bug fix Stories March 8, 2016

Google’s March security OTA update also has Nexus 5X performance and stability fixes

Update: It looks like the update also has a new “Cool color temperature” toggle for using cooler display colors.

I wrote my thoughts on the Nexus 5X all the way back in November, and the gist of it was this: the Nexus 5X is great, but its performance just leaves a lot to be desired — especially for a phone with such better-than-average specs. People familiar with its development told me that there was a lot of internal strife regarding the Nexus 5X and its performance issues, but it seems that drama has finally resulted in some good. The March security update that was issued yesterday packs some extra goodies for Nexus 5X owners…

bug fix Stories January 19, 2016

PSA: ASUS just pushed Android for Work support, bug fixes to the ZenFone 2

ASUS just pushed a maintenance release to the ZenFone 2, according to a thread posted by the company on its ZenTalk forum. The update fixes several issues as you can see below, as well as adds support for Android for Work and a new “Screenshot sound settings” menu.

Here’s the full change log:

1.Fixed video sound issue. 2.Fixed google play stop service . 3.Fixed SD cards issue. 4.Fixed SmartBox not read the phone issue. 5.Fixed can not control the volume of YouTube when using miracast. 6.Fixed the issue of displaying wrong operator name when roaming and searching network. 7.Fixed phone hang-up issue in Russia 8.Fixed PosteMobile NFC issue (ZE551ML only) 9.Support Android for Work 10.Improve ASUS ZenUI Launcher stability 11.Improve Cell Broadcast stability 12.Fix the failure to share Photo Collage picture via Email 13.Several Apps update 14.Improve power usage of Email App

#        New Features 1.Add Screenshot sound settings

As far as we can tell, the update is still Lollipop, and is only going out to the standard ZenFone 2 at the moment. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you’re already seeing the update—my handy ZenFone 2 is still update-less.

bug fix Stories August 14, 2015


Google and several of its manufacturer partners rushed to fix a vulnerability found within Android which could see malware installed through simply receiving an MMS message. Dubbed Stagefright, it was described as the worst vulnerability to be found since the dawn of the new Mobile OS era. According to one security firm, sadly, the patches being released by a number of Android OEMs aren’t enough to fully fix the vulnerability.

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bug fix Stories August 10, 2015

Motorola confirms StageFright bug fix coming to 11 smartphone lines including new Moto X and Moto G

Motorola has joined several other Android OEMs in confirming that it will be rolling out a StageFright software fix for many of its popular smartphone lines. As you’d expect, this includes the newly announced Moto X and Moto G handsets as well as a number of older devices.

The new devices will be patched from launch, while others may be subject to the usual carrier approval and testing. Carrier partners will receive the software and start testing on August 10th. In all, there are 200 variants of software to be patched, tested and released. So it could take time for you to get your fix.

The list of devices includes:

  • Moto X Style (patched from launch)
  • Moto X Play (patched from launch)
  • Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto X Pro
  • Moto Maxx/Turbo
  • Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx

As I’m sure you’re now aware, it recently came to light that Android had a serious, gaping hole left in its coding. Dubbed ‘Android’s worst vulnerability in Mobile OS history‘ StageFright would essentially allow anyone with the ability and motive to include malware in any video MMS message. It could potentially affect your phone before you even open or see the message. To be safe, be sure to read our guide on how you can protect yourself against it until your software fix arrives.

bug fix Stories August 5, 2015


Earlier today, Google announced that it would soon begin improving its security efforts for its Nexus line of devices by rolling out monthly security updates. To go along with that, Google this evening has posted new factory images for seven Nexus devices. The factory images all appear to address the recent security bug that saw “Stagefright” exploited, as well as other fixes.

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Nexus 6, Nexus 5, many Samsung devices getting Stagefright fixes from Sprint

The Stagefright exploit is definitely not a minor problem, and it potentially affects basically any device going back to the early years of Android. But thankfully, Sprint has been pretty on top of pushing out fixes for as many devices as possible. Today, the carrier is pushing out Stagefright fixes, labeled simply as “Google Security Patch (Stagefright),” to a couple Nexus handsets and several of Samsung’s Galaxy-branded phones.

Here’s the full list of devices receiving the patch today, with links to Sprint’s support pages:

As usual, you should expect to see these updates roll out over-the-air over the course of the next few days. “Software updates may be released in stages and can take several days for delivery,” Sprint says. If you want to manually check to see if the update is available for your device, head into the system Settings app. But while Stagefright is not “no big deal” by any means, you’ll probably be fine until your device is updated.

bug fix Stories March 24, 2014

Android 4.4.3 with camera-related battery life bug fix now in testing, likely coming soon

It looks like Android 4.4.3 will be starting to roll out to devices running KitKat soon, according to Phandroid. The update is said to include a fix for a camera-related bug that can cause the phone’s battery to drain faster than usual. The new version reportedly has a build number of KTU72B.

We’ve also spotted an increasing number of devices running 4.4.3 visiting 9to5Google over the past few days, so it’s safe to say this update is coming quite soon.

bug fix Stories January 4, 2013

Samsung reportedly working on firmware fix for ‘sudden death’ of some Galaxy S IIIs

Samsung is apparently working on a firmware update to fix the “sudden death” of some 16GB Galaxy S IIIs.

The term “sudden death” stuck after a number of device owners reported in the XDA-Developers forums that their SIIIs, well, just suddenly died. The smartphone would apparently stop working for an unknown reason, but a Samsung spokesperson admitted to Tweakers recently that the bug only concerns a “very limited number” of S IIIs.

Samsung Galaxy S IIIs with 16GB, stock software, and custom ROMs seem to have only experienced the issue so far, but Samsung is reportedly pushing out a firmware update at some point in the unspecified near future to remedy the problem.

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