FlashFire tool gets update – say Hello to Android 6.0 and OTA support

The FlashFire tool from developer Chainfire has been updated today and, starting now, you will not have to manually update every time there is an Android update being released. Rooting has become more of an usual action now, when Android OS keeps changing and maturing, and one measure that made modding a much less desired action is the need to always keep up to date with things via manual updates. Now, FlashFire has added support for OTA packages and for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.       FlashFire’s original purpose was to flash full firmware images and to update ZIP files, as well as backup and restore devices. The latest updates change the use of the app as it can now install OTA packages without the need to re-root your device. It also offers support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and SuperSU’s systemless root. FlashFire can now restore original boot.img, it can flash official OTA packages and it can re-root a new boot.img or back up an original boot.img without the user’s regular assistance.   As an example, if you want to root a Nexus device and keep updating, the app will almost automatically keep you updated. Remember that you will have to give OTAs an unmodified /system partition in order for them to be installed safely. After a new update has been downloaded, you have to launch FlashFire and it will take care of everything after detecting the package.   Even if the app was originally meant to work on Samsung and Nexus devices only, now […]

HTC One A9 from Sprint gets Android 6.0.1 OTA

HTC One A9 will get an update to Android 6.0.1 very very soon. This is the luckiest single Android device on the market at the moment because it is getting an update that only Nexus devices are enjoying at the moment. This smartphone is hooked up to Google somehow because it is getting updates sooner than most other OEM devices and it is receiving the monthly security patches well ahead of other flagships.     HTC One A9 unlocked was the first to get Android 6.0.1 at the end of 2015, and now the Sprint carrier version is getting the same treatment. This brings A9 to version 1.57.651.1, which brings about the new Android 6.0.1 emojis with some improvements and the following enhancements: Marshmallow 6.0.1 update Battery life improvements addition of Wi-Fi Calling functionality camera feature improvements system enhancements.   The OTA should already be on route to HTC One A9 devices. Just in case you’re not seeing the notification on your device yet, you should be patient because the release could be somewhat slow. Of course, you can grab the 1.86GB RUU file and flash it manually. If you do this you will lose your data forever, so be cautious. Or you can just wait for the update to reach you.   Source: HTC Support via AndroidPolice  

OmniROM Android 6.0 support for some Nexus devices goes live

If your device is behind with Android updates and you are willing to try some custom ROMs to make things better, you can try omniROM. Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been around since October 2015 but not too many devices have been updated so far, in part because of OEMs and in part because of carrier issues. If you want to try the Marshmallow flavor however, you can try a custom ROM (if you have the capability to do so) different from the popular CyanogenMod.       In case you didn’t know what omniROM is by now, you should keep in mind that it is software similar to the CyanogenMod build. Initial nightly builds of the ROM are destined for Nexus devices like Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, 6, 7, and 10. Future updates will bring Nexus 4, Find 7/a and OnePlus One support, possibly in the next couple of days.   This nightly brings about familiar Omni settings like Status Bar Network Traffic Indicators, Silent Mode, separate lock screen wallpapers and more. Among the new features you will find enhanced Do Not Disturb mode, and weather in the notification bar header.   Since Google has been working on releasing periodic security releases for its most important devices, omniROM is aiming to do the same thing in the future, as soon as AOSP sources are posted.   Source: omniROM  

Marshmallow OTA for Samsung devices delayed until February

Some Marshmallow updates like to keep users guessing and Samsung’s newest Galaxy devices will make you have to wait for a while too. Android 6.0 updates were supposed to hit Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in December, but the update is not here yet.       In some leaked documents we found out that the two devices will get the update sometime in February. Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have also been delayed with updates coming sometime in February/March. Galaxy S5 will receive its Android 6.0 update in April, if we are to believe leaks.   The update situation is pretty complex, at least when it comes to Samsung, who has tons of devices which function on numerous carriers. This makes their update a complex and long process. Since Samsung does not offer any guidelines on when they release their updates, we cannot expect any kind of apology on delays either.   If you have one of the aforementioned devices and you are waiting for an update, you will just have to wait for a little while longer.   Source: Droid Life  

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition (Indian version) gets update to Android 6.0

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition in India is getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Most of Motorola’s recent smartphones are already up to date, and it’s time for the underdogs to get some love too. This update is destined for Moto G Turbo from India, even though there is also a Mexican version sold out there (that one will not get an OTA any time soon).       Moto G Turbo is a third-gen Moto G that has dual SIM support and a better Snapdragon 615. The update is about 603MB in size and it is rolling out as we speak. If you have one of these devices you should know you are getting all the Android 6.0 goodness: doze mode, granular permissions and Now on Tap included.  

UK HTC One M8 and M9 get update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

HTC One M8 and M9 from the UK are getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC has promised fast updates for its devices, but the action is not as easy to do as the announcement. Every country has to wait its turn because these things take time. Now it is time for the UK HTC One M8 to get its update.   https://twitter.com/HTC_UK/status/689061850550550528     The announcement came on Twitter from the HTC UK account and it appears that, in the next 48 hours, all One M8 devices from the country will be updated. The One M9 will be updated soon after too. This makes last year’s flagship the first to receive an update to Android’s most recent OS, ahead of this year’s one. Get ready to hit that Update Now button, folks!   Source: Twitter