Moto E leaps to Lollipop to lead this week's Android update roundup

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The small-but-mighty Moto E is leaping ahead of several more expensive flagships in the race to Android 5.1. It joins a number of other devices this week that are finally getting their turn at some long-overdue updates.

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.


Moto E: It may be a budget phone, but it beats out a ton of others when it comes to getting the latest version of Android. Android Police found several XDA Developers posts referencing an update to Android 5.1, which is the most recent version of Google’s OS. If you haven’t seen it yet, hang tight as it’s rolling out now to the unlocked device.

Moto X (2013): It’s been a long wait to get Lollipop for the first-gen Moto X. Motorola executive David Schuster said in a Google+ post that it’s finally coming in a few weeks. He said that “lack of support from some of our partners” is to blame for the eternal delay, though that’s probably not much consolation if you’ve been stuck on KitKat for this long.


Asus Zen Watch: Some watch owners are posting on Reddit they’re seeing the upgrade to Android Wear 5.1.1. It’s actually a pretty significant update, bringing Wi-Fi support, always-on apps, new gestures, and a better app launcher.


Ten different devices from the Miami-based Blu products are getting Android Lollipop. They include the Studio G, Star 4.5, Studio 6.0 HD, Life One, Life One XL, Vivo Air, Life 8 XL, and Studio Energy. The devices are sold  as part of prepaid and no-contract plans with MVNOs, such as Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless.


HTC One M7: The tried-and-true original One is getting its taste of Android Lollipop. HTC’s Mo Versi confirmed on Twitter that it’s on its way in the form of an over-the-air-update. Along with the newest version of Android you’re getting enhancements to visual voicemail, three-way calling, a file manager, and HTC’s Eye Experience software.


Nexus 5: Google's phone is getting Android 5.1.1. Look for an over-the-air update from Sprint to bring all those bug fixes that accompany this update. 


Galaxy Tab S 10.5: Samsung’s super-sized tablet is making the leap to Android 5.0.2. The AT&T changelog lists all the details, which includes Samsung’s revamped version of quick settings.

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