Android OTA: Device Updates & Firmware Report – November 7th Edition



Amazon's Fire TV Gets Yet Another Update




The Fire TV is getting a nifty little update this week – to version – that allows you to play Tablet games using your gamepad on your TV. Which basically means you now have access to even more games on your Fire TV. There's a little more to this update and below is the full changelog:

"Play tablet games on Amazon Fire TV: You can now play tablet-style games on your Amazon Fire TV with an Amazon Fire Game Controller. Modified game controls allow for a much larger selection of games on Amazon Fire TV. To learn more, go to Play Games & Apps.


Guest Display Mirroring: Friends and family can now use their Fire phone, Fire HDX tablet, or Android device running 4.2 (Jelly Bean) or higher to display their screen and audio on Amazon Fire TV. The device doesn't have to be registered to the same Amazon account as the Amazon Fire TV. To learn more, go toUse Amazon Fire TV as a Display Mirroring Destination.

Use your Amazon Fire TV in another supported country: With Amazon Fire TV available in new countries, you can bring your Amazon Fire TV with you when you move or travel for extended periods. Currently only supported for U.S. to UK and UK to U.S. To learn more, go to Use Amazon Fire TV in a Different Country"

Sony Xperia T3 Update Rolls Out in Europe

Sony Xperia T3 Front and Back Press


One of Sony's less remarkable devices is getting a fairly routine update this week to software version 18.1.A.1.23, which is a very small change in the version numbers so don't go expecting anything huge. This appears to be an update to fix the reboot bug that some were experiencing on GSM networks. It seems as of right now, the update is rolling out in Greece, Croatia, Poland and Germany.

Fire OS 4 to Hit Older Kindle Fire Tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 -2



For those with older Kindle Fire or Fire HDX tablets running Amazon's Fire OS, version 4 is on its way to your tablet and should bring a number of fresh features to your device. It adds a new immersive mode found in Android 4.4 KitKat, which allows apps and games to go full screen and overall this is just another refinement of the Kindle Fire's software. The software version is Fire OS 4.1.1 and you should get the update pushed to your device very soon. For more information about Fire OS 4 "Sangria" take a look at Amazon's site here.

Android 4.4.4 Rolling Out to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet




As we covered earlier in the week, Sony have rolled out their Android 4.4.4 update to the Xperia Z2 line with the software number of 23.0.1.A.0.167. This update features a slew of new Xperia Z3 features, including tuned presets for a number of different Sony headphones as well as PS4 Remote Play. It's a great update to have and practically turns an Xperia Z2 into a Z3, so read more about it here. Sadly, this one requires the PC Companion to install.



NVIDIA's original foray into the portable console game is nearing its hundredth update this week, with the 408MB Update 99 improving a handful of things. The headlining feature here is the inclusion of a fix for excessive battery drain while idle. Otherwise though, this plugs some holes and just keeps things ticking along nicely. Here's the full changelog:


Improves battery drain when SHIELD portable lid is closed
Updates the latest SHIELD hub app available on Google Play Store
Fixes a bug that does not allow videos to be played from Facebook, using Browser or Chrome, or on the YouTube app
Fixes a bug to enable support for 4K content in Console Mode

OUYA Gets Big "Chickcharney" Update




If you're still using your OUYA, you'll be happy to see that another trademark update is here and yes, it's another biggie. Dubbed "Chickcharney". This update is all about bringing the community closer together and while there's also a slew of bugfixes as well, this is mostly about introducing new features and that sort of thing. Below is the changelog and the blog post is here.

We've added support for "Community Content".
This feature will allow games to upload content that YOU create, so we can feature it in DISCOVER.
As games take advantage of this new feature, you'll start to see content created by gamers featured in DISCOVER and on the Home screen.
BattleRoom and a DUCK GAME update are both coming soon – and will utilize this new feature.
Developers will get full details on how to integrate with Community Content in a Dev newsletter.
We now support Bundles, so check out our first bundle of ChoplifterHD and The Bard's Tale from inXile! More bundles to follow…
The OUYA interface has undergone an under-the-hood revamp with some over-the-hood touches.
Scrolling in DISCOVER is a much smoother experience now.
You'll notice some animation improvements throughout the OUYA experience. We've taken some time to add little touches of polish that we hope you all enjoy.
Loading times have been slightly improved across the board.
Check the OUYA Presents video series in DISCOVER!
Bob will take you through some of the awesome games OUYA has to offer – complete with PROTIPS and silliness.
We've already got over a dozen videos to check out, with new ones added each week.
Fixed an issue where exiting a game wasn't returning to the set default launcher
Limited the number of downloads in the queue to 10 – this fixes a few bugs that could occur with large numbers of queued downloads.
Fixed an issue on the pairing screen where the incorrect number of connected controller would display.
Patched a few Android security issues related to the Masterkey vulnerability.
The usual misc bug fixes.

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