Verizon LG G3, Sony Xperia devices lead this week's Android update roundup

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The LG G3 is a pretty great device, but the Verizon model had been left out of the Android Lollipop parade.

The wait is finally over, with this device joining several Sony phones in finally seeing the most recent version of Android. They join a list that includes most flagship devices in getting their taste of all those new Android 5.0 features.

But on to the rest of the updates and details. They’re 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.


LG G3: Your Lollipop update is finally here. You’ll get smart lock, the new lock screen notifications, and revamped navigation buttons with your update to Android 5.0. This Verizon walkthrough covers more of the details about how LG has tinkered with the software.


Galaxy Note 4: Fresh off scoring Lollipop, AT&T has another update that does some under-the-hood maintenance work. AT&T says the 142MB download updates private mode settings, fixes the emergency dial mode, and includes Google security patches. It also gets rid of the Softcard app, as it is defunct after being acquired by Google.

Galaxy S5 Active: The more rugged version of Samsung’s last-generation flagship is finally getting Lollipop. Hit the update button on your phone, but make sure you’re on Wi-Fi as the AT&T update is 1.4GB.

Galaxy Alpha: Same thing here, with a hefty Lollipop update coming for the posh Galaxy Alpha. 

LG G2: The Lollipop update hit the Verizon model first, but now it’s your turn if you’re still holding on to this last-generation flagship. AT&T says you’ll need to be on Wi-Fi for the update, which bumps you up to Android 5.0.2.


Xperia: Sony tends to send out its updates to batches of phones all at once. So if you have one of the following devices, you can expect an upgrade to Android Lollipop. Next on the list, according to Sony, is the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z.


HTC One M9: The newest flagship from HTC shipped with an underperforming camera, so HTC shipped up a software update to try and fix that. If you want the full file yourself, head to this HTC page.  

US Cellular

Galaxy Note 4: The larger-network cousins already got their update a few weeks ago, but it’s better late than never, right? You should be able to check for and receive the software update now over the air.

Galaxy Note Edge: The curvaceous sibling to the Note 4 is also getting its taste of Lollipop. Check for the over-the-air update now.

Google Nexus

Nexus 7: Both the Wi-Fi and LTE models of Google’s tablet are finally getting the boost to Android 5.1. An over-the-air update should be hitting you at any moment, but you can always grab the factory images to get it right now.

Nexus 4: Google released this phone in 2012, but it’s still being graced with Android updates. Factory images are now here, which bring you up to Android 5.1.

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