Google’s been slowly, but surely, rolling out the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop across mobile devices. But here’s an alarming fact – only 1.6 per cent of active Android devices are running on the update even though it’s been made available for about three months.
Of course we’re not denying the fact that it would take these manufacturers some time to tweak the software to suit their offerings and then have them approved by the carriers. It is indeed an arduous task.
But if you’ve just got yourself a relatively new Android, it should already be running on the OS. However, if you’re unsure if your Android smartphone or tablet is ready for the update, here’s the current list to date.
It comes as no surprise that Google’s Nexus smartphones always get any of the newest Android updates first. As such, the Nexus 6 comes out of the box with Android 5.0, and the Nexus 5 should get the update very soon, but it hasn’t been rolled out just yet.
Motorola’s second-generation Moto X runs on Android 5.0. The US and global versions of the newest Moto G, and the first generation Moto G are also ready for the update. Surprisingly, the OnePlus One has been updated with Android 5.0, but take note – it’s only the standard version of Android instead of the Cyanogen build.
As for other heavyweight mobile device makers (such as HTC, LG and Samsung), some of their devices have the update, but only with foreign carriers such as Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. The Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, HTC One (M8), and the LG G3 have already got the update on some of these carriers, so they shouldn't be too long before making it available here.
UPDATE 13/02/15: Samsung's confirmed that the Galaxy Note II will get the update, although the date for this hasn't been released yet. Samsung Poland's sent out a tweet to confirm the announcement.
But don’t fret just yet – we’re expecting the roll-out pack to pick up over the next few months, especially since phones like the purported HTC One (M9) and Galaxy S6 might launch with the latest software.
[Source: Business Insider]