It’s the calm before the storm in the world of Android. With everyone’s attention focused on next week’s Google I/O—especially with all those Android VR rumors—it’s easy to forget about the humdrum world of new software.
But a few key updates made their way into the wild, landing on popular devices like the Nvidia Shield Tablet, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and HTC’s One M9 and M8.
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.
HTC One M9: According to HTC’s Mo Versi, the Marshmallow update is finally rolling out. Other variants of the phone already picked up the update, so if you’ve been waiting patiently it’s time to check for an over-the-air update from AT&T.
HTC One M8: Same story here, so keep an eye out for the update notification or check for it manually.
Galaxy S7: The May security patch is rolling out now. AT&T hasn’t posted an official changelog, so that’s the only noticeable change so far from the update. Getting the May patch out this quickly is a positive move in the right direction, especially for two companies that in the past had been rather slow with Android updates.
Galaxy S7 Edge: I saw this update come to my own device Thursday, so this security patch should be available for you soon if it hasn’t shown up yet.
Shield Tablet: Nvidia’s gaming tablet is going strong, as it’s now jumping up to Android 6.0.1 after the move to Marshmallow a few months ago. There’s a pretty lengthy changelog, with the highlights being support for the Vulkan API (this improves the efficiency of graphics hardware), repositioned navigation buttons, and improvements to the gamepad.
ZenFone 2 Laser: The update to Android 6.0 is headed your way. Along with the latest version of Android, Asus is killing off a bunch of bloatware, such as Asus Email, Backup, and Data Transfer since these services are already handled by Google’s own offerings.
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