Droid Updates Weekly 4/2 – 4/6: 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 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: 4/2 – 4/6

Monday 4.2

Google pushes April 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 security patches, keeping you prone to future viruses. They’re sent directly from Google. 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 and Pixel 2 models, and Google’s Project Fi variants. 

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

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 8 is updated with Android 8.0 Oreo as well as the Unlocked models

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.’

*The AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile and Unlocked variants have now been updated. Also included are Samsung Experience 9.0 and the March Android security patches. 

SOURCE Droid-Life [1] [2]

AT&T Galaxy S8 Active devices are updated to 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.

*Also included are the March Android security patches. 

SOURCE [AT&T]

 

Tuesday 4.3

A handful of Verizon devices are updated with Android’s March 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: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto E4.

SOURCE Verizon [Galaxy S7] [Galaxy S7 Edge] [Moto Z2 Force] [Moto E4]

 

Wednesday 4.4

Unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ land 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.’

*Also included is Samsung Experience 9.0.

SOURCE [SamMobile]

 

Friday 4.6

Essential PH-1 is updated with Android’s April security patches

Essential 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 [Essential on Twitter]

**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.