Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Report – August 29th Edition



Small Galaxy S5 Active Update Adds Very Little




The Galaxy S5 Active hasn't been out for long, but AT&T and Samsung are already rolling out an update to the rugged device. Released in the week, the new version number is G870AUCU1ANG3 and all it does is fix a few bugs and tightens some loose bolts. This isn't an update to Android 4.4.4, which you'll have to wait for the original Galaxy S5 to get before things start rolling down to the Active. You can take a look at the full changelog from Samsung. 

Sprint Gives the Moto X Android 4.4.4




In an unsurprising turn of events, Sprint appears to be one of the last carriers to bring Android 4.4.4 to the Moto X, something that other versions got weeks and weeks ago. Still, it's nice to the update nonetheless. This update comes with everything you can expect from Android 4.4.4 like a tweaked dialer design as well as some big fixes from Motorola. You can take a look at Moto's site for more info here.

HTC One Mini Gets Sense 6 on AT&T




The original One Mini is getting updated to Sense 6 this week thanks to a sizable 550MB update to software version 4.13.502.3 CL363807. This update brings the original One Mini in line with the software found on the M8 and the One Mini 2 (or the HTC One Remix on Verizon) and it also comes with some bug fixes and the usual. For a full like, take a look at AT&T's support page.

Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One (M8)s Get GPS Update

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If you're using an unlocked HTC One (M8) or a developer edition, then you'll be getting – or have already gotten – a small update that improves GPS performance. That's all the changelog says and the new software version, 2.22.1540.4, is but a mere 40MB download away.

T-Mobile Give the Galaxy S5 "Performance Improvements"



A small 80MB update has been pushed out from T-Mobile and Samsung to the Galaxy S5, and if you were expecting a changelog, be disappointed. All that the update is listed as doing is improving performance, G900TUVU1BNG4 is the new version number and that's all she wrote.

HTC and AT&T Halt Android 4.4.3 Update to HTC One (M8)


Recently, the update to Android 4.4.3 started to hit HTC One (M8) devices on AT&T's network, with a host of app updates and the usual sort of app updates. However, since then HTC has stopped rolling out the update following reports of excessive battery drain. The update may well resume soon and a further update to those already on the new software build is more than likely.


Sprint Bring International WiFi Calling to the Galaxy S4





In a somewhat confusing update, users with a Galaxy S4 on Sprint that supports their Spark network, will be able to use WiFi Calling to call the United States, the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico when traveling in over 100 countries for no extra charge. It's a nice update, but it's a shame that a fairly niche device can actually use it, the Galaxy S4 with Spark is perhaps not the most used device on the network and we'd like to see this on more phones shortly. For more info in the meantime though, head on over to Sprint's website.

NVIDIA's Shield Tablet Gets First OTA

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The SHIELD tablet from NVIDIA is getting its first OTA this week to V1.1 and with it comes the usual sort of enhancements and improvements. Below is everything that gets a work over in the update:

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements


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