One of the key issues with Google’s Android operating system is the fact that OEM’s are slow to update their devices to the latest and greatest versions of Android. Android 5.0, dubbed Lollipop, is just around the corner and many users are wondering if their smartphones (and tablets) will be getting updated. Here’s a list of what we know will be getting the Android Lollipop treatment so far.
Google’s new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will both launch in November with the new operating system. Google has already stated that the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 devices will also receive updates to Android Lollipop, with the expected release date for the update being November 3rd. While great news for Nexus 4 and 10 owners, it’ll be interesting to see how well the updated OS runs on older devices.
There’s been little word from arguably the king of Android devices. They did tweet a teaser however which shows a Galaxy Note 4 with lollipops hinting that the Note 4 would be getting updated.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) October 21, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE, while no longer available, would hopefully see an update as well as the Galaxy S5 and the new Galaxy Alpha line.
Having been under Google’s umbrella recently, one could only expect Motorola to roll out the update for the majority of devices. Motorola posted that most of their devices would indeed be receiving an update to Lollipop. The list includes the 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. Quite the impressive list of supported devices, however Motorola had no word on a time frame for the updates for these devices. UPDATE (28/10/2014 11AM ET): Motorola has launched a page where you can track the update schedule for Motorola devices getting updated to Android 5.0.
HTC’s Jeff Gordan tweeted shortly after the announcement of Android Lollipop that a couple of HTC devices will be getting the update within 90 days of the final release of the software.
Reminder: HTC One (M8) and One (M7) will begin updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days of final software. (Software isn’t final yet.) — Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) October 15, 2014
No word if any of HTC’s other devices will get the update.
On their Dutch version Facebook page, LG announced that the LG G3 will be getting the update to Android 5 Lollipop in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the LG G2 to follow suit, presumably early next year.
Sony has perhaps the biggest list of devices being updated to Android Lollipop as they confirmed the update would be rolling out to all Xperia Z devices which include the 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, and the Xperia Z3 Tablet.
For many of the above, with the exception of the Nexus devices, Android Lollipop must first go through each OEM to receive their specific treatments and launcher integrations, so it could be a few months before we see Android 5.0 on most of these devices. Is your device listed above as one of the lucky ones announced so far? If not, what device do you have and do you think you’ll receive an update on your device? Have we missed a device confirmed to receive the upgrade to the next version of Android? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.