The OnePlus One has had a bumpy road in its effort to be a “flagship killer,” with late updates, exploding batteries, and a bizarre buying system. It’s finally getting some much-needed update love this week.
Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you don’t miss a thing.
Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and get those pesky bugs squashed.
OnePlus One: The Cyanogen-powered device is getting a ton of needed fixes, resolving some inconsistencies with multitouch and screen rotation in the CM 11S 38R update.
Photo fans will like the RAW photo support while audiophiles get 24-bit “high-resolution” music. The update also fixes many bugs and inconsistencies that will hopefully make it a better experience for owners.
Here’s the very full changelog:
- Added method for users to report bugs directly to Cyanogen.
- Added pause button during video recording.
- Improved battery life.
- Fixed issues with camera exposure compensation stuck in “auto.”
- Fixed issues with “4G Preferred” option not connecting to 3G data.
- Fixed issues with delay in torch activation.
- Fixed issues with unresponsive screen requiring reboot.
- Fixed issues with static in speaker when changing volume while headset plugged in.
- Fixed issues with rotation not triggering when rotated slowly.
- Fixed issues with Quiet Hours/system UI causing battery drain on last day of month.
- Fixed issues with camera not starting when LED torch is already on.
- Fixed issues with Bluetooth volume low on connection.
Samsung Galaxy Mega: Samsung’s very large phone gets a small update. The device already has Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat, but the L600VPUNI3 patch adds Wi-Fi calling, an HD Voice icon, and some security fixes.
HTC Evo 4G LTE: Yes, there was a time when the Evo was the must-have Android phone. Now it’s nearly ready for the digital retirement home. But if you still have one, you’re at least getting a security fix with update 3.17.651.9. But with so many solid, new phones out there it’s really time to upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: You’re finally getting the latest version of Kit Kat on your Galaxy tablet. The T217AUCUCNI1 update moves it from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, which has some important security fixes. Though that won’t be the latest version for long, as Android L is looming.
Samsung Galaxy S4: Instead of an Android version bump, Verizon’s Galaxy S4 is getting a lot of needed fixes for connectivity and voicemail reliability. The KOT49H.I545VRUFNG6 patch also updates ISIS wallet to its new name Softcard (for obvious reasons) and brings version 2.0 of the business-focused Knox security software.
HTC One M8: At HTC’s Double Exposure event, where it unveiled the periscope-shaped Re camera and selfie-loving Desire Eye phone, the company said it’s bringing what it calls Eye Experience software to most of its devices.
It’s designed to complement the increased focus on photography with voice-triggered camera actions and easier selfie-taking for its lineup of phones. It’s already starting to hit the One M8, M7, and other phones in Europe, so it may be making its way stateside soon.