Droid Updates Weekly: Which Android devices received updates this week?

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It’s 2016, our guess is that most of you have a smartphone. 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: 7/11 – 7/17

Tuesday 7.12

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet receives software upgrade v4.2 

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NVIDIA recently updated its latest SHIELD Tablet. The update brings the software up to v4.2, which has a list of new goodies. The biggest addition is support for Android 6.0 Professional Audio. This gives the tablet low latency audio, USB host and peripheral modes, MIDI support over USB and Bluetooth LE, as well as higher stereo and HDMI output. Also included in the latest update are some new options and fixes from the last version. The list starts with a new menu option in settings allowing you to toggle the navigation button location. Some fixes include significantly better touch responsiveness, enhancements to the Vulkan API for gaming, repaired WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity issues, and a ton of security and stability improvements making overall performance that much better. On top of this comes the latest security patches for the month of June (better late than never). The update comes in a fairly large package. It’ll make no changes to your personal settings, nor will it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we recommend getting it with all that has been added. For further installation instructions and more of what’s new, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE [NVIDIA]

 

Wednesday 7.13

BlackBerry Priv finally gets updated to Android 6.0 on AT&T 

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The Android 6.0 update brings your Android device up to Marshmallow, Google’s Android M software OS that debuted in the fall of 2015. 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 mode, which improves upon battery standby time, Now On Tap for contextual awareness, and simplified app permissions to keep you organized and fully in control over what apps can and can’t access. Please note that since this is Android 6.0, and not the later-released Android 6.0.1 software, your device may experience some occasional bugs. 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. The update typically takes a week before it hits all compatible devices. You can try triggering it by going into your device settings under ‘About’ and ‘check for new software updates.’

SOURCE [AT&T]

July security patch update arrives on several Samsung Galaxy models across multiple carriers 

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The following Samsung devices began to receive their security patch update for the month of July at some point this week. Pay close attention to which carriers. Verizon – Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. T-Mobile – Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ (Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge got it last week, see here).

Like Google and others, Samsung 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, hit the source link(s) below.

SOURCE Verizon [Galaxy S7] [Galaxy S7 Edge] [Galaxy S6] [Galaxy S6 Edge] [Galaxy Note 5]
SOURCE T-Mobile [Galaxy Note 5] [Galaxy S6 Edge+]

 

Friday 7.15

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch update brings a slew of new features

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It was a light week for Droid Updates, so I thought it would be nice to include the below smartwatch update since the list was small.

Samsung is now in the process of rolling out an update to its Gear S2 smartwatch over-the-air. The update is being sent to both the Gear S2, and Gear S2 Classic. The Gear S2’s firmware will be updated to version R730XXU2DPFB. The Gear S2 Classic’s firmware will be updated to version R732XXU2DPFB. New features include a customizable photo watchface, enhanced social sharing for activities, auto sleep tracking, added S Voice commands, a newly designed contacts app with fresh widgets, and a few other touches made to already existing features. The update is 61.1MB in size. It’ll make no changes to your personal settings, nor will it reset your device. The update is not mandatory, but we recommend getting it with all that has been added.

VIA [SamMobile]

UPDATE: The update will also bring Samsung Pay compatability right to your watch! This functionality will work in the United States only. Payments can be made where NFC terminals are provided, because your watch lacks the sensors for MST. SOURCE [Samsung] VIA [Droid Life]

**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.