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Google Announces New Update Policy For Nexus Devices Including Monthly Security Patches For 3 Years And Major OTAs For 2 Years From Release

Google is rolling out the Stagefright patch to Nexus devices as promised, but the bigger news alongside that announcement is a new update policy for Nexus devices. Going forward Google will release security patches for Nexus phones and tablets about once per month, which mirrors Samsung's recently announced Galaxy update program. Google is also making official the length of time you can expect to get Nexus updates.

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Sprint Announces A Ton Of Stagefright-Related OTAs For Nexus (Build LMY48I) And Galaxy Devices

We knew that Stagefright fixes were due to start rolling out this week, and it's Sprint leading the pack. Sprint already rolled out an update to the Note 4 earlier this week, but now you can add several more Samsung devices to the list, plus the carrier has confirmed LMY48I for Nexus devices will have the Stagefright fixes included.

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European HTC One M9 Getting First Android 5.1 Update, Promise Of Shorter Charge Times

While European owners of HTC's One M9 got its most critical update bringing camera and battery life fixes in June, they've been waiting for the jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1 as unlocked and American carrier versions (except Verizon) have received it. The wait appears to be over, though, as users have begun reporting a fairly large OTA that promises a version increase to 5.1 along with quicker charging times.

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The ROM version for the update is 2.10.401.1 and the download is a mighty 831.88 MB, so make sure to be connected to Wi-Fi before pulling the trigger. There are certainly a variety of other refinements beyond those mentioned in the OTA notification, not to mention important security fixes.

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Sprint's Galaxy Note 4 Gets Android 5.1.1 Update With Stagefright Vulnerability Fix

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is getting an OTA update today, and it takes the device from 5.0 up to 5.1.1. That means a few small tweaks to the system, but there are also some important bug fixes, including one for the Stagefright vulnerability.

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[Update: RUU Download] T-Mobile HTC One M9 Finally Getting Android 5.1 OTA Update

It's not often the case, but T-Mobile is playing catch-up with some other carriers when it comes to getting OS updates to a flagship phone. Sprint M9 owners got it on the first of July and AT&T versions were updated two weeks ago, but at not-so-long last T-Mobile HTC One M9 owners will be upgraded to Android 5.1 as well.

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Of course, the T-Mobile M9 got the oft-mentioned camera improvement update way back in April, so they were first to get what was arguably the most important OTA for the M9.

The update, to version number 2.7.531.6, should start rolling out today.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Software Upgrade 3.1 Brings Android 5.1.1, Required For Voluntary Recall

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE On AT&T Gets Lollipop In Android 5.1 OTA Update

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Google Promises A Stagefright Security Update For Nexus Devices Starting Next Week

So you might have heard about the Stagefright vulnerability that was published yesterday. While there's no evidence of a widely-used hack, the potential for malicious MMS attacks via Android's built-in media handling system (which could theoretically affect the majority of Android devices currently in operation) is certainly cause for concern. As reported on our original post, Google has known about the vulnerability since April and has been working on patches to fix the problem.

We've received a statement attributed to a Google spokesperson [emphasis ours]:

This vulnerability was identified in a laboratory setting on older Android devices, and as far as we know, no one has been affected.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Get Updates With Battery Life Improvements And Other Tweaks

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are already on the latest version of Android, but the T-Mobile variants are getting a small maintenance update today with a few fixes. It's not huge, but you may as well install it when you've got a moment. The changelog promises battery life improvements, which is always appreciated.

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NVIDIA Releases Android 5.1 OTA Update For Tegra Note 7 Tablets

Screenshot credit: Lisa Antunes

Remember the Tegra Note 7? It was supposed to be an OEM platform from NVIDIA, but it got a bit overshadowed when the SHIELD Tablet came out. About a half-dozen manufacturers took NVIDIA up on its offer, notably EVGA, Zotac, Gigabyte, and HP, but it doesn't look like a second model is coming any time soon. Still, they're pretty nice little tablets, especially if you want one with a relatively clean version of Android and a built-in stylus for a low price.

One of the other nice things about the Tegra Note 7 tablets is that updates come straight from NVIDIA (though HP's Slate 7 Extreme seems to be an exception).

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