HTC is going all-in with photography, pushing out its new “Eye Experience” suite of photo-focused apps to its One M8 developer edition. It leads a rather slow week in the world of Android updates, with most of the news instead focused on the official release of Android Lollipop.
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.
HTC One M8 Developer edition: You can have that fancy new Eye Experience photo software if you have the developer edition of the HTC One M8. HTC’s Mo Versi took to Twitter as he often does for device updates.
Look for update 3.28.1540.5 to get Auto Selfie, Face Tracking, Split Capture, Live Makeup, and Face Fusion. It also updates the phone to Kit Kat 4.4.4.
Droid Maxx, Mini, and Ultra: Motorola’s Droid line is getting a boost in call quality with update 23.1.12. It brings compliance with Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0, which allows for voice conversations over LTE. This is supposed to improve audio quality during phone conversations over Big Red’s network. The update to these Droid phones also brings an improvement to the devices’ messaging apps and visual voicemail. The usual bug and security fixes are also thrown in to the mix.
Galaxy Note 8.0: This tablet is finally getting Kit Kat 4.4.2 after being stuck on Jelly Bean since its launch in 2013. Update JZO54K.I467UCANI2 is the one to look for. While it doesn’t go all the way to Android Kit Kat 4.4.4, Samsung says it has all the security and reliability updates thrown in by Google.
It also adds the Beats music app and improves performance with multi-user mode, which allows you to create separate sign-in profiles on the tablet, making it easier to share it around a family.
Situations like this is what has given Samsung a less-than-stellar reputation with Android updates. Hopefully the Galaxy Note 8.0 won’t have to wait until fall 2015 for Lollipop.
Galaxy Note 4: Samsung's latest phablet, which we think is their best phone ever, got a small device update on the day it launched on the magenta network. It's just a few minor performance fixes, but it's supposed to improve battery life, so be sure to snag it if you get Samsung's hot new phone on T-Mobile.