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A Software Update Makes AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 The First Android Tablet To Support NumberSync

The LG G Pad X 10.1 isn't the most notable tablet in the world. Its specs are middling at best, its styling is inoffensive, and it isn't any particular bargain. But it does have one claim to fame, at least if you have the AT&T LTE version: it's the first tablet to support NumberSync, the service that allows users to seamlessly use one number across multiple devices for phone calls and texts. Previously the service was limited to Apple devices (piggybacking off of Apple ID) and the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch.

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Android 6.0 Update Rolling Out To 2nd Gen Moto G In The US

The 2nd gen Moto G never really seemed like a priority for Motorola in the US. After all, they never even released an LTE variant around here. That hasn't stopped Moto from pushing a Marshmallow update to the device. We've confirmed the update is available immediately via the update menu, but you might already have the notification.

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[Update: Rolling Out March 1st, For Real This Time] Verizon Is Rolling Out Marshmallow To The Droid Turbo 2

Verizon's Droid phones have traditionally been slow on updates, which isn't surprising for Verizon. Still, you have to wonder what's up when the hardware is sometimes very similar to the current gen Moto X. At any rate, Verizon has finally started rolling out Marshmallow to the Droid Turbo 2 (a few months after the Moto X Pure). That means lots of new features to play with.

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Verizon's Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Gets Its Marshmallow Soak Test

Since the DROID series remains a Verizon exclusive more than six years after the original QWERTY model hit shelves, the DROID Turbo 2 is Verizon's de facto flagship phone, in so much as no one else can use it. So those customers who have spent their money on the modified version of the Moto X will be glad to know that a Marshmallow update is fast approaching. For a lucky few, it's available now: the "soak test," a closed alpha for Motorola firmware, has begun.

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Samsung Is Rolling Out February Security Patches To 'Flagship Models'

Samsung followed Google's lead last year to promise regular security patches for its most popular phones. It's been following through with the updates, and today it's time for the February patches. If you've got a flagship Samsung device from the last few years, you can expect an OTA notification soon.

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Fire OS 5 Comes To The Original Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Stick (Both 1st And 2nd Gen Now Run Version 5.0.5)

Fire OS 5 is the latest release of Amazon's customized version of Android. As is tradition for the company's products, this firmware upgrade bumps devices up to being only one major version out of date. Instead of Marshmallow, Amazon's Fire gadgets are making their way up to Android 5.1.

Amazon has started pushing out Fire OS 5 to the 1st generation Fire TV and Fire TV stick. The 2nd gen hardware, which was already running 5.0.4, is also getting a boost. After the latest round of updates, all four gadgets should be left at 5.0.5.

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[Update: Xperia Z3v Too] Verizon's Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 Gets An Over-The-Air Bump From Android 5.0.2 To 5.1.1

At this point, anyone who really cares about getting speedy Android updates knows to avoid using Verizon if possible, with a few exceptions for flagship devices. Those exceptions don't extend to tablets, even high-end ones. Case in point: the Verizon Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 is now getting its Android 5.1.1 update... a year after the software was released, and more than four months after the release of the latest version, Android 6.0. Such is life.

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ZTE Is Rolling Out Marshmallow To The Axon Pro

ZTE spent the last few years building low-cost devices for carriers, but 2015 saw the release of the Axon Pro. This phone had flagship specs and a pretty nice build of almost-stock Android. ZTE promised it would keep this phone up to date, and it's following through with a Marshmallow OTA. It took a little longer than expected, but you can grab the update now.

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NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV Marshmallow Update Is Rolling Out Now

The SHIELD TV is the clear winner among Android TV devices, even if that is a very short field. The high-powered set-top-box gives a better experience than both the Nexus Player and the Razer Forge TV... which remain the only other stand-alone Android TV devices available. Today the SHIELD gets even better, because NVIDIA is pushing out the Marshmallow update to its hardware. NVIDIA updates usually go out all at once, so if you own a SHIELD, you should be able to start the download right now.

The biggest addition for the SHIELD is adoptable storage, which lets users reformat a MicroSD card into semi-permanent primary storage that can be used to download apps and other files directly to the device.

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Motorola Fesses Up: The 2013 DROIDs (Ultra, Maxx, Mini) Are Never Getting Lollipop, But Here, Have $100 Off A New One

Remember when Motorola promised that its 2013 phone lineup would be getting over-the-air updates to Android 5.0, almost a year and a half ago? Pepperidge Farm DROID Ultra, DROID Maxx, and DROID Mini owners remember: they've been waiting that long to get their much-needed upgrade, watching with envy while the Verizon-specific phones were passed over and Moto's more general X and G lines got their updates. Not that any of those neglected customers are particularly surprised at this point, but Motorola has finally recanted on its promise: there will be no Lollipop for the Ultra, Maxx, or Mini.

Motorola product manager David Schuster took to Google+ with the news.

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