T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 finally scores Lollipop in this week's Android update roundup

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The T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Note 4 is finally catching up to its siblings on other networks, landing the golden Android Lollipop update. 

However, some older phones are also getting their hands on Lollipop, such as the LG G2, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4.

So 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.

T-Mobile

Galaxy Note 4: The T-Mobile support page certifies that the software download is available, bringing Android 5.0 and Wi-Fi calling. Your device will need at least 50 percent charged and a have Wi-Fi connection in order to accept the 1.1 GB update. Also, don’t forget you can always track your T-Mobile device’s journey down the update road with the new T-Mobile software updates page.

LG Optimus L90: It’s good to see mid-range devices getting Lollipop also. That’s the story with the Optimus L90, which is getting Android 5.0.2. T-Mobile says you can trigger the update and get it over-the-air now.

Verizon

Galaxy S4: Samsung has really elevated its update game with Lollipop, pushing out updates to both new and older devices much quicker than it used to. Such is the case with the Galaxy S4, which is now two generations back of the current frontrunner Galaxy S6. A Verizon update page has all the details on Android 5.0, which is rolling out as an over-the-air update.

Sprint 

LG G2: This device has already picked up Lollipop on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Sprint support says along with Android 5.0 you’re getting an update to the FM radio software.

U.S. Cellular

Galaxy Note 3: A U.S. Cellular support page says you can get the over-the-air update via Wi-Fi or install it directly with Samsung’s Kies software. It brings Android 5.0 and Samsung’s retouched interface that incorporates Google’s Material Design.

Nexus

Nexus 7 (2013): The Android 5.1.1 factory images are now live, though they’re only for the Wi-Fi edition of Google’s last-generation tablet. If you have an LTE model, you’re stuck on 5.1 for now.

Nexus 10: The Android 5.1.1 update for the largest of Google’s tablets is also available on the Nexus Factory Image page. It’s primarily a bug fix update, hopefully smoothing out some performance issues.

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