Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Weekly Report – August 1st Edition



AT&T's Galaxy S III Finally Getting "Premium Suite"




While most users have been enjoying the Premium Suite update that Samsung sent out to Galaxy S IIIs earlier in the year, it seems AT&T have been in no rush. They say that good things come to those that wait, finally the update is rolling out on AT&T. It keeps things at Android 4.1.2 and brings the build number up to UCDMG2. It does bring with it the multi-window feature and some extras, so this is a decent update to say the least. It does probably plug a number of holes and will more than likely remove root access, so keep these things in mind. The update is rolling out now, and by August 7th AT&T will be sending SMS messages to those still without it. Here's the changelog:

  • Multi Window: You can open two different apps at the same time into two different windows on the mobile screen.
  • Auto Share Shot with NFC: By setting the camera to "Auto Share Shot" mode, you can quickly share your photos and videos by simply tapping their GALAXY S III with other NFC and S-Beam enabled devices
  • Camera features: Paper artist and best face options.
  • AT&T apps: AT&T services, Drive Mode, AT&T Locker; Family Map, Live TV, and SmartWifi have been loaded.
  • Other enhancements: Includes calendar, SD Card, and S-Voice enhancements.

AT&T Updates Pantech Discover to Jelly Bean




Sticking with AT&T and they have another little gem for us this week, the Pantech Discover is getting updated to Android 4.1.2. The Discover is hardly a great device but, it's a solid offering for just $50 on contract. The update is rolling out over the air and it might be a good idea to download it over WiFi. For more info head over to AT&T.

Chromecast Gets First Update; Not Much to See




For $35 you might not expect much but, with this being a Chrome device, updates are a given. It's not been on shelves long and it's already receiving its first update. Here's what the Chrome Releases blog had to say:

Today, we are pushing a bug fix update to Chromecast devices to improve performance, reliability and security. The update will roll out over the next few days and will happen automatically; users do not need to take any action.


For those interested, the update should leave your Chromecast at build number 12840 and we're sure there's another update on its way real soon. The Chrome Releases blog is a great place to keep an eye out for all Chrome updates – no matter the platform.

Sony Xperia Z, ZL and ZR firmware update Rolling Out to Improve Display and Camera Performance



It seems that Sony isn't done with being pretty good at updating their devices. There's a firmware update rolling out to a number of Sony devices carrying the build number of 10.3.1.A.0.244 and it seems to bring with it a number of improvements across the board. The update is for the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR handsets and so far is thought to contain the following:

  • Smoother Boot animation
  • Efficient RAM management, 1784 MB RAM available for usage
  • Home launcher is smoother, no lags here
  • Update Center has got a new UI
  • Album app taking a bit time to load pics ( even from UHS Class 10 card )
  • 3G Signal strength improved
  • Touch response is improved a lot
  • Sleep and Wake is a bit faster now
  • Camera Image quality in dark improved
  • Changes in car mode app
  • High resolution image is captured in normal mode with HDR off. ( Around 2.8 MB )
  • No screen flickering now
  • No unusual battery reading bug till now. Booted twice in between 30-20% battery and having no issues
  • Battery backup has increased

HTC One Receives Update on AT&T Enabling New LTE Bands



AT&T is rolling out an update that's around 245MB in size that enables support for LTE Bands 2 and 5 for improved coverage with the device. As AT&T continue to expand their network these updates might be a little more common. This update is nice and fresh and is apparently rolling out now. If we hear of any other changes besides radio and firmware we'll update the post!

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