Over-the-air programming (OTA) refers to various methods of distributing new software, configuration settings, and even updating encryption keys to devices like cellphones, set-top boxes or secure voice communication equipment (encrypted 2-way radios).One important feature of OTA is that one central location can send an update to all the users, who are unable to refuse, defeat, or alter that update, and that the update applies immediately to everyone on the channel.Due to all of Verizon’s restrictive policies, I will be promptly leaving them for a more open and unrestrictive carrier whenever the time comes for a phone upgrade. Looks like another Verizon phone is getting an update today.The S6 does not have a micro SD slot – a poor move on Samsung’s part as I will never buy that phone now. I discovered that it wasn’t just the Turbo that was restricted from rooting. Fortunately, however, I am good with phones, and the S5 being a popular phone, I was able to bypass these restrictions by doing a downgrade to 4.4.2 (I hate 5.0 anyway), and then running towelroot (instructions here). – Source So, if you care at all about rooting your phone or downgrading (or keeping your root), now or ever in the future, DO NOT run the newest OTA update! The best way to prevent an OTA update is to install Titanium Backup and then force freeze any system apps causing the update.However, now the purpose of this post: Verizon just release a new OTA update, OE1, that prevents users from downgrading or rooting their phones. Per Android Central forums, If you are at present, running the latest Verizon OE1 firmware you will be unable to downgrade your firmware at all and particularly to Android 4.4.2, to root your phone thanks to Verizon’s own new and unique bootloader. It would appear that Verizon does not allow you to refuse an update… Apps to freeze: FWUpgrade KNOX Knox Notification Manager attestation Everything beginning with “Samsung” , especially: Samsung Push Service Samsung Updates SDM Possible apps needed to freeze: Verizon Location Agent Verizon Support & Protection My Verizon Mobile Cloud Beaming Service Also did I mention that Verizon also does not allow you to bring a device from another provider (unlocked phones)?I have to say I am happy with the quality of the service and internet speed so far.
According to Verizon's document on the update, the firmware contains the following: Interestingly, if you are in the Preview for Developers program with that app-enabled, your HTC One for Windows will not see the update.
A couple months ago, I switched to Verizon prepaid from Virgin Mobile.
I was a Virgin Mobile customer for many years, but I finally became fed up with the slow internet connection and limited phone availability. In the past year or so, the major providers started catching on and releasing prepaid services.
Instead, you need to disable the program through your Preview for Developers app and then check.
Only after you do this will your phone be able to pick up the firmware update.You can also download the Software Upgrade Assistant for Samsung Devices here.