The Android Lollipop stand is starting to dish out more treats, with Nexus and Google Play Edition phones and tablets, and Android Wear watches getting their turn with Android’s newest flavor.
Many other devices are getting new software as well, so read on to find out if you should start hitting that update button.
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 6: If you’re one of the few who were actually able to buy this, be on the lookout for Android 5.0.1. It’s a pretty minor bug fix update, but these smaller updates are usually important for fixing annoying bugs. You can also get the factory image directly from Google.
Nexus 4: The Nexus 4 is still a pretty solid device. Fortunately Google hasn’t forgotten about it, as you’ll also see the 5.0.1 update if you’re holding on to LG’s original Nexus phone.
Google Play Edition
Moto G: Android 5.0.1 is headed your way also through an over-the-air update. If you’re adventurous, grab a ZIP file of the stock image for flashing yourself.
LG G Watch R: One of the best Android watches is among many slowly getting an update to Android 5.0.1. Android Police has compiled a list of ZIP files where you can flash it yourself to several models, including the Moto 360, LG G Watch, and Samsung Gear Live. You’ll need ADB and command line knowledge, otherwise it’s best to wait for the OTA. It hasn’t hit my G Watch yet, so you may have to prepare to be patient.
Galaxy Tab 4: The T337TUVU1BNK4 update offers stability improvements, so hopefully it will be a noticeably smoother ride for you.
Galaxy S4: A pretty small update here, as M919UVUFNK2 adds Chinese language support.
Galaxy Avant: The same with G386TUVU1ANK3 - also makes your phone Chinese language friendly.
Galaxy Note 4: If you’re thinking about grabbing a Gear VR, then look for update NK2. It adds in support for Samsung’s virtual reality headset, though doesn’t specify what functionality you may get from that.
Galaxy Note 4: Along with the Gear VR support, Verizon’s update for the newest Note adds in some Amazon widgets and the Softcard wallet.
Droid Turbo: No, you’re not getting Lollipop yet. While Motorola is one of the best when it comes to Android updates, Verizon has more say on rollouts for the Droid line. So update 21.44.8 adds some stability fixes and “prepares your device” for Advanced Calling 1.0, which lets you finally use voice and data simultaneously. The preparatory update is nice and all, but the real thing would be even better.