When Google announced Android L (later to be Lollipop) at its I/O event last year, HTC was one of the first companies to confirm its flagship handsets would get the software, even though L was six months away from release. Fast forward to this year, the same day Google unveiled Android M at I/O, and HTC has once again promised to deliver swift upgrades to the software when it is launched (likely this October or November).
Google dropped Android M on us at the company?s I/O developer's event today, and while the software will not be released until later in the year, Google was kind enough to give us all a detailed breakdown of what is in store. With Android 5.0 Lollipop only seven months old and feeling pretty darn fresh, we expect Android M to wow us and bring something new to the party. Luckily the software really does that and is a pretty rich overhaul of the system, even if it is unlikely to do Android?s fragmented platform any good in terms of unification.
Motorola's sweeping Android Lollipop updates are continuing with a couple of U.S. Cellular devices getting their upgrade to Android 5.1. The first is the second generation Moto X, the company's latest flagship, which is now getting software version LPE23.32-21. The other U.S. Cellular Motorola getting Android 5.1 is the Moto E LTE, which is receiving software version LPI23.29-15.
With Google I/O due to start tomorrow we are all awaiting the first official details about Android M, the next full version of Google's mobile OS. The developer conference will be used to announce the new platform, although Android M is unlikely to land until the end of the year. That will be one year after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it seems as though we will now be treated to a new Android build on a yearly basis.
Sony's older flagship models the Xperia Z, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra are all being treated to Android 5.0.2 updates, with the software already being rolled out to the handsets. The newer (although still aging) Xperia Z1 products will be getting firmware 14.5.A.0.270, while the even older Xperia Z devices are receiving version 10.6.A.0.454.
Google took to one of its product forums to confirm that Android Wear 5.1.1 is now heading out to smartwatches that are compatible for the update. As is usually the case, the upgrade will be sent out in stages and some devices will have to wait a few weeks to get it, although Google says most should get the new software within a few days.
Samsung has already delivered Android 5.0 Lollipop to many of its smartphones, but the company?s portfolio is huge and there are plenty more due for the update. The Galaxy S5 Mini for example, a device that is around a year old and is now starting to receive its upgrade to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. That?s according to Samsung's Danish website.
Last week we wrote a guide on how to download the Amazon Appstore to your Android device to use as a third party accompaniment to the Google Play Store. The reason to have Amazon's offering is because the company often has stellar deals and giveaways that are simply not found on GP, just like this new sales bonanza where the online retail giant is giving away multiple high end apps.
We are used to major smartphone brands updating to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with big hitters like Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Motorola and more already well into their update cycles. However, BLU is also getting in on the act by announcing a wide array of its smartphones will also be getting Lollipop in the future.
The second generation Motorola Moto E is one of the best budget smartphones on the market and it even packs LTE with its humble price tag. Of course, as it was launched in February, the Moto E second generation came with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but Motorola is keeping up its reputation of updating devices quickly by bumping the Moto E to Android 5.1.