Android 5.0

HTC One M8 (Europe), Galaxy Note 3 (Russia) now get Anrdoid 5.0 Lollipop

For some smartphone users, the wait has been long and arduous, and challenging, but is now almost finally over. We're talking about the (very) gradual roll-out of the much awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google and the various OEMs have been trying to perfect the update probably, and so it's taking them some time. For owners of the HTC One M8 in Europe, and for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the good news has finally arrived and their devices will be Lollipop-ized in the next few days (if not already).

Official-looking Lollipop firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked

We all know that for all of Samsung’s tech nous, the South Korean company can’t very well launch the most recent Lollipop firmware versions for all their top-of-the-line devices at the same time. This would be confusing as heck for them and so we understand (grudgingly) the delay. However, leaks like this – an official-ish Android 5.0.1 version of the firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 – keep us excited about the official release.

HTC One M7 gets a Sense 6 Lollipop ROM

Great news especially for those still unwilling to part ways with their old-ish HTC One M7 smartphones either for practical or sentimental reasons. XDA developer "LlabTooFer" confirmed that the MaximusHD 50.0.0 update, which the developer is dubbing as the “world’s first custom Android 5.0.2 and Sense 6.0 ROM” for the HTC One M7, is finally available.

CM12 nightlies bring Lollipop to eight Xperia devices

Early this month, CyanogenMod turned on the engines that will produce the nightly builds for CyangeonMod 12, which is based on the Android 5.0. As much as 31 devices and models were the first to receive the candy goodness, but now 8 more devices from Xperia's ranks are joining the fray. From the most recent Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to the older Xperia T and V, Xperia fans can now try out the latest Android version on their devices, provided they're willing to take the risk.

CyanogenMod Theme engine starts the trek towards CM12

Theme makers, on your mark, get set, and go start porting your masterpieces over to the new CyangeonMod theme engine. The popular Android custom ROM has just ported over its shiny new theme engine to Google's shiny new Android Lollipop version and now it is putting out a call to theme designers to do their part to port their designs over there as well. That said, given the large leap from Holo to Material Design, the transition presents a few stumbling blocks for theme designers to take note of.

Android 5.0.2 images arrive for 2013 Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 10

Following last month's factory image release, Google is now bringing Android 5.0.2 to the rest of its older Nexus tablets. The maintenance update, which first appeared for the 2012 Nexus 7, is now available for the 2013 model, only for its WiFi variant, and the Nexus 10. And as before, there is no official changelog or announcement on what has been fixed in this silent Android release. Amusingly, the more recent Nexus 9 seems to have been left out, at least for now.

Android Lollipop roll out for HTC devices leaked

A few days ago, we told you about the video leak from a Vietnam website about how Android Lollipop would look like in the HTC One (M8). A day later, the OEM received the go signal from Google to start rolling out the major update to the devices, including the unlocked ones, after the Google Play Edition received theirs last month. But now the question for owners of other HTC devices is when their smartphones and tablets will be Lollipop-ized.

More Motorola Lollipop updates rolling out soon

Motorola is working really hard to release Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its latest devices. Luciano Carvalho, software engineer at Motorola Mobility Holdings, posted on his Google+ account that more Moto products are getting a taste of the sweet Lollipop this year. Even those older models from 2013 and 2014 will receive Android 5 so users can enjoy the new platform. Some Moto phone owners are reportedly receiving 5.0.2 updates. These are on-the-air (OTA) updates but are being released to a limited number of people only in different parts of the world. Once more people confirm that the Lollipop updates are good enough and if there are no big issues, Motorola will release the software update to more people.

HTC HD2 boots up with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Apart from the Nexus S, there’s another device that has received a long list of upgraded Android versions – this is the HTC Leo, more popularly known as the HTC HD2. This is a testament to the versatile hardware build of the device that years after its release, it is still able to boot and run Android 5.0.
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