Questions tagged [updates]

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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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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 I want to get a newer version of the OS for my ...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 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 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 X,...
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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 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 do I skip an Android system update and stop its notifications?

I get a message Android 5.0.1 System Update Available but no option to skip the update. In frustration, I click "download". It's not better after the download. I still get System update downloaded ...
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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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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 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 updates?...
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How to update TWRP from within TWRP?

I'm in TWRP after a factory reset and I'd like to avoid to install some OS to update TWRP with the [TWRP update app TWRP from within TWRP? I have a Moto G2014 and previously had Cyanogenmod 13 ...
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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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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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When will my device get the Android 7.0 update (Nougat)?

Android Nougat was officially released on August 22, 2016. It adds features such as multi-window support. You can review the high-level changes at the Android developer website. Of course, not all ...
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When will my device get the Android 5.1 update (Lollipop)?

Android 5.1 (Lollipop) was officially announced on March 9th, 2015. You can review the high-level changes at the announcement on the official Android blog. Of course, not all devices will get this ...
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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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How to stop Play Store from auto-updating itself?

How can I stop Google play from automatically updating to the latest version? I tried deleting my hosts file but it's not being deleted. My phone is rooted.
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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 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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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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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 to do backups and updates properly with full device encryption?

I think about the following use cases: 'Perfectly' reverse encryption without losing settings Update ROMs. Even if /system, /data, /sdcard (internal) are encrypted Low level Backups with CWM. When ...
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When will my device get the Android 6.0 update (Marshmallow)?

Android "M" was officially announced on at the Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 and revealed to be 6.0 Marshmallow on August 17, 2015. You can review the high-level changes at the Android ...
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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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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 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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Why app updates download entire app instead of only “updates”?

I find it rather strange that for updating an app in Android (or even iOS) the entire app is downloaded instead of only the actual "Updates". The reason I find this strange is because in Windows ...
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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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How to get the latest security updates for CyanogenMod?

I have installed CyanogenMod in February 2016, and the device information showed Android version "5.1.1", and the security patch level was "November 2015". This hasn't changed until today (2016-02-...
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Android 5.1 update stuck on “Waiting to download…”

My Nexus 5 prompted me to update my Android to 5.1. When I clicked download, the process is stuck on "Waiting to download..." and there after nothing happened. I waited for almost 10 minutes, and then ...
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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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When will my device get the Android 8.0 update (Oreo)?

Android Oreo was officially released on August 21, 2017. It adds features such as picture-in-picture and AutoFill. You can review the high-level changes at the Android developer website. Of course, ...
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Update Android SDK Platform Tools via Command line

I want to write a script to update the Android SDK platform tools and I need the command if available to run in order to achieve this. What I have found is that I can use the Android command under the ...
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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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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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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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Will I lose any apps / data if I upgrade my phone's OS?

I'm planning to upgrade my Galaxy S2's OS from android 2.3 to 4.0. This is an official upgrade from Samsung. It sounds like it's an easy process. Just download the Kies program from Samsung and ...
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Can I skip KitKat and flash Lollipop directly from Jelly Bean

I have a Nexus device with Jelly Bean installed. Can I flash directly to a Lollipop image or should I update to KitKat and then flash Lollipop?
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Unknown error code during application install: “920” while installing Google Keyboard

Unknown error code during application install: "920" while installing Google Keyboard on Android ver. 4.0.4
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YouTube Offline Videos deleted/removed

I download few YouTube videos using YouTube Offline feature introduced recently in an Official YouTube App. Those videos were accessible to me and I played them successfully, without any issue. ...
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How can you determine what programs you installed last?

Following my question about logs I wonder if there is a way to determine the last updates and applications which have been installed. Does Android keep a chronological list of installed programs and ...