Droid Updates Weekly 2/6 – 2/10: Which Android devices received updates this week?

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Our guess is that most of you have a smartphone if you’re ready 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 N. 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: 2/6 – 2/10

Monday 2.6

Unlocked Moto Z units are getting 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.’

SOURCE [TechDroider]

Huawei Mate 9 units are updated over-the-air

An update is arriving on Huawei Mate 9 units that brings 10x zoom to the device’s rear camera. The build number for the update is MHA-L29C636B158. The update comes in a small-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 [XDA-Developers]

Google pushes February 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.

*Verizon Nexus 6 and Pixel model owners are also receiving the update!

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

 

Tuesday 2.7

Unlocked Moto Z Play units receive 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.’

SOURCE [TechDroider]

ZTE Axon 7 units are treated to 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.’

**The update bring support for Google’s Daydream VR platform

SOURCE XDA-Developers [1] [2]

 

Wednesday 2.8

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Tablet K1 get Android 7.0 Nougat and a slew of new features 

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 NVIDIA [SHIELD] [SHIELD K1]

 

Thursday 2.9

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 3 and Desire 626s are all updated with their first-ever security patches

Like Google, T-Mobile, Samsung and HTC push monthly updates over-the-air to some of their 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 T-Mobile [Galaxy S4] [Galaxy Tab 3] [Desire 626s]

OnePlus 3T updated to OxygenOS 4.0.3 

OnePlus 3T units are being updated to OxygenOS 4.0.3. Included in the update are several fixes to known issues including frequent Wi-Fi disconnections. Also new are some touches made throughout the interface. Some include, an added Wi-Fi IPv6 Support toggle, a better optimized Smart Wi-Fi Switcher, fixed crashes for Line, increased stability of the Camera app, optimized exposure for night-time photos, updated audio parameters, improved quality of audio recordings, and updated APN settings for select carriers. We should also make note that the Amazon Prime App will now come pre-installed for Indian users. 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 [OnePlus Forums]

 

Friday 2.10

Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 arrive on Huawei’s Honor 8 
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.’

**Also included in the update is EMUI 5.0, the latest version of Huawei’s skin on top of Android. 

SOURCE [ZDNet]

Google updates Pixel and select Nexus devices with ‘Instant Tethering’ 

Google is rolling out an update over-the-air to some of its Nexus devices and Pixel. New is just one feature, the addition of ‘Instant Tethering’. This feature allows for easy sharing of a data connection between two devices signed into the same Google account. In other words, one device can be given internet access from another you’re logged into. Essentially, it’s a mobile hotspot but over bluetooth. The functionality may or may not be restricted by one’s network carrier. If you have the below listed compatible hardware, and your cellular carrier permits it, you’ll be able to find the feature in settings under ‘Google’ and ‘Instant Tethering’ upon updating. The update itself is small 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. 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.

**Compatible sharing devices include the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. Compatible receiving devices include the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, or Nexus 9. Sharing devices must be running Android 7.0 or higher, while receiving devices must be running Android 6.0 or higher. 

SOURCE [Google Support]
VIA [Google Groups]

**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.