Android 5.0 Lollipop – what we know so far

The long awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been announced, offering a plethora of new features and improvements, making it much more efficient, faster and better for your battery.

However, there has still not been an official launch date for the update and once it does launch, it is essentially up to each individual smartphone manufacturer to incorporate it into their devices. This means that even once it is released, there may be a small delay in waiting for it to appear on your smartphone.

What we do know so far is that the update was announced at Google’s IO event back in June, but was known just as Android L. The moniker Android 5.0 Lollipop wasn’t confirmed until the search engine giant’s launch of the Nexus 6.

Naturally the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be the first devices to come with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update installed, and the Nexus 4,5,7,10 devices will find that the update will be available to download.

Motorola users can rest assured that they will be getting the update at some point later this year, with the company actually confirming this on their upgrade page.

HTC has been very open about its plans to incorporate the Android 5.0 Lollipop and will be delivering the update within 90 days of receiving the finalised version of Android L from Google. Following this, its other ‘One’ smartphones will then also get the update.

Sony fans can rejoice as they have confirmed that they will be bringing the update to their Xperia Z range, starting in early 2015 with the main Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series.

Samsung has so far to make an official announcement about which devices will get the new update, however it is likely that all of the company’s Galaxy range will be updated.

One of the main featured updates that comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop is enhanced notifications, which similarly to Apple’s iPhone, allow you to see them when your screen is locked. They will be ordered in priority and you can open them by swiping at them or double tapping.

Written by Mazuma

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