Nvidia Shield Tablet fixes lead this week's Android software updates

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The gaming powerhouse Nvidia Shield Tablet got a nice software bump this week, getting improved touch performance and better network stability. 

Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, 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.

Nvidia Shield Tablet

Nvidia’s latest patch brings some nice upgrades to its gaming-focused tablet. Version 1.2 improves the Shield Hub, which is a key portal for your video game libraries and the place to download new content. 

Nvidia also says it has better touch performance and other stability fixes. The full changelog is as follows: 

  • Enhanced Shield Hub features
  • Network test capability
  • User customizable “My Android Games” and “My Media Apps”
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  • Improved touch performance
  • Miscellaneous stability and localization Improvements 

Nexus 7 LTE

Along with releasing the factory images for the Nexus 7 (a useful tool for those who need to reset their device to stock Android after tinkering around), the LTE model is finally getting the download for 4.4.4. 

The non-LTE version has had this for some time, so it’s good to finally see the LTE model get the love. The update means your Nexus 7 will have all the security and stability tweaks baked into the latest version of Android. 

Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S5: You can finally get the latest version of Android if you are rocking a Galaxy S5. The phone has been hanging out on Android 4.4.2 since it launched in April, but Sprint has finally sent out update G900PVPU1ANI4. So if you see that excessively long file name be sure to hit the Download button.

It brings the phone up to 4.4.4, adding support for domestic calling over Wi-Fi and all the security fixes Google has worked in.

Kyocera Hydro Vibe:  This update is a little murky, as Sprint does not specify an Android version number, only indicating that it’s getting an “upgrade to Kit Kat.” 

Nonetheless the update includes Wi-Fi calling, better camera autofocus, a tweak to how the email app handles a signature, and an enhancement to sending videos via MMS.

The phone launched with Android 4.3, so hopefully this is at or close to Android 4.4.4, which has the most recent bug and security fixes from Google. So be on the lookout for update 2.033sp to come your way from Sprint.

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