Over-the-Air programming refers to various methods of distributing new software, configuration settings, and even updating encryption keys to devices like mobile phones, set-top boxes or secure voice communication equipment. FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) is a technology which helps manufacturers to update their devices once sold. Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) is a Mobile Software Management (MSM) technology in which the operating firmware of a mobile device is wirelessly upgraded. What is FOTA? Firmware Over-The-Air, or "FOTA", is a way in which the firmware of a mobile device is updated wirelessly. This is a special feature supported by some phones, where users can update their handset firmware over the carrier network. FOTA or Fota may refer to: FOTA.