In Depth: Android 5.0 Lollipop release date: when can I get it?

Google, HTC, Samsung and Sony

Android Lollipop is now out in the open and it consists of a hat loaded with brand-new features, a visual overhaul and many under-the-hood enhancements to make if faster, more effective and lighter on your battery, but while we understand all about it, it’s not yet available for public consumption.

Even once it does launch it will certainly be down to individual makers to port it to their gadgets, so possibilities are you’ll still be waiting a while to get it on your phone and tablet (unless you have actually gone full Nexus already) and most business haven’t yet been all that honest with details of when they’ll bring it to their phones and tablets.

But we do know some things and we can take educated guesses at others, so continue reading for all the information and theories on when you may see Android Lollipop on your device.


Whilst Android Lollipop was revealed at Google’s IO event, it was simply known as Android L. Since then there were a great deal of rumors swirling about that sweet-themed name Google would go for.

These rumors were lastly put to rest throughout Google’s launch of the Nexus 6, where Android Lollipop was formally confirmed as the name for Android 5.0.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be Google’s very first gadgets to come with Android Lollipop, however these aren’t the only Nexus products which will get the latest sweet treat.

Nexus 5, Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop will likewise be available on the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

Any Nexus devices older than these are all but guaranteed not to obtain it, indicating that Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners are plum from luck.


HTC has been more honest with its update plans than the majority of manufacturers and it’s not a surprise provided how swiftly it plans to bring the update to users. In a statement the business said:

“HTC is thrilled about the brand-new features in Android Lollipop and we can’t wait to share them with our consumers. We are dedicated to updating our flagship HTC One family as quick as possible.

One M8, ipad

“We will begin presenting updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in areas worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed quickly thereafter by other One member of the family and choose devices.”

Doing the mathematics that implies the company’s latest two flagships ought to get Android Lollipop either at the end of the year or possibly in January of next year.

We’re going to go ahead and presume that most other HTC handsets released in the in 2013 or so will certainly likewise get the upgrade at some point.

As a basic guideline the more recent and high profile a device is the more probable it is to obtain an upgrade, so the HTC Desire Eye will almost certainly be near the front of the line.

The HTC One Mini 2, the HTC One Mini and possibly the HTC One Max and a few of the other recent Desire handsets are likely to obtain the update too, though probably not up until at some point after the One M7 and the One M8.


Samsung is yet to shed any light on when it will be bringing Android Lollipop to its phones, which is a shame, offered simply how many people are strolling around with a Samsung handset. We can take an enlightened guess though.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 showed up prematurely to introduce with Android Lollipop, but it will likely be upgraded quickly. The Galaxy S5, Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Keep in mind 3 are likewise likely to get the upgrade extremely soon after it launches, probably within the very same sort of several month timeframe as HTC is running under.

S5, windows mobile phone

Other Samsung handsets may have to wait a little longer, nevertheless we ‘d anticipate that most high profile gadgets launched in the last 18 months to 2 years will certainly get the upgrade, consisting of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S5 Mini.

We doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S3 or anything older will get Android Lollipop. It’s a gadget that’s currently over 2 years old and some variations of it didn’t even get Android 4.4.

Samsung doesn’t appear excellent at upgrading its tablets either. There’s a likelihood current slates like its Note Pro and Tab S ranges and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 will get Android Lollipop however anything older or low end is iffy.


Sony has freely stated that it will certainly be “bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series.”

It’s even published a complete list of handsets which are in line for Android Lollipop, so right here we go …

Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

It’s worth noting that the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition will certainly be first in line, however Sony is yet to reveal an exact date for the update.

Xperia Z2, cell phone

As to when Sony will certainly start presenting the upgrade to its main line of devices, the manufacturer has actually stated “We’ll start the upgrade at the start of 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series– continuing after that for all continuing to be gadgets above.”

LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Huawei and ZTE


LG has actually told us that it currently has no update “on if/ when Android Lollipop will certainly be pertaining to the LG G3.” That ‘if’ doesn’t fill us with self-confidence, but we ‘d be really stunned if the company’s flagship didn’t get the brand-new variation of Android.

LG G3, Mobile Phone

Not only would it be a weird choice not to, but the LG G2 got updated from Android 4.2 to Android 4.4. The update began rolling out approximately 4 months after Android 4.4 launched, so if the exact same thing takes place once more then you can expect the LG G3 to obtain it early next year.

We think of that the LG G2 and LG G2 Mini will probably get updated too and the LG G3 Beat is bound to obtain updated.


Motorola has validated that Android Lollipop will certainly be concerning a variety of its handsets in a current post on the official Motorola blog.

According to the post Android Lollipop will come to both the very first and second generation Moto X, the Moto G, the Moto G 4G and the Moto E.

Other Motorola handsets that will certainly get Android Lollipop are the Android Ultra, Android Maxx and Android Mini.

The release schedule for the Android Lollipop upgrade hasn’t been revealed by Motorola yet, but you can inspect its software upgrade website for updates.

Moto G, Mobile device

Motorola’s UI is extremely near to stock Android as well so it should not be as much work to get brand-new variations up and running and back when the business was had by Google it was pretty timely with updates, unsurprisingly.

Things may be different now that Lenovo’s in the driving seat, but we doubt there’ll be too long an await Android Lollipop on any current Moto handsets.


The OnePlus One is still bizarrely hard to obtain hold of thanks to the requirement for an invite, but if you have actually handled to get your hands on one you’ll be pleased to know that the company prepares to upgrade it Android Lollipop (or a CyanogenMod develop based upon Android Lollipop anyway).

OnePlus One, Android

In a statement published to the OnePlus online forums a staff member validated that not just would its very first and just handset be getting Android Lollipop, but that it would show up within three months of Google launching a final construct. So the very same period as HTC in other words.


Like most producers, Huawei hasn’t yet shared any details on its Android Lollipop plans. Regrettably it’s not constantly the quickest at upgrading its phones either as it only relatively recently began presenting Android 4.4 to the Ascend P6 for example and the Ascend G6 is still awaiting it.

Ascend P7, ipad

The business’s most current flagship, the Ascend P7, shipped with Android 4.4 and we picture it will most likely get Android Lollipop, however possibly not any time soon. We’re less sure whether any of the company’s other phones will certainly get it, but fingers crossed.


If you’re one of the relatively couple of with a ZTE handset you might be questioning if and when Android Lollipop will certainly be arriving for it. Unfortunately so are we and this is one case where it’s very much an ‘if’ as opposed to a ‘when’.

Blade Q Mini, windows mobile phone

Fairly current phones like the ZTE Blade V and the ZTE Blade Q Mini launched with old variations of Android and they haven’t been upgraded, so we’re not positive that they’ll get Android Lollipop.


Nvidia may not be high up on lots of people’s radars when it pertains to Android devices, however video gaming fans may be interested in understanding if and when the Nvidia Guard will certainly be getting Android Lollipop.

Nvidia told us that “we’ve striven to support every authorities Android release in the past, as you can see with our SHIELD portable and our software application group is constantly working hard to bring brand-new features and the most recent updates without any hold-up. We try to make certain that updates come as near their statement as possible.”

So while it didn’t presume as to validate anything it sounds very likely that the Nvidia Shield will get Android Lollipop and probably quite soon after launch.