We love that the smaller China-based and Asia-based manufacturers have stepped up in a really big way to challenge the smartphone and tablet hegemony of the bigger established companies like Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony, HTC and others. But a smaller company usually (we say “usually”, not all the time, don’t kill us) means slower software development, and that has been true to an outfit like Huawei and their quest to bring Android Lollipop to their devices. But there is good news.


Huawei has finally announced that they will be testing out Android Lollipop in real-world situations, with real live users of their Ascend Mate2 phablet. The announcement says that they are “delivering” on their promise of bringing Lollipop to the device in the “first half of 2015”, which is where we still are, but barely. The Ascend Mate2, if you remember, is an agile phablet with a 6-inch HD (720p) display powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB RAM.

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In its support pages, Huawei has asked for testers to test out the new Lollipop software for the phablet. All users have to do is leave a comment (see our source link), and wait for Huawei’s email for instructions. Of course, you will have to own a Huawei Ascend Mate2 to be eligible for this test.

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As far as the comments section of the post goes, users are pretty excited to test the new software out, considering the fact that Hauwei was not even thinking of bringing it up to KitKat from the original Android 4.3 Jellybean that it originally launched with. We do hope that it brings out the best out of the device and Lollipop working together, and that the bugs (there will be some) will be fixed and straightened out sooner rather than later.

SOURCE: Huawei