3 Reasons to Greet the New Year with Android Lollipop 5.0


Happy New Year! Something sweet is headed your way…

That’s right; the eagerly anticipated Android Lollipop 5.0 update is rolling out. The type of phone you have will determine how soon you’ll get the update, but most consumers should expect to see this update soon, if they haven’t already.

Let’s take a look at what the new update has to offer and when certain phones can expect to see it.

Great Design Meets Speed

The new operating system is designed to be faster, prettier, and a whole lot easier on your phone’s battery life. The new interface provides users with these three amazing features:

1. A simpler and cleaner look, but one that still boasts a whole bunch of little flourishes that take the new operating system to the next level.

2. A home page simplified for the average consumer — but one that still remains the most customizable operating system option on the market, which is where a lot of the original appeal for the Android operating system came from.

3. A notification system that’s now a lot less obtrusive for the user, making the entire experience more enjoyable.

So When Will We Get It?

The new Google Nexus 6 and 9 come with Lollipop already installed, but Nexus devices 5 and 10 will also be able to download the update. For Nexus 7 tablet users with Wi-Fi connection, the Lollipop update is already available for download and use. Nexus 7 and 4 cellular users will eventually also get the update, although the official date has yet to be released.

HTC has promised to roll out the new update to all HTC One M7 and M8 users within ninety days of receiving the final product from Google. HTC has received the final update over month ago, and has begun its process of providing it to users. Release dates for other HTC devices have it occurring sometime in early 2015.

What About Samsung?

Samsung has given no indication to its users as to when they can expect the new update, but industry sources speculate that this will occur sooner rather than later. It is also safe to speculate the Samsung S3 users are unlikely to see the new update, especially considering the device is already two years old and didn’t receive the last Google update.

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Justin Finkelstein

Co-Founder & CTO at Sourcely; server swiss army knife; flavor architect; the wildcard.