Android device updates: pushes Nexus February factory images, T-Mo G4 to get Marshmallow

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 5 Feb 2016

Give credit for sticking to its pledge to offer monthly updates for its Nexus line. The February factory images are now here, which indicate you should see an over-the-air download in the near future.

also got some good news for Android ar, which will see a much-needed update that brings hardware support for watches with speakers. A couple of more devices got Marshmallow as well, but the biggest buzz surrounds the new Galaxy S7 G5 that will be unveiled soon at Mobile rld Congress.

Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android ar smartwatches, 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 gaping security holes.


Factory images: posted the factory images for the February 2016 security patch for Nexus devices. You’ll remain on Android 6.0.1 should see an over-the-air update soon if you’d rather not flash them yourself. Additionally, has the binaries available for devices that need them, such as the xel C.

xel C: Speaking of the xel C, the monthly update does some more for ’s productivity-focused tablet. The keyboard accessory received a firmware update that is supposed to solve connectivity issues. You’ll see an update to version MXB48T then be prompted to update the keyboard firmware when it’s connected. The install should take a few minutes before you can use it for typing again.


G4: It’s been quite the wait for Marshmallow, but it’s finally on the way. According to the T-Mobile update page the new software began rolling out on Feb. 4, it will probably take some time before it comes to everyone.  

Android ar

Update: The newest version of Android ar brings support for phone conversations over the watch’s Bluetooth connection (if your watch has a built-in speaker), more gestures, support for sending messages using your voice in OTT messaging services. It’ll probably take several days before the update makes its way to all watches, but when the new software arrives it will make communication on your watch much easier.


Shield Tablet: Nvidia didn’t forgot about its original Shield Tablet. An over-the-air update to Marshmallow is scheduled to hit your device soon. ong with Now on Tap all the other improvements to Marshmallow, you’ll see an update to Nvidia’s camera software.

However, according to the Nvidia forums the company hit the pause button on the rollout as some were having issues with -Fi connectivity. Many who posted said their update went just fine, so hopefully it will fire back up soon. Additionally, E tablets will require a few weeks to get the update out to everyone thanks to carrier certification requirements.