It's a good week for Galaxy Note owners, as two models of the device are scoring a Lollipop update. And even though HTC missed its self-imposed 90 day deadline for pushing out Lollipop, it's finally delivering it to Verizon's One M8.
These were the key improvements to catch our eye in this week's roundup of major software updates for the biggest devices, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, and even wearables. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.
Galaxy Note 4: The Galaxy Note 4 is a pretty compelling device, so sprucing it up with Android's latest flavor sounds like a nice treat. Look for update N910PVPU1BOB7, which brings all of the Android 5.0 improvements and some Wi-Fi calling enhancements.
Galaxy Note 3: Samsung isn't leaving behind its last-generation Note when it comes to Lollipop. Android 5.0 is now rolling out to Galaxy Note 3 users, as indicated by T-Mobile's software update tracker. If it hasn't hit your device yet, it should soon.
HTC One M8: Sure, it's the One M9 that's getting all the buzz, but plenty of us are still holding on to the trusty One M8—and now it's Lollipop time. Verizon's update document goes over the essentials, like all the changes to the notification shade and lock screen (or you could read our Android Lollipop review). Sense has its own grid-style recent apps page, but fortunately you can opt for the stock Android card-style view in the settings. Along with Lollipop, the update enables roaming on an additional network band and brings enhancements to three-way calling features.