Android OTA Device Updates Weekly

Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Report – May 9th Edition

May 9, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Sense 6 Comes to Sprint HTC One Max

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Sprint owners of the One Max will have very nice updates waiting for them, if they haven’t already installed the update. Not only is Sprint giving the One Max WiFi Calling, but HTC is giving it Sense 6. Which brings a lot of features from the M8 to the One Max, which the exception of Motion gestures. You can read about the update from Sprint’s support page but the update is over 500MB and should leave your device on software version 3.02.651.5, so Sprint users, rejoice!

Sprint Patch Heartbleed on the EVO 4G LTE

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While the EVO 4G LTE is still languishing on an older version of Android, without Android 4.3, let alone Android 4.4 in site it looks like the EVO 4G LTE is doomed to stay in the past. However, that hasn’t stopped from Sprint from patching the device to protect it from Heartbleed, you know, the superbug that broke the Internet a few weeks ago? Software version 3.17.651.5 will patch up your EVO 4G LTE, but those with the sense (get it) to run a custom ROM running a newer version of Android will have already been protected. Still, it’s nice to see Sprint taking care of their users we suppose.

HTC One (M8) Developer Edition Updated With Extreme Power Saving Mode

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This last update makes it a hat trick for HTC updates this week! The Developer Edition of the M8 has been updated to software version 1.54.1540.9 and brings with it (among other things) Extreme Power Saving mode. This mode launched with a lot of M8s, and allows users to get much longer battery life out of their device by making their M8 not so smart. Limiting you to access to a few basic HTC apps and a dialer and messaging app this is the best way to get the most out of your battery. Other bits in the 118MB update including tweaks to apps like the gallery and more.

Galaxy S III i9300 to Stay on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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In what’s quickly become a fairly controversial issue, Samsung officially confirmed that Android 4.4.2 will not be coming to the Galaxy S III (or the S III Mini for that matter). Samsung is saying that the RAM inside of the International version of the Galaxy S III (the Quad-Core Exynos 4440 version) isn’t enough for Android 4.4 KitKat and TouchWiz together. Is this a legitimate decision on Samsung’s part? Let us know your thoughts!