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Not every phone gets updated to the latest version of Android, and not all at the same time. So, will your phone be updated to Lollipop—and if so, when?
We’ve rounded up the latest information, and will keep the page updated as more manufacturers clarify their plans.
Update 6 Nov: Android 5.0 Lollipop was launched on 3rd November with the Nexus 9. Google has stated that it will begin rolling out from that date, although some reports have suggested that bugs have caused the rollout to be delayed until 12th November. From that date it should start appearing on the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices. Update 12 Nov: It’s rolling out now!
Nexus and Lollipop
Update 13 Nov: The updates for the Nexus 5 has begun rolling out, and will appear on all Nexus over the next couple of weeks. Lollipop factory images for all supported Nexus devices are now on the Android website. (Don’t forget that if you choose to flash a factory image it will completely wipe your device, including the internal storage.)
16 Oct: The Nexus 6 and 9 launch with Lollipop installed.
The Nexus 5 will be among the first devices to get the final version of the OS. Users will also be able to install an updated Developer Preview from 17th October. The Nexus 7 2013 model will also have the updated preview build to install.
The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 will all be getting the Lollipop update.
There’s no official word on when official OTA updates will rollout. Currently Google says “the coming weeks”. We’d expect it by late October.
Google Play Edition phones
All current Google Play Edition phones will be getting an upgrade to Android 5.0. We’d expect this to happen on roughly the same schedule as the Nexus devices.
HTC One series updates
Update 15 Nov: A leaked roadmap reveals the full update schedule. It starts with the HTC One M7 and M8 in the first quarter of 2015, and continues throughout the year up until the fourth quarter when devices like the One Min and Desire 610 will be updated to Lollipop.
By then, of course, other devices will then be rocking Android 5.1 or 5.5, or whatever the next version of Android will be called.
Update 6 Nov: HTC has confirmed it has begun work on its own Lollipop updates.
16 Oct: The HTC One M8 will be updated to Lollipop within 90 days of the final build being delivered by Google, which should mean before the end of January 2015.
The HTC One M7, from 2013, is confirmed to be receiving the update on the same schedule, as are the HTC One Mini devices from 2013 and 2014.
There’s no word yet on updates for devices outside of the One range, such as the Desire 820 or Desire Eye.
Samsung Galaxy Lollipop updates
Update 15 Jan: The Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be imminent. GSMArena is reporting that the manual for the new version has been leaked online.
The Galaxy S5 Lollipop update has already begun rolling out to users around the world.
Update 6 Nov: SamMobile reports that Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will be getting the Lollipop update. The site also posted an updated video showing the progress of Lollipop for the Galaxy S5.
It is likely that some of the devices previously listed to be still updated to 4.4.4 will now jump straight to Android 5.
16 Oct: A leaked roadmap that a number of Samsung Galaxy phones are still set to be updated to Android 4.4.4. These include the Galaxy S5, Note 3, Galaxy S4, S4 Mini and Note 2.
Samsung is yet to announce its plans for Lollipop. It’s safe to say that all major handsets from 2014 will be updated, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha, as well as key models from 2013 like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3.
Screenshots from an early build of Lollipop for the Galaxy S5 have already been shown online, along with this video:
It’s clearly unfinished, but we would still expect to see the update within the next three months.
Motorola Lollipop OTA
Update 15 Jan: The remaining devices in the Motorola range are set to begin receiving their updates imminently.
Update 12 Nov: The 2n gen Moto G is getting the update now.
Update 10 Nov: The 2014 Moto X has become the first Android device to receive the update to Lollipop. It’s rolling out now, so if you’ve got one keep an eye out for it.
16 Oct: Motorola is committed to bringing Lollipop to all of its recent models. These are the Moto X, 1st and 2nd gen., the Moto G, 1st and 2nd gen., the Moto G 4G, and the Moto E.
The Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini will also be updated to Android 5.0.
There’s no timeframe as yet, though the light skin on the Moto devices makes them far easier to update than those from other manufacturers. Expect updates for the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E models around the same time as the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices.
The non-Moto models may take a little longer, though this is pure speculation on our part.
LG updates for Lollipop
Update 10 Nov: The Lollipop update will being rolling out over the air for the LG G3 this week!
Update 6 Nov: Screenshots of the Lollipop update for the LG G3 have been leaked on Life’s Good Blog. They show some of the new Android 5 features and Material Design flourishes integrated into the LG UI.
Leaked LG G3 Lollipop screenshots from Life’s Good Blog
16 Oct: LG has not announced plans for updating its phones to Lollipop.
We would expect updates for the LG G3 and G2 Pro from this year, and possibly for G2 from last year as well.
LG’s update rollouts have tended to be slower than other manufacturers. The KitKat update for the G2 didn’t launch until around five months after the OS was originally released.
Sony Xperia and Lollipop
Update 17 Oct: Sony has now stated that it will be bringing Lollipop updates to the ‘entire premium Z series’.
This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
The updates will begin from early in 2015, with the main devices in the Z3 and Z2 series’ being served first.
16 Oct: Sony has a hit and miss record for updating its phones to new versions of Android.
The company generally continues to support is flagship devices, though updates may take a while to come out. Other devices may be less well supported.
Sony has not announced plans for Lollipop yet. The new Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact will almost certainly be updated, and we’d expect the Z2 and Z1 Compact—both 2014 models—to be updated too. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.
Android One Lollipop update
One of the major selling points of Android One phones is that they will be getting OS updates direct from Google for at least two years.
Expect Android One devices like the Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream UNO to be updated within the next month or so.
Update 13 Nov: NVIDIA has now confirmed that it will begin rolling out Lollipop for the Shield tablet on 18th November.