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Earlier, HTC had already released the Marshmallow update for all unlocked versions of the One A9 and now the same is being done for the Sprint versions. It seems like HTC is pretty serious about keeping the One A9 updated with the latest and greatest, not that anyone is complaining!


Users will be able to download and apply software package version 1.57.651.1 OTA, which will bring the awaited Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 to the Sprint One A9. This will add new features to the camera and make the battery last longer, and of course, there will be a lot of new emojis! Users will particularly appreciate the inclusion of native Wi-Fi calling that will now be supported by the One A9 without the need to download a third party software. One can expect a host of other micro improvements and addition of new features, much in the same way we saw with the unlocked One A9.


If you own one of Sprint's HTC One A9s and you are wondering why the update has not yet reached your phone, let us assure you that it is coming. All OTA updates are released in stages. What this means is that some devices may get the update before others, but all of them will be updated in a span of few days. If you cannot wait for a day or two, it is possible to download the RUU file (1.86GB) and flash the ROM by connecting your device with your PC. However, you will need HTC Sync manager to complete the process.


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If you have a recent (more or less) Nexus device and you had enrolled your device for the Android Beta Program, we have good news for you because Android N Developer Preview 2 is now available for you to download via OTA. Alternately, you can also download the package and flash it manually if you know what you are doing. Google had promised that there would be five monthly updates to the developer preview before its final release in September this year and so far, they are right on schedule.


If your device isn't a Nexus however, you will probably have to wait for quite a while to get your first taste of Android N 7.0, because the official release date for the OS is set in September 2016. Add to that the amount of time the manufacturing company will take to develop its own compatible version for your smartphone model and we are looking at at least a month before one can expect an Android 7.0 update for a non-nexus device.


Sony customers might feel a bit more optimistic here as the Japanese company did release a preview of Android M 6.0 for a few of their smartphones in 2015. If you are a Samsung user, the chances of Samsung changing its poor record of late releases is not very good. On the positive side, their software department is indeed doing a good job these days, so maybe they will break the record this year. We will have to wait and see but experts estimate that Android N will come to Samsung devices in February or March 2017.


The Huawei Mate 9 could be running Android 7.0 right out of the box as soon as Google releases the OS in September. Lenovo Moto series of smartphones will be among the first to receive the updates as has always been the case; experts speculate that Moto smartphones will be running Android N by December 2016. One cannot underestimate HTC either these days as they had shown when the One A9 and One M9 got updated to Android marshmallow by December last year. If you are a HTC user, you will probably see the latest iteration of Android on your smartphone by end of December, this year.

 



Originally scheduled to be released on December 6, the first update file to Android 7.1.1 Nougat is already being rolled out by Google to a very specific smartphone; the General Mobile 4G. We are surprised that instead of the Pixel or the Pixel XL, it was the General Mobile 4G (Turkey) that received the update first.


The file contains the latest Android SMR patches right up to the month of December. Since there have been no announcement or post from Google about this yet, we are not entirely sure about all the details as of now. Nevertheless, the screenshot you see below was taken of a General Mobile 4G phone, which shows us that the update will be a 240.6MB download. Keep in mind that the files will greatly differ in size, depending on the model concerned. For example, Vodafone Australia had earlier declared some details about the upcoming Nougat 7.1.1 upgrade for the Nexus 6P and that was a 650MB OTA download.



Other devices that are scheduled to get upgraded to Android 7.1.1 directly from Google are the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.


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If you own a Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo and you just got prompted for updating your device, get ready to welcome Android M onto your smartphone. Unlike previous years, when users were used to Samsung forgetting the cheaper or older or less popular devices within a very short time, 2016 has been quite a revolution for both the company and its customers in terms of updates. It is once again our pleasure (Courtesy of GSM Arena) to inform that Samsung has now released Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 for the Galaxy S5 Neo in Austria, Germany, Greece, Holland and the UK. It is speculated that the rest of the neighbouring countries will also receive the same within a short period of time.


After you download and install the update on your S5 Neo (preferably via Wi-Fi), your phone's build number should change to G903FXXU1BPD4 and the base Android version should now show Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Popular features like the battery saving Doze mode, Google Now on Tap, individual app permission customization and many others should all be accessible after the upgrade.


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The February security update has started to hit the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 just recently. As always, it's good to see Samsung supporting a device that's almost three years old. Although the device is probably never going to see Android Nougat (at least not officially anyway), the security update is proof that Samsung has not yet forgotten the tablet.


The firmware version of the update is T705CZCU1CQB3 and just in case you have not yet received it, check for it manually from Settings > About phone > Software update. Even if you don't see it right away, you will in a week or so for sure. In the meanwhile, head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your smartphones. We also have a daily update system on our site through which you are alerted about every update that springs up for manual flashing. In case you do not know how to use Odin3 and flash custom ROM updates, go through the tutorial here.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Finally, as we almost near the end of the month, the April security patch for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have finally arrived for Verizon users. The software version is NRD90M.G930VVRU4BQC5 and along with the Android Security Maintenance Release for the month, it also adds a few custom changes from the carrier and the manufacturer as well.



Users of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on Verizon will now be able to use Verizon's One Talk feature, which had been missing from the two handsets up until now. In case you are not aware what the One Talk feature is exactly; it basically allows a user to connect his/her mobile and office device to one registered Verizon number. You will also find Knox Mobile Security as an option on your device after the update. Reportedly, it updates the Amazon shopping application on the two devices to v8.1.1 as well.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy A5 (2017) has just started to receive the latest security patch from Samsung in Europe. As it is the case with all Android smartphones that will be receiving the patch, the May Security Maintenance Release addresses 54 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) on the smartphone. Additionally, 11 more patches from Samsung's end will also be making their way onto the A5 (2017) with the OTA update.


The standard sized 155MB update comes in the form of firmware version A520FXXU1AQE2 and should be released in other regions within the next few weeks. If you are in Europe however, the update could be hitting your device anytime now. You can always check from Settings > About device > Software updates like we always mention, but it's not really necessary, given that the prompts are usually instant and automatic nowadays.


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.



The month might almost be over, but it isn't over just yet. So, in a way Samsung is on time with the May security update for the Note 4 and Note Edge. As per the source, the update is only available to European users right now, but it's only a matter of time (which hopefully won't be too long) before the same goes live in all regions. This news concerns only the unlocked versions, so if you have one of these two handsets on a carrier contract, you will have to check with your carrier for details about the SMR.


The Galaxy Note 4 is being upgraded to firmware version N910FXXU1DQE2 and the curved Note Edge will be receiving its update with firmware version N915FYXXS1DQE1. There isn't much to say about the May security update than the fact that it addresses 54 Android vulnerabilities and bugs this month. Samsung has bundled in its own set of 11 fixes with the OTA update as well. Let us know if you see anything new.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


 



It might already be July but Samsung is still in the process of rolling out last month's security update to many of its lower end smartphones. As per the latest report, the June security update is currently being rolled out to the Galaxy Xcover 4 in the European Region via OTA. Although you probably know already, it's worth mentioning that this includes the original Android June SMR update from Google which contains fixes and patches for 96 bugs and loopholes, in addition to the Galaxy patch by Samsung which contains 23 exclusive patches for all Galaxy branded smartphones.


If you are in the European region, you should see firmware version G390FXXU1AQF8 landing on your Galaxy Xcover 4 anytime now. If you are not in Europe however, we are not sure when you are going to get the update as the handset was released exclusively in that region as far as I know. In case you already have the update on your phone, let us know in the comments about it.


Via: SamMobile


Head over to our firmware section

to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Right on the heels of the Galaxy A7 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) has also started to receive the much awaited Nougat 7.0 update. As the Galaxy A3 (2017) is receiving the same update as well, this one marks the end of Samsung' Nougat roll out for the latest Galaxy A 2017 series for now. However, not all regions receive updates at the same time, so it will still be a few weeks before all of the devices get updated to the Nougat OS.


We are not sure which regions apart from Russia are receiving the update as of now, but you can help us with that by informing us about it in the comments section, provided you already have received the update for your Galaxy A5 (2017). In case you haven't you can keep checking manually from the settings menu or just wait till the notification pops up; either way, you will most surely be getting this one, sooner or later.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We know that the Galaxy S5 is an old device now and its users are probably lucky that they are still getting the monthly patches, but it still feels odd to report a handset getting security patches for the last month! I mean, wouldn't it be better if they just released bi-monthly updates for these older devices on time, rather than rolling each month's update out so late?


It was expected that the S5 would be getting the update though, given that it continues to remain the most popular Samsung handset in the country. G900VVRU2DQH2 is the version of the firmware that's rolling out to Verizon users, so if you are on Verizon and you still use the Galaxy S5, do check to see if it has arrived for you handset yet. When it does arrive, it will bring fix 12 vulnerabilities found on most Samsung smartphones and Google's own patches to 28 vulnerabilities in the underlying Android OS.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The situation is a bit confusing now because Samsung has likely already provided the necessary patches to take care of the infamous BlueBorne vulnerability, but an app on the Play Store which checks your device to see if it is still vulnerable is clearly showing that the Note 8 is not yet safe. Why is this happening you may ask? The answer is quite simple really! Samsung patched the BlueBorne security gap on their own with the August patch itself, while the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app only marks Android phones with the September patch as "safe."


As you can imagine, this should actually be an epic win for Samsung, but as fate would have it, the Note 8 is receiving negative publicity because of it! The truth is that Samsung managed to patch a major flaw in the OS even before Google did it and that deserves some applause! The bottom line is that if you own a Galaxy Note 8, you should rest easy because as far as the software side is concerned, Samsung has you covered for now. Given my recent experience, I am not so sure about the hardware part though!


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We reported yesterday that the Note 8 had started receiving this month's security update and now another one of Samsung's Note devices are up on the list for the same. The Galaxy Note 5 is still one of the best Note devices in Samsung's arsenal and firmware version N920CXXS4CRA1 is all set to make it more secure than ever before.


In case you are wondering which regions are getting the update, it's a mouthful! Nevertheless, they happen to be mostly African and Middle-Eastern countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, etc. The only South Asian country reported to get the January security update for the Galaxy Note 5 (SM-920C) is Pakistan. Wherever you are though, if the update is released in your region, you should be getting a prompt anytime now.


The update will fix six critical Android OS related security issues and multiple other less threatening vulnerabilities in the OS. As always, Samsung has also bundled in some of their own fixes, which happens to be 13 at the moment. Do check out today's daily firmware updates list if you want to manually flash the update without having to wait for the OTA push.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The latest Galaxy A8+ (2018) might be a new device but Samsung isn't holding out on the updates, at least not in India. In fact, Samsung India deserves some applause for their effort in updating a device that has hardly been out for a week or two. The device had already received its January security update, so this would be its second update, although this one isn't the February security patch like one would think.


This is the same security update that arrived for the Galaxy Note 8 yesterday, which means it is very likely that this update will secure the A8+ against Meltdown and Spectre. It's a decent sized file at 114MB and carries the firmware version A730FXXU1ARAC. Although the changelog doesn't really specify anything in particular, do let us know if you notice something that we missed. In any case, we recommend that you download the update and install it as soon as it becomes available for you because this seems very important.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 



All Samsung phones carrying the tag "Neo" are exclusive to the company's Latin American markets, so this news will only be relevant to that region only. So, if you happen to live in a country that saw the Neo series being releaed there and you have a Galaxy J7 Neo, it's time to check for an update that's either already waiting for you, or is about to land on your phone any minute now. The model number on your phone should be SM-J701M, so check for that, in case you are not sure what your model's nick name was. The firmware on the other hand, should come in the form of version J701MUBU3ARC1.


When the news had originally surfaced, the update was being rolled out to the mid-ranger in Peru, but by now, it would be surprising if users in a few other nearby countries have not yet started receiving the same update as well. Just in case you don't know already, the March security update brings fixes for nine critical vulnerabilities in the base Android OS from Google and five of Samsung's own fixes for the month.


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)




The March security update has actually been rolled out by Samsung much faster this month, especially compared to the last few months. This time it is time for the Galaxy J3 (2017) to receive the March security update in Italy, so if you have the phone, do check to see if firmware version J330FNXXU3ARC1 has made its way onto your notification bar. Even if you are not in Italy, there's a good chance that by the time you finish reading this, Samsung has already started rolling the OTA package in some other regions as well. This update should take care of five Samsung UI related issues and all of the multiple vulnerabilities shared by every Android device.


While a lot of people tend to complain when the low and mid-range smartphone models from the company's arsenal receive security updates before the more expensive ones, we think it's actually a good move by Samsung that shows they do care about all their handsets (at least up to an extent anyway!).


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Contrary to previous routines, Samsung had been quite benevolent with the Galaxy S8/S8+ unlocked version in the US because the unlocked versions got the update before all carrier variants this year. Normally, that would be the natural course of things in other regions, but that has not been the case in the United States lately. Finally, it's time for you to receive some Oreo goodness for your S8/S8+, if you happen to own any of the two handsets on AT&T.


Firmware version G950USQU2CRB9 for the Galaxy S8 and G955USQU2CRB9 for the Galaxy S8+ are being rolled out for the two devices on AT&T and it shouldn't be long before you are prompted to update your device, if you have not been prompted yet. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with the March security patch, but only the security update from last month.


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We are about to enter the last week of March, but the month is not over yet, so you should be glad to know that Samsung is now rolling out the March security update to the Galaxy S8+. As of now, reports indicate that the rollout is being carried out in Germany for the unlocked variants, but it wouldn't be surprising if the update is waiting for you, even if you don't live in Germany. Once these updates start to roll out in one region, they don't take too much time in appearing in all the other regions as well. The US and China has a slightly different time schedule though.


In case you are not aware what you are going to get with the patch, go through the following.


·         9 critical vulnerabilities will be addressed in the base Android OS

·         Multiple less severe vulnerabilities in the base Android OS will also be addressed

·         The patch will include 5 of Samsung's own fixes

·         The firmware in question carries version number G955FXXU1CRC7


If you have a Galaxy S8, we are expecting the same update to hit the device any day now.


Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Can you guess which device we are talking about? Well, you don't have to because we will tell you! The Galaxy J3 (2017) has started to receive the security update for April in Netherlands and Luxembourg, but we wouldn't be surprised if certain other European countries have also begun to receive the patch by the time you get around to reading this. While Samsung has been pretty much on time recently with the monthly security updates, it's still March, so it's actually very surprising to see the April security patch arrive for the Galaxy J3 (2017) so early!


In fact, this makes the Galaxy J3 (2017) not only the first smartphone in Samsung's arsenal to receive the update, but the first phone till date from any OEM to receive the April patch! That includes the Google Pixel phones as well and they are always the first devices to get the monthly patch. Furthermore, Google themselves have not detailed the April security patch yet, so nobody has any idea what this patch contains and protects against!


Via: SamMobile


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although Samsung has already started releasing the April security update to one of its low-end handsets even before Google's official declaration of the patch, not all of Samsung's handsets have been updated with the patch for this month yet. Nevertheless, the company is steadily doing so and the Galaxy C7 Pro, Galaxy A8+ (2018) and the Galaxy S7 Edge were the latest models to receive the update.

 

If you own a Galaxy S7 Edge in Europe, you should see firmware version G935FXXS2DRC3 make its way onto your phone anytime now. Since the Galaxy C7 Pro was released only to very limited markets, India has been reported to be the only nation as of now to get the same patch in the form of firmware version C701FDDU1BRC2. Strangely enough, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) is not being updated as regularly as its smaller counterpart, aka the Galaxy A8 (2018). Nevertheless, the model is now receiving firmware version A730FXXU2ARC9 with the March security update in Russia and Uzbekistan.

 

Check out our firmware section to find all the latest updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



We are nearing the end of the month's third week, but Samsung has only just started rolling out this month's updates to its arsenal of eligible smartphones. The latest names on that list are those of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy J7 pro and the Galaxy A9 Star Lite, which are receiving the June patch in USA, India and China respectively.


In case you own a Galaxy A6 or A6+, expect the same update to start hitting the two models very soon as well. The thing is that the Galaxy A9 Star Lite is the rebranded Chinese version of the Galaxy A6+ and that means the update for the A6+ should go live any day now. The more interesting question is, where is the June security patch for the Galaxy S9 and S9+? In spite of being the latest flagship smartphones in the company's arsenal, Samsung has not been very regular or prompt with updating the two devices and that is raising some questions. On the other hand, this also shows that Samsung does not restrict security patches from rolling out to low - mid range phones, just because the same for the more expensive devices are not yet ready.


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