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Android device updates: Several Samsung devices grab Android 5.1, other small fixes

Derek Walter | Sept. 28, 2015
The clock starts over with Android Marshmallow, which should debut with two new Nexus phones next week.

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Credit: Florence Ion

A ton of Samsung devices are first in line for Android updates this week.

T-Mobile’s newest Galaxy phones, the AT&T Galaxy Tab 4, and Verizon’s Note Pro 12.2 are among those getting some fresh software. However, the buzz is building around what’s coming up next, with Google is expected to show off two new Nexus phones and give more details about the availability of Android Marshmallow at a San Francisco event on Sept. 29.

In the meantime, let’s check out the latest updates. Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the Android 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.


Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5: A bunch of minor updates with the ubiquitous “various bug fixes and improvements” label are coming to these four phones. T-Mobile says you’ll need at least 50 percent battery life to trigger the updates. 


Galaxy Tab 4 8.0: You’re now caught up with the latest version of Android. For a few days anyway. An over-the-air update is bringing you Android 5.1.1.


Galaxy Tab 4 8.0: Just like with the AT&T model, you’re getting Android 5.1.1, so enjoy being on the freshest version of Android for the next four days. Along with the usual bug fixes, Verizon says you’ll also get another “feature:” Galaxy Apps will install when you sign in to a Samsung account. Hooray?

Note Pro 12.2: Samsung had a giant tablet long before the iPad Pro, and now it’s getting the latest android build. The Verizon update also adds a download booster, kids mode widget, and an update to Samsung’s Knox security software.


OnePlus 2: OxygenOS 2.1 is rolling out now. It brings a manual mode to the camera, RAW image support for third-party camera apps, a color balance slider in the display, Microsoft Exchange support, and some fixes to lagginess when switching off of airplane mode.


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