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When will my device get the Android 4.0 update (Ice Cream Sandwich)?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was officially announced on October 19, 2011. (You can review the high level SDK changes in Android 4.0 or the official changelog at the official Android Developer's ...
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When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)?

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released on December 6, 2010. (High-level user highlights) Of course, not all devices will get this update right away and others won't get it at all. Each ...
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When will my phone get the Android 2.2 update (FroYo)?

Android 2.2 (FroYo, short for "Frozen Yogurt") was released over the Summer 2010, however not all of the devices that will get this update have received it yet. Each manufacturer and carrier needs to ...
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When will my device get the Android 4.1 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) was announced at Google I|O 2012 on June 27, 2012. (You can review the high level changes in Android 4.1 at the official Android Developer's site.) Of course, not all ...
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How do I update Android on my device?

This Community Wiki question is designed to be the "canonical question" for questions asking how to upgrade one's device to a new Android version. I want to get a newer version of the OS for my ...
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When will my device get the Android 4.4 update (KitKat)?

Android 4.4 (KitKat) was officially announced on October 31, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in KitKat at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
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Can I set the schedule for automatic Market updates, e.g. every night?

Is there a way to schedule when the Market updates my installed apps? Ideally I would like to run it late every night, that way I won't have to be bothered with them when I'm actually using the phone. ...
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When will my device get the Android 4.3 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on July 24, 2013. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site or the announcement on the official ...
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Doing a clean install of Android on a Nexus phone or tablet

Recently I had a problem where my Nexus S phone would not upgrade to Jelly Bean. During the upgrade process I was getting an error message saying one of the files on my current system is corrupted, so ...
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When will my device get the Android 5.0 update (Lollipop)?

Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was officially announced on October 15th, 2014. You can review the high-level changes at the Android website and the announcement on the official Android blog. Of course, not ...
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How and when is Android's default browser updated?

I am used to browsers having exploits found on them being fixed and having new versions of the browser with the fixes. In the Android native browser it seems there is no such process. Does this mean ...
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When will my device get the Android 4.2 update (Jelly Bean)?

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) was officially announced on October 29, 2012. (You can review the high level changes in Jelly Bean at the official Android Developer's site.) Of course, not all devices will ...
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How do I upgrade firmware on my Samsung Galaxy S without using windows?

So far Samsung has been rolling updates out using its windows only software Kies, and not over the air like the rest of the android world. Is there anyway that non windows users can get these ...
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How can I turn off the “allow automatic updating” for **all** apps?

Recently Google started to check the “allow automatic updating” for their apps without being asked, which I hate. I have to deactivate it for each app separately. But more importantly this pushed ...
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How can I make Android remember default apps after upgrades?

After choosing a default program for an action, every time an app gets updated that relates to that action, the OS unnecessarily asks which program to use. I can't be the only one to be aggravated by ...
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Is there a technical reason Android update story is so bad?

Is there a technical reason why Android phones general lag a lot behind the stable released version of Android? This applies to both new phones, for example a recent trip to the phone shop ...
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Be notified of an update to an app that is not installed

Is there any way to receive an update/new version released notification from the Play Store for an app that is not installed in my phone? I'm using 4.3 on a Nexus 4.
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Is there a simple way to undo an app update?

I'd like to revert to the previous version and stick with that permanently. Is that possible? I have Beautiful Widgets installed, and had it set to auto-update. It just did, and the 'update' is ...
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How does update.zip work?

update.zip s are packages containing replacements for parts of an android system. The packages contain all the files it the update is intended to replace, and a script that will do the replacement ...
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How do Google Play app updates work? Are they free?

Let's say I paid for an app, and after some time there is an update for this app. Is this update free? Will all future updates be free? Or do I have to pay some fixed % of the current price of the ...
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What is Google's OTA phase deployment strategy?

I have always wonder what is Google's deployment strategy for OTA for latest software updates. I do know that they do it in phases but, do they do it base on time zone? model's serial numbers? In ...
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Insufficient storage updating Android app [duplicate]

Every time my Nexus S attempts to update Chrome, It displays an error stating "Insufficient storage available". According to "Manage apps" I have 412MB of internal storage available, which should be ...
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How to get rid of update notifications for a given app in Google Play Store?

General question I have an app X installed on my device in version Y. I don't want to update it to any newer version (Y+z) for some reason. Still, the Google Play Store app always lists updates for ...
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How to exclude a program from being presented as program to update

I have an Archos 101 tablet which has Google maps installed. I cannot uninstall Google maps but since I don't need it on my tablet I don't update it. However, it is constantly being presented in the ...
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My phone just notified me that Kickback and Soundback were updated, what are they?

My Motorola Droid just informed me that Kickback and Soundback were updated. Clicking on the updates takes me nowhere, and they aren't listed in installed programs that I can see. What are these ...
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Is it possible to continue upgrading an Android device if the OEM stops supporting it?

Suppose the OEM loses interest in my device; can I still install the stock distro updates when issued by Google? Are there issues with device drivers if I go this route?
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Accidentally cancelled update to 2.3 this morning; how do I get it back?

I woke up 2 hours ago and there was the message on my phone (HTC DROID Incredible) that a new update was available and that my phone would restart to download and install the update and of course I ...
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When will my tablet get the Android 3.x update (Honeycomb)?

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was released in February 2011, however not all of the devices that will get this update have received it yet. Each manufacturer and carrier needs to add their custom ...
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Prevent upgrade to 4.3 on rooted 4.2.2. device

I have just rooted a Nexus 7 with Android 4.2.2. I now receive a notification for system upgrade to 4.3. I don't want to do this, probably ever, as I want to keep 4.2 for app testing purposes. In ...
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Installing ICS update

I have a problem - a half year ago I installed the 4.0.3 on my Nexus S. I installed it by placing the 'update.zip' file in the \sdcard folder, restarting phone, holding Power+VolUp buttons, then ...
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“Insufficient storage available”. Ok, but where?

When I upgrade an Android application from Google Play, it gets downloaded, then the upgrade stops with the message “Error: Insufficient storage available.” Yet none of the partitions seem to be ...
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How to prevent sleep while installing lots of updates?

Whenever I need to install a bunch of updates, I find myself sitting next to the phone/tablet and tapping the screen every 20 seconds, else the updates never complete. There must be a better way! ...
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Is there a way to avoid disk space errors when batch updating apps (using 'Update All')?

This is related to the question 'Is there any way to force market to update and install apps one at a time?'. That question asks specifically if apps can be queued to update, rather than all run ...
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How can I ensure reliable updates for an Android phone/device?

My Android phone has been abandoned by the manufacturer and carrier. It's stuck on 2.2, and doesn't seem likely to get any updates in the future, nor can I find updated ROMs for it. I'd be willing to ...
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Are firmware updates secure?

Now that mobiles are being used for payment systems, I'm more concerned about the security on my Android device. I would rather not be the first to be vulnerable to some malicious code that happened ...
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Accidentally accepted update, how can I abort before it actually installs?

I have been deliberately avoiding the latest Verizon D2G update for a few months now. It is really annoying that there is no way to make it stop asking me. But tonight I was tired and my finger ...
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How do I upgrade to a new version of Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I update the OS on my device? So, I got an ePad AKA zenithink zt 180 (I know, I know it's cheap and I should have got a better piece of hardware, but i was too ...
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How do I prevent a system update from occurring?

We have 150 new XOOM Wifi tablets (MZ604) that we are distributing to high school students in 2 weeks. The tablets have stock ICS 4.0.4 on them, unrooted. The requirement is the tablets run Adobe ...
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Samsung Galaxy S 2 Kies update problem: “does not support initialising”

I've been fruitlessly trying to get the new Android OS update for my s2 for quite some time now and I finally thought my troubles were over when I saw an update for Samsung Kies pop up earlier today ...
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Do I have a branded smartphone (HTC Desire)?

When my HTC Desire boots, I can first see a purple Android (?) icon, then a white background and the 'HTC' text, then a short animation with text 'T-Mobile'. Does that mean that I got a branded phone? ...
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Is there a good app that lets me to the app updates in one go?

Right now in the market you have to manually update each app, is there an app that automates this?
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Is the old app uninstalled when it is upgraded?

i want to know when an upgrade is available for an app obviously a new apk is there. So is it that the old apk is uninstalled and new apk is installed ?
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Will factory resetting my device remove the Android upgrade?

I have upgraded my phone to Android 2.1. I need to reset my phone but I don't want to lose the upgrade. Is it possible to do this? How?
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Upgrading developer phone

I've an HTC Magic Developer Phone running Android 1.6. I want to upgrade it to Android 2.1. Please guide me how to do this.
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Upgrade Cyanogenmod from 9.1 to 10.1 without losing information?

I am running Cyanogenmod 9.1 on my Samsung Galaxy SII, and would like to upgrade to version 10.1. Is there a way to do this upgrade without wiping all my apps and settings from my phone? If not, is ...
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Cancel All Market Updates/Downloads at Once

I just re-flashed CM 6.1 and when I opened up the market to download Titanium Backup, 27 apps started to automatically download, simultaneously. I'm not sure why they'd do that, and they never have ...
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Is there a way to prevent applications from updating when running on battery

I know you can restrict applications to update on Wi-Fi only. Can you achieve the same thing with "update when charging on sector only" too?
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How to change the frequency of Google Play update checks?

Every day I get a notification on my Inc2 that there are app updates available in the market. Is there a way to change the frequency of these update checks? I see no reason to be prompted to update ...
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is it possible to upgrade the android OS on all phones?

Do Android phones as a rule allow you to upgrade the OS version at will, or does this require special support from the manufacturer or carrier?
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Manually upgrade Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 (yakjuxw) to 4.1

I have a Galaxy Nexus (maguro/yakjuxw) with Android version 4.0.4. I saw the new features in 4.1 so i want to update, but i don't think an OTA will be available anytime soon. So, I'm considering ...