Every Android user is waiting for their new Android 5.0.1 Lollipop upgrade – this is the big one, which will finally upgrade our devices from the 4.4 KitKat. It all begins with the phone manufacturer – applying their custom skins or User Interfaces (UI), like Samsung’s TouchWiz, HTC Sense, LG’s old Optimus, and Sony Home – followed by the final release by the carrier. Some manufacturers are faster than others in getting out their upgrades, and the same can be said about the carriers, although so far in 2015, Rogers has been jumping on the bandwagon and off to a good start if their latest upgrade page is accurate.
Rogers has already pushed out the HTC One M8 Lollipop upgrade, with the HTC One M7 already scheduled for February. Various BlackBerry models – Passport, Q10, Q5, Z10 and Z30 – are scheduled to receive their OS 10.3.1 in February, maybe as early as February 19. The LG G3 is also looking at a February upgrade from 4.4.2 KitKat to Lollipop, with no other LG models listed. Rogers lists the Sony Xperia Z3 Lollipop upgrade from 4.4.4 KitKat sometime in March and the Xperia Z1 is listed as April.
Samsung, always lagging behind other manufacturers when it comes to OS upgrades, is shown on Rogers’ list for getting its Lollipop upgrade to its flagship Galaxy S5 in February/March – this will be an upgrade from 4.4.2 KitKat. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Note 4 are still listed as TBD. Of course all of these dates are subject to change as Rogers is quick to point out: “Making sure these dates are accurate is our top priority. Sometimes, things change beyond our control so all dates listed are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding.”
Google completely reworked their new Android Lollipop 5.0, with the most defining characteristic called Material Design. This includes a bright and colorful design – the app drawer, notification shade, and settings menu have either a white or transparent backgrounds with color icons. It has subtle animations here and there, with bright colors throughout the UI.
Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know when you finally get you upgrade and how smooth your upgrade proceeded and what you notice differently…as always, we would love to hear from you.