These devices are getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update
Google announced the availability of its latest mobile operating system update,Android 5.0 Lollipop last night. Much like last year, there are several handsets that will ship with Android Lollipop out of the box, while many others will pick up this update in coming weeks and months. Here’s a brief look at when you should expect the update to arrive on your phone.
First off, the Nexus lineup, these devices are known to receive the latest update before any other handset in the market. Same is true this year. The Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 which Google announced last night will ship with Android Lollipop on them. Whereas, the last year’s flagship smartphone Nexus 5 will be receiving the update within next few weeks. In fact, you can download the Developer Preview of the new operating system on the phone right now.
The Nexus 7 (2013) will also receive the update within next few weeks. What’s even more interesting is that Google has announced that Nexus 7 (2012) tablet and Nexus 4 handset will also receive the Android Lollipop update in the next few weeks. This is one great piece of news, as the said devices have already maxed out their update life cycle.
Google Play Edition (GPE) Devices
The Google Play Edition phones will be receiving the updates sooner than most of the handsets. For those who are unfamiliar, Google Play Edition handsets are the stock version of the flagship devices released by other OEMs. Instead of running the custom UI (skin), they run the stock version of Android. Four GPE devices – Galaxy S4 GPE, LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, Xperia Z Ultra GPE, and HTC One M8 GPE will be snagging the update in within a few weeks.
Motorola will be one of the quickest OEM to seed out the updates to several of its handsets. The company has confirmed that Moto X, Moto G, as well as the second generation Moto X and Moto G will be receiving the updates soon. The super affordable Moto E will also be receiving the update in coming weeks. Furthermore, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will also be grabbing the update in coming months.
The strongest player in the Android space, Samsung is expected to deliver the new updates to the recently announced Galaxy Note 4, flagship smartphone Galaxy S5, last year’s Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 Mini, the phone with a curve Note Edge, and the last year’s flagship phablet Note 3. However, there’s no word how long Samsung would take to port its deeply integrated TouchWiz UI on top.
People using handsets from Sony, fret not, the company is expected to provide the Android Lollipop to Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z2 tablet, and Sony Xperia Z2 Compact among others.
HTC will be releasing the Android Lollipop to HTC One, HTC One M8, HTC One Mini, and HTC One Mini 2 in the coming months. It will be interesting to see if HTC Desire Eye, and HTC One M8 Eye also receive the update.
LG and Android One handsets
LG will definitely seed the update to its latest flagship LG G3, and last year’s LG G2. In addition, we also expect that Android One handsets – Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream Uno will receive the update soon.