Where’s My Lollipop? When’s my Phone Getting Android L?
Along with the Nexus 6, Google also unveiled the latest edition of its Android operating system, the 5.0 Lollipop. Software updates always excite gadget lovers as they usually resolve bugs and offer better features. But this time the word on the street is that Android Lollipop is proving to be less famous than the previous versions. According to Google’s latest Play Store results for early 2015, less than 0.1 percent of Android users are on the newest version. Android KitKat still remain to be the most popular with 39.1 share, followed by Android Jelly Bean. When the KitKat was released, it reached 1.1 percent in the first month alone.
However, as always, most of the major smartphone makers have revealed the plans and timeline to update the popular devices from their portfolio, if not all. In case you were wondering if the smartphone you have purchased, or planning to purchase, will be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop or not, here we compile a list of them officially confirmed to receive it in coming months.
List of smartphones and tablets getting Android 5.0 update:
Motorola has announced on its website that it is working with its technology and carrier partners to bring the Android L upgrade to most of its latest devices including Moto G and Moto X (both 1st and 2nd generations along with LTE variants), Moto E, Droid Turbo, Droid Ultra (Maxx) and Droid Mini. The company hasn’t provided any timeline yet, but we assume the updates to start arriving from February.
The Android v5.0 Lollipop is being provided to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 in Central and West Europe along with Russia, Malaysia and South Korea, and we expect it to roll out soon in the rest of world. The other Galaxy phones which are expected to receive the upgrade include Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 and Note 4.
Sony has also revealed its plans to update the Xperia Z series devices, and the list is pretty impressive. It includes Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia X1, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3V, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Tablet Z. The updates will start rolling out in early 2015 starting with Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition, followed by Xperia Z3 and Z2 series.
HTC is one major smartphone producer which was quick to announce its plans for the Lollipop upgrade. The company got it hands on AOSP Nov 4th and promised to launch the upgrades within 90 days for HTC One and HTC One M8. According to the latest reports, the update is rolling out to Google Play Edition of both the devices, while the regular editions are expected to get very soon. Other HTC smartphones that are more likely to get the upgrade are HTC One Max, One Mini, One Mini 2, and HTC One (E8).
LG is also playing its part, and has started rolling out the new Android platform to its flagship model, the G3. But the company is silent regarding its mid-range and entry-level smartphones. Asus also has a good history of updating its smartphones. Though it hasn’t confirmed officially, but a leaked roadmap suggests the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 (both 3G and LTE variants), ZenFone 6, and the PadFone S will be getting the upgrade by April, while the PadFone Infinity 2 will be having it by June 2015.
In case you were expecting but your device hasn’t made it to the list, don’t lose heart as the list will keep updating and will be integrating more devices. Moreover, you can also get your hands over the unofficial builds if yours has been a popular model.