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Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access

Posted by wicked August - 1 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.

Other improvements include:


  • Search’ icon has been removed within Memo when there is no memo
  • Favorite ‘Contact’ information background is now more readable
  • Visual Voicemail works when S-View flip cover is closed
  • Connectivity has been improved when streaming music
  • Stability has been improved for Samsung Gear Manager
  • Text alert improvements for select factory installed car kits
  • “Primary Contacts” label has been changed to “Emergency Contacts” when in Emergency Mode
  • Power On password


Added support

  • User selectable video application when uploading to YouTube
  • Message+ now supports closed captioning
  • Emergency Mode has been updated
  • Contact Menu stability has been enhanced
  • Easy Mode Settings now includes images
  • ‘Downloaded Apps’ field added to searchable file types in My Files
  • Web Search has been added to S Finder

As far as the whole “breaking root access” rumors go, apparently Towelroot isn’t bringing root back either on the device, so proceed with caution on this update if you’re rooted and don’t want to risk losing access. Stay tuned for more info on this. Of course if you’re not rooted, go ahead and check the update status to see if the new software has hit your device yet.

Source: Android Authority


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Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Now Receiving Android 4.4.2, Here is the Full Changelog

Posted by Kellex July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 LTE model is joining the Galaxy S5 in today’s update party. This update is quite significant though, unlike the bug fixer that was issued to the GS5. The G Pad 8.3 LTE on Big Red is receiving a big jump to Android 4.4.2 from Android 4.2.2. That’s right, Kit Kat is finally here.

The update brings Kit Kat goodies like new white icons in the notification area, immersive mode for viewing images and reading books, cloud print services, multi-user login, and more. In terms of other features, the update includes LG’s Knock Code lock screen security enhancement. 

The jump to Android 4.4.2 also squashes bugs like a “cannot connect to server” error, SIM card issues, and muffled sound during multimedia playback.

The full changelog can be found below. To check for the update, head into Settings>About tablet>System update.

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Via:  Verizon
Cheers Bobby!

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 Now Receiving Android 4.4.2, Here is the Full Changelog is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Galaxy S5 Now Receiving Build G900VVRU1ANE9, Here is the Full Changelog

Posted by Kellex July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon approved an update today for their variant of the Galaxy S5 as build G900VVRU1ANE9, but leaves the phone at Android 4.4.2. The update looks like a massive bug fixer, as it includes improvements to performance, brings updates to bloatware, and addresses all sorts of issues.

In the update, users will find new versions of Caller Name ID, Message+, and Cloud. Once past the bloatware, issues like better connectivity when streaming music, Gear Manager stability, and Visual Voicemail working when a Samsung Flip Cover is closed have all been resolved. 

To view the full changelog, jump below. Again, there aren’t any new features, Verizon and Samsung seem to be using this update to improve the phone’s performance.

To check for the update, head into Settings>>Software update.

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Via:  Verizon

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 Receive Updates

Posted by Kellex July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from T-Mobile both received updates today, though we have no idea what the updates include. Changelogs for each haven’t exactly been updated, only noting that previous recent updates added VoLTE and “network improvements.” T-Mobile did announce that VoLTE is now nationwide as of today, so maybe this is activating that feature for everyone, everywhere. Otherwise, your guess is as good as ours.

The Galaxy Note 3′s new build number after the update is N900TUVUDNF4. The Galaxy S5 will end up at G900TUVU1BNG3. 

In order to check for these new updates, head into Settings>General>About device>Software update, on the S5. For the Note 3, head into Settings>More>System manager>About device>Software update.

Via:  T-Mobile [2]

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HTC One M8 gets 4.4.3 update with some 4.4.4 fixes

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It might sound a bit weird, but the HTC One M8 is only now getting updated to Android 4.4.3. The rollout actually started in the US last week, at least for the unlocked versions, and is finally making its way to Europe. This massive update bumps the Android version to 4.4.3 but does include some changes coming from 4.4.4, which means that HTC won’t need to release that latest version immediately.

Android 4.4.3 is pretty much a straightforward maintenance update but it does bring some new features, in particular the redesigned dialer app. But as with many OEM’s, HTC took advantage of the update to include some of its own changes to its flagship. While there is no version bump involved for Sense 6.0 on the device, there are quite a few changes and fixes for HTC”s built-in apps. Apps like Camera, Gallery, and Settings have been updated to their latest versions, while features like Motion Launch, BoomSound and Extreme Power Saving Mode have also seen some optimizations.

Android 4.4.4 is an even lesser maintenance update whose primary purpose seems to be to address some OpenSSL security vulnerabilities disclosed early last June. The changes have been so minimal that some OEMs and even custom ROMs have integrated those fixes even before updating to version 4.4.4. HTC confirms that this is also the case with this One M8 update, which means that the manufacturer won’t feel the need to rush out an update that would only be effectively changing version numbers.

The HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update comes at a sizable package of around 600 MB, less for the unlocked US version and more for the European model. In Europe, it is hitting Nordic versions of the device first and, as always will take time before it goes out to everyone, depending on the region and the carrier.

VIA: Android Central (1), (2)

Nokia X update gives endangered phone one last hurrah

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Microsoft might have formally closed the doors on its brief Android venture, but it isn’t completely pulling the plug on its already existing Android smartphones. Nokia has just announced an incoming software update for the Nokia X, X+, and XL devices, bringing in a wealth of new features and apps, which might also be the last substantial update the smartphones will get.

The biggest UI improvement in this update is the new App Switcher feature, basically like Android’s own Recent Apps display. Users need only swipe down from the top edge of the phone to bring down the quick control panel and then select the app switcher icon. This will take them to a cards like layout of currently running and recently used apps, where they can switch to those apps or close the app. It’s a few steps more compared to the regular Android way, but considering Nokia/Microsoft’s custom UI doesn’t have a navigation panel, it’s a necessary evil.

The update will also bring a load of pre-installed Microsoft apps to the phone. In particular Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote will now be baked into the phone’s firmware. Outlook brings Microsoft’s email and calendaring service to the phone, while OneNote Mobile will let users access notes stored on OneDrive. They can also create notes right from the phone, though curiously limited to a maximum of 500 notes.

Like any other regular Android device, this software update will be arriving via OTA but can also be manually queried from the phone’s Settings app. Unfortunately, this isn’t the same Nokia X software platform 2.0 that was unveiled with the new Nokia X2, but considering that platform 2.0 will never make it to the older phones because of hardware limitations, this might be the closest that Nokia X owners can get to that experience. And since there is no certainty that Microsoft will continue supporting the platform after it has laid off most of the old Nokia‘s workforce, Nokia X owners might want to savor this update as much as they can.

SOURCE: Microsoft

Verizon Moto X Android 4.4.4 Update Now Available to All, Here is the Changelog

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Verizon has gone ahead and approved the Android 4.4.4 update for their variant of the Moto X, making it available this morning to all. The update, which first hit soak testers on Friday, includes improved camera picture quality by improving photos taken in fluorescent lighting and enhancing the dynamic range. It also introduces an option for pausing and resuming videos during recording. Finally, a new dialer with a new graphical layout and colors has been introduced.

The update jumps the device up to build 210.12.41.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for system updates.  

If you aren’t seeing the update, you can manually update using the file included in the comments.

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Via:  Verizon
Cheers Adam and Nathaniel!

Verizon Moto X Android 4.4.4 Update Now Available to All, Here is the Changelog is a post from: Droid Life

Sony kills off SUS software, points to PC Companion instead

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you have been a Sony smartphone fan for a while now – even in the early days of Sony Ericsson – you would be familiar with the Sony Update Service, or SUS (which before that was the SEUS). It was the definitive Windows PC software to get if you didn’t want to use Sony’s PC Companion, but now we can tell you with certainty that the SUS is dead.

The SUS was a software for Windows PC that allowed you to update the firmware of your Sony handset without using PC Companion – and all those bells and whistles. It was just a straight-up service for updating the firmware of your device. That’s why we liked it so much, but now Sony has announced that they will stopping support for the software.


You want proof? Well, this here is proof – when you access the Sony Update Service website, you get this message:

“As from 21st July 2014, the Update Service application is no longer supported. To update the software in your device, use PC Companion instead.”


To make it clear though, if you have a version of the SUS installed, it will still work. But for how long, though? Sony may have realized that a lot of Xperia handset owners prefer the SUS software to the PC Companion, so in the meantime, the company has kept the server side connections open. But that might really not be for long. If you still want a copy of the software, check out the source link for the download locations.

VIA: Xperia Blog

HTC begins pushing out 4.4.3 OTA update to HTC One M8 Developer Edition

Posted by wicked July - 25 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


According to a post over at XDA Developers, HTC has begun pushing out the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for its flagship HTC One M8 Developer Edition. The update includes all of the small tweaks made in between .2 and .3, and HTC claims to have already included the security fixes that Google implemented in 4.4.4.

The update is intended for the SIM unlocked and developer edition devices, but currently on the DE devices are getting the OTA prompt. Hopefully we see this update make its way to more devices in the near future.

source: XDA

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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.

As of now, it’s showing only 10-50 downloads for the app in the Play Store, and it’s incompatible with my M8 on Verizon, and we’re hearing that it’s incompatible with some M7′s as well. It seems a bit odd that it wouldn’t work with two of HTC’s biggest flagships, so we’re guessing HTC is blocking availability to these devices until it works out some kinks in the software.

Is the app incompatible with your phone as well? Let us know in the comments section below.

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