May 01, 2014

Droid update

Verizon just rolled out another firmware update for my HTC Droid DNA. This is the third since I got the phone in 12/2012.

It was huge. In fact, they divided it into two pieces. The first one downloaded without my noticing and when I turned my phone on I got told the update was ready, and that it was the first of two. So I let it install, and then I downloaded the other one (which took about ten minutes through my wifi) and installed it, too, which took a hell of a long time, probably another ten minutes.

One thing that changed is that it upgraded us from Android verson 4.2.2 to version 4.4.2, which (according to Wikipedia) is the latest release.

The feature list there says "security enhancements", so I wonder if 4.2.2 had the Heartbleed bug? (Wikipedia says it was in 4.1.1.)

They also changed the user interface again, but not very radically. (Not like last time, which changed how everything looked.)

It's nice to know that HTC and Verizon still care about us, even though they don't sell this phone any more. (And I hear HTC isn't doing well these days.)

UPDATE: Oh, also the installation process ran my battery down from 99% to 93%. I guess it rewrote nearly all the firmware.

UPDATE: Verizon spearphishing! Twice now I've received text messages informing me that: "Your Verizon Wireless account has been updated. A discount will be applied to eligible lines. Please visit http://tr.im/garbage".

I followed those URLS (different each time) and it went to www.forumbeta.in to a page that looked like the Verizon login. Uh, yeah, sure I'll give you my Verizon login and password. (".in" is India.)

The first message was from "952" and the second one from "256". Right.

But I bet a lot of people have fallen for it.

I wonder why Verizon hasn't blocked that address in its firewall?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 02:47 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Every so often my Sony Experia Neo updates. It's a real pain, I bought it unlocked off a source on Amazon, and it was originally configured to be sold in Portugal. Every time it updates it reloads a bunch of utilities for a Portuguese telecom, which would likely be no use to me even if I could read Portuguese. 
Apparently the only way to stop this is to root it. I'm inclined to suffer rather than take the risk.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at May 01, 2014 05:25 PM (HGNzm)

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I admit to being a bit nervous each time it happens, for fear that it will brick my phone. But it's been OK every time.

One time my battery was low, and the update refused to run until after I charged it. (Good work on their part.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 01, 2014 06:11 PM (+rSRq)

3 If it's anything like Nexus devices, your phone will have a double-secret menu (literally, you have reboot to access the first secret menu, enable the second secret menu, and then reboot again) that lets you recover even if an update has gone horribly wrong.  With gigabytes of storage to play with, they have room to keep an entire spare copy of the operating system stashed away just in case.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 01, 2014 10:52 PM (PiXy!)

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