The floodgates are finally cracking open for Android Lollipop. Nexus device updates are rolling out, while Motorola and LG have pledged Lollipop updates for some devices this week.
It’s also a happy Friday for AT&T customers, who are seeing a bunch of updates, though unfortunately none of those bring the new Android OS.
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.
Nexus 5, 7, 9, 10: These Google devices should see the Lollipop update any day now through an over-the-air update (it hit my Nexus 7 on Nov. 13). Keep in mind that for tablets the update will come sooner for the Wi-Fi-only models. If you’re the adventurous type, or if you’ve rooted your device beyond recognition, grab the factory images directly from Google. Not sure what to do then? We have a handy tutorial for installing one of these.
Galaxy S4: It’s not Lollipop, but it puts you one step closer with Android 4.4.4. Update KTU84P.I337UCUFNJ4 also brings a fix to E911, version 2.0 of Samsung’s Knox security software, and other bug fixes and security updates.
Galaxy Tab S 8.4: This one is a pretty boring update, with KOT49H.T707AUCU1ANJ5 only bringing you carrier “billing enhancements,” ATTMail, Keeper, and YPMobile. You’re also stuck at 4.4.2.
Galaxy Note 2: It’s a pretty old device (we’re now on the Note 4), so it’s good for it to get any kind of update. Though it’s rather the mystery what’s actually included, as AT&T only lists “Android OS enhancements” for the KOT49H.I317UCUCNJ1 update.
Galaxy S3: It’s the same mystery update here. KOT49H.I747UCUFNJ1 brings the identical unnamed enhancements.
Galaxy Mega: Another snoozer - KOT49H.I527UCUBNJ1 brings the “Android OS enhancements” also.
LG G3: The D850 update has several enhancements, including a power glitch fix, security patches, an update to Google Mobile Service, Mobile TV 6.0, and a removal tool for the Skyfire Toolbar. This update will only hit your device via Wi-Fi.
Nexus 5: Just because you are on Sprint doesn’t mean you’re left out of the Lollipop brigade - update LRX210 brings Android 5.0 to your device. It’s the same version ID as what’s listed on the Nexus factory images site, so Sprint has done little to no tinkering.
Xperia Z1S: There are a couple of neat improvements in this update, including support for in-flight texting and Wi-Fi calling enhancements. Grab 14.4.B.0.56 for these add-ons and improvements to camera and Bluetooth performance.