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It seems like there’s a race to get Android 5.0 Lollipop out to phones, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This weekend, LG announced it would start rolling out the latest version of Google’s software to the LG G3 handset.
The plan is to release it in Poland only for now, which is likely a test for wider distribution. Assuming all goes well in Poland, the LG flagship phone in other regions would likely soon follow. LG says it will announce future plans in the near future. It’s possible then that one of Google’s partners actually gets Lollipop pushed out to phones before [company]Google[/company] does for its older Nexus devices, which would be a first.
Typically, the handset makers have taken weeks, if not months, to get Google’s software integrated with their own apps and hardware. A recent exception to that has been Motorola, mainly because it keeps Android looking fairly stock or unchanged. Samsung, HTC, LG and others create user interface skins and apps specific for their phones, which takes longer to integrate in new Android versions.
This time around, the entire Android update cycle has a different feel to it. Most of the major handset makers have already announced some initial plans for the upgrade while others have shown off what Lollipop looks like on their devices; indicating that they’re moving quickly with the software update.
Even if older Nexus phones aren’t the first to get Android 5.0, the Android community at large benefits from the fast upgrade pace we’re currently seeing. That’s good for Google, the device manufacturers, Android app developers and, ultimately, those who have purchased Android phones.