Dell Venue 8 Tablet, Nvidia Shield Portable jump ahead to Android 5.1

Motorola hit the brakes on a similar update for the first-gen Moto X after it started eating users' contacts.

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A pair of Android tablets are climbing the update mountain to the peak of Android 5.1. They’re the highlight in a slower-than-usual week for Android devices, especially with the first-generation AT&T Moto X pushed back to a holding pattern.

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.


Venue 8 7000: Dell stuck pretty close to stock Android with its ultra-thin tablet. The Android 5.1 update keeps that aesthetic, and brings all those necessary bug fixes and performance improvements. Head to the update menu to trigger the download.


Shield Portable: It’s a big jump with this update, going from Android 4.4 all the way to 5.1. The Nvidia release notes say you’ll also get Chromecast support and the latest version of Twitch. 


Galaxy Note 4: No, unfortunately it’s not the jump to Android 5.1 you’ve been waiting for. However, the AT&T update includes “Google Security Patches,” removes Softcard, and (hopefully) improves performance. It’s a 142MB update, so AT&T requires you download it via Wi-Fi.

Moto X (2013): Motorola has put the kibosh on this update, which was bringing Android 5.1 to Motorola’s original flagship. According to Motorola’s David Schuster, a small number reported disappearing contacts with the rather terrible AT&T address book. Unfortunately, that means you’ll have to wait longer if you didn’t grab the update already. 

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