Android OTA Device Updates Weekly

Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Weekly Report – December 6th Edition

December 6, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II Getting Android 4.3 in Canada

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Canadians can finally rejoice as Android 4.3 is finally upon them! It’s certainly taking them long enough to get it out there but, users on Videotron, Mobilicity and WIND Mobile among others have already reported the update. This is for both the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III and brings with it the usual Android 4.3 features, as well as some more interesting additions, such as Samsung’s KNOX security suite. The headlining feature though, is that both devices are now compatible with the Galaxy Gear.

Sprint HTC One Gets Small OTA Update

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HTC One owners on Sprint should have received a relatively minor OTA update this past week, bringing the software up to version 3.05.651.3. This small update mostly fixes the “No SIM Card” error message for those that are affected but, other than that this is your usual maintenance release, with improvements to HD Voice for what that’s worth.

US Cellular Moto X Users Get Android 4.4 KitKat

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Thanks to the stock Android used on the Moto X, updates are an easy affair and Motorola proved this by being the first manufacturer to release Android 4.4 KitKat to a non-Nexus device. The US Cellular update should be rolling out right now but, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to wait a little longer as it’s rolling out in phases. This is mostly just Android 4.4 for the Moto X but, there’s a new touchless command in here as well. When you’ve misplaced your Moto X nearby you can speak (probably quite loudly) “OK Google, find my phone” to have the device ring loudly.

NVIDIA SHIELD Update 65 Brings With it a Host of New Features

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The NVIDIA SHIELD has certainly been an interesting device these past few months, with update after update it’s only gotten better. This is one of the biggest updates yet, update 65 brings with it improved button mapping tools as well as the ability to access NVIDIA GRID, which a massive update in and of itself. Although, most of you won’t be able to play any of these games using NVIDIA GRID as it’s in beta, a very limited one. Unless you have a specific 5GHZ router, a 10mbps connection with 40ms or less of ping and you live in California, you’re out of luck entirely – thanks Nvidia! Needless to say, this is a pretty sizable update, there’s a boring old changelog to go with it but, the easiest way to find out more is to head on over to NVIDIA’s blog.

Android 4.4 Update Available for LG G2…in South Korea

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We’ve heard before that the G2 was in line to get a tasty treat of KitKat before most other handsets and now, we’re thinking that might be true. The Android 4.4 update is now available, in South Korea. While this is of course of no use to our US readers, it’s a sign that LG is very much working on it and it shouldn’t be too far away in other parts of the globe, a Christmas present from LG maybe?

Exynos-based Galaxy Note 3 Gets Stability Update

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Those of you out there with an international Galaxy Note 3, packing the Exynos Octa CPU should be getting an update over the next couple of days – some of you might already have it. The update is only 30MB in size and brings the software build up to N900XXUCMK2, nothing too exciting here but, it should iron out some more of the kinks of the device.

AT&T Updates LG G2, Makes It “ISIS-Ready”

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While South Koreans might be getting their hands on Android 4.4, AT&T users in the States will have to make do with another small OTA. Coming in at 57MB, the D80010o update brings very little with it, and is mostly to make the device “ISIS-Ready” which sound delightful. There’s also some bug fixes but overall, this is just your friendly neighborhood OTA.

Sony’s Smartwatch 2 Gets a Little Smarter in Latest Update

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Sony is updating the Smartwatch 2 this week and it’s bringing with it a fair few features and tweaks, all of which should be appreciated by users. There are new watch faces for a start, which is always nice and the watch face will now dim and brighten according to the ambient light. As well as this, there’s tweaks to how notifications on the device work. You can now scroll through them nice and quickly and there’s even a scroll bar to help you sift through your messy inbox. Most users have also been reporting a significant boost in speed and smoothness, so smartwatch 2 owners, have at it with the app from the Play Store!

Android 4.4.1 Rolls Out to Various Nexus Devices

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Android 4.4.1 KitKat is finally here and for the most part it only affects the Nexus 5 but, both the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 4 devices have gotten the update as well. For those that don’t know, this is mostly a big-fix release that “fixes” the Nexus 5’s camera, which was the only part of the Nexus 5 we found to be sorely lacking in our review. Not got an OTA on your Nexus 5 yet? We have you covered.

HTC Droid DNA Finally Gets Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5; Including BlinkFeed

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In what seems like yet another “Oh, thanks Verizon, better late than never” situations, the Droid DNA is finally getting Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5. Bringing it line with last year’s HTC One X and One X+. The update will be rolling out in two parts, with software version 2.08.605.1 710RD and then the new 3.06.605.4 coming afterwards with all of the goodies. As is the case with most large system updates, this is going to be around 500MB or so and as such, it’s probably best to pull this one down over WiFi. Essentially, this brings most of the features that debuted with the One to the Droid DNA such as BlinkFeed and a toned down User Interface. You can read more about the about from Verizon themselves.