Android 5.0 Update: Which Smartphones will get Lollipop and When?

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when
The launch of a major software update is an exciting event for any smartphone geek. Updates patch bugs and bring goodies of all sorts, including visual and functional improvements. But an update’s release can be annoying in that it always takes time for the software to arrive. And sometimes, the wait is a lengthy one – it has been six months since Google previewed Android L, which subsequently became Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the update has yet to land on most popular smartphones out there.
Still, it should be easier to cope with the wait when you know how long you’ll be waiting for. That’s why we combed the web in search of official and trustworthy information on the matter. Here’s when the popular Android smartphones are going to get their Lollipop updates. Keep in mind that we’ll be updating the post if/when new information becomes available.

Samsung 

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Android 5.0 Lollipop for the smartphone is already available in a number of markets worldwide, including South Korea, Russia, Malaysia, as well as parts of central and Western Europe. Galaxy S5 owners in the U.S., however, still have Android 4.4.x KitKat running on their handsets. The AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile variants of the smartphone are probably going to get the new software in the coming weeks, although that’s just an assumption.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – While official information on the Android 5.0 update for the Galaxy Note 4 is scarce, rumor has it that the new software should start rolling out before January is out. U.S. carriers are also expected to launch Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 4 within this time frame. Interestingly, Samsung is said to be skipping the 5.0 version of the OS and will update the Galaxy Note 4 straight to Android 5.0.1, which brings along a number of bug fixes.
Samsung Galaxy S4 – Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will get its Lollipop treat, and we’ve already had the chance to see what the new software should look like. However, we’re not exactly sure when the update is going to land on the non-GPe versions of the handset.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Unofficial Lollipop ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been floating around, but an official update is still nowhere to be found at this point. At least we know that an update to Android 5.0 is definitely in the works and will come sooner or later, most likely after the company’s newer phones have been updated.
Furthermore, Samsung is planning on pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Mini, and the Galaxy Note 2. We’ll update this post once we learn more details as to when the updated software might launch.

LG 

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

LG G3 – LG was quick to bring the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its flagship smartphone; the software has been out since November. Its availability, however, is still limited. So far, we have reports of the update launching in South Korea and select parts of Europe, including Poland and the Nordic countries. Vodafone subscribers in the U.K. have been reached by the update as well, reportedly.

LG G2 – The good news is that LG’s former flagship, the LG G2, will surely be updated to Android 5.0. Unfortunately, we don’t have any specifics as to when the software might launch. What we know is that the Lollipop update will reach the G2 soon after it rolls out to the G3 globally. The new software is expected to update the G2’s UI by bringing the skin currently present on the G3, along with some or all of its perks.
Another smartphone we’re expecting to get Android 5.0 is the LG G Pro 2, but its maker has not announced any update plans yet. Likewise, there’s no word on whether any recent mid-range Android smartphone by LG will get the Lollipop treat.

HTC

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

HTC One (M8) – Android 5.0 Lollipop was expected to arrive on the One (M8) by January 3, but that didn’t quite happen, obviously. Word on the street has it that the software is actually bound to roll out within 1 to 2 weeks, although we’re assuming that U.S. carriers may take longer to push the update to their subscribers.

Lollipop will not bring a new version of HTC Sense, as thought at first. Or at least that’s what the latest leaks indicate. Of course, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeing a Sense 7.0 interface update launched in the future.
HTC One (M7) –  HTC’s former flagship is also in line for an update, but your guess as to when the software might start rolling out is as good as ours. It seems safe to assume that the HTC One will be updated soon after the One (M8) gets the Lollipop update.
In addition, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is likely to be released for smartphones covered by the HTC Advantage program. These include theHTC One (E8), One Mini 2 (also known as the HTC Remix on Verizon), One Max, and the One Mini. Older devices will take longer to update, we assume.

Motorola

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Motorola Moto G (2014) – The Moto G (2014) was one of the first non-Nexus devices to receive an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That happened back in mid-November, when the software launched for both the US and global versions of the device. However, there’s still a number of markets where the update has not been given the green light yet. Motorola isn’t giving any specific times and dates regarding the software’s further release.

Motorola Moto G (2013) – Yup, last year’s Moto G is getting updated to Lollipop as well. In fact, there have been reports of Android 5.0 already reaching some Moto G owners, although there appear to be many who are still waiting for their update to arrive.
Motorola Moto X (2014) – Android 5.0 launched for the handset back in November, when the Pure Edition of the device was served some Lollipop goodness. The Verizon model followed suit several days later.
In addition to these smartphones, Motorola will update the following handsets to Android 5.0 Lollipop: Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, Moto E, and the 2013-edition Motorola Moto X.

Sony

The Android 5.0 update release: which smartphones will get Lollipop and when

Sony Xperia Z3 – First, the good news: the Xperia Z3 will most likely be the first non-GPe Sony smartphone to get the Android 5.0 update. As for the not-so-good news, the new software is going to take about a month more to arrive; Sony is aiming for an early February roll-out.

Sony Xperia Z2 – The Xperia Z2 should get its Lollipop dose soon after the software hits the Xperia Z3. This means we’re probably going to see the update launching in February.

Sony Xperia Z1 – There’s definitely an Xperia Z1 Android 5.0 update in the works, but, to no surprise, the Z2 and Z3 are being prioritized over the former flagship. If you’re an Xperia Z1 owner, you might want to brace yourself with patience.

As for the rest of the Xperia lineup, Sony has confirmed that all of its premium Z-series smartphones and tablets will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. These include the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
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Xperia Aquatech is Sony’s first underwater store in Dubai!

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Some retailers believe that it’s important to make their stores easy to find. They’ll even pay a premium for space in popular malls or streets with lots of foot traffic.

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Sony is taking a different approach with its Xperia Aquatech Store, one that definitely does not value convenience and spits on the concept of foot traffic. For one thing, it’s underwater. For another, you have to scuba to get there. On top of that, you have to be invited.

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This is a marketing gimmick to drive home the point that Sony makes waterproof devices, but it’s an admirably over-the-top (or, I guess, under-the-sea?) approach.

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The Xperia Aquatech concept store is only open 4 meters underwater in Dubai for three days, and even if you’re a PADI-certified divemaster, you need to be a contest winner, VIP, or otherwise Sony-approved patron before you can enter the ridiculous jellyfish-themed underwater structure.

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Sony provided scuba training and dive instructor guides to help people reach the store, along with this boat. They also provided waterproof cases for people who owned an Xperia Z3 phone, because they are only waterproof up to 1.5 meters for fresh water.

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10 smartphones of 2014 you can use with your gloves on in the cold winter season!

Hard to believe it’s December already, but if the dates in our calendar, the chilling cold outside, and the barrage of Christmas shopping advertisements are anything to go by, it most certainly is December. This means the time to put your winter gloves on is approaching fast, and while they do keep those fingers warm, smartphone screens don’t get along with them very well.

Although touchscreens with the capacity to sense signals through fabric have been around since late 2012, the amount of gloves made specifically for touchscreen operation outnumbers smartphones with extra-sensitive displays for some reason. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a recent smartphone that works with your beloved pair of mittens. Here’s ten of them, all introduced this year and up for grabs. Each one can keep you fine company during those cold winter bouts outside.

Nokia Lumia 830

The Nokia Lumia 830 is a Windows Phone 8.1 handset with a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 10MP main camera, a 2200mAh battery, and LTE connectivity. Not only it’s one of the finest and relatively affordable WP 8.1 handsets out there, but you can be sure it’s usable in the cold with your gloves on. After all, Nokia was the one that brought this perk into the mainstream!

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The Ascend Mate 7 is the big daddy of Huawei’s 2014 smartphone line-up. The LTE-enabled behemoth carries a 6-inch 1080p LCD screen, Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 925 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera, a huge 4100mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4. Now there’s one phablet you can comfortably take out in the cold this year!

Huawei Ascend P7

Ahh, the crown jewel of Huawei’s 2014 output. The Ascend P7 is a svelte, understated smartphone with a big 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Kirin 910T processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP main camera, a 2500mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. Don’t forget the white gloves to match!

Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 had so much to offer that we still wonder what made Sony rush ahead with the Xperia Z3 just six months later. Anyways, the Z2 has a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, a spacey 3200mAh battery, a mighty 20.7MP main camera, and runs Android 4.4.4 to boot! The water and dust resistance are an especially welcome addition to the screen’s enthusiasm towards gloves.

Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact

If you want the most recent smartphone from Sony, either wait until late February when the Xperia Z4 will (probably) show up, or choose between the 5.2-inch Xperia Z3 and the 4.6-inch Z3 Compact. Both feature Snapdragon 801 processors, 20.7MP cameras, and other kinds of specs-appeal on top of being gloves-supportive. They are also total lookers!

Samsung Galaxy S5

Ah, old faithful! Well, not technically old, it’s just that we’ve barely stopped talking about the Samsung Galaxy S5 after it was unveiled at this year’s MWC. Heck, we’ve been talking about it since late 2013! Although it failed to make the impression Samsung was hoping for, it’s still a water and dust-tight, up to date smartphone that you can comfortably carry in the cold winter.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We think the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 needs no introduction at this point. It’s one of 2014’s best, most feature-stuffed phablets. Among the hundreds of things built inside it is the option to toggle its screen sensitivity between normal and extra-sensitive, the latter letting you use the note-able phablet with your favorite pair of gloves.

Oppo N3

Chinese vendor Oppo’s October 2014 flagship is just nuts! Sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, and a motorized rotating 13MP camera, the Oppo N3 is a phone unlike any other out there… with the exception of the Oppo N1, maybe. Anyway, the N3 has Gloves mode among its set of features, but if its pocket-busting $751 price tag rightfully throws you off, maybe you can consider the Oppo Neo – one of the few low-end smartphones that are from 2014, not from Nokia, and can be used with gloves on.

Oppo Find 7 & Find 7a

The QHD-endowed Oppo Find 7 was not without its flaws, but it ranks admirably among this year’s big screen flagships. And so does its sibling, the 1080p Oppo Find 7a. Both are powered by very respectable hardware – we’re talking about Snapdragon 801 processors, 13MP cameras, and possibly the coolest LED notification light in a non-concept device! They also look great, and can be used with gloves during the winter.

Xiaomi Mi4

And finally, the smartphone that conquered China! Meet the Xiaomi Mi 4, an amalgam of premium hardware and supremely cheap price. The Mi4’s 5-inch 1080p touch-screen can be used with gloves on, while the Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, the 13-megapixel main camera, and the 3080mAh battery breeze through everything you throw at them. If you manage to snag this beauty for the $325 Xiaomi usually asks for in China, consider yourself very lucky!

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Sony Unveils The world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet: Z2 Tablet!

This Quad-core tablet is super light and slimWith its VAIO PC business all but gone, Sony’s betting big on smartphones and tablets. Three post-PC products are weighing surprisingly light in its pockets at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the largest of which is the new Xperia Z2 tablet. It’s a lighter, thinner version of the year-old Xperia Tablet Z, which has been given a thorough upgrade in order to help it take on the iPad Air and Samsung larger slates.

 

The Xperia Z2 tablet offers Sony’s best audio and screen technologiesLike its predecessor, the 10.1-inch tablet features the same design language as Sony’s latest flagship Z2 smartphone, complete with “OmniBalance” look, uniform thickness and straight edges. Cosmetic similarities aside, the Z2 Tablet has runs a lightly-skinned build of Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 3GB RAM to get things really moving. Is an internal overhaul enough to capture your eye? Follow us and find out.

This time last year, Sony told us that the Xperia Tablet Z was the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet. At 6.9mm, the year-old slate still comes in thinner than Apple’s newer iPad Air. That obviously wasn’t thin enough, because Sony has shaved a few extra points of a millimeter and 70 grams off the Z2 Tablet, allowing it to make the same claim again. The form factor is far from unique, but its depth and weight reductions make up for Sony’s use of enormous bezels.

That brings us onto perhaps the most important part of Sony’s tablet experience: entertainment. The company debuted a suite of TV apps and services with the Tablet Z, and for the Z2 Tablet it’s leaning on its movie studio arm to bundle six “blockbuster” movies. Further cementing its “one” approach, Sony’s including enhanced gaming controls on both the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet by way of support for the DualShock 3 PlayStation controller. Lack of controller support made many of the swipe-intensive games installed on the tablet very hard to play.

Users who like their media loud will profit from Sony’s decision to act on user feedback and move the side-facing speakers (where they were easily covered by fingers) to the front. It certainly made for a far better stereo experience when we played The Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer back on the Z2 Tablet’s improved 1,920 x 1,200 pixel Triluminos display. Sony has used its BRAVIA TV technology to generate brighter and more consistent colors, by using a mix of red and green phosphor and blue LEDs.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet comes in two colours

Along with its familiar design, the Z2 Tablet comes a similar (though somewhat lesser) focus on enhanced imaging. It’s included very latest Exmor RS sensor for this slate’s 8.1-megapixel rear-facer, while the 2.2-megapixel front camera retains the same Exmor R sensor as its predecessor. Sony retains its older suite of camera apps, giving you automatic scene recognition, HDR stills and better noise reduction.

The Xperia Z2 tablet offers Sony’s best audio and screen technologies

The Xperia Z2 Tablet has certainly been given a thorough tuning, but a lot of Sony’s older hardware and software features still remain. Luckily, the company isn’t waiting long to get its new slate onto shelves, as it’s looking to ship globally in March. You’ll be able to grab a black or white model, although Sony hasn’t yet told us how much they’ll cost.

Sony unveils the Xperia Z2 with 4K video capture and a richer display!

BARCELONA — Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z2, the company’s new flagship smartphone, a mere four months after introducing Xperia Z1 and one year after launching the first phone in the series, the Xperia Z.

We mention the Xperia Z2’s predecessors because all three devices share a nearly identical design: monolithic black rectangles with a silver wake up key and volume buttons on the right side. If it weren’t for the difference in size (the Z2 is a 5.2-incher while the Z and Z1 have a 5-inch screen), one could easily confuse them to be the same phone.

However, while the design remained similar to the Z1, the Z2 has been thoroughly improved on the inside. Besides being Sony’s biggest Android flagship yet (the enormous Xperia Z Ultra falls into the phablet category), the Xperia Z2 brings some crazy-powerful specifications to the table as well.

It’s powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 20.7-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3-inch image sensor that can take 4K videos, 3GB of RAM and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Z2’s camera has gotten several new modes, including Timeshift video, which lets you shoot in 120 frames per second and then slow certain scenes to get a slow motion effect.

Sony has also improved the device’s sound capabilities — one of Z1’s weak points — with a STM10 stereo mic that enables stereo audio recording, as well as stereo speakers and digital noise cancelling tech.

And just like all Sony’s high-end devices, the Xperia Z2 is dust-resistant and waterproof to IP55 and IP58 specifications.

In short, Sony seems to have taken the Xperia Z1 and improved it in nearly improved it in every way it could, while leaving design nearly the same. It’s definitely a sound strategy, but having a lot of devices that look very similar is a double-edged sword. We’ll be posting a detailed review of the Xperia Z2, which hits the global market March 2014, in the coming weeks.