Firmware, shmirmware; what’s the deal and why should you care?
Most people don’t even know how to update Android firmware, let alone why it matters. Some download the latest and greatest firmware the instant it’s available, while others hold back and let early adopters sink or swim with potential bugs.
Then there’s the hands off, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, which is completely viable so long as you refrain from cussing out your device if things go haywire.
Some of the best reasons to keep your firmware up-to-date include:
- Improved battery life
- Eliminating stutters and lags
- Better connectivity
- Improved data transfers
- Compatibility with the latest apps
- Design changes
When it comes to an all-encompassing-completely-obsessive-slightly-frightening-maybe-we-need-therapy-collection of the best firmware updates available, Updato.com has got your back.
Stop ripping out your hair trying to figure out how to update Android firmware; it doesn’t have to be that difficult.
You have three avenues for firmware upgrades:
- Use our OS Updates Library, where you can get both official and unofficial updates for your phone.
- Use the manufacturer’s website to download official updates.
- Use OTA and get direct updates through your device interface.
We’ll break down what each option has to offer you, its pros and cons, and how to perform them. After you understand every option in detail, you won’t have to bash your head trying to decide which one to choose.
Option #1: Use Updato’s comprehensive OS Updates Library
The OS Updates Library provides extensive firmware options for a large number of today’s active smartphones. When you visit our library, just enter your phone’s model number to search for the latest firmware. If you’re unsure of your phone’s exact model number, grab your phone and go to “Settings”, then click “About”, and you’ll find your phone’s precise make and model number.
From there, visit our library, insert your make and model phone, and you’ll be presented with several firmware options to download.
Note: Thinking of choosing unofficial firmware? Keep in mind that it might make your warranty void.
With this method, you’ll have instant access to the numerous updates available for your phone, which could otherwise take months to be “pushed” to your smartphone for download.
You’ll also enjoy better functionality, more features, and can act like Joe Cool in front of all your friends for having the latest and greatest before anyone else. On the other hand, breaking your warranty might cause problems, especially if you’re on a monthly package.
Option #2: Use the manufacturer’s official site to download updates
Every manufacturer in the smartphone industry provides updates through their website. This method will get you the latest official firmware for your Android pet, however, it requires a few extra steps.
- First, browse the manufacturer’s site and find their firmware download page.
- Next, insert your phone’s make and model number, then the build number, which is sometimes called the baseband version (all of this information can be found in the “About” section of your phone).
Using this method, you’ll have the latest “official” software release approved by the manufacturer.
Note: Manufacturers release firmware regionally, and some regions are behind others when it comes to release dates.
The advantage of this method is the reliability you get from the official manufacturer. The disadvantage is in the delay of releases. And yes, you can forget about all the bonus features that you might get from using “unofficial” firmware.
Option #3: Use the OTA update method
This is the simplest and safest method for downloading and installing firmware, and is used most often by the majority of smartphone users.
Just click the “Software Update” option in your smartphone’s interface, and your gizmo will find the latest updates, if any are available. This method relies on the manufacturer’s updates, and you can expect delays depending on your region.
Note: Some manufacturers provide special features for specifically chosen regions, and restrict them for others. Jerks.
This “set it and forget it” option can be very handy, however, it’s rife with delays. Your buddies might end up bragging about all the latest features you’re missing out on, while you’re stuck waiting for that darn ‘Update now” push notification to appear.
But hey, patience is a virtue.
How to install your Android firmware update
Excluding OTA, once you’ve located and downloaded the latest firmware, all you gotta do is install it. If you downloaded the firmware from a manufacturer’s website, you’ll have to transfer the file to your phone’s storage, locate it within your file manager, then press “Install.”
If you choose to use our OS Update Library, (thumbs up, and props to you!) just follow Updato.com’s step-by-step tutorial on how to manually install the firmware using Odin.
Note: To avoid excessive data usage, make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
We’ve done our best to streamline the process and make it easy to follow, but if questions arise, or you just want someone to hold your hand, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help.
A few final words to ponder, because parting needn’t be such sweet sorrow:
Haiku of Firmware
Battery drains fast
Glitchy, bitchy, lags and hangs
Updato, save me!
Post your own haiku in the comments below – that’s 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, people!