Droid Updates Weekly 10/2 – 10/6: 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 Nougat. 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: 10/2 – 10/6

Monday 10.2

Google pushes October security patches to its devices

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Every month, Google pushes updates over-the-air to its Nexus and Pixel lineups of smartphones and tablets. Since their devices run stock/vanilla Android, they’re among the first the get updated. This monthly update includes only security patches, keeping you prone to future viruses. They’re sent directly from Google, with no need to pass through carriers. The update itself is a small package and makes no changes to the look and feel of your device, nor does it reset your phone. 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 before it hits all devices. Hit one of the links below for instructions on how to get started.

**Also receiving the update: Verizon Pixel models and Google Project Fi variants. 

Manual install: OTA Download, Factory Image Download, Android Security Bulletin

 

Tuesday 10.3

Verizon updates several of its Android smartphones with Blueborne 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.

**Devices receiving the Blueborne security patches include: Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Moto Z2 Force, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG V30, and LG V20. 

SOURCE Verizon [Moto Z2 Force][Galaxy S8] [Galaxy S8+] [Galaxy Note 5] [Galaxy S6] [Galaxy S6 Edge] [Galaxy S6 Edge+] [LG V30] [LG V20]

SOURCE [gotfrydm on Reddit]

 

Thursday 10.5

Verizon’s HTC Desire 530 is updated with Android 7.0 Nougat

This Android update brings your Android device up to Nougat, Google’s Android N software OS. 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 doze on the go, bundled notifications, split screen multitasking, enhanced security, new emojis, and a new Vulkan API for better overall graphics performance (select devices). 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 [HTC]

The Essential Phone is updated 

The Essential PH-1 picked up its second update this week over-the-air. Improved system performance and bug fixes are notable, as well as camera enhancements. With the update, the Essential PH-1 will take better photos in areas of low-light and shots captured in 360-degrees with the camera mod attachment. 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 [Essential]

 

Friday 10.6

AT&T starts pushing an update out to its LG V20 smartphones

AT&T LG V20 units are being updated over-the-air. Included are the Android security patches from August and some added features including AT&T HD Voice and LG’s own Wi-Fi Calling. 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 [AT&T]

**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 Google Services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and useful features. For shorter instances, he'll glance at his Huawei Watch. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.