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Android Lollipop OTA update available Friday – if you have the right device

Find out if your device is eligible for Android 5.0 and what features you can expect from the biggest update ever.

After months of speculation since the Developer Preview was showcased at I/O in June, Google have announced Android 5.0 will be known as Lollipop and will be available to download as an over-the-air update this Friday – if you have the right device. Stock Android devices such as the Nexus 5, 7, and 10 will be able to get the new operating straight away, however other devices may be delayed while manufacturers and carriers check Android 5.0 for bugs.

Motorola have also confirmed that Lollipop will be available for both their first and second-gen Moto Xs and Moto Gs, as well as it’s budget £99 Moto E, this autumn.

The Samsung Galaxy S5/S4/Note 4, Sony Xperia Z1/Z2/Z3, and LG G2/G3 will all be getting Lollipop in the next few weeks, however HTC have said that owners of the One M8 and M7 will have to wait up to 90 days for the OTA.

Android Lollipop is the largest Android update ever, stand out features include:

  • Deeper integration between your phone, tablet, or Chromebook so that’s easier ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones.
  • A new battery saver that will give an extra 90 minutes to any phone’s charge.
  • Advanced security settings so rather than use an easy to crack PIN code, phones can unlock using your voice, location or even pairing with your Android Wear smartwatch. If you’re Android is stolen? Lollipop includes a ‘kill switch’ that can remotely wipe your device so all your personal data is removed.
  • New settings to create smarter notifications that are more aware of your surroundings and, for example, won’t bother you when your out for dinner. When you do want to receive them, notifications will also now appear in the lock screen. This means you can see what is going on with your apps, contacts at a glance. You can even respond to messages from the lock screen.
  • A brand new look known as Material Design will refresh your favourite G Apps, including the Play Store, Gmail, and more.

For Android 5.0, Google will be making over 5,000 new APIs available to developers.