Google introduced Android One earlier this year and rolled out the initiative in September, a project that was meant to unify the Android platform by targeting emerging markets. However, things have not exactly gone to plan as Android One devices have not sold well and many of India?s retailers are refusing to stock the handsets from the project.
Samsung has issued a new update for Galaxy Note 4 users in Greece and Germany, and it will almost certainly spread across Europe later on. At 137MB the file size is weighty enough for one to think that Samsung is packing something pretty substantial in the patch, but actually there is nothing major here.
Huawei is not known for having devices in the US market, but the Ascend Mate 2 is an exception and if you are rocking that handset you can look forward to receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you do have the Ascend Mate 2 then you will know full well that you were left behind when Google rolled out Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei deciding to keep the smartphone way back on Jelly Bean.
It's easy to forget that the Galaxy S5 is still Samsung's current flagship smartphone. So many devices have come after it that it feels older than it is, but the S5 is still very much in the loop and remains a potent high end device. It is also has plenty of time left on the clock in terms of receiving updates, so it is no surprise to see the Sprint variant receive a new software bump.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out now and set to find its way to millions of devices in the coming weeks and months, there are bound to be some hitches. Every new software has some bugs to iron out and Google's latest is no different. So, while Lollipop has the elegant Material Design, a new slew of features, and improved security, it also has a couple of early teething problems.
As was widely predicted, Google is now dishing out Android 5.0 Lollipop to its older Nexus products, a week after the new Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 arrived with the software. The latest roll out is for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10, with a number of people confirming on Twitter that their devices are starting to get the bump via an over the air update.
If you are an Android purist rocking either the HTC One M8 or M7 Google Play Editions then you are in for some good news. The Pure Android packing devices look as though they are now going to get the much anticipated update from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop, just a weeks after Google's latest and greatest landed. HTC's VP of Product Management was asked on Twitter when the Google Play flagships would be getting a taste of Lollipop and the reply was:
While many devices are awaiting the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop, others are still playing catch up and are getting their KitKat patches out of the way. For example, T-Mobile has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is now receiving Android 4.4.4, the last build of Google's KitKat phase.
The Nexus 4 is now pushing two years old, but it still remains a solid enough handset and of course is a stock Android device so is ideal for the purists out there. Google is still showing its aging smartphone some love and confirmed when launching Android 5.0 Lollipop a couple of weeks ago that the Nexus 4 would get the upgrade.
Mozilla is still a massive underdog in the smartphone world, the company's Firefox OS operates multiple rungs below the likes of Android and iOS, and is even an also ran against the likes of Windows Phones and Blackberry. However, Mozilla is still backing its OS and thinks the open source platform can make a difference in the mobile market much like its browser did on the internet.