Last month, Google's mobile OS team, Android announced the company's biggest update named v5.0 Lollipop.
The company confirmed that Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 will ship with Lollipop OS out-of-the-box and soon after this announcement, many Google OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) affiliates, to name a few - Motorola, Sony and HTC- owed to release the new OS update soon to their respective devices.
Here is a List of the Top Tier-Brand Devices, Which are Slated to Receive Android 5.0 Lollipop Update:
Google Nexus devices:
Nexus 5, 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 editions), Samsung Nexus 10 and other Google Play edition devices (Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M7, M8, LG G Pad 8.3, Motorola Moto G) are expected to get the new update in a few days time.
[Note: The rollout process has been already been initiated in select regions, for more information, HERE).
The American technology major, Motorola (now a subsidiary of Lenovo) was the first Android OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) affiliate to confirm the release of Android Lollipop OS update to its devices. The company is slated to rollout the firmware to Moto X (Gen 2. And Gen 1.), Moto G (Gen 2. And Gen 1.), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
The company has even opened a dedicated Android 5.0 Lollipop OS update support page to help consumers track the availability of Android 5.0 Lollipop on smart devices. For more information, Motorola device owners can head over HERE.
The Japanese consumer electronics firm in its official blog, confirmed to rollout the new Android OS firmware to all of its 15 Xperia Z-series smartphones. It includes Xperia Z Ultra GPE (Google Play Edition), Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet, Xperia Tablet Z, and Xperia Z2 Tablet.
The Taiwanese company has confirmed that HTC One M7 (2013) and One M8 (2014) will get the update within 90 days of the release of Kernel code by Google.
"We have the Android Lollipop code. We'll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days from today. #HTCAdvantage", said the company via official Twitter handle.
Other HTC devices that are certain to get new update include One Mini (2013 and 2014 editions), HTC One Max, as they are part of HTC Advantage scheme.
[Note: Any device under HTC Advantage scheme will have the privilege of extra Google Drive space (25 - 100GB), cloud back up facility, two-year Android update service, live-help (depending on the region), for more information, head over HERE]
Last month, HTC's alleged Lollipop rollout schedule details were leaked online revealing the names of the devices expected to get the new update. HTC One (M7 and M8) dual-SIM models, the newly released Desire Eye, Butterfly 2, One E8 (both single and dual-SIM variants), Mini 2, Desire 816, , Butterfly (Gen 2.) are slated to get updates between January and May next year.
HTC Smartphone Android Lollipop Update Release Schedule:
|HTC One M7 and M8(Google Play editions)||November-December 2014|
|HTC One M7 and M8 with Sense UI||January-February 2015|
|HTC Desire Eye, dual-SIM models of HTC One –M7 and M8, HTC One E8 (both single-SIM and dual-SIM) and HTC Butterfly 2||January-March 2015|
|HTC One Mini 2 and Desire 816||March-April 2015|
|HTC One Max, HTC One Mini and HTC Butterfly S||March-May 2015|
|Other MediaTek CPU powered HTC Desire devices||Still under evaluation|
The company (via official blog) has confirmed that the Google's latest mobile OS update roll out process will begin in April 2015, starting with Zenfone series 4, 5, 6, Padfone S (PF500KL) and later in June for Padfone Infinity (A89).
Android 5.0 Lollipop OS Update Rollout Timeline Details of Asus Devices:
|Asus Zenfone 4 (A400CG/A450CG)||April, 2015|
|Asus Zenfone 5 (A500CG/A501CG)||April, 2015|
|Asus Zenfone 5 LTE (A500KL)||April, 2015|
|Asus Zenfone 6(A600CG/A601CG)||April, 2015|
|Asus Padfone S (PF500KL)||April, 2015|
|Asus Padfone Infinity (A89)||June, 2015|
Last month, the South Korean company hinted that Galaxy Note will get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, most probably by December end.
Samsung on its Twitter message has posted a Galaxy Note 4 with wallpaper showing Lollipop candies with a caption – "Anyway you look at it, the #GALAXYNote4 Quad HD Super AMOLED display is pretty sweet. #NoteTheDifference".
Going by the cryptic message, the company is hinting that the flagship phablet will be receiving the new Android v5.0 OS update pretty soon.
If sources of SamMobile are to believed, Galaxy S5 is expected to get the Android 5.0 firmware by December end, whereas 2013 flagship model Galaxy S4 will get the update in early 2015. It specifically mentions that the Exynos Octa-core version GT-I9500 will get the firmware first and later to Snapdragon variant.
If Galaxy S4 is getting the update, then by logical intuition Galaxy Note 3, which debuted later in September 2013, is also certain to receive the new firmware.
The 2014 flagship tablet Galaxy Tab S series slates will also be tasting the sweetness of Android Lollipop by December or early 2015.
Besides Nexus 5 and G Pad 8.3 GPE, the South Korean company has confirmed to release Android 5.0 to the 2014 flagship smartphone G3 by year end.
Dutch technology blog, TechTastic citing regional senior LG representatives has confirmed that the new Android 5.0 will be released to the company's flagship G3 in Belgium and Netherlands by December. But, there is no word if the rollout process is global or limited to select countries.
The 2013 model G2 is also slated to receive the update as the company, like other Android OEM affiliates are bound by 18-month obligatory software upgrade service.
OnePlus One is also slated to get the new CyanogenMod based Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM within three months.
Android One Smartphones:
During the launch of Android One series devices - Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO - at New Delhi in August, Google had confirmed that these devices will also get the new Lollipop update.
For the uninitiated, Google's new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS comes with an overhauled design language material design, bringing in an interactive user-interface, visually appealing graphic design (with bold colours & typography), tactile surface, fluid animation features, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime and many more tweaks for performance enhancements.