Essential Phone is among the first to receive the February security patch

Google released the February security patch yesterday, so supported Nexus and Pixel devices were the first to receive the update. Today, Essential announced its smartphone is getting a similar security update right now.

The software update is known as build NMK24B and, according to Essential, is being rolled out in OTA (over the air) as we speak. Despite the fact that Essential has been delaying the release of Android Oreo for weeks, the US company is keeping its customers up to date with the latest security improvements.

In case you missed it, Essential Phone won’t be getting an …


Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with bokeh camera effect, security patch

Major carrier Verizon has just released a changelog for a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 update. Although it doesn’t bring too many new features, the update is supposed to address some important security and software issues.

First off, Verizon notes the update delivers the January security patch, which includes fixes for the dreaded Meltdown and Spectre exploits. Aside from that, the update is meant to address an issue that froze the screen during incoming calls.

Some force close bugs that appeared when unlocking the device or when the user tried to change the method of locking the device …

Android 8.1 factory images with January security patch now available for these stock Android models

Factory images are useful for those who don’t have any patience and won’t wait for an OTA update to hit their handset. It also helps those who are customizing their device get back to the latest Android build, just in case they screw up. New Android 8.1 factory images for three carrier specific stock Android devices are now available, and come three weeks after Google first disseminated the January 2018 security patch with an update. In addition to the factory images, these particular models will also receive the update OTA.

Let’s end the suspense. The following handsets now have an Android …

Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

When you’re packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating …

January Android security patch will protect Android users from Spectre vulnerability

Google is getting ready to protect Android users from a new exploit dubbed Spectre. The latter can affect processors from Intel, AMD and ARM which means that mobile devices are vulnerable. An affected handset can leak sensitive information including passwords. The good news is that it is not as easy to exploit compared to other vulnerabilities. Since Spectre can infiltrate cloud servers, customer data belonging to corporations could be at risk.

Google has a posting online that explains how these vulnerabilities can affect its products. The company says that exploitation on Android is difficult …

Google's December security patch addresses KRACK issue and other vulnerabilities

Google has just announced that Nexus and Pixel devices are now eligible for a new security update that will address many of it issues discovered in the last couple of months. The most important change that December security patch is supposed to bring is a fix for the dreaded KRACK vulnerability.

The recently discovered KRACK security vulnerability affects the majority of devices powered by Android OS that feature Wi-Fi support. Apparently, an attacker within range of an Android device can use the KRACK exploit to read information from that device, which was previously …

Sprint Galaxy Note 8 receives OTA patch with updates to Gallery, Calendar, Wi-Fi Calling, and more

A new OTA update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners that purchased their device from Sprint. With a build number of N950USQU2BQJB and a size of 383MB, the new update brings quite a few changes. 

First of all, Wi-Fi Calling has been renamed to Calling Plus and packs some new and improved features. In a nutshell, Calling Plus includes all the capabilities of Wi-Fi Calling and adds the ability to make and receive calls over Sprint’s LTE network. 
There are also improvements to the Calendar, Gallery, …

New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …

New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …

BlackBerry KEYone for AT&T gets new update that includes the October Android Security Patch


According to the AT&T website, the carrier has pushed out a software update for the carrier’s version of the BlackBerry KEYone. The update carries a build number of AAP606 and weighs in at 40-46MB. Once installed, the update features the October Android Security patch, including a fix for the BlueBorne vulnerability. The version of Android that will be running the handset remains at Android 7.1.1.

Once you receive the notification that the update has arrived on your device, before you continue the updating process, you should make sure that you are hooked up to a Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, …