Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 receives update giving it the August 2017 security patch

Even though the Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in April 2014, the graybeard apparently isn’t too old to receive an update. The new software build to version MMB29M.G900VVRU2DQH2 brings the Android August 2017 security patch to the former flagship. In addition, the update fixes an issue that prevented the phone from connecting and pairing with some Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.

When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your phone, before you start the process of downloading and installing it, make sure that your Galaxy S5 is connected to …


Google publishes September security patch changelog, but factory images are still MIA

HMD was the first company to release the September security update for one of its Nokia smartphones, but Google should be fast behind. The search giant has just published the Android Security Bulletin for September 2017, which contains all the fixes included in the update.

Usually, the changelog was published along with the OTA files and factory images for the update, but this time Google will not release them. The Mountain View company announced that Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P devices will be receiving the September security …

Update champ: Nokia 5 first to get latest Android security patch, software yet to be released on Google's Pixel devices

HMD Global, the current manufacturer of Nokia handsets, has been engaged in a peculiar competition with Google over the past few months. The Finnish company is ambitiously attempting to upgrade its devices with the latest Android software before anyone else, including the search engine giant who owns the entire mobile platform.

HMD’s intentions became apparent in July when the Nokia 6 was the first handset to get the Android security update for that month. Now, it appears that the Nokia 5 has overtaken Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices and has become …

AT&T update for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 4 and Note Edge brings latest Android security patch

AT&T is rolling out a new software upgrade for four Samsung smartphones. Owners of the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 4 and Note Edge will be happy to know that their devices will get the latest Android security patch after updating.

For the S7 and S7 Edge, the update weighs in at 41.6 MB and bumps the software version to G930AUCS4BQH1 and G935AUCS4BQH1, respectively. Note 4 owners should get a 28.3MB patch with version N910AUCS2EQH1, while those who possess a Note Edge are to expect a 22.2MB file with version N915AUCS2DQH1. 
The …

Update for Verizon branded BlackBerry Priv adds the latest Android security patch to the phone

Verizon subscribers who own the BlackBerry Priv are currently receiving an update with the software build of AAN368. The update fixes unnamed issues that have been affecting the device, optimizes the phone’s performance, and adds the latest Android security patch to the handset. The Priv was the first BlackBerry phone to run on Android, and features a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard.

The Priv, which was released in November 2015, is no longer the latest ‘Berry to come with a physical QWERTY keyboard. That honor goes to the BlackBerry KEYone which has been well received by the smartphone …

Google and Apple patch Wi-Fi vulnerability that could have affected 1 billion phones

At the recent Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Exodus Intelligence’s Nitay Artenstein wanted to prove that some Wi-Fi chips produced by Broadcom could negatively affect 1 billion handsets, both iOS and Android flavored. The attack code sent out by Artenstein asks to make a connection with computing devices that are nearby. When these requests are received by devices running the BCM43xx model of Wi-Fi chips found inside certain smartphones, the firmware controlling the chip is revised by the attack.

The affected chip sends out malicious packets to other devices creating a domino …

AT&T rolls out Galaxy S7 update that adds June security patch, Knox and Messaging fixes

While many handset makers are already pushing updates that contain the newest July security patch, U.S. carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T are rolling out the last month security update.

AT&T has just confirmed that a new update is now available for Samsung Galaxy S7. Aside from the June security patch, the update brings a couple of fixes and improvements that are meant to further enhance users experience and phone’s performance.

Although not many details about the update have been published by AT&T, the carrier did say what changes Galaxy S7 owners …

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It’s possible that you couldn’t keep up with the wild world of app updates this week considering all the changes happening with Uber, including Travis Kalanick stepping down as CEO. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered.

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps. Read more…

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New Galaxy S8/S8+ patch brings June security update and changes to the navigation bar

A new software update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices around the globe. Weighing in at 453.72MB, the new update packs the June security update and a few changes to the navigation bar.

For security reasons, Samsung doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed. However, the changelog mentions that a total of 119 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to the Galaxy S phones and Android have been resolved. 
As for the navigation bar, there is some good and bad news. A …

Non-Droid Moto Z receives Soak Test that includes Android 7.1.1 and the June security patch

Last week, the Moto Z Play Droid became the first Moto model in the U.S. to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. Today Motorola has started to soak test Android 7.1.1  on the non-Droid version of the Moto Z. Some of those who own the device and subscribe to the Motorola Feedback Network were given the option to participate in the soak test. If you happen to be one of them, you might receive the update today on your handset. Remember, the idea behind these tests is to give the manufacturer feedback on the update so that changes can be made before all users are affected.

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