After a flurry of updates for Android Wear smartwatches and many different phones last week, the software update front was quiet as graveyard this week.
The biggest news comes from LG, which is adding some fixes and new functionality to the LG G3. We have reason to hope Lollipop will be coming to these devices soon, as it will be out in the wild Nov. 3 when the Nexus 9 starts hitting doorsteps.
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 squash those pesky bugs.
LG G3: Putting the camera button on the lockscreen may not sound all that impressive, but it’s actually pretty useful for quickly snapping a photo. Verizon LG G3 owners finally get this in the VS98511C update. There are also improvements to the phone’s performance and better connectivity with Verizon’s network. Unfortunately you’re still on Android 4.4.2, but hopefully that means they’re hard at work at getting it ready for Lollipop.
Galaxy S4 Mini: This not-quite-a-flagship is getting an update that brings international Wi-Fi calling, a security patch, and some bug fixes. The calling feature means you can use a Wi-Fi network to call anywhere worldwide, but it’s only free if dialing up U.S. territories Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.
Xperia: Several of Sony’s devices are getting the ability to cast their screen to a Chromecast. The Z3, Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3v, Z2, and Z2 Tablet are now in the party. They could already use Chromecast-enabled apps, but now they can replicate whatever is on the screen. It’s most beneficial to tablet users, who could use this for a presentation or classroom setting.
Don’t count on getting KitKat if you bought a Huawei Ascend Mate 2. The company posted on its blog (since taken down) it won’t be sending out KitKat to the phone, even though it just went on sale here in July.
So who knows what Huawei is up to, but if you have this phone maybe it’s time to explore a new device that will actually come with Lollipop.