Sunday, December 7, 2014
Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Slowly Rolling Out To Smartphones [Android]
Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop last month when it unveiled its latest Nexus 6 smartphone. The update is slowly rolling out to manufacturers and even though some of Google's own smartphones have got the updates, not all Android smartphones have.
One of the main differences between iOS and Android is the issue with updates and how Android devices don't get the update at the same time across the board. The term "fragmentation" is often tossed around, mostly in a negative way.
Lollipop features Android Auto, Google's own horse in the car entertainment race to go up against Apple's CarPlay. Android Auto integration in cars will be more clear at CES 2015 next month. We may even get information on the aftermarket front at the event.
It is up to individual smartphone manufacturers to release the Lollipop updates to their customers once Google passes on the software to them. Most of the smartphone-makers have announced tentative timelines for a possible release date. Here's a round up, see where your smartphone figures...
The new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 became the first devices to be available with Lollipop last month at launch. According to other announcements from Google, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only; 2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 have also started to receive Lollipop updates.
Nexus 4 & cellular Nexus 7 devices will receive updates much later. Older Nexus devices like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, may not get the update at all.
Samsung has been secretive about the Lollipop update all along. The Galaxy S5 will most probably be the first Samsung phone to receive the update. According to Sam Mobile, the update should roll out sometime this month.
Other devices like the Galaxy S5 LTE, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 3 will be getting the update sometime in early 2015.
Seems like Galaxy S3 or older owners may be out of luck when it comes to Lollipop.
According to HTC, the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 will be getting the update by February 2015 "followed shortly by other One family members." Updates to other HTC smartphones will happen in phases throughout the first part of 2015. These include to HTC Desire Eye, the HTC One Minis (first and second generation), and HTC One Max.
The LG G3 has already received the Lollipop treatment in Asia with other regions getting the update as we speak. The G2, G2 Mini and G3 Beat are other handsets that will get the update with some perhaps getting lucky before the end of this year.
OnePlus, the Chinese phone-maker behind the OnePlus One, is believed to be working on its own version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to a post on TechnoBuffalo, this would mean OnePlus would likely drop its partnership with Cyanogen.
Timeline for the Lollipop update? According to OnePlus, by February 2015.
If you own any kind of Xperia Z smartphone, you're in luck. According to Sony, the entire Xperia Z family will receive the Lollipop update. This announcement comes in a blog post by Sony.
The following phones are included in the announcement: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
The Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition will be the first in line followed by the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series beginning in early 2015. All other devices mentioned above will follow.
The Official Motorola Blog has a post announcing which of the Motorola smartphones will get the Lollipop update. Here is the list...
Moto X (1st and 2nd gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd gen), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.
No timeline has been provided although some phones may have already received the update.
By AppRadioWorld at 9:41 PM