Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally coming available on a few significant Google Play Edition devices in the LG and HTC families.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has experienced a somewhat slower launch period than the Google, or some of its users had originally hoped, but the updates are coming at a much quicker pace than with past updates. Now, the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition has largely received the update to the latest software Google has to offer, and the HTC One M7 and M8 are just days away from receiving the update themselves. For HTC, the update was expected to hit these devices last week, and even in the beginning of the week at that – but a delay caused the timeline to be pushed back slightly.
It would appear as though now the update is expected to receive technical approval on Monday, and then be released to Google Play Editions of those devices as the week progresses. It’s not clear when all devices will have the update patched through to them, but it would be a likely scenario to see the update be patched through in wave form.
Most LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition users have had the update hit their devices already, but this was also an update that was being released in the same fashion as the HTC update. Updates in waves are more efficient, but not all users will receive the update at the same time.
However, the update is available for manual installation at the XDA Developers forums, but that is something that ultimately can only be done if the user is comfortable with the device in that regard. However, we don’t encourage users to follow such practices.
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The LG G Pad last saw a software update come just before the start of the summer in June, when users received Android 4.4.4. HTC similarly received the previous Android update during the late spring, early summer months – depending on when users executed the updates. To this point, it doesn’t seem as though there have been any major bugs specifically related to these devices with the update to Android 5.0. It hasn’t hit HTC devices yet, but there hasn’t been an uprising of LG users dissatisfied with the update. Further, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 is also supposed to get the update in the first week of the December.
Android 5.0 Lollipop though has had some criticisms, though not nearly as many as Apple has experienced with iOS 8 – which is something that many Android users can be thankful for heading into the holiday season when mobile devices are more likely to be gifts, and bugs are obviously less desired.