Google officially unveiled its next iteration of Android this month, getting fans of the software excited at the prospect of downloading it in the near future.
However, unlike Apple’s iOS software which is available on a set date for all compatible handsets, Android is released separately for each manufacturer, with some handsets even missing out completely.
This week we were lucky to see a full list of every Android powered handset getting the software, with some notable absentees!
Being the company that actually develops the software, Google handsets are always the first to get their paws on the latest Android system.
We already knew that the upcoming Nexus 6 would be featuring the software out of the box, but joining it is the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10.
One of the biggest names on the Android market, HTC has developed some truly stunning pieces of kit, so it’s no surprise to see them buoyed with the addition of the latest Android download.
Receiving the update from HTC will be the HTC One (M7), One (M8), One Mini and One Mini 2, meaning all of the company’s biggest sellers are included.
There’s no word on any of the HTC Desire handsets however, and the likes of the One (M8) Eye have also yet to be mentioned.
Another huge name on the smartphone market, LG has developed handsets like the G Pro 2, G Flex and many other memorable devices.
So, it comes as a shock to see only one device currently listed for the update, and that being the LG G Pad 8.3.
This obviously means the LG G3 misses out for now, as does any other LG smartphone, it’s worth noting however that the list can be added to at any point, so not everything is written in stone.
In contrast to LG, Motorola’s growing smartphone base is getting flooded by Android updates in the near future.
The Moto X, X2, Moto G, G2, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini will all be updatable to Android Lollipop.
Motorola recently helped build the Google Nexus 6, so this might have swayed Google into helping rush the software onto other Motorola phones, and if this deal continues into the future, don’t expect this to change anytime soon.
Arguably the most well-known Android manufacturer on the planet, Samsung also gave us a shock by including just one handset in this list.
Only the Samsung Galaxy S4 is getting the software for now, obviously omitting the Galaxy S5, Note 3 and Note 4, something we certainly hope changes sooner rather than later!
Unlike Samsung, Sony has gone all out to introduce Android Lollipop into its handsets and offers the biggest selection of phones with the system.
The Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Z1, Z1s, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z3, Z3v, Z3 Compact and Z3 Compact tablet are all set to feature the software.
A handful of other handsets are also going to feature Android Lollipop at some point, including the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Karbonn Sparkle V.
Release dates for downloads are yet to be confirmed, but dates will differ between manufacturers, whilst handsets can be added or taken from this preliminary list as well.
Written by Luke Hatfield