Wednesday was a big day in the Android world, as Google announced the biggest update to Android ever: Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While this is great news for Android enthusiasts, the bad news is this update still has to go through all the phone manufacturers, and even then the carriers before it gets to the user. While this can make one groan, the bright side is we seem to be in a time where more manufacturers realize the importance of timely updates.
We have this page that we will update whenever we get news of an update schedule from manufacturers. This is quite the task with as many manufacturers and then carriers there are, but we will do our best to be timely.
What I can tell you (at least about the major manufacturers) is this: Motorola is easily the quickest (except for Google, naturally) with updates, as last year’s Moto X got KitKat within weeks of its release. HTC has not had a great track record, but in June they announced they will bring Android Lollipop to all their HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) within 90 days of receiving the software from Google. Samsung, LG, and Sony all are very obscure and do not communicate regarding their updates.
Without further ado, here are all the newest details regarding Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade:
Motorola announced not long after Google that they will be updating many of their devices released in the past year (and even past). We reported on this yesterday, but here is the link to their blog announcement here, and the page they will update with all update info here.
Below is what is confirmed by Motorola:
- Moto X (1st Gen)
- Moto X (2nd Gen)
- Moto G (1st Gen)
- Moto G (2nd Gen)
- Moto G with 4G LTE
- Moto E
- Droid Ultra
- Droid Maxx
- Droid Mini
We will update as soon as we have dates for these devices.
HTC has announced that they will follow-up on their promise, and that their last two flagships will get the update within 90 days of receiving final software from Google. After that, the update will reach “other One family members and select devices”. Here is their update page here.
Below is what is confirmed by HTC, with our estimated time of upgrade:
- HTC One (M8) – (ETA) middle of January
- HTC One (M7) – (ETA) middle of January
- Other One family members – (ETA) sometime 2015
- Select devices – (ETA) sometime 2015
We will update as soon as we have dates for these devices.
That’s all we have for now. Again, this will be updated as soon as we hear!
Since Motorola and Google partnered on the Nexus 6, Motorola got a head start on prepping Android Lollipop for Moto devices. In their announcement today, they report,
…we are excited to confirm that this latest and greatest Android release will also come to our other devices as part of our ongoing software strategy to provide fast updates to our pure Android experience.
Motorola doesn’t give exact dates as to when the devices will get the update, but they were able to share a list of which Moto devices will get the benefit of Lollipop.
- Moto X (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.)
- Moto G (1st Gen. & 2nd Gen.)
- Moto G with 4G LTE
- Moto E
- Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini
More to come. Stay tuned Moto-heads, and Droid-dudes.
Source [The Official Motorola Blog]
Today Google announced Android Lollipop, and with it a round of new devices including the Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Nexus 6. While they announced information on when you can preorder the Nexus 9 and Nexus player, they didn’t have any firm information regarding the Nexus 6. However, it seems that this is because it’s up to the carriers.
This page will provide all the updated information we have about the carriers and the Nexus 6, so check back to see updated info regarding Google’s newest handset.
T-Mobile announced on their newsroom page that they will carry the Nexus 6 starting November 12 for 0$ down, and then an equipment installment plan payment of $27.08 for 24 months.
AT&T announced on their newsroom page that they will carry the Nexus 6, noting it’s the first one ever. However, no information is given regarding availability or price at this time.
Sprint announced on their newsroom page that they will be carrying the Nexus 6 available on their Sprint $60 unlimited plan or their Sprint Family Share Pack. There are no specific dates, just that it will be available before the “before the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear”.
US Cellular says “To follow up on the announcement that Google made earlier today, U.S. Cellular will carry the Nexus 6 in November. We are looking forward to bringing the next great Google device to new and existing customers, and we will share additional details as soon as we can”.
No word yet from Verizon, however Google mentioned them in their announcement of the devices here. We’ll be sure to update this when we get that info.
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What a day Androidians. Definitely a good day when it comes to new technology created by Google. The Motorola Nexus 6 becomes officially, and pre-orders are already underway. Android L has now been officially named Android Lollipop, and we cannot wait to get the new builds on our phones. If you missed anything today, I have all the articles linked below, and go ahead and check out the ManDroid Daily to here my thoughts about all the news today. Enjoy!
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Well, Android 5.0 is here, and it has been named Lollipop! Throwing almost everyone off! Not a surprise, as Google did the same thing last year with KitKat. To help explain it all, Google has released a video showing the intense screening process they went through to find the right desert, and Lollipop was just too sweet!
So there ya have it! Lollipop for the win! Can’t wait for muffins and… Oreo? Mmmmm…
For now, we’ll just stick with the amazing-ness that is Android Lollipop. Check out the details for it here. Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player articles have all been posted as well.
Google’s Android team has posted a new video describing “The sweet search for L” that takes a humorous approach to all the possible names they could have gone with in naming Android L, which we now know is Lollipop. The video shows several options that may have been considered or perhaps Google just figured out there was some buzz around the name, like Lemon Meringue Pie.
In addition to covering a variety of “L” named candies and sweet treats, Google also kicked off the search for M by dropping “Muffins” in the video. We are even treated to a long-term prediction that “Oreo” could be in the running for O.
Check out the video below and enjoy Google’s lighthearted approach.
Come comment on this article: Google posts video showing how Lollipop name was decided on
Today is a big day in the world of Android. Google announced via it’s blog the newest and biggest version of Android: Android 5.0, or Android Lollipop. There is a lot to sort through here, so stick with us as we go through all the new features coming to an Android device near you.
First, Android Lollipop will fit screens of all sizes: from smartwatches, to smartphones, to tablets, to automobile screens, and your TV. With this, Android Lollipop will not only be fluid across all your devices, but can sync together allowing you to stop in one place and pick up in another. So if you’re watching a movie on your Android TV device, and want to finish in bed, you can pick up where you left off on your tablet. If you’re listening to a song on your phone, and get in your car, you can pick up the song and continue on your way.
Next is Material Design, which was previewed at Google I/O. This brings fluidity and motion onto your device that makes everything fit together. We’ve seen a lot of this already through some of Google’s updated apps, but Android Lollipop will tie it all together in the OS. Each device will provide the information you need the best way it will work. It has more responsive, natural motion, with visual elements that feel familiar. On your watch, that means a snippet of an email. On your tablet that means the message is shown alongside your message list.
Android Lollipop will have the ability to control notifications at a much greater level. You can access and reply to messages from your lock screen, and you can set what notifications come through at a certain time. Whether that’s getting priority messages based on the person and content of the message only during sleep, or silencing everything during a meeting. Calls will also not interrupt while watching a video, allowing you to ignore the call or accept it without pausing the video.
Android Lollipop will also have much better battery life, with a battery saver feature giving you up to 90 minutes more usage. It also provides greater management of your battery, by letting you know the estimated time until your device dies, or estimated time it will be fully charged.
Android Lollipop will have better security, with a guest mode, and a special pin that you can give to your friends with their own unique profile. Android Smart Lock allows you to pair your device to another trusted device to allow easy unlocking. Encryption is enabled out of the box, and there is better protection against vulnerabilities.
Quick Settings has been updated, allowing you to view them with two swipes down from the top of the screen. New controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation, and cast screen control. Easier on and off toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location (no more long pressing?). Manual brightness control will now be built-in, and adaptive brightness will adjust more intuitively.
Connectivity is improved with Android Lollipop, allowing seamless transition from Wi-Fi to cellular connection. Also, there is improved Bluetooth connectivity, with a new BLE peripheral mode.
ART is now the new runtime (instead of dalvik), with faster and more fluid performance. There is also support for 64-bit devices (like the Nexus 9).
Also a big update is a bunch of new Media enhancements and features. These include lower latency audio input, multi-channel audio stream mixing, USB audio support for microphones speakers etc. OpenGL ES 3.1 brings console level graphics and performance to your device.
Mobile photographers rejoice! A slew of new features include capture of full resolution frames at 30 fps, support for raw formats, control of capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame, and capturing of metadata like noise models. Also, there’s new “video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming”.
OK Google has been updated, allowing for more support of waking your device by your voice (needs digital signal processing support). The site also says “Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more”. Not quite sure what that means as this is already possible, but more than likely it’s greatly improved with greater control.
Along with all of this Accessibility has been improved, more languages added (15 more to be exact), and device set up has been improved with the ability to tap a new device with a current device by NFC and be done. Tap &pay is improved, print preview and page range support, “Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage, and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality”, easier sharing, when hardware supports it the device will wake up when you pick it up or tap the screen twice, and “Improved hardware keyboard accessory support including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords”.
*Takes a deep breath* Wow, that was a lot to go through! This is easily the biggest update they have ever had. On their blog announcement, Sundar Pichai mentions there are over 5,000 APIs for developers. Are you ready for this? I’m not sure I am!
With the announcement of this, they also announced the Nexus 6, made by Motorola, the Nexus 9, made by HTC, and the Nexus Player made by ASUS. If you visit one of those pages (which will be listed below) you will see they are sticking with the Nexus 5 as well (presumably for those that don’t want a 6″ screen on their phone). Preorders for the Nexus 9 and Player start October 17, and will be released November 3, while the Nexus 6 will be available for preorder later this month, and released sometime in November.
Are you excited about all this?
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We’ve been eagerly waiting for Google to make Android L official, and it’s finally here. The OS is version 5.0 and will be called Lollipop, so Google is sticking with their dessert naming conventions. The update includes Google’s new Material Design language throughout the operating system, and there are plenty of new features that look like they’ll make Android significantly better to use. This is the biggest update Android has seen in years, and there’s a lot to get excited about.
Material Design is the most obvious change with Android 5.0. While navigating around a device, content is more reactive (like what we’ve seen in some newer Google app updates) and transitions are fluid and actually enjoyable to watch. Up until now, Google has put functionality ahead of design and polish, and Material Design looks like a step towards putting the user experience in the front seat.
Under the hood, Lollipop comes with a slew of enhancements, too. Content is seamlessly synced between devices, including things like photos, music, and search history. The notification system is getting a major overhaul like what we saw at Google I/O earlier this year, so you’ll be able to answer notifications directly from the lock screen, plus set up a “do not disturb” mode so you won’t get bugged by people in the middle of the night. Getting a phone call or other notification won’t interrupt whatever you’re currently doing, either. You can simply ignore or answer calls while remaining in another app.
Android 5.0 also implements its own power-saving mode. Other manufacturers add this in to their devices in their own ways, but now it will be a standard Android feature. The battery usage stats will also be more detailed, and you’ll get estimations on how much longer your device will last as well as how long it’ll take to fully charge up your device.
Quick Settings, a very popular feature of Android, are getting some new tweaks and improvements. You’ll still be able to swipe down with two fingers to get to your Quick Settings, and from here you can toggle things like a flashlight, mobile hotspot, or turn quick casting on or off. Adjusting settings like WiFi and Bluetooth is also easier.
Security is also a major focus with Lollipop. Device encryption will be turned on by default for all devices, and there are new ways to lock and secure your device. The trusted device method of security actually keeps your phone locked unless it’s near another trusted Bluetooth device like your Android Wear watch.
As far as performance goes, Lollipop uses ART for its runtime, which has come a long way since it was introduced in previous Android versions. It features a pretty significant bump in performance, especially within the UI. 64-bit processing is also included natively in Android 5.0 which will be great for memory-intensive applications. Smaller tweaks like better audio and visual processing have also been added, so everything from listening to music to playing simple games should also perform better and more efficiently.
Of course, Android 5.0 wasn’t just designed for phones and tablets. Google plans on making this the underlying software for all of their devices going forward, including Android TV players. Native support for different devices is built right into the operating system, which you obviously won’t see on a Nexus 9. It does make it much easier for devices to communicate and share information, though, and that’s the goal Google is aiming for with Lollipop.
Now the big question is if your particular device will get the update to Android 5.0. Motorola has already announced plans to bring many of its devices up to speed, and Google is planning on bringing the update to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. We should hear a little more about update availability in the next few days.
Google has updated their Android page, so if you want to look over the full changelog, you can find it at the link below.
Come comment on this article: Android 5.0 Lollipop is official, includes full Material Design overhaul and tons of new features
Google has just revealed that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. After months of teasing the OS, the search giant is finally taking what was previously known as Android “L” into the mainstream, with the first set of the devices expected to arrive early next month. Speaking of which, Android Lollipop will make its debut on the new Nexus 6, a big-screen smartphone from Motorola; the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet made by HTC; and the Nexus Player, a $99 media-streaming box with Android TV, the first one with Google’s novel home entertainment platform. What’s more, the company confirmed that Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as well as Google Play edition devices, in the coming weeks.
To make things better, Android 5.0 is also headed to a number of Motorola smartphones, such as both generations of the Moto X and Moto G (including the LTE model), Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra. Motorola didn’t say when exactly the upgrade would be available for those devices, but at least it has confirmed its plans to do so. Now that Google’s let the Lollipop out of the bag, we’re sure more manufacturers are due to start coming forward with their own announcement.
The Android 5.0 SDK is going to be available on Friday, October 17th, which means everything is slowly, and sweetly falling into place ahead of next month. In the meantime, stay tuned, because we’ll be updating this post if any additional details come in.
Giovanni Calabrese continues teasing Android L release with progress photos of Google lawn sculptures
Giovanni Calabrese has an incredibly enviable job – he is one of the designers of the Google lawn sculptures and for the last few days has been working at Google HQ on something secret. Not secret enough to take a few pictures, however it’s pretty impossible to actually divulge anything from these photos except that it is probably for the upcoming Android L release, which could be happening any time now. As the pictures show, the lawn sculptures have been moved around a little and there is plenty of other sugary goodness just lying around like a gingerbread man and cupcakes.
Calabrese posted multiple times this week about licorice, raising the question of whether that was going to be the name of the next build of Android. Suffice to say that everyone is still guessing and Google has thought to make light of that earlier today with a teaser video earlier today. In fact, that video shares a lot of themes with Calabrese’s work in that it appears that they are simply putting up a whole lot of dessert related things on the lawn in anticipation of the lawn. For more photos of the proceedings, make sure to hit the source links to visit Calabrese’s posts. We’re not going to guess what’s going on, but according to many rumours, we won’t have long to wait before Android L, as well as the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, become official.
What do you think is going on with Google’s lawn sculptures? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
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