We found some improvements, but it still doesn’t match the excellent photographic skills of the Galaxy S6. However the M9 is a good phone overall, and it’s one of many receiving a blessing from the update gods this week.
But other hardware was still were graced by the update gods; let’s explore who is getting a new treat with their device this week. It’s 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.
HTC One M9: The camera update comes in the form of software version 1.32.502.31. Along with the camera improvement are some bug fixes. If you want to flash the update yourself, you can get it directly from HTC.
Galaxy S4 Active: Sometimes devices this old get abandoned, but that isn’t the case yet here. The more rugged version of the Galaxy S4 is getting Android Lollipop, along with the usual round of bug fixes. The AT&T changelog has further specifics.
HTC One M9: The camera software update is on its way to the magenta network’s version of the M9. The T-Mobile support page has all the details, which includes fixes to BlinkFeed and “user experience” improvements.
Galaxy S4: If you have the model that’s compatible with Sprint’s Spark enhanced LTE network, you should be seeing an update to Lollipop. A Sprint support page details all the goodies, which includes HD voice, Wi-Fi calling enhancements, and security patches.
Nexus Player: The Nexus Player isn’t exactly flying off shelves, which makes it a perfect test device for seeding Android 5.1.1. This is a minor, bug-focused update, and Google has already posted the factory images and binaries. The good news is this update will probably start heading to other Nexus devices soon.
Shield Tablet: We love this gaming tablet, and it looks like Android 5.1 is on its way. It addresses performance and responsiveness issues the company has been hearing about from the community. It’s promised for “the coming weeks,” so stay tuned.
Galaxy Tab S 8.4: The Wi-Fi variant of Samsung’s tablet is making the jump to Android 5.0.1. You should be seeing an over-the-air update in the next few days, but if you don’t want to wait you can install it with Samsung’s Kies software.