It’s only a few hours ago that a Nexus 5 was spotted running Android 5.1 on GeekBench, which by itself is pretty exciting even though we have scant details about what improvements it brings. But that was a few hours ago. Today, we have another Nexus 5 being put through its paces on GeekBench, and this time it’s running Android 5.2. Allegedly, that is.
A few weeks ago, Verizon shocked everyone when it became the first carrier in the United States to push Android 5.0 to the Galaxy S 5. Look back at Verizon’s history in updating its devices and you will find that the updates are either extremely slow or nonexistent. So it is great to see some changes at Big Red. Now, many people with the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are waiting to receive Lollipop. HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi, essentially the company’s spokesperson for software updates, took to Twitter to provide some information.
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The HTC One (M8) for T-Mobile was originally scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in a software update sometime today. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be happening as there is an hour left in the day (on the east coast) and no such update has arrived. On T-Mobile’s support page for the HTC handset, February 10 is listed as the new date for Lollipop to start rolling out. The software update will be labeled as build 4.20.531.4 and the start of the roll out is tomorrow; therefore, it may take a few days for the update to reach all device owners.
Let us know in the comments when you receive the update.
Owners of the Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE can get their hands on Android 5.0.2 immediately. Google has posted the factory images for the latest version of Android for those two tablets. Prior to the update, the software on the tablets was Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P). This version goes by LRX22G. The update arrived on other devices in mid-December and includes general fixes and minor changes.
Click here for directions on how to manually install the Android 5.0.2 update.
Source: Google Developers
In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.
Here is what Versi said will be in the update:
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
- HTC Eye Experience software
- Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome
Hardware manufacturers are scurrying to update devices to the latest version of Android. Doing so as quickly as possible makes for some great publicity. HTC imposed a 90-day guarantee for Lollipop on the One (M8); however, where there is time, there are leaks. Screenshots taken from the handset running Android 5.0.1 (behind Sense 6.0) were published online by developer LlabTooFeR.
Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.
New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.
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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
The selection of games on the Fire TV just got way better. A software update is available for the set-top box from Amazon that includes tablet-style games that are compatible with the Fire Game Controller. The controls are modified to work with the controller, ensuring a quality gaming experience. Now, the Fire TV can be much more useful for gaming due to less limitation. Also, the update allows a guest to mirror their device’s display to the Fire TV. The guest does not need the same Amazon account and this works with Amazon devices and Android devices running Android 4.2 and above. Amazon threw in United Kingdom support for travelers bringing along the Fire TV.
When Android 5.0 Lollipop launches soon, Nexus devices will be the first to receive the latest version of Android. From there on out, it is up to hardware manufacturers to work on updating devices. Owners of flagship devices should expect to see a software update before anyone else. HTC is committed to pushing Android 5.0 to within 90 days of its launch, but Samsung has not given a timetable.
A new report claims that the Galaxy S 5 will get the software update in December. This would be for the global version of the device; therefore, United States owners of the Galaxy S 5 should expect it early in 2015. If you are eager to know what Samsung has in store for TouchWiz with Android 5.0, take a look at this leak.