OnePlus One owners are waiting for the latest version of Android to come to their devices, and the company has decided to stoke their excitement on Google+ with a brief video showing that yes, Lollipop is coming, and soon.
In the 24 second clip we see the kind of stock experience Nexus and Motorola device owners have grown accustomed to over the past few months, just with a couple CyanogenMod-related apps thrown in.
Last month's platform distribution numbers were a bit of a surprise in that Lollipop hadn't even broken the 0.1% threshold required for inclusion in the data. That changes this month, but adoption is still slow. Android 5.0 is showing up at 1.6% usage share, with very little movement elsewhere.
Verizon has been known as an enemy of timely software updates for many years—centuries maybe, I haven't been keeping track. That makes today quite unusual. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon is getting an update... to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It's the first US variant to see the update. Weird!
The nice thing about owning a Nexus device is that it's the first thing to get all the fancy new custom ROMs. Various indie developers have been tweaking AOSP for Nexus phones and tablets (and other devices) since Lollipop launched, and CyanogenMod started publishing nightlies just a few weeks ago. Now there's another option among the high-profile Android ROM teams: Paranoid Android. Alpha builds of the Lollipop version were just published to the download site.
Despite all the acrimony between Cyanogen and OnePlus, most of the phones that shipped with CyanogenMod 11S are still going to receive updates for the foreseeable future. The firmware update to 12S, which is Lollipop-based, is now in its final quality assurance testing with Cyanogen and third parties to meet standards set by Google to retain Play Services. Remember, this is an OEM ROM, not just a run-of-the-mill build going from nightly to stable.
It was just yesterday evening that we complained about Google's apparent inability to get updates rolled out to the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7s with cellular data, and now here we are. Google has posted sytem images based on Android 5.0.2 for both devices. How about that?
Is it the age of the smartwatch yet? I don't know, but developers are sure acting like it is. You can hardly turn around without seeing another new watch face or utility for Android Wear. Google still hasn't made it particularly easy to find new Wear apps, but we're keeping track of all the best new stuff, and here it is.
HTC One M8 owners in Europe are getting a lollipop-flavored treat. That's right, Android 5.0 is now hitting devices across the pond. We have multiple layers of confirmation on this one. For starters, HTC senior communications manager Jeff Gordon had this to say earlier today:
HTC One (M8) owners in Europe, have a sweet tooth this morning? Check your software updates!
Just a couple weeks ago, HTC sent the Sense 6 Lollipop update to owners of the unlocked and developer editions of the One M8. Now, the kernel source for those devices has been posted to the HTCDev website. Remember, this is not the same as the Lollipop kernel source published well over a month ago for Google Play Edition devices; this is for phones running Sense.