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Android Lollipop: update overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: European Ascend G7 gets Lollipop

Authored by: Chris Marshall — 1 month ago

Android Marshmallow may be the version on everyone's lips, but various Android Lollipop updates – from Android 5.0 to Android 5.1.1 – continue to roll out. In the latest news, the Huawei Ascend G7 received an update to Lollipop in Europe. Read on to see which phones will get which Lollipop update and when.

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Asus

Asus finally began rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 owners in May 2015. With the release, Asus warned that many of the pre-installed apps on their devices would be deleted when people upgraded to Lollipop.

Pre-installed apps that faced the chop included Battery Widget, Movie Studio, Cloud Print and Magic Smoke Wallpapers. Sounds like a quick and easy way to get rid of bloatware to us!

For the full list of release notes and things that will be affected by the Lollipop update on Asus devices, see Asus' official Lollipop page for the ZenFone 5.

Asus Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
ZenFone 6 Yes - - - -
ZenFone 5 Yes - - - -
ZenFone 4 Yes - - - -
ZenFone 5 LTE Yes - - - -
PadFoneS Yes - - - -
Padfone Infinity Yes - - - -

Google

The entire Nexus family received the Lollipop update up to Android 5.1.1, and all bar the Nexus 4, 7 (2012) and 10 have now progressed onto Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

One of the perks of Nexus phones is that you can download factory images for the latest – as well as earlier – Android versions from the official Google Developers' site.

Just click the link, then scroll down until you find your Nexus device and download the version you want. Factory images generally appear before OTA (over the air) updates – but not always – so if you're feeling impatient you can download the latest Android version manually.

If you want to update your Nexus device to Lollipop manually, then follow our guide on how to update your Nexus 5 to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This guide also applies if you're not using a Nexus 5 or want to update to a different Lollipop version – just swap out 'Nexus 5' and 'Android 5.1.1' for the files for your particular Nexus device and the Android version you want.

Google Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Nexus 4 - - - - Yes
Nexus 5 - - - - Yes
Nexus 6 - - - - Yes
Nexus 7 (2013) - - - - Yes
Nexus 7 - - - - Yes
Nexus 9 - - - - Yes
Nexus 10 - - - - Yes
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Nexus devices are always (well, usually) first in line for Lollipop updates. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC

The HTC One M7 and One M8 jumped aboard the good ship Lollipop in early 2015. The One M7 got as far as Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, with no further updates to come, while the more recent One M8 saw an upgrade to 5.0.1 or 5.0.2, depending on your carrier. The One M8 skipped the Android 5.1 update in favor of waiting for Android Marshmallow, as confirmed by HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi. The rare Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 has been fortunate enough to progress onto Android Marshmallow already.

HTC was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to comment on the Lollipop release, promising that it would roll out Android updates within 90 days of their release. While the HTC One M8 just managed to stick to this promise, the One M7 rollout has been a bit slower. The One M7 Lollipop update began in February and has since been completed.

Android 5.1 has rolled for the HTC One M9 and so has Android 5.0 for the HTC Desire Eye

HTC Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
HTC One mini Cancelled - - - -
HTC One mini 2 Cancelled - - - -
HTC Desire Eye - - Yes - -
HTC One M7 - - Yes - -
HTC One M8 - - Yes - -
HTC One M9 - - - Yes -
HTC One Max - Yes - - -
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The HTC One M8 is currently running Android Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

Huawei

Chinese smartphone giant Huawei isn't usually the first to the table when it comes to Android updates, but Lollipop has slowly appeared on a number of Huawei devices. The Ascend Mate 7, Ascend P7 and Honor 6 and Honor 4X finally took the leap to Android 5.1.1 in October 2015.

Huawei issued a firmware update for the Ascend G7 in early January 2016 to bring the device up to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update applies to the G760-L01 model of the device, and benefits users in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Huawei Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Huawei P8 Yes - - - -
Huawei Ascend P7 - - - - Yes
Huawei Ascend G7 - - - Yes -
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 - - - - Yes
Honor 6 - - - - Yes
Honor 4X - - - - Yes
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Huawei's latest flagship, the Huawei P8, comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

LG

LG was one of the early adopters of the Lollipop update, and many of its recent handsets are now running it. 2013's LG G2, for example, jumped straight to version 5.0.2. The LG G2 Mini received the 5.0.2 update in some areas of the world and the LG G Flex 2 received the 5.1.1 update in South Korea. Verizon is rolling out the 5.1.1 update on the LG G3.

Its 2015 flagship, the LG G4, skipped the Android 5.1.1 update in favor of preparing for Android Marshmallow, which is beginning to roll out to the device.

LG Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
LG G3 - - - - Yes
LG G3S Yes - - - -
LG G2 - - Yes - -
LG G Pad 8.3 Yes - - - -
LG G2 mini - - Yes - -
LG G Flex Yes - - - -
LG L90 Yes - - - -
LG G Flex 2 - - - - Yes
LG G4 - - - Yes -

Motorola

Motorola has made it even easier to determine if and when your device will get the Android Lollipop update thanks to a dedicated page on the official Motorola website. As yet, Motorola device owners are unable to see an exact date of the update, only whether or not it will arrive on their device. Hopefully more information will be added in the near future.

The good news for Verizon Moto X (2014) owners is that the Android 5.1 OTA update rolled out on June 30, as announced on Verizon's support pages. Soak tests on both Verizon and AT&T Moto X devices also began in early July.

The Android 5.1 update for the Droid Turbo went out mid-July. The announcement of the soak test was made earlier in the month by Motorola's David Schuster on Google+.

In August, Motorola announced that some of its devices were to be upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1.1. See the table below for full details.

Motorola Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Moto X (2014) - - - - Yes
Moto X - - - - Yes
Moto G (2014) - - - - Yes
Moto G - - - - Yes
Moto Maxx - - - Yes -
Moto E - - - - Yes
Moto E 2015 - - - Yes -
Droid Turbo - - - Yes -
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Motorola's devices were some of the first to receive Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

OnePlus

As is well known, OnePlus and Cyanogen had a big falling-out, which means that OnePlus has been steadily phasing in its own OS, OxygenOS, to the OnePlus One. It launched its latest two devices, the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X with OxygenOS pre-installed.

Both Cyanogen OS and OxygenOS are based on the latest versions of Android, with minor tweaks and more customizability. You can read up on the two operating systems in our Cyanogen OS vs OxygenOS comparison.

Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is built on Android 5.1.1, has rolled out and received minor updates in the past few months.

OnePlus Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
OnePlus One - - - - Yes (Cyanogen OS 12.1)
OnePlus Two - - - - Yes (OxygenOS 2.1.2)
OnePlus X - - - - Yes (OxygenOS 2.1.3)
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The OnePlus One runs Cyanogen OS, which is stock Android with a few tweaks. / © AndroidPIT

Oppo 

Oppo released ColorOS V.2.1.3i in August, which is its stable build based on Android Lollipop.

You can also download Cyanogen OS (Android 5.0.2) for the Oppo Find 7 from the XDA Developers' forums.

Oppo Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Oppo Find 7 Yes (ColorOS V.2.1.3i) No - - -

Samsung

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge received their first Android updates in June, just a few months after they came out. Besides the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, the update added the ability to take photos in RAW format. This is good news for amateur photographers, who will now be able to do more in-depth editing of their Galaxy S6 photos. 

AT&T and T-Mobile began rolling out their 5.1.1 updates to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge devices in November. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has also begun receiving the 5.1.1 update, with Russian owners being the first to benefit.

Although the Galaxy S5 mini received an update to Android Lollipop in the US, it now seems that if you have not received the update in Europe or elsewhere, you are unlikely ever to see it. A source for inside-handy.de gave word that Samsung has no plans to update the S5 mini in Germany, planting formidable seeds of doubt that any other countries in Europe will see the update on their devices, either.

UPDATE: Samsung responded to the above claims, stating that an S5 mini upgrade to Lollipop is still very much on the cards, it has just been delayed. It did not comment on when it expect the update to arrive, however.

Samsung Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Samsung Galaxy S6 - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy S5 - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini - - - - Yes
Samsung Galaxy Alpha - - Yes - -
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Yes - - -
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Yes - - -
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Yes - - - -
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 - - Yes -  
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 - - Yes -  
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE 10.5 - - Yes -  
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 - - Yes -  
Samsung Galaxy S Cancelled - - -  
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Samsung devices received Android Lollipop thick and fast, and many can now look forward to Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony

In September, Sony announced Android 5.1.1 updates for practically all its devices, and quickly began rolling them out.

Devices that will come to rest on Android 5.1.1 include the Xperia Z, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra. Others are to travel on to Marshmallow in the near future. For more information on that, visit out Android Marshmallow update overview.

On 29 October, 2015, Sony issued an OTA update for the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact primarily designed to patch the Stagefright exploit. The update also allegedly improves performance in several areas, such as the camera load time and fingerprint sensor accuracy.

Sony Lollipop updates 5.0 5.0.1 5.0.2 5.1 5.1.1
Xperia Z5 - - - - Yes
Xperia Z5 Compact - - - - Yes
Xperia Z3 - - - - Yes
Xperia Z3 Compact - - - - Yes
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact - - - - Yes
Xperia Z3v - - Yes - -
Xperia Z Ultra - - - - Yes
Xperia Z1 - - - - Yes
Xperia Z2 - - - - Yes
Xperia Z2 Tablet - - - - Yes
Xperia Z - - - - Yes
Xperia Z1 Compact - - - - Yes
Xperia Z1 S - - - - -
Xperia Z Tablet - - - - Yes
Xperia ZR - - - - Yes
Xperia Zl - - - - Yes
Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition - - - - Yes
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Sony has been quick to announce and update its devices on Android Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

Has Lollipop landed on your device? If so, how have you found the experience? Let us know in the comments.

Chris is a graduate in English and Philosophy and habitual tamperer with technology. A recent convert to Android, through the marvel of the Samsung Galaxy S6, he looks to share the fruits of this technological honeymoon through AndroidPIT.

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  • i am using Huawei 4C but its imposible to update it to lolipop

  • Is it possible to update my samsung galaxy core 2 to lollipop?

  • When i can get android lollipop on my prestigio multiphone 5508 DUO?

  • bluetooth in my car and lollipop 5.1.1 / Samsung S6 Galaxy = bloody nightmare... The device (phone definetely not a smart one ;-) disconnects or reset it's selfe out of the blue during a conversation. Never faced such a problem between samsung / android vs. car in the past - last 5 years.

  • whatt about us on the Nextbook Ares 11 NXA116QC164? I heard NOTHING about the fix for this device

  • Lg is the worse company when it comes to updates. I don't know if they don't have enough people to work on the updates or whatever. They always promise and fail. My Xperia z from 2012 still have 5.1 and am still waiting for 5.0 update for my g flex. Good bye lg since you can't keep your promise. Going back to sony

  • What about the Galaxy Tab E ? Is there an update planned ? Or shall we just use it with Kitkat forever ?

  • W3BB 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Hey, what bout updates on BLU STUDIO G if it can was there?

  • What about the samsung galaxy tab 10.1 I spent $300 dollars for this tablet hoping it would at least update to lollipop it came out 2014 and still no update why is samsung playing with people's money if this was updated to lollipop I was going to buy another one but they don't care about their customers I see. SMH!!! What a rip off samsung should be sued for false advertisment!!

  • im using acer liquid z200, 4.4.2 kitkat android version. how can i upgrade to android lollipop 5.0? please we need answers. thank you

  • Where's the Note 5??

  • no news for moto g(2014). it still have 5.0.2. not received 5.1.1 or 6.0.

  • I am so unhappy to see that lenovo is not added in this article, I have received an update 5.1in my P70 lenovo yesterday. But before this I read in many sites and forums eg: laptop media, GSM arena ,that after the updation most of the mobiles are facing bundles of issues, so I don't know what to do.

  • Hi, Please help. My personal Note 3 updated automatically to Android 5. I believe it had 4.4.4 on.
    However my work phone also note 3 has 4.4.2, but when I attempt to update via settings tab it says it has the latest version for the device.

    How can I update device without risks?

  • I have vzw OTE 4 5.0.1. Anyone know when I will get 5.1.1 or 6.0? I am in Los Angeles

  • Still nothing for LG g4...

    • Hi In Australia my LG G4 H815 was upgraded to Marshmallow 2 weeks ago through LG Bridge
      cheers Rod

  • When can I update my ZTE ZMAX to Marshmallow

    • Hello I have the T-Mobile version of ZTE ZMAX and I had to root it to put Android 5.1.1 on it. This phone won't be getting Marshmallow because the developers have move on to different phones and T- Mobile & Metro PCS & ZTE is not willing to do any more for this phone. There is an unlocked ZMAX on ZTE web Site that has 5.1.1 but I do not think that is getting Marshmallow either. So Sorry to tell you this.

  • I have moto g2 which is still on 5.0.2 when I get updated I m from India with retailer Carrier

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