Tag Archive: Firmware


Firmware flash enables fingerprint on U.S. Xperia XZ + X Compact

Bafflingly, the U.S. models’ biggest feature gap seems to be a software limitation.

For the past year, high-end Sony phones sold in the United States, in the Xperia Z5 and X series, have lacked the fingerprint scanner tech found in their international cousins — a major feature omission for a modern high-end phone. The same applies to the recently launched Xperia XZ and X Compact — fingerprint internationally, no fingerprint in the U.S.

Now it appears  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear 360 gets a firmware update to improve image quality

If you’re one of the lucky few (OK, more than a few) who already have a Samsung Gear 360 camera, you’ve got a firmware update waiting for you.

The new firmware (C200GLU0APE4 is what my imported Gear 360 is now on) includes the following:

Time lapse menu added to onboard camera settings (set video resolution) Front/rear lens adjustment for optimized color matching from each lens input Image quality improvement

Those last two are particularly important, as color  [Read More…]

Unlocked HTC 10 gets firmware update, June security patch

If you’ve got an unlocked HTC 10 in North America you should be waking up to a firmware update this morning.

The 304-megabyte update takes things to software version 1.80.617.1. Here’s the official changelog:

Android Security Patches (June 1, 2016) Bug Fixes System Stability Improvements

Additionally, HTC updated its camera app for the M10 over the weekend. That changelog reads thusly:

Improvements to RAW capture experience. Improved main/front camera switching. Performance improvements and bug fixes. HTC 10  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 firmware development rumored to have started

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to launch sometime in August, and this new rumor goes along with that one. SamMobile says that firmware development has officially begun for the Galaxy Note 6, which is a good indication that it will launch fairly soon.

Firmware development generally doesn’t begin until the hardware is mostly finished, so the Note 6 hardware may be ready for production. It’s rumored to feature a 5.8-inch Slim RGB AMOLED display (with a possible curved counterpart),  [Read More…]

LG 360 CAM has a BIG firmware update

If you’re one of the growing number of folks getting into 360-degree photography and you’re rocking an LG 360 CAM, know this: There’s a hefty firmware update awaiting you.

And this deserves separate mention here not because of what you get in the update — frankly, we don’t know; it just says something about “Android OS update,” which kinda doesn’t make much sense — but because you have to update the LGR105 (that’s its designator) differently than you will the other  [Read More…]

New Samsung Lollipop firmware now shows your Android security patch level

… And that’s a good thing.

While Samsung has committed to monthly Android security patches for many of its high-profile smartphones, so far only devices on Android 6.0 Marshmallow have actually let users see how up-to-date their security is. In the Samsung world right now, that’s a grand total of zero phones.

As of the latest round of Lollipop-based Samsung updates, however, security is getting a bit more visible.

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Pebble Time firmware update brings Quiet Time, Stand-By Mode and more

If you own Pebble’s latest smartwatch, the Pebble Time, you may have noticed a firmware update is available for your watch. The update, which bumps the watch to firmware version 3.4, brings a few new features that some will find very useful.

Seagate rolls out firmware update to address vulnerability of select portable drives

Should you be the owner of the Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage, Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage, and LaCie Fuel portable wireless drives, you’ll want to check the official website for details on downloading new firmware. A security vulnerability has been discovered on the drives that could potentially expose data to malicious attacks.

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Pebble Time firmware and Android app updates bring new settings and tweaks

If you were one of the many who jumped on the Pebble Time bandwagon, you’ll be happy to know that Pebble is rolling out a new firmware update to the smartwatch, as well as an update to the companion Android app.

HTC One M9 photo comparison: Before and after the latest firmware update

The camera experience isn’t the strongest feature of the One M9, but HTC hopes that updates are making it better.

European versions of the HTC One M9 received a pretty substantial update at the start of June that claimed to improve many aspects of the phone, most importantly in the camera department. The fixes centered around better automatic exposure to keep photos in bright environments from getting washed out, while also improving low light shots by  [Read More…]