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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) now getting the September security patch

Galaxy A5 2016

The #Samsung #GalaxyA5 (2016) is now receiving the September security patch in some regions. It is said that the update is currently concentrated towards Europe, but should eventually make its way to the rest of the global markets. The Galaxy A5 (2016) is a decent budget offering by Samsung and it’s good to see that the company is not making any compromises as far as security updates are concerned.

The update apparently comes with firmware version XXS3BPI8, so you might want to keep a note of that if you’re expecting to see it on your devices. It must be noted that Samsung has taken quite a while to bring the update to these devices, but this is to be expected since the device is not high on its priority list. In any case, if you own a Galaxy A5 (2016) and happen to live in Europe, the update shouldn’t be far away now.

If you have already seen the September security patch on your smartphone, make sure you let us know by dropping a comment below.

Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung sending out September security updates to the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge

Galaxy S6 edge

#Samsung is now sending out the monthly security update to the #GalaxyS6 and the S6 edge in Europe. Although we’re in the end of September now, it usually takes manufacturers this long to send out the update, especially if it’s an OEM branded smartphone. But as we say in the world of Android updates, it’s better late than never. The update doesn’t bring a lot of changes to the fore since it’s merely a security patch, but you might notice some minor under the hood tweaks (if any).

It’s important to note that the update has only been spotted in Europe as of now (the Netherlands to be specific), but it should be seeding to most parts of the world in the days to come. Carrier variants might take some more time to send out the update, however.

If you have a Galaxy S6 or a S6 edge and have seen the update on your phones, make sure you let us know by dropping  a comment below.

Source: GalaxyClub.nl – Translated

Via: GSM Arena

Google has revamped Android to fix Stagefright bug once and for all

Android Nougat

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#Google has been plagued by the #Stagefright bug ever since it was first made public in July last year. The bug basically affects apps like Hangouts that will auto-download media content in the background, allowing malware to be downloaded without the user’s consent. These files arrive in the form of media files, thus bypassing some Android security protocols.

It didn’t take much time for Google to fix this particular bug, but attackers managed to find their way in through other means. We’re now learning that Google has changed the Android architecture somewhat to kill this bug for good. Starting with Android 7.0 Nougat, the mediaserver will be upgraded and divided into many parts rather than being just one chunk, thus giving it those extra layers of security.

The extraction of a video buffer and the process that plays that particular media file are now separate, thus cutting down Stagefright from the root. It is not known at this point if this will affect media playback at all, but Google believes it won’t. As The Verge notes, the primary concern for many is with regards to the rollout of the Nougat update.

While flagships and Nexus phones will receive the update first, the slightly older ones or mid-ranged/budget devices might be left out. But still, it’s good to know that Google is doing something to rid itself of the Stagefright bug.

Via: The Verge

Verizon rolling out June security patch for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+

Galaxy Note 5

The #Samsung #GalaxyNote5 and the #GalaxyS6edge+ on #Verizon Wireless are now seeing the June security updates, patching bugs in the process, if any. It’s already been about 17 days into June, but it’s good to see that a carrier variant of the smartphone is getting the update, as it can usually take painfully long.

Since this is just a maintenance/security update, the changelog shouldn’t be too long. Keeping this in mind, you will probably not see too many changes once the update has been downloaded and installed on your device.

As is the nature with software updates, you might not see it right away, so make sure you remain patient if it’s not appearing on your device yet. In any case, the patch should be hitting your device by the weekend. If you’re seeing the update on your device already, make sure you let us know by dropping a line in the comments below.

Source: Verizon

Via: SamMobile

Verizon Galaxy Tab S2 now getting the February security patch

Galaxy Tab S2

#VerizonWireless has now started rolling out the February security patch for the #Samsung #GalaxyTabS2 tablet carrying build LMY47X.T817VVRS2APB2. The update keeps the device on Android 5.1.1, so this is not a big update by any stretch of the imagination. But users should be relieved to know that the company and the carrier are offering periodical security updates to the tablet, thus keeping them safe from any potential security vulnerabilities.

 

Verizon only offers the 9.7 inch version of the Galaxy Tab S2 through its retail channels. The tablet comes with a 9.7 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Super AMOLED display, an octa core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 5,870 mAh battery with a fingerprint scanner on board as well.

As for the update, Verizon Wireless subscribers should see it over the coming days if it’s not reflecting on their devices yet. Given the nature of the update rollouts, it’s not possible for the carrier or the manufacturer to send it out simultaneously.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Google sending out January security updates to Android now

 

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#Google has just started sending out the January security updates for its range of #Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 5, 6 as well as the Nexus 7 tablet. Customers of the Sprint/Verizon Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 are already seeing an update on top of Android 6.0.1 which comes with the build number MMB29S. The Nexus 7 (2013) is supposedly seeing the build number MMB29O post this new update.

There’s no word on when the more recent Nexus devices like the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will receive this month’s security update, but knowing Google, it shouldn’t be far away. Security updates have now become a monthly affair ever since the infamous Android Stagefright bug was spotted by a bunch of concerned users.

Google hasn’t made anything official as far as a changelog is concerned, but as is the case with updates such as these, it never is made public, so we will have to go with the word of the customers for the time being.

Have you seen an update on your Nexus device yet? Sound off in the comments section below.

Via: Android Police

HTC One E9 and One E9+ getting December security updates

One E9 Plus

#HTC has just started rolling out the monthly security patch for the #OneE9 as well as the One E9+ smartphones starting today. The devices are largely concentrated in the global markets, so not everybody will see the update right away. These security updates usually come shortly after the Nexus devices get it, so we’re not really surprised by the delay in the two devices getting the update.

A handful of other HTC devices have already received the security update for December, so it seems like the company was prioritizing the update for its newer range of handsets. The updates will not bring any visual changes to the fore, but will patch any bugs that might have cropped up over a one month period.

The updates come with the version numbers 1.50.709.3 and 1.45.709.5 for the One E9 and E9+ respectively. Are you seeing the update on your devices? Make sure you let us know in the comments box below.

Source: Gadgetz Arena

Via: GSM Arena

Sony sending out Stagefright patch to the Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The #Sony #XperiaZ5 and the #XperiaZ5Compact smartphones are now receiving the #Stagefright patch, just a couple of months after OEMs started sending it to their devices. The delay is understandable as the Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact were only recently released in the market without the Stagefright patch on board.

Both devices are currently running Android 5.1 Lollipop, so the patch will be relatively small in size. You can either wait for an OTA notification to pop automatically or simply navigate to the Settings and pull it that way. Alternatively, you can also try getting the update from Sony’s PC Companion software on your computer, which might be the quickest way to get the update on your device.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium and the Z5 Compact should start rolling out in a couple of months from now, so customers of Sony’s newest flagships are well set in terms of software support.

Are you seeing the Stagefright patch on your Xperia Z5 or Z5 Compact yet? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: Xperia Blog

The Xperia Z5 And Z5 Compact Are Now Stagefright-Free

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Stagefright, for those of you that don’t remember, was first brought to light back in July of this year for being a very bad vulnerability in Android. If someone sent you a corrupted video file, it could steal data from your system. Many phone manufacturers have either released or will be releasing patches soon for lots of devices. And now, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Dual can join the list of having Stagefright patched.

In a new update, build number 32.0.A.6.152, Stagefright has bee patched, along with a few other bugs. This update is available for the Xperia Z5 (E6603, E6653), Xperia Z5 Dual (E6633, E6683) and Xperia Z5 Compact (E5803, E5823). All variations of those devices in various countries (depending on your carrier and country itself) are getting this update, which is about 281MB in size.

Other bug fixes included are better camera performance, higher accuracy from the fingerprint and scanner, and better heat management. You can either download this update OTA or use PC Companion on a computer to update. We recommend doing it when you can, as Stagefright is a pretty big hole in the OS.

Source: XDA Developer Forum via Xperia Blog

NVIDIA sending out Stagefright patch for the Shield Tablet

NVIDIA Shield Tablet

While most manufacturers have finished sending out the #Stagefright patch for their devices by now, #NVIDIA has just sent out the update to its #ShieldTablet, putting the customers at ease once and for all. The update will block any malicious content from entering your device via MMS.

In the wake of these bugs, Google, Samsung and LG promised to send out monthly security updates to their devices to patch any pertinent issues that might have surfaced over a month’s duration. In addition to patching the Stagefright vulnerability, NVIDIA is also bringing some other changes with the update, we’ve listed them out below for your perusal:

  • Security patch for Stagefright
  • Stability and performance improvements
  • System wide optimizations and fixes, including battery performance and Netflix playback
  • SHIELD Wireless Controller Firmware update

The update should hit your devices over the air, so be on the lookout for a notification. There won’t be any visual changes with the update however, so don’t raise your hopes as far as UI improvements are concerned.

Source: NVIDIA

Via: Android Central

AT&T sending out Stagefright update for the LG G4

LG G4

Despite Google’s effort to curb the bug, the #Stagefright vulnerability is still spotted on a number of devices out there. AT&T’s version of the LG G4 was one of them, but not any longer. The company has started sending out an update for the smartphone late yesterday, which should fix the bug once and for all.

To give you a brief background, Stagefright is essentially a bug which would let hackers send out malicious content to your smartphones in the form of an MMS. The malware would then spread to your device on its own, even if you haven’t opened the malicious MMS manually. This bug is found on almost every recent Android smartphone, so manufacturers have been pushing to send out a patch to this bug.

Google’s Nexus devices were the first to receive the patch, but third party manufacturers have also rushed to send out the update to their customers. If you’re a user of the LG G4 on AT&T, make sure you’re on the lookout for an update. But if you’ve already received the update, make sure you drop a comment below.

Source: AT&T

The OnePlus 2 Now Has A Stagefright Patch

OnePlus 2

Ever since news of the Stagefright vulnerability in Android was discovered, many manufacturers have been releasing updates to patch it. Now, OnePlus is doing the same.

Starting now, people who have the OnePlus 2 can download an update that fixes the Stagefright vulnerability. This is also the first update for that device, and it fixes the following in addition to Stagefright:

  • Improves battery performance
  • Improves user interface logic and coherence
  • Fixed an issue with pinch-to-zoom in Google Photos
  • Fixed an issue where Dark Mode would cause instability in certain apps
  • Fixed an issue related to import/export of contacts stored on SIM card
  • Additional support for global carrier APNs
  • Other improvements and bug fixes

So if you’re one of the lucky few who has received their OnePlus 2, you can now download this update. Let us know in the comments if you’re getting better battery life or any other improvements in the comments below.

Source: OnePlus via Droid-Life

LTE Nexus 9 now getting the Stagefright patch [Download]

Nexus 9

Google originally began sending out the Stagefright patch for its Nexus devices over a week ago. However, some key devices were missing from the list. Today, we’ve managed to stumble across an OTA download link for the LTE Nexus 9 (volantisg) directly from Google.

Unlike a factory image, this update file doesn’t take a lot of your time and requires you to simply side load the image onto the root folder and install it accordingly. But we advise newbies from staying away as this might potentially brick your device if not done right.

Given that Google has already published OTA download links for the update, the OTA notification should hit your device anytime now. So download the update only if you’re impatient to wait for it to come directly from Google.

The update doesn’t change a whole lot in terms of the user interface, so don’t expect any major visual changes post the installation.

Nexus 9 (volantisg) LMY48I from LMY47X

Via: Android Police

AT&T sending Stagefright patches for the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T are the latest to receive fixes for the much talked about Stagefright vulnerability. This comes after the carrier sent out the update to a couple of newer flagships. It’s good to see that AT&T is not leaving out two year old flagships from its update list, given how much of a concern this particular bug has caused.

Following the exposure of the Stagefright bug, Samsung promised to send out monthly security updates for its smartphones containing fixes for any pertaining bugs or niggles on its devices.

The update for the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Active comes with the build numbers LRX22C.1337UCUGOC4 and LRX22C.I537UCUCOC7 respectively. There are no visual changes with the update, so don’t expect any UI upgrades here.

The update notification should arrive on its own, but if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you head over to the Settings to pull it manually.

Already got the update? Sound off below.

Source: AT&T – Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active

Via: Droid Life