Android Lollipop Starts Rollout. Nexus Devices left Behind?
Google officially released Android 5.0 Lollipop a matter of days ago over on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), making it widely available to community developers as well as its partner Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). While in previous years, this would indicate that OEMs would be releasing the update in the coming months, this time, we only had to wait days. In previous years, there was always a debate on who was to blame and last year Google noted that it gave OEMs early access to the code for its Android updates way before it released it to AOSP. This revelation may have sped up a lot of the process when it comes to getting Android updates out to OEM devices.
Leading the pack this year is still Motorola, with users of the 2014 Moto X already reporting getting the update notification on their devices. An earlier post to the Motorola website, which has now been taken down detailed the changes that are coming with the release of Lollipop to the Moto X. Some of the changes detailed include the change of the recent app list interface and changes to the Moto Assist application. While we can’t reveal any of the changes in detail as the list is no longer available, we can expect the same for the Moto G, which has had the same occurrence as well. Apparently, the update is currently going out to customers with the “Pure Edition” of the Moto X as a “soak test” to see if the update is fit for universal rollout and also for carrier approval. But if there are no hiccups, those on “unlocked” Motorola devices should see the update within the next week – this mean MALAYSIA!
Keep in a close second, is LG with the rollout of its update to Lollipop already under way in Poland with rollout in other key markets planned for the coming weeks. The update comes as quite a pleasant surprise as LG has taken a lot of queues from Samsung with a heavily customised layer over Android in its Optimus UI. We’ve got screenshots showing a whole load of Lollipop on the G3 with obvious customisations. If you’ve got an LG G3, keep an eye out.
— NVIDIA (@nvidia) November 4, 2014
Nvidia and HTC have take to twitter to announce their upcoming updates. The former releasing a tease on their official twitter account with a promise release date of “later this November”. This comes as no surprise as Nvidia has taken a similar path as Motorola keeping customisations to a minimum. The only obvious customisation would be the software required for the use of NVIDIA’s stylus on the SHIELD tablet.
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
HTC, on the other hand, has started a countdown of 90 days for the rollout of Lollipop for their One M8 and One M7 flagships. This comes as a push to their “HTC Advantage” program which has become a hallmark in their marketing for their devices. There’s no mention of Lollipop being developed for the other devices like the recently announced Desire 820 and Desire EYE.
Sony has released a YouTube video via their SonyXperiaDev channel showing their Flagship Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 running stock (AOSP) Android Lollipop. This also comes with a promised release of their binaries to developers soon for custom ROMs.
We’ve already seen the changes to Samsung’s TouchWiz UI in a leaked video which shows the Galaxy S5 running Android 5.0 thanks to SamMobile. Now, there a video showing a much better build of the update for the S5. It is expected that this update will hit the Exynos version of the S5 (SM-G900). There is also an update which has been shown off on video on the Galaxy S4 which will be undoubtedly be hitting the device in the near future. According to SamMobile, it is likely that this will be the last update for the S4. However, there hasn’t been any word on the update for the Note series.
The weird thing about the rollout of Android Lollipop is that devices made by Google, namely the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and both iterations of the Nexus 7 have been left in the dark when it comes to the update. While it may be due to the humungous amounts of commits to the coding in the update, it is still very unlike Google to release the updates so late – what more for their Nexus devices which are known for getting timely and nearly immediate updates from the search behemoth.
However, thanks to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii, we have inklings that the update may be on the way, possibly releasing sometime in the week.