Android update roundup: September 19

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There are a lot of Android phones out there. And most of them get updates straight from carriers, each keeping with its own schedule. It's a lot to keep track of.

Each week, we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest phones on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), and round them all up so you don't miss a thing.

Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, and get those pesky bugs squashed.

Verizon

Galaxy S5: Updated to KitKat 4.4.4, which is mainly a couple of security enhancements and bugfixes over 4.4.3. But it also gets Advanced Calling, which is Verizon's term for voice over LTE and video calling. Its S Health app gets additional tracking features, including weight, stress, and sleep.

Also includes fixes for accessing the emergency dialer, correcting the unread email number count in the notification shade, improvements to Bluetooth audio, and matching the caller ID with contacts when using the Knox security software.

HTC One M8: Updated to Android 4.4.3, which HTC says includes all the bug fixes to be found in 4.4.4. Also added Extreme Power Mode, a low-power use setting.

AT&T

Galaxy S4: An over-the-air update brings better connectivity for phone calls and text messaging. It has updated Google apps, though it's a good practice to update those through the Play Store.

T-Mobile

Galaxy S4: Along with 4.4.4 KitKat it's getting T-Mobile's Wi-Fi calling feature, which lets you make and receive calls through a wireless network even if you aren't connected to a T-Mobile tower.

Sprint

Galaxy Note 3: Like its smaller cousin on T-Mobile, this device gets 4.4.4 KitKat. Yet it has some other nice enhancements, like international Wi-Fi calling, kids mode, and version 2.0 of the Knox business security feature.

Boost Mobile

Moto G: Motorola's mighty budget phone gets KitKat, the ability to pause video recording, an updated phone dialer, and the Motorola Alert application. This app, one of several that Motorola has put in the Play Store, updates you on the location of selected contacts.

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