Google seems to be dropping the ball this time around with its Nexus line, suffering from rollout delays with its Nexus 5 and 7, but Motorola is picking up the slack and surging ahead in the race to offer quick updates.
In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.
The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.
The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is on its way to to run the latest version of Android. Google is updating the AOSP with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The repositories for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player are available alongside previous Nexus devices like the Nexus 7 (2013). If a Nexus device is missing, it is either because Google has yet to successfully upload the repositories for it or it is not going to get Lollipop.
This will give developers a chance to start working with the operating system for custom ROMs.
Cameras for Android devices have come a long way. Some remain hit-or-miss while others perform exceptionally well. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, expect all devices to receive improvements. Changes have been made by Google for Android to support raw image files.
Motorola has just launched a new webpage that notifies owners of the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra of the status of their much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.
Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.
This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.
A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.
Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.
Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.
Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:
HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
With the Android 5.0 SDK being available, Google had to put finishing touches on its design. The Material Design guidelines have been updated with new resources. This what what helps developers ensure their applications follow what Google expects Android to look like today. The most notable inclusion for this update is the sticker sheet. They are available in a few formats so more developers can get a hold of and apply them with ease.
Here is everything included in the update to the Material Design guidelines:
- Updated sticker sheets in PSD, AI and Sketch formats
- A new icon library ZIP download
- Updated color swatch downloads
- Updated whiteframe downloads, including better baseline grid text alignment and other miscellaneous fixes
Source: Google Developers Blog
Google’s Lollipop is making waves worldwide, causing everyone to wonder who will get a taste of its sweetness first.