The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is certainly not the Lollipop King. The phone finally landed Android 5.0 this week, trailing behind vanilla Android rivals like the HTC One and Nexus 5.
Samsung's handset was the only phone or tablet to land Lollipop this week, though a bunch of other devices got some important updates as well.
Every week we ferret out all the major software updates for the biggest devices—tablets, phones on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, wearables, et cetera—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.
Let's dig in.
Google Play Edition
Galaxy S4: It may be last, but at least Lollipop is finally here for this pure Android Samsung phone. Be on the lookout for an over-the-air-update, or you can grab a ZIP file straight from Google to install it yourself.
Galaxy S4 Mini: The Galaxy S4’s mini me gains Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) in update i257, which improves call quality and lets the phone handle conversations and data simultaneously over Ma Bell's 4G network.
Fire Phone: Amazon’s first smartphone was a colossal flop, but the company's not ready to abandon the device just yet, as both the AT&T and GSM unlocked model get a ton of new features and fixes. Firefly can now recognize artwork and translate text it scans. The update also brings improved battery life, custom ringtones, and “hundreds” of bug fixes and performance improvements.
Shield Tablet: Our favorite gaming tablet already has Lollipop, but now its gaming-centric Shield Hub has a more Material Design friendly interface. It still keeps the green-and-gray color scheme, but it matches the overall look of the operating system. The update also lets you stream PC games from an Nvidia GeForce-equipped computer at 1080p resolution.
Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact: Build 23.0.1.A.5.77 started rolling out last week, but Sony didn’t specify what it included. The company finally updated the changelog, detailing a new camera app, better Exchange ActivSync performance, and improved audio.
LG G2: Next time you’re 30,000 feet in the air you can stay connected with free Gogo in-flight messaging. Update D80120g brings this feature, one of the self-described Uncarrier’s many perks.