5 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.

Nexus devices have always been among the first Android devices to receive platform and security updates. From this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular OTA updates each month focused on security, in addition to the usual platform updates.

Starting today, at least seven Nexus devices are receiving the first monthly security update. The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player are all protected from the Stagefright vulnerability in addition to receiving other smaller fixes. Any changes made will be added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Google reminds everyone that Nexus devices will receive major software updates for at least years years while security patches continue for as long as three years.

People have long bashed Google and Android for not being secure, but the company notes that its decisions are responsible for there being less than 0.15% of devices with a potentially harmful app installed.

Source: Google

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Earlier this morning, we told you that Google would be pushing updates to its Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 phones in an attempt to patch the Stagefright flaw that became public knowledge a week ago. As it turns out, Google will actually begin pushing updates to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 today, updates that are the first in an on-going monthly security update package that was just announced. 

Google states via its official Android blog that from this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates each month that are focused on security. These updates are in addition to the typical platform updates.

This month’s update contains security fixes for “issues in bulletins provided to partners through July 2015,” which of course, fixes the Stagefright issues that shocked our world last week. These security updates will also be released publicly through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Finally, “Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.”

In short, Google is now pushing security-related updates to Nexus devices on a monthly basis.

Via:  Android Blog

Going Forward, Nexus Devices Will See Monthly Security Updates – First Up are the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 is a post from: Droid Life

Google releases Android 5.1.1 build LMY48G for Nexus 7 (2013)

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google certainly hasn’t forgotten the Nexus 7, more specifically the 2013 edition. The latest build now available is Android 5.1.1 (LMY48G). There isn’t an OTA yet, so your only option for now is manually flash via fastboot. If you you have done this before, which I am sure most of you have, then this should be a breeze. Remember to download the system images under the code name “razor”.

For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, be sure to check your device every so often to see if the build is available via Settings > About Tablet > System Updates.

As always when performing updates of any kind, be sure to backup any data you don’t want to loose just incase things go haywire during the update.

Source: Google

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Nexus 7 mated with mouse, used in-vehicle

Posted by wicked June - 19 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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We have seen a few examples of users incorporating tablet devices into their vehicles to serve in place of auto manufacturer or third-party solutions for in-car infotainment systems. Users typically resort to this due to the dearth of autos that come with Android systems installed and third-party units are typically very expensive. In the latest example of this move to use a tablet device, Kevin Foreman connected a mouse to a Nexus 7 to provide a new input option as he was tired of using the touchscreen.

In a video demonstrating how his Nexus 7 works in his Toyota Prius, Foreman shows the Logitech G700S mouse that he connected to the tablet to serve as an input device. After working to map a variety of buttons and mouse clicks, Foreman is able to do things like launch Spotify or Google Maps with a touch of the mouse instead of trying to do it via the tablet’s touchscreen.

Foreman indicates he pursued this because he was tired of trying to “aim” his finger on the touchscreen while driving. Google has noted this challenge as well, which is why the Android Auto system uses a custom interface designed for use in a vehicle where precise touches may not be preferable.

You can check out his video below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Top 6 Android tablets [May 2015]

Posted by wicked May - 14 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Picking up an Android tablet isn’t as simple as running to the store and grabbing a tablet. Android tablets range from all different brands and specs. Cheap ones tend to be low on the hardware spectrum, have a lot of stuttering when scrolling, and breaks easy if you were to drop it. You need to find a middle ground, where you can be confident in the quality of the product you bought.

So, which one is right for you? We’ve constructed a list of the top 5 best Android tablets to answer that question. These are the top 6 best Android tablets available in the market right now.

Google Nexus 9

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Google’s Nexus 9, manufactured by HTC, is the search giant’s latest foray in the tablet market. The Nexus 9 is, for the most part, smooth as butter–there is minimal lag when scrolling through websites and apps. The display is crystal clear, and will provide an excellent viewing and media experience. The only downside is the lack of microSD expansion for more storage.

Specs sheet:

  • NVIDIA dual-core Tegra K1, 2.3GHz
  • 2048 x 1536 8.9-inch LCD display
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of internal storage
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 6,700mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop, upgradeable to 5.1

You can pick up a Google Nexus 9 starting at $399 straight from the Google Store.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

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The Nexus 7 (2013), manufactured by ASUS, is arguably still one of the best tablets to date. It has a small form factor, making it easily portable, and offers a stunningly beautiful media package. Movies, games, and your everyday Internet browsing work wonderfully on this tablet. Despite being two years old, it offers some of the best value for your money. However, much like all Nexus devices, the lack of microSD expansion is disappointing.

Specs sheet:

  • Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
  • 1920 x 1200 7-inch IPS LCD display, 323ppi
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB storage options
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 3,950mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to 5.0 Lollipop

You can pick up a Nexus 7 (2013) from Amazon, starting at $165.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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When you think of Nvidia, usually you think of high tech gaming graphics cards, not a tablet. However, the NVIDIA Shield is a phenomenal Android gaming device. It plays even the most demanding Android games, such as Gameloft’s Modern Combat series or Dungeon Hunter 5, seamlessly. While on the more expensive side, it’s well worth the money, if you do a lot of gaming. NVIDIA has a lot of optional accessories, such as controllers, stands, keyboards, and etc.

Specs sheet:

  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU, 2.2GHz
  • 1920 x 1200 8-inch display, 283ppi
  • ULP GeForce Kepler GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • microSD expansion
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 5,300mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop

You can pick up an NVIDIA Shield Tablet straight from Amazon for $299.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact

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Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact tablet is relatively new, launching in November 2014. It’s quite a powerful performer, though. If there were to be one person who this tablet is for it would be the traveler. Not only is it powerful and has a decent battery, but it also can hold up to 128GB of storage via the microSD slot, which is perfect for those who have spotty Internet access or can’t use the Internet at all. Lots of movies, videos, and books can be stored on that 128GB.

Specs Sheet:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2.5GHz
  • 1920 x 1200 8-inch TFT LCD display, 283ppi
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • microSD expansion, up to 128GB
  • 8.1-megapixel camera
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, upgradeable to 5.0 Lollipop

You can pick up a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tablet straight from Amazon, starting at $487.

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Dell Venue 8 7000

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Launched in January 2015, Dell’s Venue 8 7000 is a fascinating tablet. Where this bad boy shines is its display. It is easily one of the most impressive panels on an Android tablet. There are a lot of excellent tablet options out there, and the Venue 8 7000 is up there with the stars of the tablet mark, such as Google’s Nexus line. Text is remarkably clear, and quality of video playback is beautiful.

It does have microSD expansion up to 512GB, however, you can only purchase a 200GB microSD card right now, which will run you about $500.

Specs sheet:

  • Intel quad-core Atom processor, 2.3GHz
  • 2560 x 1600 8.4-inch OLED display, 359ppi
  • PowerVR G6430 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • microSD expansion, up to 512GB
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop

You can pick up the Dell Venue 8 7000 from Amazon, starting at $455.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

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Samsung has had a lot of success with the Galaxy Tab series, but the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is their best yet. Equipped with all of the latest and greatest hardware, the Tab S 10.5 speeds through tasks like you couldn’t believe. On top of that, it sports a Super AMOLED display, providing you with one of the best images out there, if you’re into the display’s deep and vivid colors, that is. This tablet is lightning fast, and much like the Tablet Z3 Compact, it’s perfect for travelers due to its high storage capacity options. This is certainly one of Samsung’s best, and we’re looking forward to seeing even better. It’s also available in an 8.4-inch version. You can’t go wrong with either one.

Specs sheet:

  • Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset
  • Quad-core Cortex A15 @ 1.9GHz, quad-core Cortex A7 @ 1.3GHz
  • 2560 x 1600 10.5-inch Super AMOLED panel, 288ppi (8.4-inch also available)
  • Mali-T628 Mp6
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of internal storage
  • microSD expansion, up to 128GB
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 7,900mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab S from Amazon, starting at $398.

Wrap-up

These are some of the best tablets you can get your hands on right now. Offering profound, power and viewing experiences, these tablets can get a tad pricey, usually staying within the range of $299 and $599, excluding the Nexus 7, which comes in at around $165.

So, what’s your favorite tablet? I’m sure I’ve passed over some diamonds in the rough. Let us know in the comments!

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Download: Android 5.1.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices

Posted by Kellex May - 5 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one. 

As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post.


Download Android 5.1.1 OTA .zips:

  • Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi – [LMY47V from LMY47D, 9.6MB] – Download Link
  • Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi – [LMY47V from LMY47O, 18MB] – Download Link (Cheers David O.!)
  • Nexus 10 – [LMY47V from LMY47D, 13.9MB] – Download Link (via)
  • Nexus Player – [LMY47V from LMY47D, 15.3MB] – Download Link

*Note – In order to flash a .zip file in adb, be sure to match up the build number on the file to your current or the update will fail. For example, look at the new build number in brackets followed by the build number that it’s coming “from.” In your Settings>About screen, you will want to match up to the “from” build number.

For instructions to sideload using adb, check here. For instructions on how to grab an OTA file, check here.

Download: Android 5.1.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices is a post from: Droid Life

Nexus 7 (2012/2013), Nexus 10 get Android 5.1.1 factory image

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

After Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and 5.1 versions, here comes Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. While others have yet to receive a taste of the sweet Lollipop version, there are a few people who are enjoying Android 5.1.1 already. We said the Nexus 7 WiFi and the Nexus 9 might get the latest Android version together with the Nexus player and looks like more will be added to the list.

No more speculations this time but factory images for Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 tablets are ready. This is good news for Nexus Tablet owners who’ve been waiting for the update but Google has yet to make an official announcement and release. For those who know their devices and understand the code, factory images are good enough as they can take the version for a spin ahead of others.

For Nexus 7 users, make sure you update to this version because it might be the last. The device is no longer available on Google Store, no thanks to the arrival of the Nexus 9. The Nexus 7 age is about to end so make the most of the available versions from Google as there might not be another one.

Flashing the factory images from the Android team will delete all user data so backing up the data first before doing the installation is highly recommended. If you have the patience, just wait for the official OTA(over-the-air) software update in the coming weeks. Expect improvements, added features, and some bugs fixed, as usual.

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Check out Google’s Factory Images for Nexus Devices

VIA: Phandroid

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 5.1.1 factory images are live

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

121029043755-google-nexus-monsterGoogle has released factory images for the latest version of Android for both (WiFi only) versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The image brings the tablets up to Android 5.1.1, bringing a few bug fixes and performance enhancements, but no new features, unfortunately. The OTA updates for these tablets should start hitting devices relatively soon.

Funnily enough, Google has updated these older tablets to the latest and greatest of Android, but the newly announced Nexus 9 is still on Android 5.0.1. Android updates have always been a pain point, but the Nexus devices were supposed to be immune to the bogged down update process OEMs and carriers subject their devices to. Hopefully Google (or HTC) does something to get the Nexus 9 up to speed.

Hit the link below for the updates. If you need help flashing a factory image, we’ve got a handy guide to get you started.

source: Factory Images

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