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

Give Google 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.

We also got some good news for Android Wear, 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 and LG G5 that will be unveiled soon at Mobile World Congress.

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.

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

Pixel C: Speaking of the Pixel C, the monthly update does some more for Google’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 and 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.

LG 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, and it will probably take some time before it comes to everyone.  

Update: The newest version of Android Wear brings support for phone conversations over the watch's Bluetooth connection (if your watch has a built-in speaker), more gestures, and 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. Along with Google Now on Tap and 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 Wi-Fi connectivity. Many who posted said their update went just fine, so hopefully it will fire back up soon. Additionally, LTE tablets will require a few weeks to get the update out to everyone thanks to carrier certification requirements.


Derek Walter

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