There are a lot of Android phones out there. And most of them get updates straight from carriers, each keeping with its own schedule. It’s a lot to keep track of.
Each week, we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest phones on U.S. carriers ( unlocked phones, of course), round them all up so you don’t miss a thing.
Making sure your device installs the latest software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features, close security holes, get those pesky bugs squashed.
Galaxy S5: Updated to KitKat 4.4.4, which is mainly a couple of security enhancements bugfixes over 4.4.3. But it also gets Advanced Calling, which is Verizon’s term for voice over E video calling. Its S Health app gets additional tracking features, including weight, stress, sleep.
so includes fixes for accessing the emergency dialer, correcting the unread email number count in the notification shade, improvements to Bluetooth audio, matching the caller ID with contacts when using the Knox security software.
HTC One M8: Updated to Android 4.4.3, which HTC says includes all the bug fixes to be found in 4.4.4. so added Extreme wer Mode, a low-power use setting.
Galaxy S4: An over-the-air update brings better connectivity for phone calls text messaging. It has updated apps, though it’s a good practice to update those through the ay Store.
Galaxy S4: ong with 4.4.4 KitKat it’s getting T-Mobile’s -Fi calling feature, which lets you make receive calls through a wireless network even if you aren’t connected to a T-Mobile tower.
Galaxy Note 3: ke its smaller cousin on T-Mobile, this device gets 4.4.4 KitKat. Yet it has some other nice enhancements, like international -Fi calling, kids mode, version 2.0 of the Knox business security feature.
Moto G: Motorola’s mighty budget phone gets KitKat, the ability to pause video recording, an updated phone dialer, the Motorola ert application. This app, one of several that Motorola has put in the ay Store, updates you on the location of selected contacts.