2015 Android Lollipop Updates, Faster with Intel and Google

July 13, 2015 •

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Finally! Android Lollipop is rolling out to many phones and tablets this summer, after months of waiting. While users of the devices that are getting the update will be excited to receive it, many will continue to be without the latest version of Android. However, all Android fans can rejoice in a partnership between Google and Intel that will bring future updates to users much more quickly.

Recent Android Lollipop Updates

July has been a busy month for Android Lollipop user updates. However, many still don’t have it. The update list shows progress, but it is far from uniform. Nevertheless, Lollipop is steadily making its way to more and more Android users.

Here’s what’s happening for Android Lollipop updates this summer:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and 4S are receiving the update
  • LG G3 received the update
  • Sony is pushing the update for its Xperia devices to carriers (carriers still have to approve it, which could take a few months)
  • HTC One M8 is expected to receive Lollipop in August

This may seem like progress, but it has been months since the first Nexus devices, the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet, received Lollipop. In fact, it’s been more than a year since users were first teased with Android L at last summer’s Google I/O. At this rate, some users may not even see Lollipop until the next version of Android makes its debut.

Google and Intel to Make Rollouts Faster

Thankfully, Google and Intel have begun a partnership to address this issue. Reference Design for Android, as the program’s called, will create a line of Android devices that all use the same hardware configuration.

Part of the reason that Android rollouts take so long right now is because virtually every device has a unique configuration. Google can’t release a single update directly to users. Instead, it must send updates to manufacturers, who then tweak the update for their specific chips before forwarding it to carriers for final approval before release. The rollout of Lollipop isn’t uniform, because Android devices aren’t uniform.

By creating a line of devices that will all have the same type of hardware, Google and Intel hope to reduce rollout time significantly, from several months to only two weeks. Of course, the faster rollout schedule will only be available to users who have a device made to the Reference Design for Android specifications, but these devices will be sold by multiple manufacturers.