Apple Pulls, Patches, Re-Publishes iOS 9.3 for Some iPhones
Apple was forced to pull a build of iOS 9.3 for older iPhones after it was found to cause activation problems on the iPhone 5s, 5, 4s, and 4. "Updating some iOS devices to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update," explained Apple. "In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password." In response, Apple pulled the build of iOS 9.3 specific to these older iPhones. The company patched the problem and has made the update available once again. Customers who downloaded the faulty version and are experiencing authentication issues can work around them using steps spelled out on Apple's support site.
Samsung Blames Note7 Recall On 2 Battery Problems
Jan 22, 2017
Samsung today said problems created during the manufacture of the Galaxy Note7's battery caused the phone to sometimes overheat and burst into flame. The company says two separate battery defects are at fault, but maintains nothing was wrong with the phone itself.
iCloud Drops iPhone Activation Lock Search Tool
Jan 30, 2017
Apple has removed a tool within iCloud that allowed people to easily check the Activation Lock status of iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Activation Lock was introduced as a part of iOS 7's Find My iPhone feature in 2014.
Google Details September's Android Security Patches
Sep 5, 2017
Google today made its monthly security patches available to select Android devices. September's patches plug a significant number of security holes that threaten most Android devices.
More Phones Should Be Able to Update to Android P Faster
May 9, 2018
Google today provided more visibility into its work on Project Treble, which is meant to accelerate the rate at which phones are updated to new versions of Android. Google has been working with Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung to improve how phones handle major updates.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Apr 12, 2018
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.