Droid Updates Weekly 1/22 – 1/26: Which Android devices were updated this week?

Our guess is that most of you have a smartphone if you’re reading this. Being smartphone owners ourselves, we’re always interested in knowing when a smartphone gets updated. Wouldn’t it be convenient to have this all in one place? That’s why we created our ‘Droid Updates’ Weekly Series.

Once per week, we’ll give you a list of notable Android devices that received updates over the course of seven days. This can be anything from a minor carrier update, a security patch update, or a major system overhaul like Android Oreo. We’ll give you an idea of when to expect the update as well as what’s new in that particular update. Access our ‘Droid Updates’ Weekly Series from the main menu or search “Droid Updates.”

Droid Updates Weekly: 1/22 – 1/26

Monday 1.22

Sprint rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo to its HTC U 11 

This Android update brings your Android device up to Oreo, Google’s Android O software. The update is a major overhaul that brings design changes and a bevy of new features. The update may also include changes made by the manufacturer and/or carrier that change the appearance and add or remove features. Some of the major additions from Google include new notifications, performance and battery improvements by further restricting background data, picture-in-picture mode, new adaptive icons, and system-wide auto-fill. The update itself is a large package, but will make no changes to your personal settings, nor will it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as apps may no longer support the older version for your device as time proceeds. You may also not receive future security patch updates, which are very important in maintaining the highest level of security. You can try triggering the update in your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [Mo Versi on Twitter]

Honor 8 update adds new features

Honor 8 smartphones are being updated over-the-air with new features. One new feature is a 3D panorama mode that has been added to the Camera app. Another new feature is the addition of a recycle bin in the gallery app, for restoring images that are less than 30 days old. Additionally, there’s a new security procedure that requires phone owners to enter their unlock screen pattern or password every three days. There’s also a new split-screen key for entering the split-screen mode, and a handful of performance-based optimizations. The update comes in a medium-sized package and will not reset your device. It typically takes around a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’

*Also included are new Android security patches (month unknown). 

SOURCE [Hi Cloud XML File]
VIA [The Android Soul]

Huawei P9 smartphones are getting an update over-the-air. Included are usual performance and stability improvements, as well as a few new features. Two new features are in the camera app, which are the company’s ‘Highlights’ and ‘Moving picture’ features. The update also adds the ability of users to search for images in the Gallery app using keywords such as a location, date or album name. Also present is a new feature, if you enable it in settings, that will prompt users to automatically install downloaded system updates. The update comes in a medium-sized package and will not reset your device. It typically takes around a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’

SOURCE [Hi Cloud XML File]
VIA [The Android Soul]

 

Tuesday 1.23

The AT&T BlackBerry KEYone is being updated with Android’s January security patches 

BlackBerry and various Android manufacturers push monthly updates over-the-air to some smartphones and tablets. This monthly update includes security patches, keeping you prone from viruses. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look or feel of your device, nor does it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can for your own safety. This typically takes a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [AT&T]

Android’s January security patches are now arriving on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8

Samsung and various Android manufacturers push monthly updates over-the-air to some smartphones and tablets. This monthly update includes security patches, keeping you prone from viruses. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look or feel of your device, nor does it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can for your own safety. This typically takes a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [Samsung]

 

Wednesday 1.24

Moto X4 units in the US are now receiving Android 8.0 Oreo 

This Android update brings your Android device up to Oreo, Google’s Android O software. The update is a major overhaul that brings design changes and a bevy of new features. The update may also include changes made by the manufacturer and/or carrier that change the appearance and add or remove features. Some of the major additions from Google include new notifications, performance and battery improvements by further restricting background data, picture-in-picture mode, new adaptive icons, and system-wide auto-fill. The update itself is a large package, but will make no changes to your personal settings, nor will it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as apps may no longer support the older version for your device as time proceeds. You may also not receive future security patch updates, which are very important in maintaining the highest level of security. You can try triggering the update in your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [Lenovo Forums]

 

Thursday 1.25

Verizon LG V30 is updated

The Verizon LG V30 is being sent an update over-the-air containing Android’s December, 2017 security patches and a few user interface tweaks. Included is a new wireless charging indicator as well as an improved HD Voice call screen. Lastly, the button layout when editing the  home screen has changed as the buttons now appear in a different order. The update comes in a medium-sized package and will not reset your device. It typically takes around a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [Verizon]

A handful of Verizon devices are updated with Android’s January security patches

Verizon and various Android manufacturers push monthly updates over-the-air to some smartphones and tablets. This monthly update includes security patches, keeping you prone from viruses. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look or feel of your device, nor does it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend downloading and installing it as soon as you can for your own safety. This typically takes a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’ For further installation instructions and details on what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

**The update is for the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and LG G5. 

SOURCE Verizon [Galaxy S7] [Galaxy S7 Edge] [LG G5] [Galaxy S6] [Galaxy Note 5] [Galaxy S6 Edge+] [Galaxy S6 Edge]

 

Friday 1.26

Huawei’s Honor V10 has been updated 

Huawei’s Honor V10 is being updated. New is a ‘Party Mode’ that when enabled, allows multiple Honor V10 smartphones to connect via NFC and play music at the same time. Huawei has also further optimized the sensitivity of the screen when taking a screenshot, or recording a video. The new update also brings usual improvements to system stability. The update comes in a medium-sized package and will not reset your device. It typically takes around a week to reach all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’

SOURCE [Hi Cloud XML File]
VIA [Phone Arena]

**Friendly reminder: Our recommendation is that you charge your battery first and connect to a nearby Wi-Fi network prior to getting started with any updates!

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.