If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.
When Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code back in November, the 3rd to be precise, HTC promised to update its flagship smartphone to the latest build of the open-source operating system within 90 days. This makes February HTC’s self-imposed deadline, but if a recent report is anything to go by, it looks like we could be seeing the update 29 days sooner than expected.
Vodafone is the first operator in the UK to begin the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the region.
All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. LG has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications too.
Hit the break below for the full changelog.
Samsung has officially begun the roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4. Since it’s a GPe device, it is first in line among OEM handsets to receive the latest updates. Strangely, the Galaxy S4 is one of the last GPe handsets to get the update with the likes of the HTC One M8, One M7, Sony Z Ultra, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Moto G etc getting the update already.
On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.
Hit the break for download links.
Have an Android 5.0 device and a Chromebook? If so, you can make the two work together seamlessly. A new feature called Smart Lock allows Lollipop devices to unlock a Chromebook when nearby. Smart Lock forgoes the lockscreen in favor of this wireless sign-in method. Only the account connected to both the Lollipop device and Chromebook activates the feature. And, at this time, Smart Lock is not available directly to all Chrome OS users.
Hit the break for directions, but remember that Smart Lock is recommended only for experienced Chrome OS Dev Channel users. Testing items within the Dev Channel can potentially harm the system.
Samsung is currently in the process of pushing out an update to all KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus variants of the Galaxy S5 located in Korea. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop build, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Android updates are typically met with an assortment of bugs, and the rollout of 5.0 Lollipop has been no different, if not worse, than previous updates. Over the past month, users across a wide range of Nexus devices, including the built-for-Lollipop Nexus 6 and 9, have reported issues with WiFi, sluggishness, app crashes, and more. If you have Nexus 7, 9, or 10, there’s already a 5.0.1 update waiting for you.
Another Motorola device is among the first to receive an over-the-air software update. Owners of last year’s Moto G (XT1033) are being asked to download Android 5.0. It provides all of the Lollipop goodness including Material Design and a slew of features like notification controls. In the update message, Motorola did not say how big the file is; however, we assume it is rather large. The software version is 220.21.16.en.03.
Let us know in the comments if you have received the software update.
Via: XDA Developers
Samsung has already begun the rollout of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5 in Europe starting yesterday, while the American units are expected to get it sometime in the coming weeks. A source has now spilled the beans on the rollout schedule for other devices such as the Galaxy Note 4 as well as the Galaxy Note 3.