Some weeks, it seems as though the deluge of updates for Android phones and tablets is never-ending. And then there are weeks like this one. If you don't count the update to Developer Preview 2 of Nexus phones running the Android M beta, there just isn't a whole lot to be excited about. Fortunately, some older phones from 2014 are on the update list this week.
Each week we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. 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.
One M9 Developer Edition: If you happen to have the unlocked Developer Edition of HTC’s latest flagship, you should have gotten an update to Android 5.1.1 this week. The update brings a slew of other improvements too; battery life, call and data performance, camera performance, and thermal management.
LG G Stylo and LG Leon: These two very similar phones (the biggest difference is size) get a bump from Android 5.0 to 5.1.1. In addition to the improvements inherent with that are tweaks to improve battery life with Wi-Fi calling.
Moto X (1nd gen): The first Moto X is getting a bump to Android 5.1 on AT&T's network. It's technically a "soak test" deployed to a limited number of users, but AT&T has made the update available to anyone who wants to pull it down themselves. You can find more details on Motorola's site.
Shield Console: Nvidia's high-end, high-price Android TV box and gaming console just got a bump to Software upgrade 1.3. It's a minor update, Wi-Fi and controller connectivity. The update notes also promise a vague "Optimized for Newly Released Apps and Games." So...a graphics driver update, maybe?
Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player: Google has released the 2nd Developer Preview for Android M. It adds a few new features, fixes lots of bugs, and adds a ton of APIs for developer to work with. If you want to try it out, you don't need anything but a recent Nexus device and the will to work with unfinished software. Check out our guide for instructions on how to install it.
LG G3: Verizon's version of the 2014 flagship gets an update that adds a Bluetooth toggle button to the in-call menu, HD Voice, and the ability to toggle between native Android 5.0 notifications or LG's skinned notifications.