Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Report - August 22nd Edition

 

HTC One (M8) Gets Android 4.4.3 Update on T-Mobile

 

There's a version bump hitting T-Mobile's HTC One (M8) this week and it brings the latest member of the One family up to Android 4.4.3. It's a sizable update at 582MB or so in size, but doesn't bring with it much more than the usual bug fixes and optimizations to WiFi, Bluetooth and that sort of thing. The version number for this update is 2.22.531.5 and it's pretty much the same update that people have been seeing over in Europe, but no less nice to see hit T-Mobile over here.

Amazon's Fire Phone Gets Its First OTA Update

 

Amazon's Fire Phone has been given its first OTA update this past week and it brings with it a number of new features. When we reviewed the Fire Phone we weren't entirely happy with the overall experience, but it looks like Amazon is trying to improve things with the FireOS 3.5.1 update. If you've yet to receive the update, you can head on over to your system settings and head into the 'device' options to install the update. As for those new features? Get the skinny from Amazon themselves right here.

Sony Brings Android 4.4 KitKat to the Xperia M2 and M2 Dual

Even though Sony have just gone and announced a waterproof version of the Xperia M2, if you're rocking the original or the dual SIM version, you'll be happy to see KitKat hit your device. Sony might have taken their time bringing KitKat to their devices, but at least they've got it out and this update brings a little bit of the PS4 to the M2 along with a slew of other updates and fixes. For those with an M2, head on over to Sony for the full changelog.

HTC One Max Finally Gets Sense 6 on Verizon

Ah yes, the One Max, the sort of forgotten member of the One family. It's sad really, the One Max seems to be the one device HTC isn't going to update with a new version. Still, they've not completely forgotten about their largest member of the family and Verizon is finally giving it the Sense 6 update. Big Red have taken their sweet time with this one, but the One Max is finally getting the same sort of software features as the M8 with the update to software version 3.09.605.2 which clocks in at over at 600MB. It's mostly UI tweaks here and there, but the big change will be with BlinkFeed, which is much more flexible and easier to tame with Sense 6.

AT&T Give the Galaxy S4 Mini KitKat

The Galaxy S4 Mini might not have been the best smartphone of 2014, but it was a decent enough offering for most and now it's getting a little better with the update to Android 4.4 KitKat at long last. The version number you'll be looking for is I257UCU2BNG4 and while Samsung have updated their support page, there's not much known about this update. That's more than likely because these didn't sell all that well, but you should expect an update similar to other Samsung updates, small changes to the lockscreen and mostly under-the-hood stuff.

Moto X Android 4.4.4 Rollout Starts in the UK

 

Across the pond in the UK, the XT1052 version of the Moto X is getting the update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which isn't as big a deal as it sounds. The update brings with it some bug fixes from Motorola's end and brings the stock Android dialer in from Google's end to make up a very short and sweet update, but an update it is nonetheless.

OnePlus One Gets Update to 33R

 

The OnePlus One is a great device, but it's not been without its issues and one of them seems to be a problem with the multi-touch digitizer on the device, which 33R hopes to fix, or at least alleviate. As we covered earlier on, the issue isn't completely fixed, but it does seem to be better when running the new 33R release which also comes with a radio and some other changes too.

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