Droid Updates Weekly 4/3 – 4/7: Which Android devices received updates this week?

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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: 4/3 – 4/7

Monday 4.3

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 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.

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

Xperia X (2016) updated with new features

Sony has begun pushing an update over-the-air to its latest Xperia X smartphone. New in the update is audio engine support as well as added VoLTE support. Fixed is a common Bluetooth restart issue that was plaguing many users as well, as well a graphical bug in the camera app shortcuts. Lastly, the battery percentage icon has been moved out of the status bar. 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 [Sony Mobile]

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max is updated with battery enhancements and more

ASUS is now rolling out an update to ZenFone 3 Max units. This is the company’s battery longevity phone that boasts a 4,000mAh cell, and it’s getting even better. The update comes with a new app called ‘ASUS Power Master’, which is a power saving hub. Also new in the update are optimizations for the touch panel display, camera and fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the LED notification effects have received touches, and the customer service call issue that Italians living in Italy have been experiencing has been finally addressed. 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 [ASUS]

T-Mobile starts pushing an update out to LG G6 units

LG G6 units on T-Mobile are being updated first. The update goes by H87210e, and includes some unknown additions. All we know is that the update is rolling out, as T-Mobile has not yet posted a change-log. 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 [The Android Soul]

All Moto G4 smartphones have begun to see 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 [Motorola]

 

Wednesday 4.5

HTC’s U Ultra is now being updated

The HTC U Ultra is received its very first software update this week. HTC says users will notice improvements to the experience with bug fixes. New are also a few features added on to the second screen, which allow users to customize the apps that show. 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 [Mo Versi on Twitter]

Sprint starts updating its Galaxy Note 5 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.’

SOURCE [Droid-Life]

 

Thursday 4.6

Sprint’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ gets 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 [Reddit]

BlackBerry is once again first behind Google to publish the April security patches

Like Google, BlackBerry pushes monthly updates over-the-air to some of its 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.

**Eligible devices include: BlackBerry PRIV, DTEK50 and DTEK 60

SOURCE [BlackBerry]

**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.