Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A ticket to the future. What gadgets to upgrade to Android 5.0? – BBC News

With the release of each new version of Android smartphone owners, with bated breath, waiting for information on whether the update is available for their gadget or knowingly charged to the dustbin of history. We collected all the material in one official and unofficial data about whether the update to get Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones from Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei and other brands.


Of course, one of the first Android 5.0 update to get the device working on the basis of the stock Android – it’s Nexus-line from Google and” clean “devices from other manufacturers. Work on new OSes will all Nexus-smartphones and tablets released since 2012: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (models 2012 and 2013), Nexus 10 and Nexus 5.

Version running on stock Android recall, are also HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7 and M8), Sony Z Ultra, Motorola Moto G and some other manufacturers. Their owners can also expect to receive the update in November or in the first week of December.


Happy owners of Galaxy S5 can not survive. The company officially promised to release an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in December this year. The exact date of the mailing of renovation is not specified. Rather, it will depend on the region from the operator and, above all, a particular pattern S5. First, maybe 5.0 will come on is not tied to the operators of the smartphone version for the international market, and later – on all others.

To see how it will look like new OSes on Galaxy S5, it is possible on this video:

According to unofficial data quickly enough to upgrade to Android 5.0 should also be reached on last year’s flagship Galaxy S4, as well as on “planshetofony” Note 2 and Note 3.

A little later (likely next year) to the latest Android update and other recent devices Samsung – Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Note Edge, Tablet Galaxy Tab Pro (10.1 and 12.2), Galaxy Tab S (10.5 and 8.4). Rather, over time, the update gain, and other devices. Lineup Samsung is extremely extensive, so that their non-flagship and outdated gadgets company updates reluctantly.


seriously started to update its products to Android 5.0 Lolipop and Japanese Sony. The company has already promised that “freshest” version of the mobile operating system, Google – get all smartphones and tablets entering the “Premium” series Xperia Z. In particular, the update will install on 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.

According to the official blog in the first place new version of Android comes to the device with a “clean” sink firmware – Z Ultra Google Play. “In early 2015,” he was sent to Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2, later – on all remaining models. Availability and timing of release depends on the particular operator and market. This information manufacturer promised to announce later.


The Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has officially promised upgrade to its flagship Android 5.0 HTC One (M7) and HTC ONE (M8). Issue new shell Sense, based on version 5 of Android, to be held in January.

Sources in the company informally told reporters that in the period from January to March 2015 will be updated as other products HTC – One Mini, One Mini 2, One Max, HTC Butterfly 2. patience have HTC Desire owners 816 and One Mini 2 – update will come to them only in March and April. But the owners of HTC Butterfly S and did have to wait until May.


The Koreans so far only announced an update for the flagship OSes G3. The assurances of the company, the model will start to work on the basis of Lollipop in December this year. Accurate information about other models not yet. Is that is self-evident that on the basis Lolipop work made by Nexus-device (Nexus 4 and 5). Also receive the update directly from Google and model on a “pure” Android. (Update from Google should come out in late November or early December of this year).

Otherwise, the owners of smartphones from LG is anyone’s guess. One can hope that a fresh update to Android get all the company’s flagship – G2, G Flex, G Pro, Tablet G Pad 8.3 and some other devices. Name specific firmware release dates as yet premature.


Owners of smartphones from Motorola are guaranteed to get updates for the past coming weeks. Very soon on Android 5.0 will work Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.


Naturally , manufacturers of Android-smartphone a lot more, but less popular brands (Huawei, Asus, Acer, ZTE, Archos and others) are not yet in a hurry to confirm the release of updates for even their flagships.

Why should I upgrade?

The new version of Android is to completely change the look of the devices in the style of “material design”. “Axis” will be cleaner, more concise, clearer and easier. In addition to external changes, Lollipop should be less greedy in wasting battery power, it also appears an advanced tool for tracking the battery.

Android 5.0 finally learned how to fully support 64-bit processors, so that phones based on the new generation of chipsets after upgrading to demonstrate a significant improvement in performance. Support for OpenGL ES 3.1 will allow to play games with better graphics. Also in the “OS” users waiting for a huge number of small but nice extras – for example, support for rare image formats, improved interface, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a redesigned center notifications, support for new audio formats, improved protection against viruses and break-ins, and more. Learn more about innovations in the largest in the history of Android updates can be found in our preliminary survey.


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