Google has launched Android 5.0 Lollipop, making its debut on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, the latter of which went on sale today. Android 5.0 code has how been released, meaning the countdown has started.
The new devices will be available from November 2014 onwards, but the real question is when will Android 5.0 Lollipop will appear on your existing device.
We’ve contacted the various phone manufacturers for comment, and we’ll be updating this list as and when updates to Android Lollipop are confirmed, so stay tuned.
The Nexus devices are always first in line for Android updates and Android Lollipop has been be no different, with the rollout starting the moment the Nexus 6 became available..
The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Google Play edition devices are all being updated to Android Lollipop and that update has already started to roll out, so you could already have it.
HTC has a 90-day promise for updates, already confirming that the HTC One will be updated. That 90-day window started on 4 November, so the M7 and M8 should be updated by February 2014.
“HTC is excited about the new features in the Android L release and we can’t wait to share them with you. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible as part of our HTC Advantage program. We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices.”
Perhaps throwing a little more light, but unconfirmed, comes the news from LlabTooFeR who tells us that the timeframe for the HTC One M8 and M7 will be Jan-Feb 2015, with other devices following on. All should be done by May 2015, with the older devices being bottom of the list. It’s far from definite, but that’s the sort of timescale you might be looking at.
LG initially confirmed via Twitter that Android 5.0 Lollipop updates will start appearing in Q4 2014. The company then went one further, confirming that the roll-out of Lollipop for the LG G3 would be starting this week (from 10 November) with the first country to get it being Poland.
The puts LG right at the head of the pack, as we’re still waiting for the Nexus device to be updated.
“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO LG, in a statement.
Motorola was always going to be one of the fastest to offer Android Lollipop after the Nexus and Google Play devices. That was the case with Android 4.4 KitKit, thanks to Motorola’s devices being close to the stock Android experience. Remember too that Motorola developed the new Nexus 6, so should be well placed to update quickly.
Writing on the Motorola Blog, the company confirmed: “Once Android 5.0 L is officially released, we intend to bring this latest upgrade to many of our other Motorola devices, as well. This includes 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.” And it has started to roll it out to the Moto G and Moto X pure edition already.
Motorola has also updated its updates page so you can see if you’ll be eligable, however this only applies to the US.
The Nvidia Shield Tablet will be one of the first third-party devices to get the update. It will be sent as an over-the air patch on 18 November, so if you have the formidable gaming tablet, then you’ll be getting the sweet treats of Lollipop too.
It will also come with Nvidia’s new free cloud gaming platform Grid.
Samsung has a reasonable track record when it comes to updates, so you can expect the SGS5 and Note 4 to get the update. There’s a lot of additional software to be updated and this takes time.
Samsung has so far been rather quiet on the update – we’ve asked and had no response. SamMobile, who has a good track record of Samsung gossip, is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S5 might receive its update as soon as December 2014. Elsewhere, Samsung tweeted the Note 4 with a sweet wallpaper – no dates, but it’s an acknowledgement at least.
If you’ve an older device, the SamMobile has also learnt that the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Sony has confirmed that it is bringing Android Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z family and you can expect the roll-out to the Z3 devices first at the beginning of 2015, with other devices to follow.
“We’ll be making Sony Mobile’s Android “L” upgrade available for the entire premium Z series: including Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition devices will be first up – we’ll be back with more details on that soon.”