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Google rolls out Android 5.0 Lollipop: Devices, Features and Problems


Google has been rolling out Android 5.0 now for a couple weeks, and while those who have been able to update to the new operating system are widely satisfied, there are some who have had issues with the update. Like any though, the new features, added bonuses and more intuitive operating system is something that many have been desperate for, for some time in the Android world.

However, not everyone has gotten the new operating system. And while the company has been aggressively rolling it out to the individual companies who produce Android smartphones and tablets, those companies have been far less aggressive in getting the operating system out to their users – at least from the consumer’s point of view.

Who will be receiving the update though that we know of?

Nexus devices will understandably be the first devices to receive the update, and that means for the Nexus 4, 5 7, 10 and even Google Play edition devices, the update is rolling out as we speak – if it hasn’t landed on your device already.

HTC has made a 90 day promise to owners of the HTC One M7 and M8, and that ultimately means – in a worst case scenario – February of 2015 should be the latest anyone sees Lollipop with those phones.

LG noted in the beginning of November that the rollout would begin on the LG G3 and would start November 10th in Poland. From there, G3 owners should see the device make it to all users by the end of quarter 4 for the company.

Motorola has a large volume of phones that the company says it will be releasing the update on as soon as possible – likely before the end of the year. The Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini will all see the Lollipop update.

Samsung will be bringing the update to their Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy S 5 owners by December according to the company’s release. Although they have not nailed down a specific date that would indicate any sort of deadline.

Google begins Android 5.0 Lollipop update rollout to Nexus devices with new TVCs

Sony has been the slowest to confirm adopting of Android 5.0, but they did note that they would be bringing Lollipop to Xperia Z devices, as well as Z3 devices in the beginning portions of 2015. Altogether, Sony expects to bring the new operating system to over 15 of their devices – a very ambitious goal.

What are the high and low marks for the operating system?

Android has been getting a lot of attention for the advancements within the operating system, like the Material Design – which make a more competitive user interface than what Android has previously put out for the customer. Increased battery life is also a major high-note for the operating system. Google also made it so users could switch between functions within apps the same way users swap between apps on Android and iOS smartphones now. Add in improvements to the camera technology, speed, and guest mode – which give the user the ability to choose what functionality is available for certain users and what is left is a high-quality operating system.

The biggest downfall right now is the fact that the operating system only functions with itself. Meaning, apps have to be updated for the new operating system – and that is something that takes time to fully-enact. Some of the other issues that have been presented are more cosmetic than functional, so ultimately what is left is an operating system that users will have to get used to because it is a change from previous versions of Android.

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