Android OTA: Device Updates Weekly - Oct 2nd, 2015 Edition

Alcatel Roll Out Update for 5.5-inch Idol 3

The Idol 3 from Alcatel is an unsung hero of mid-range Android hardware, and the larger 5.5-inch version has recently got an update. This brings the software up to version 7SRA- UEA2 and brings with it a handful of software updates and changes, such as a general performance increase, some app fixes to the Facebook and camera app and more.

T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Get Lollipop Updates

It's been a long time coming, but Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is getting an update on T-Mobile to Android 5.0, or at least that's what their official line is, it appears that software version P607TUVUBOI2 is actually Android 5.1.1, according to user reports. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 4, the 8.0-inch variant, is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop as well, but there's no confirmation on whether this is indeed 5.0 or 5.1.1, but the info is here from T-Mobile.

New Firmware for Verizon's Xperia Z3v Appears

The Xperia Z3v is a rare breed of Sony device, what with it being available on Verizon in the US, but it follows a similar - yet slower - update path from Sony. Now, a new build - 23.1.D.0.509 - has appeared online. This is a leaked build of Android 5.0.2 for the device, and those interested can download it from Xperia Blog here.

Huawei's Honor 6 and 6+ Get Android 5.1.1 in Europe

While the Honor brand started out as a Chinese-only brand, they'r enow readily available in Europe. One thing that European customers will be expecting however is speedier updates, and with the arrival of Android 5.1.1 things might be changing in this regard. The update also includes the EMUI 3.1 skin and better WiFi performance apparently, so there's plenty to download here.

Android 5.1.1 Hits Xperia M2 and M2 Aqua

The Xperia M2 and M2 Aqua were released last year, and represent a sort of cut-down version of Sony's Xperia Z line, without breaking the bank. Now, they're getting updated to Android 5.1.1 and those interested can read more from the official Sony blog.

HTC Teases Phones Eligible for Marshmallow Update

Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced earlier this week in its final form, and will be rolled out to Nexus devices and the AOSP starting October 5th, but HTC is getting in quick. The above devices will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and while only the One M8 and M9 have any sort of time frame, we don't think HTC can afford to drag their feet here. Not only are they not doing well in sales, but they've made a bold statement with this quick announcement as it is.

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