Google has finally released Android Lollipop, the new version of its famous Operating System, which brings a main difference regarding previous versions in the new visual look called Material Design, but also there are new improvements in security, privacy and autonomy of devices.
In addition to the official release of the Android Lollipop, Google Nexus devices will be the first to upgrade -obviously-, followed by Motorola terminals and gradually the new Operating System will be available for other smartphones and tablets, once it is adapted to them. The main reason why updates are not simultaneously (as with Apple and iOS) is that many manufacturers choose to add a layer of customization to Android in modifying some elements to add more features. This slows down updates because manufacturers must adapt each OS upgrade to their versions of Google Android, try them and finally make them available to users. So now we show what devices will be compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop, highlighting the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 (bringing the new Operating System as standard), and soon others will join as HTC devices, Motorola and Sony.
The Nexus range, for belong to the Internet giant has been the first to start updating their devices to the new OS from Google. The Nexus 7 WIFI and Nexus 10 terminals.
They can upgrade to the new version of Android from Monday, while I have to wait a few days for Nexus 4 Nexus 5 and LTE Nexus 7 to receive the update.
HTC has announced that the HTC One M7 and M8 shall be compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop, although HTC did not want confirm on dates. Other possible candidates, although the company has not announced anything, it is expected that One Mini and One Mini 2 also are compatible.
One (M8) – confirmed by HTC (within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code)
One (M7) – confirmed by HTC
One (M7) Dual SIM
One (M8) Dual SIM
One Mini 2
One Mini – confirmed by HTC
One E8 Dual SIM
The range of mobile phones Moto by Motorola also will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop as Motorola company has assured itself, now owned by Lenovo, even though confirmed nothing about dates, it is expected by end of 2014. The following terminals are compatible:
Moto X (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.)
Moto G (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.)
Moto G with 4G LTE
The Japanese company has posted on its official blog a list of the phones, tablets and laptops from the Xperia family that are compatible with the new Operating System, they can upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon. The full list of devices is:
Xperia Z3 Compact
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Tablet Z
Xperia Z Ultra
Asus is probably the company that has announced its plans regarding Android 5.0 Lollipop more clearly, confirming that the family ZenFone updates are scheduled for April 2015, with the PadFone Infinity to follow a couple of months later, in June.
ZenFone5 LTE (A500KL)
PadFone Infinity (A86)
Last August, when Android Lollipop was still known by the key name Android L, LG announced that its LG G2 and LG G3 devices would be compatible with the new version. The mini versions of these handsets, LG G Pad 8 and LG G Flex are also candidates for upgrade.
G2 – confirmed
G3 – confirmed, scheduled for Q4 2014
The young company released the OnePlus One on 23 April 2014 and it will update to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 3 months of the OS’ release.
OnePlus One – confirmed by OnePlus
BQ, the Spanish company, has released a series of Android devices candidates for an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Although the company has not said anything yet, but it is expected that its latest handsets will be compatible with the new OS by Google.
BQ Aquaris E5 FHD
BQ Aquaris E5 HD
BQ Aquaris E4.5
BQ Aquaris E4
BQ Aquaris E6
Unlike Sony, the South Korean manufacturer has not yet commented on their plans to update their devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop. While there is still nothing certain, from SamMobile have commented that the new Galaxy S5 and Note 4 are compatible with the new Google Operating System. Indeed, for Galaxy S5 the update will arrive in December (rumored).The list of potentially compatible devices is:
Galaxy S5 – leaked preview, rumored by the end of December 2014
Galaxy S4 GPE
Galaxy Note 4
Galaxy Note Edge
Galaxy S5 Mini
Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
Galaxy Tab 12.2 Pro
Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Unfortunately, the Chinese company has not yet explained its plans regarding Android 5.0 Lollipop, but their latest devices, Ascend Mate and Ascend P7, could receive an update.
Also, The Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop “soon” after the full launch of the new version.
Karbonn Sparkle V – guaranteed by Google
Micromax Canvas A1 – guaranteed by Google
Spice Dream Uno – guaranteed by Google
The Nvidia Shield Tablet will receive an update to Lollipop in November, according to a video posted to the company’s official Youtube channel.
SHIELD Tablet – confirmed by Nvidia for November