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TELUS Lists Devices Eligible for Lollipop Upgrade

June 4, 2015 - Written By Cory McNutt

Everybody loves a Lollipop, especially if the mobile device is currently running Android KitKat and you are craving that upgrade.  Now that Google has officially announced Android M, it makes those still running KitKat crave that Lollipop even more, although the latest statistics only show that approximately 12.4-percent of all Android devices are currently running Lollipop.  Hence, this is one of the problems of manufacturers running their own UI on top of the pure vanilla Lollipop.  If you are on the TELUS network and waiting from your Lollipop, then we have some good news for you – in following Rogers and Fido, TELUS has just release a listing of what devices are currently eligible for Lollipop and those devices scheduled for Lollipop in the near future.  And, like TELUS says, “If your device is not listed below, the manufacturer has determined that it is not eligible for the Android Lollipop update.”

As with any listing supplied by the manufacturer, TELUS reminds us that the listings are subject to change, it is beyond their control so there are no guarantees here.  They also reminds us that upgrades are generally a phased in process and are rolled out at different times, so if your buddy gets their update and you have not received it yet, be patient or try to ‘force’ it by manually checking on your device under ‘Software Updates.’

TELUS tells us the Samsung Galaxy S5 is already eligible for the Lollipop update to 5.0.  The Motorola Moto X and HTC One M8 are eligible for Lollipop 5.0.1.  The Sony Xperia Z1 – Sony Xperia Z3 – HTC One M7 and the Motorola G are eligible for Lollipop 5.02.  The Google/Motorola Nexus 6 is eligible for Lollipop 5.1 and the Google/LG Nexus 4 and Google/LG Nexus 5 are eligible for 5.1.1.

Samsung has confirmed that the following devices will be eligible for Lollipop in the near future, but no version has been given: Samsung Alpha – Galaxy Core – Galaxy S4 – Galaxy Note 3 – Galaxy Note 4 – Galaxy Tab 8.4 – and Galaxy Tab 10.5.

This fragmentation is one of the problems with Android – unlike the iPhone that gets their upgrades all at once – each manufacturer wants to tweak the barebones Android with their own overlay or User Interface.  This can be both a blessing and a curse…it gives a unique look to each manufacturer’s device, but also causes them to be late in tweaking with each new update.  If the manufacturers insist on their own overlay or skin, then they should have a few software experts that do nothing but work on updates to get them out as quickly as they can.  Once they release an update, then the carrier has to do their own testing before they okay the upgrade for release.