Tag Archive: Updates

Google just made Android app updates way smaller — again!

App updates are awesome. Burning mobile data to download them isn’t.

There aren’t many people who turn off automatic app updates as soon as they get a new phone, but many who do say the biggest reason is data usage. If you only have 4GB of data in a month, losing 200 megabytes every month to seemingly-constant Instagram and Facebook updates is a waste of bandwidth. At the same time, not updating apps means efforts made to improve your  [Read More…]

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Fitbit, eBay

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make  [Read More…]

Samsung updates Galaxy S7 Nougat beta with Facebook fix

No other changes in this build, Samsung says, but more beta updates will follow.

Samsung is starting to roll out an update for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android 7.0 beta participants, fixing an issue which caused the Facebook app to crash. The 92MB over-the-air update is going out now to European Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935F) owners, and other models are likely to follow soon.

A message given to beta participants says that this update only  [Read More…]

Cat Torrent: A torrent client in need of some updates (review)

Torrents have been available since around 2001, and the main purpose was to facilitate file transfers among different locations. However, since its inception, it’s been mostly used for shady, illegal purposes. For those of you who use torrents for legal transfer, you might know that there are some pretty good clients in the Play Store.

Google’s control of Pixel updates isn’t great for everyone

The value of carrier updates is sometimes overlooked.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Updates straight from Google = good. Updates that go through carriers, which have to pass certain quality control and network performance tests and are therefore mired in delays and bugs = bad.

That’s the story that we often tell people, directly or indirectly, and as a straight narrative it’s largely true. But like any narrative in this world, there is  [Read More…]

Unlocked AT&T BlackBerry Priv will now have updates handled directly by BlackBerry

A changing of the guard — for the better.

Good news for folks who bought an unlocked AT&T branded BlackBerry Priv: updates for your phone will now be handled by BlackBerry directly and bypass any AT&T slow lane silliness.

As CrackBerry reports, this new policy starts today (October 17, 2016) and will be in place for an imminent update headed to unlocked Priv phones.

It’s important to note that this only applies to AT&T-branded phones that  [Read More…]

Verizon solemnly promises timely updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Android enthusiasts welcomed the Google’s new pair of Pixel phones with open arms, but did not take too well to the news that apart from the unlocked versions, the handsets will be available exclusively under Verizon in the United States. Big Red doesn’t have a great track record of providing timely updates for its smartphones,

Verizon clarifies stance on Pixel updates, claims simultaneous OTA rollouts

A change of course, and a reason to still be hesitant.

Understanding how Verizon planned to handle the launch of Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL, we laid down a stance that you should strongly consider buying your Pixel elsewhere — even if you planned to use it on Verizon. Since then, Verizon has clarified the situation, offering a statement to Android Central that makes things a bit less dire: it now claims that software updates will launch for  [Read More…]

Get in on Google’s Chromecast ‘Preview Program’ for early access to updates

Want to be the first to see new Google Cast features? Of course you do.

Google announced a new “Preview Program” for all versions of the Chromecast that lets those of us who are eager to see new features in on the latest software updates before they’re broadly released. While this explicitly isn’t a “beta” program that will give you potentially unstable updates, it will give you access to the latest Google Cast features before everyone else.

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The sad state of Android updates in India

Think manufacturers are slow to roll out updates in the U.S.? The situation is far worse in India.

Android has a 97% market share in the smartphone segment in India. There are over 1,000 models that run the operating system in the country, with prices ranging from $ 30 all the way to $ 1,000. Over 50 new handsets are introduced into the market every month, and it is not uncommon to see phones debuting with  [Read More…]