When is my phone getting the Android Lollipop update? Here's what we know about the release
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 15, 2014, 2:00 PM
The lucky owners of a Google Nexus or a Play Edition device, might be seeing the newest Android Lollipop ship with their gear, or it very soon after the unveiling, but, as usual, those with popular handsets like the Galaxy S4/S5/Note 4, the LG G2/G3, Xperia Z1/Z2/Z3, or the HTC One M8/M7, will have to wait a fair amount more.
HTC already announced that it will update the One and One (M8) within 90 days of receiving the source code from Google, which sounds moderately ambitious for a January timeframe. Motorola also chimed in, slating the fall for its update schedule, which jibes with the Q4 rollout of the newest software.We will wait for info and official manufacturer confirmations on their individual Android Lollipop update schedules, and will post any news as soon as we have them.
With Android Lollipop, we are getting a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled its aging notifications system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung, LG, HTC, or third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style system, and a 64-bit compiler, as well as a battery-saving Project Volta are all a go, so there's plenty to look forward to on your phone or tablet, hopefully sooner rather than later.
- Nexus 5 - in the next few weeks
- Nexus 4 - in the next few weeks
- Nexus 10 - in the next few weeks
- Nexus 7 - in the next few weeks
The whole Motorola stable you see below will be upgraded to Lollipop with various speeds, depending on carrier and other arrangements, but the Moto G and E, with their stock experience, should be first in line, and then the carrier models will follow suit.
- Galaxy S4 GPE - in a few weeks
- LG G Pad 8.3 GPE - in a few weeks
- Xperia Z Ultra GPE - in a few weeks
All the Xperia Z devices listed below will be getting Lollipop, announced Sony, with the Z2/Z3 getting it first in early 2015:
For most Android users: next year to never.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:33 PM 86
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The article should state that Andriod L is just in preview mode at the moment - much like iOS 8's beta. While most of us here know this, it's a surprising omission from the article, especially when they've been doing incredibly simple "how-to" videos for the not so tech-savvy..
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:46 PM 6
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But still ahead of 4 year old ios 8.
posted on Jun 26, 2014, 4:00 AM 18
Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012
What makes you think that iphones are for those with tiny hands? The 6 and 6 plus aren't small phones and I don't understand why some people think that ios much easier to use when compared to android. People with tiny hands and people who don't know much about technology can also use android phones.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 2:11 PM 1
Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012
Quite happy with kk and 4.3 I will get L with my newer device purchase. I upgrade my phone and tablet every year so software update not a big issue for me I just wish their hurry up with the Android extension pack and give us Tegra K1 like gpu and games.
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 3:06 AM 0
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That's exactly why my next smartphone is going to be a Nexus. I'm tired of waiting almost 8 months for each firmware update. Owns a Galaxy S4.
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 4:49 AM 8
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It's a hassle for rooted users. Hope the update worth it.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:35 PM 0
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Why do people still root their phones? I haven't rooted since my Sensation 4G. I'm just curious what the point is these days.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 3:07 PM 0
Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2013
Customization and custom roms. Nothing beats CyanogenMod imo, not even stock android! That alone is a reason to root for me at least. And then you have all the cool root apps like Xposed and Adaway which are extremely useful.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 3:37 PM 4
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