Google unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop at its I/O Developer Conference in June, though at the time it was referred to as Android L. The operating system is the most drastic change to Android since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich in late 2011. Lollipop features a redesigned user interface referred to as Material Design, along with improvements to the lock screen and notification menu. The update also delivers improved battery life and performance.
Google announced that the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will be updated to Android 5.0 in “the coming weeks.” The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be available in early November; we expect to see updates to begin rolling out around this time.
Google Play Edition
Along with its line of Nexus devices, Google said that Google Play Edition devices will also see an update to Android 5.0 in the coming weeks. The company didn’t mention specific devices, which leads us to believe that all of them will be seeing the update. Current Google Play Edition devices include the Moto G and HTC One M8, while Google previously offered the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 on the Play store.
HTC previously announced that it will begin rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 worldwide “within 90 days of receiving final software from Google,” meaning we should see the update sometime before February. The company will also update other One family members and select devices “shortly thereafter.”
Samsung has yet to announce plans on which devices will see the update, but we fully expect most (if not all) of its 2014 portfolio to be updated and quite possibly the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. The question is when will these devices get updated? Samsung has had a poor track record with delivering timely updates in the past.
Motorola announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be coming to various devices later this year. Motorola plans to update both the first- and second-generation Moto X and Moto G, along with the Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
LG has not yet confirmed when or which devices will be receiving the Android 5.0 update. We expect to see it on the LG G3 and G2 Pro, and quite possibly the G2 and original G Pro.
Sony is another company that hasn’t revealed its update plans. As has been the case with other companies, we expect Sony’s current lineup of devices, such as the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 V and Xperia Z3 compact, to see an update at some point.
Kyocera has also not yet announced a timeline for a Lollipop rollout.
This article will be updated as more information about Android 5.0 Lollipop is released.