The Galaxy Note 4 is already a great device, combining a beautiful screen with some phablet-friendly software features. The AT&T edition for this device and the previous generation are getting a nice gift in the form of Android Lollipop.
They’re part of our weekly 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: It’s finally here: the big Lollipop update on your giant screen. The AT&T changelog is slim on details, but if you’ve followed along with our Android Lollipop review you should know what you’re getting with all that Material Design and revamped notifications. It’s a hefty 1.2GB update, so you’ll need to connect to Wi-Fi to start it up.
Galaxy Note 3: Well, look at that. The Note 4’s older sibling is also getting a Lollipop treat. According to the AT&T download page you’ll need to be on Wi-Fi for the Note 3 download in order to get Android 5.0. It’s great to see two generations of the Note line get the latest version of Android, as Lollipop has a lot to offer on a bigger screen.
Moto X (2014) Pure Edition: A couple of items to note for this one. First, Android 5.1 is on the way, bringing those quick settings tweaks, new Google device protection, and all-important bug fixes. Even though it’s only a minor update, the Motorola changelog has a lengthy list of all the details.
One key additions is a new “chop twice” gesture to launch the flashlight. Motorola says it’s like a firm handshake or small, fast karate chops in order to let there be light. It’s worth checking out next time you’re in need of brightening up the darkness.
Nexus Player: The Android 5.1 factory images are now available for the inaugural Android TV device. For the Nexus Player the biggest benefit will probably be those speed improvements and bug fixes, as those phone-specific features won’t help you stream Netflix or play Android TV games.