Google started rolling out Android 5.0, also known as Lollipop, yesterday. Unless you have an older Nexus or Google Play Edition device however, or plan to buy a new one — that Nexus 9 tablet looks quite nice — you’ll be waiting for the software which feature’s Google’s new Material Design concept and updated apps (you can hear more on Material Design from Google’s VP Design, Android, Matias Duarte at our design conference Roadmap this month).
So how long will you have to wait? Much of that depends who built your phone or tablet in the first place. [company]Google[/company] provides its hardware partners with the base build and Android 5.0 started to appear in the Android Open Source Project repositories yesterday, according to Android Police.
Now those partners have to add their own tweaks, software and customizations to Google’s code, test with carriers and then make it available; a process that can take weeks, if not months. Device makers that minimize their changes to Google’s software and interface are usually quicker; Motorola is perfect example of this, having Android updates for its phones quicker than most.
Here’s a listing of what Google’s hardware partners have said about Android 5.0 software updates for their phones; I’ll add more information to this post as it becomes available.
If you have an HTC One M7 or M8, you can expect Android 5.0 within 90 days; a tweet from an HTC rep was spotted by Android Central on Monday confirming the plan. No other HTC phones have official dates announced for the update. Obviously, the Nexus 9 tablet — made by HTC — comes with Android 5.0 out of the box.
We've received Android Lollipop code from Google, the clock starts now! HTC One (M8) and (M7) will be updated within 90 days! #HTCAdvantage!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) November 3, 2014
Last week, LG’s Germany group posted a brief update status for its phones on Facebook. The translated information reads:
Hello everyone, we want to inform you hereby, that it upgrade to Android 5.0 2014 will be published lollipop for the LG G3 in the fourth quarter. The upgrade package for the LG G2 will follow.
It’s likely the older G2 won’t see its Lollipop update until after the new year, but at least it will get the software.
If you have a Moto handset, odds are you’ll be among the first to get Lollipop on your phone. The company made an official announcement stating that the upgrade will come to the following phones: Moto X (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.
Essentially, every Motorola smartphone since the debut of last year’s Moto X will get Android 5.0. And new phones, such as the Droid Turbo, surely will as well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the first Lollipop software updates pushed to phones before the end of November.
No official announcements have been made by the company with regards to Lollipop upgrades, however, there are some unofficial references from SamMobile which generally has good inside sources. The site has a Samsung build of Android 5.0 specifically made for the Galaxy S5 — you can see it in the video below — and sources tell SamMobile that the Galaxy S4 will also officially get Lollipop.
In mid-October, Sony made it clear that all of its Xperia Z-series phones would get Android 5.0, even those that are relatively long in the tooth. While there’s no timing on the announcements — save for the Google Play edition devices as the first to get Lollipop — that’s good news. Here’s the official list from Sony’s blog post:
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.