While everyone’s attention was focused on Google I/O this week, some Nexus 6 and Nvidia Shield Tablet owners scored key Android updates.
The T-Mobile and Sprint editions of Google’s hefty phone got the bump to Android 5.1.1, which should smooth out some performance issues and other bugs that snuck into the Android 5.1 update. And two editions of Nvidia’s Tablet made the leap to the latest big Android update.
As always, there were some other devices blessed by the update gods. Each week we compile all the 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.
Nexus 6: You got the tease straight from T-Mobile that this update was headed your way. If you’re still waiting, head to the Google Factory images site to get it now. Android 5.1.1 is a bug fix update that should smooth out some rough edges for your Nexus device. It also adds Wi-Fi calling.
Xperia Z1s: The long stay in KitKat purgatory is over. You’re finally getting Lollipop in the form of Android 5.0.2. You should see an automatic update, but if not Sony posted the factory images.
Nexus 6: Just as with the T-Mobile version, the factory images are now available for Sprint’s edition of the Nexus 6. Sprint’s support site says the update is coming over-the-air if you would rather wait.
Moto E LTE: The same gift is headed to this version of the Moto E. Check for an update to get the boost to Android 5.1.
Shield Tablet: As promised, Nvidia is rolling out the Android 5.1 update for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions of its Shield Tablet. If you’re the impatient type, you can download the files yourself courtesy of XDA Developers. Such tinkering isn’t supported by Nvidia, however, so proceed with caution.