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: 11/14 – 11/18
Sony updates both the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact with the latest security patches for NovemberLike Google and others, Sony 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.’
SOURCE [Xperia Blog]
Samsung pushes a software update to remaining Galaxy Note 7 units that are active on Canadian carriers
Start mid-week, Samsung pushed an update to remaining Galaxy Note 7 units that for some reason have not been returned by their owners, which are still active on Canadian carriers. According to the source, “this software update will include indicators to encourage customers to contact Samsung regarding replacement/return of affected device.” Hopefully this one reaches everyone and people take it seriously this time around. 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 [Mobile Syrup]
Verizon’s Moto Z DROID Edition and Moto Z Force DROID Edition appear to be 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.’
**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!