Droid Updates Weekly 4/16 – 4/20: 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: 4/16 – 4/20

Monday 4.16

Razer Phone updated straight to Android 8.1

The Razer Phone is now being updated to Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo software. The handset has been updated straight from Nougat, and is now receiving Google’s MR1 release. Included are most of Google’s Android 8.1 features including bug fixes, stability improvements, better battery, interface tweaks, changes to notification sounds, a new Oreo cookie Easter egg, automatically changing light and dark themes, a search bar in settings, Bluetooth device battery levels, new fonts, a redesigned power menu, and revised emojis. 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 [Razer on Twitter]

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T updated from Android 8.0 to Android 8.1 Oreo

The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are now being updated to Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo software. The handsets have been updated from Android 8.0, and are now receiving Google’s MR1 release. Included are most of Google’s Android 8.1 features including bug fixes, stability improvements, better battery, interface tweaks, changes to notification sounds, a new Oreo cookie Easter egg, automatically changing light and dark themes, a search bar in settings, Bluetooth device battery levels, new fonts, a redesigned power menu, and revised emojis. 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.

*Also included are the April Android security patches. 

SOURCE [OnePlus Forums]

 

Tuesday 4.17

Sprint’s BlackBerry KEYone is updated with Android’s March 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.’

SOURCE [Crackberry]

 

Thursday 4.19

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is updated with Android’s April security patches

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.’

SOURCE [SamMobile]

 

Friday 4.20

Verizon’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are updated with April’s security patches

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 Verizon [Galaxy S7] [Galaxy S7 Edge]

Verizon’s LG V30 gains AI functionality from the LG V30S ThinQ

The Verizon LG V30 is receiving LG’s AI functions outlined here that first came out on LG V30S ThinQ. Also included are the March Android security patches. 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]

**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.