Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Weekly Report – July 11th Edition


Sprint Bring Knox and apps-to-SD Support to Galaxy S4 in Latest Update



With the Galaxy S4 being out for some time now, Sprint feels ready enough to roll out some of the more interesting features in its latest update. This latest update brings with it Knox Security from Samsung, and the ability to install apps to the SD Card, which is great news for those hungry app and game users. Those that are more interested in rooting and using custom ROMs however, might want to steer clear of the 357MB update as there's a good chance that the bootloader has been locked to meet Knox requirements. Take a look at the changelog below, and decide whether or not this is an update you might want to miss.

  • Allow apps to be moved to the SD card in the same limited fashion as the European S4
  • The addition of Samsung Knox
  • Smart Pause toggle in the notification panel
  • A legibility setting for the display
  • Status bar transparency now works with custom wallpapers
  • The addition of a briefing app, and an SPDclient app
  • A potentially locked bootloader

HTC's Butterfly Gets the Android 4.2.2 Treatment with Sense 5 to Boot



Good news for owners of the Butterfly in the Far East, HTC will be sending the latest version of both Android and their Sense skin your way shortly. It's said that the device will see a small update at first, to prepare the phone and then a larger update to bring Android 4.2 and Sense 5 to the device. Most of the experience from the HTC One is coming to the device, including BlinkFeed, which should bring the Butterfly up to par with the One on a software level. While there's no word on whether or not this means an update is coming to the Droid DNA, we'd be surprised if it weren't coming soon.

AT&T's Galaxy S4 Gets 357MB Update, Too

Galaxy S4 ATT


Much like Sprint's Galaxy S4, AT&T's is getting its own update, that suspiciously comes in at the very same 357MB size. Much like the Sprint update, this brings with it Samsung's Knox suite and of course, the coveted apps-to-SD ability that Europe got earlier on. The update is rolling out over-the-air now and, it's best to download over WiFI to keep that precious data allowance for more Cat Videos. This being AT&T, it's almost a sure bet that the bootloader is locked down here so, check beforehand if that's important to you.

Kyocera Torque to Join the Jelly Bean Club on Sprint



The rugged device from Sprint is about to get an internal upgrade with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. While that's not Android 4.2, it's a big boost for the Torque and will finally let people use Google Now. The update should be rolling out now but Sprint is saying it take a couple of weeks so you might not get it right away. It's worth remembering this is a large download so it's best to download over WiFi. In Sprint's own words, here's the minor changelog:

  • Improved keyboard with better predicative text
  • Google Nowâ„¢ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you're standing on the platform. Google Now can be accessed by launching the Googleâ„¢ app from the app tray.
  • Expandable, actionable notifications

Droid RAZR HD and HD MAXX Receiving Updates



So, the Droid RAZR HD and the MAXX variant are getting updates to  9.20.1 and 9.18.79, respectively. The updates are around 50MB in size and there's nothing too exciting found within, it's mostly security patches and stability fixes. The updates should be rolling out now but, remember that it could take a few weeks for it to reach everyone. The updates are listed in the image above and as you can see, this isn't the Android 4.2.2 update we were hoping for but, that is apparently still coming.

Sony Xperia ZL Update to 4.2.2 Available on Bell



It might have taken a while but, Sony and Bell are rolling out the update to Android 4.2.2, which brings the ZL into the very exclusive 4.2 club. The update includes some changes to the lockscreen and some other tweaks but, the star of the show is the update to Android 4.2.2. If you haven't gotten the update yet and are getting a little itchy then head on over to Bell.

Verizon's Galaxy S4 Gets Mysterious Update to Build VRUAME7



Why are we calling this update mysterious? Well, because the update isn't rolling out over the air and is only available through either Kies or Verizon's own PC-based updater. Not just that but, the update breaks existing root methods and locks the bootloader, thanks to Knox. Much like the Sprint and AT&T updates of the same, it also brings with it apps-to-SD support as well. If you're not interested in being rooted then go ahead and download it but, otherwise just stay away from this one until someone cracks it. Below is the full changelog from Verizon:


LG Optimus G Pro "Value Pack" Now Available


The Value Pack for the Optimus G pro is now available for AT&T users to download. The update comes in at 35MB and you must be on WiFi to download it. The software version will increase to "E98010k". The Value Pack adds such things as Smart Camera, Dual Camera and more. Take a look at the list below:

  • Smart Video intelligently recognizes the position of a user's eyes, automatically pausing the video when the user looks away and then restarting it once they resume active viewing.
  • Dual Camera, an extension of the Dual Recording feature, lets users simultaneously capture photos of the subject and the shooter using both the front and back cameras for a picture-in-picture composition, so both sides of an experience are snapped and saved.
  • Pause & Resume Recording allows user to pause video in record mode and then restart the recording to create one continuous video file. 
  • Magic Remote Pad is designed to work with LG Smart TVs released in 2012 and after, allowing for smoother, more intuitive navigation.
  • Text Keypad transforms LG Optimus G Pro into a convenient input device for LG Smart TVs.
  • The HomeButton LED now also gives users the ability to customize alerts as well as the LED color of notifications from their favorite contacts.
  • Additionally, users can now select from 800 color emoticons when texting or emailing.

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