When is my phone getting the Android Lollipop update? Here's what we know about the release

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.

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. 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.

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.



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.


  • HTC One - within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code (January the latest)
  • HTC One M8 - within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code
  • HTC One mini/2 - promised for update, no hard schedule
  • HTC One GPE - in a few weeks
  • HTC One M8 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:



1. HansGoneInsane unregistered

For most Android users: next year to never.

8. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

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..

43. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

you can install ios8 beta to all iphone models at the same time ;)

49. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Expect iOS 8 on a iPhone 4S and 5 will probably be missing features like how the iOS 7 on the 4 and 4S are missing features from iOS 7

65. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

IOS 8 is really just Android 4.0 with a heavy IOS Skin.

68. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

No you are being too generous. It's more like Android 2.1 with a heavy iOS skin... Please get it right. lol +1 for the decent try

57. jacobxtyler

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

that's what happens when your phone selection lacks variety.

82. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If by "all" you mean the 4S and up, then yes, as long as you pay your $99 for a developer account so you can pay them to test their own OS...makes sense!

90. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

so you're saying ios8 can be installed on an iphone 3gs? or the 2 or maybe even the original iphone?

89. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

PA still doesn't know when it will be release. it's up too the manufacturer for future updates.

33. Saravana

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

But still ahead of 4 year old ios 8.

50. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Too much ahead that even android users cant see it running on their phones

71. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

the only people that should be using iphones are those with tiny hands or those who don't understand technology.

76. techspace

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.

79. jesusnexo unregistered

why do you people bring apple in here? doe sit make your d*ck grow an inch every time you insult some company you dont like for no reason? yeah f**k nestle.

84. Ashoaib

Posts: 3296; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah... I agree with you, why to bring a sub standard iphone and ios in android's article? what benefit it will provide?

44. joey_sfb

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.

51. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Bitter truth. Most of the last years phones still did not updated to kitkat

54. elirev4

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

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.

66. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I made this vow after using several other phones and watching update after update pass by. Trust me, you won't regret it. I was clutching my Nexus 5 so hard during the Google I/O keynote.

61. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

They said the same about KitKat. People just never learn...

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's a hassle for rooted users. Hope the update worth it.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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.

15. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012


17. joseg81

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i've had free hotspot since htc g2

53. willard12 unregistered

2.5 gigs free on T-Mobile.

93. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

I'm not rooted and I have a hotspot...

18. Takeharu

Posts: 285; 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.

40. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

CyanogenMod is over hyped. Only geeks are interested, bland and boring like stock. Smart people only needs root and Xposed.

48. MJK91

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

Nonsense. Xposed is great but can't give you HALO, Hover, PIE...

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