Android 5.0 Lollipop: What It Is And When You’ll Get It

Dan Price 08-11-2014

Lollipop is the name given to Google’s latest Android operating system update. Also known as Android 5.0, it will become the sequel to Android KitKat, which ran from versions 4.4 to 4.4.4. The OS was announced along with three new Nexus devices Nexus 6, 9, Player, and Android Lollipop: Everything You Need To Know It's official: Android 5.0 Lollipop is here and is bringing with it three new devices: the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. Here's a comprehensive rundown of all the new hardware and software. Read More  via the company’s official blog on October 15th and will start to become available to compatible devices via an over-the-air update in the coming weeks.


Google’s Android updates tend to be impressive, feature-rich affairs. Given that Lollipop will also mark a complete break from Android 4.x JellyBean/KitKat, it is certain to be even more impressive than normal. So, what features does the new release have in store for its lucky users?

Battery Saving Mode

A smartphone with a battery saving mode is hardly revolutionary — Samsung and HTC have been offering such a feature on their devices for several years. Oddly, stock Android on Google’s Nexus range never had such a feature integrated. Instead, you had to use other tips and tricks to improve battery life 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More .


Not only will the device switch to a power-saving mode when the available battery level drops below 15 percent (thus giving you an extra ninety minutes of usage), but developers can take advantage of Android Runtime (ART), which is what Google uses to convert developer code into a functioning app.

The benefits of ART over the old Dalvik Runtime Does Switching To ART Speed Up Your Android KitKat Device? Is ART best left alone until Google decides to roll it out as a working replacement for Dalvik? Read More are two fold; firstly, it allows devices to more effectively distinguish between important activity and everyday activity, telling the device not to wake for the latter (initial testing suggests that the Nexus 5 will last 36 percent longer with Lollipop installed). Secondly, developers will be able to better understand what is draining the battery in their apps and tweak it accordingly. It means we should see more power-efficient apps becoming available in 2015.


Screen Pinning

One of the biggest etiquette faux pas of mobile phone usage is browsing through other people’s photos, messages and apps without the owner’s permission. Everyone knows it shouldn’t be done, but sometimes the urge to start swiping after borrowing a friend’s phone to make a call is just too great.


Screen pinning finally puts an end to the problem. It enables you to pin a single app into the foreground of the phone’s screen, meaning whoever is borrowing your phone cannot get overly curious and start looking at your holiday snaps after using it to order a takeaway.

It works by removing the functionality of the home and recent apps buttons so the user can only interact with the app on the screen. To exit a pinned screen, you’ll need to press recent and back at the same time, then enter the PIN code.



This feature also has parental control benefits — for example, parents can give the phone to their kids to play a game without the worry that the child will call someone or delete something accidentally.

Multiple Accounts

There are numerous reasons why someone might want to use multiple accounts on a device How To Enable & Use The New Google Multiple Sign-In Feature Read More . Perhaps the device is a shared family tablet, perhaps your kids keep stealing your phone, or maybe your employer uses Google Apps but you want to keep work and play entirely separate on your gadget.

Whatever the reason, it’s not been possible on phones until Lollipop. With the release of Android 5.0, however, you’ll not only be able to add multiple user accounts, but also guest and temporary accounts. Aside from practical benefits such as those listed above, it also has security benefits — no more worrying about configurations being changed, data being deleted, or personal emails being viewed.



There are three types of accounts that you’ll be able to set up on Lollipop. Firstly there is the standard user account, which has full access to settings and apps and is identical to how you use your Android 4.x device. Secondly, there is the guest account. A guest/temporary account uses sessions, and when the session ends no data is recorded or saved. Thirdly, there is the profile account. This account lets the main user determine how the device is used — for example, disabling certain apps or restricting phone calls.

Smart Lock

We’ve all done it and been frustrated by it — you’re in the middle of using your phone to write a text or surf the Internet when you get briefly distracted by something else. By the time your attention returns to your phone it has locked itself, meaning you need to re-enter your pin code to get back to what you were doing. When done once it’s okay, when done several times per day it gets annoying.



Lollipop addresses these annoyances with Smart Lock. Smart Lock will allow Bluetooth enabled devices to unlock your device when they are within signal. In practice, this means if you’re at home and your partner’s phone is nearby, your Android 5.0 device will not lock itself, saving your time and frustration. The feature will also work with Chromebooks or desktops that are running Chrome OS.


The notification system is due to get a major overhaul in Lollipop, removing the need for third party notification managers like Floatify Enhance Your Android Notification Experience With Floatify For an improved notification system that pops out at you, check out Floatify. Read More . The idea behind their redesign is to bring a user’s attention to a notification without interrupting their workflow or current project.

In practice, this means that instead of seeing an incoming call or text message take over your entire screen, you will instead see a small bar pop up at the top of the screen that gives you the choice of either ignoring or responding to the event.


Lock screen notifications Snooze And Group Android Notifications With Echo Lockscreen Replacement Want a better way to handle notifications on your Android device? Echo works as a lockscreen replacement and can group your notifications into categories and mute them based on time or your location. Read More have also been revamped. It is now possible to view, manage, and respond to individual notifications without fully waking the phone or actually opening the specific app. Of course, this can be disabled if you have privacy concerns. Say goodbye to all those lockscreen replacement apps 3 Best Free Lockscreen Replacement Apps For Android Calling all Android tinkerers! Are you tired of looking at the same, boring screen every time you wake up your phone from sleep? Why not customize it and breathe new life into your phone? Read More .

Finally, there is a new “Interruptions” feature. It allows you to decide which apps you want to let interrupt you, and which you don’t care about. It means there will be no more games that continually pester you with spam notifications and thus helps ensure the important stuff doesn’t slip through unnoticed.


Multitasking has become more streamlined with the Chrome experience. It is now more akin to looking at all the open tabs when using Chrome on a mobile device rather than the traditional scrollable list of recent apps.


Not only does this mean you can switch apps faster, it also means you can see multiple tasks within individual apps. For instance, in Gmail, if you’re drafting a new email as well as checking your inbox, you will see two separate Gmail tabs displayed — one for each separate task.

When Will I Get It?

At this early stage it is impossible to precisely confirm when each of the devices will get the updates. For example, it was recently confirmed that the update for Nexus 5 was delayed due to a battery draining bug.

Here’s what we know so far:


Nexus 4 — November 10th

Nexus 5– November 10th

Nexus 7 — November 10th

Nexus 10 — November 10th


Moto E — confirmed, expected by end of 2014

Moto G — confirmed, expected by end of 2014

Moto G LTE edition — confirmed, expected by end of 2014

Moto X — confirmed, expected by end of 2014


HTC One — confirmed, within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code

HTC One M7 — confirmed, within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code

HTC One M8 — confirmed, within 90 days of receiving the Android Lollipop source code


Samsung has not yet formally announced its release schedule, but leaks suggest the Galaxy S5 is expected to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December and the Galaxy S4 will reportedly receive the update in early 2015. They also recently hinted in a tweet that Lollipop would be available on its new flagship Galaxy Note 4 phablet.


Sony has committed to offering Lollipop on its Xperia Z range and has already shown off an early development version of the new OS running on the Z1, Z2 and Z3. There are no official release dates in place.


LG G3 — confirmed, late November or early December

What Is Your Favorite New Feature?

Android 5.0 Lollipop packs a lot of goodies, but which is your favorite? Will you be picking up a new device or waiting for the update to hit yours? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. kumar
    May 12, 2015 at 4:12 am

    For samsung galaxy e7 we will get lollypop update. .?? ...

    • Dan Price
      May 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I think it's best to speak to your carrier/manufacturer

  2. Dan Price
    March 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Ak,

    This happened to a lot of people. Just flash a factory image from the Google website, it will solve all your problems!


  3. Ak
    March 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    After updating my android version to lollypop my battery life has been reduced since update released is specially meant for long battery bbacku......nothing happened

  4. Togor Rahman
    March 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Will lenovo s650 get Android 5.0 Lollipop update??
    And when will I get this update? My running android version is KitKat 4.4.2.

  5. rohit
    March 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    For moto e its still not available plz make it fast

  6. james
    February 2, 2015 at 4:01 am

    plz tell me when gionee s5.5 would get lollipop andriod verison

  7. jd wallace
    January 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

    When is AT&T going to release the lollipop update?

  8. vikas
    January 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Whats the release date of lollipop for gionee S5.5

  9. lavorne
    January 19, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I have the note 3 will I get the new update I hope I do cuz it looks cool

  10. sanjeev
    January 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Can I update my lenovo p780 to lollipop verson?

  11. Giel
    December 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    DOWNLOAD ABORTED!!!!!!! GAWWDDD!!!!!! In my Lenovo S820 says not complete fuuu

  12. Giel
    December 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    My lenovo S820 receive the OTA Update today :/ i wonder if its gonna be stable or Android L :/

  13. Ika
    December 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    When will the lenovo phones get the update (lenovo s650)???

  14. Lacey
    November 24, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I have a Motorola Droid Ultra and I have not had the update. I thought my phone was supposed to be one of the first to get it and surely before Nexus. And, still nothing. Why advertise that my phone will have if its not going to deliver? So I guess Droid Ultra is not on the upgrade list after all or what?

  15. Swaroop
    November 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Will lg g pro 2 get andriod l update

  16. harshad kasat
    November 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    How to get android update again once u have cancelled downlaoding in between

    • Nathan
      November 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

      I also faced the issue, my download got cancelled in between. By any way i can able to get the same?

    • Jayson
      January 2, 2015 at 11:47 am

      mine too.. did anyone get it fixed?

  17. Pepe Vera
    November 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Gwstas, you've just put your last name, but no useful message...

  18. Tommyknocker
    November 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Nexus 4, Russian Federation, Novemder 12th. Still no 5.0...

  19. samaksh arora
    November 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

    In which time my android one gets lollipop 5.0?

  20. samaksh arora
    November 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

    In which time my android one gets the lolloipop OS..??

  21. ben gershon
    November 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    on my old nokia when i shiffted to silent mode it gave me the option of setting the time it stayed silent .so that i did not have remember to reverse it .it did so when the preset time ran down


  22. Alpha
    November 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Lollipop is good in some ways and bad in some others.
    What I want to say is about SamsungApps which is full of outdated apps and there seem not to be updates for the apps any time soon.

    Even such expensive apps as the Merriam-Webster's 3rd Unabridged International Dictionary which are important for academics have lagged behind by at least 3 updates.

    Maybe this is true only for a number of regions but it's very disappointing anyways. They update the OS any time there's a new version; that's cool but I have paid for many apps there, and it's my right to have access to the updates.

  23. Matt McCoy
    November 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Well, November 10th has passed, and I still have not recieved the update for my nexus 10. Thank you for the article though.

  24. larrycan
    November 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Will 5.0 be available to upload to to nextbook tablets running 4.1?

  25. Surya Kiran
    November 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    My mobile is LENOVO P780...
    When would my mobile receive an update...?
    Any idea...?

  26. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    its all fake comments.

  27. Andrew
    November 11, 2014 at 1:12 am

    CM12! Can I get a HELL YEAH??!!

  28. Austin Daugherty
    November 11, 2014 at 12:06 am

    When is it gonna be released for nexus 7??

  29. ismail
    November 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    All I wanna know is if they brought brought back the record call feature! These third party recorders are horrible!

  30. Max
    November 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Any word on this coming to OnePlus Ones?

  31. Guest
    November 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I love all these dates getting thrown around with no sources....

  32. Bharat Dheer
    November 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Bloody fake news!

  33. M junaid
    November 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Its look very good... Cant wait to use it... Plz update it for Sony experia z1

  34. cz3
    November 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Where does info about 10th November came out?

  35. Nathan
    November 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Okay, I got an update for my Xperia Z1s, and after I completed it, nothing changed!! I don't know if it didn't fullu update or what, but hopefully it gets fixed.

  36. dan
    November 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    It is november 10th and there is no update for my nexus 7 2013 LTE.

  37. Mahi
    November 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Can i GET gionee elife e3 in phone

  38. Uttam
    November 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Hey What about Android one??? You didn't mention that.

  39. GN KUMAR
    November 10, 2014 at 6:21 am

    What about asus zenfone . When it will get android 5.0 . Can I know please,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • Ranjit
      November 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

      You will get it in Apr / 2015

  40. Mac
    November 10, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for deleting my comment! I'm reading this site since 3 years ago but now I'll delete it from my RSS reader app!

    • timmyjoe42
      November 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I see your comment, so I don't think it was deleted.

  41. Mac
    November 10, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Where do you have the confirmation for November 10th on Nexus series, from!? There was a problem with wi-fi draining which was solved and the announcement was "November 12th".

  42. Mahrii
    November 10, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Seems like all these features are already on my Galaxy note 4. Hmmm

  43. Kraig
    November 10, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note3. I'm told this is a better unit than the S4 and the S5. I didn't see my model listed. Any input on the update for this one?

  44. Ram
    November 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Oops get it

  45. Ram
    November 10, 2014 at 12:41 am

    If my Note3 doesn't get with the rest of the brands I'm done with Samsung forever! Fast updates is the reason I purchased a $700 phone and paid cash!

    • gbswales
      November 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Clearly you didn't do any market research before parting with your $700 - a cursory inspection of various android forums would show that Samsung have always been one of the slowest companies to introduce new plaforms for older devices. Even though I only bought my Note 3 9 months ago, it is now an old device in their eyes. However annoying it is I think their is some method in their madness - Samsung interface is heavily customised for each new phone and I think they want to be sure that any new OS can still deliver a fast performance because the last thing they want is customer service calls on devices that they sold a year ago. This is why so many people root samsung devices - they like the hardware but not the bloated software.

  46. matthew
    November 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

    what the source of 10 th november ??

  47. ed
    November 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    It is being reported that Nexus 4/5 will be Nov 12 and that the LG G3 will be the first device to get Lollipop, with Poland being first in a day or so.

  48. eliezer feliciano
    November 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    When and what date the galaxy note 4 will get the update what date the 10. th .November

  49. Suryadip
    November 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    When it's coming for android one phones in India? Please reply

  50. Abiii
    November 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Pretty sure the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android L update is coming next! ;)

  51. Zteam
    November 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Is 10th November the date for OTA or factory images or both?

    My Nexus 4 really need this update, because my device drain the battery waaaay to quickly (because of wakelocks I really can't fix.

  52. Pratik
    November 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    OTA update from 10th November, Is it confirmed?

  53. Abhishek
    November 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Are you sure that 10th is the release date for Nexus 4,5,7 and 10?

  54. Dave S.
    November 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I can't wait for lollipop. I have a nexus5 and just love it. I am betting with nthe lollipop upgrade I wil keep my nexus5 for a couple of more years seeing that it is already plenty fast and the 5" screen is a perfect size.

  55. Mohammed Altafuddin Khan
    November 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    When will be it comes to android one devices ?

  56. vicky
    November 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The new notification is awsome

  57. sam jones
    November 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Hopefully the update will be available for my Sony Xperia M2, looks like a slick UI. Kit kat is good, due to its compatibility with most apps on the play store, but with a bit of luck android 5 will be even more versatile.

  58. bk Sanasam
    November 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

    i really want to know that will LG G Pro2 receive Lollipop update?

  59. Hang Le
    November 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I guess it'll take forever till my Note 3 get it

  60. North chennai locallogu
    November 9, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Why u did not mentione the android one ?

  61. John Dizzo
    November 9, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Ok thanks for the info. I hope it runs smooth on my Nexus 7's 2012. I'm hearing a few negative responses on Material Design mainly about colors and it's generic layout. However I like it and I actually think simplicity along with the flat design is better for productive users, forget all that fancy, 3D stuff that disrupts your visual perception. But... since I'm a developer myself, I think the Android team should enable customization of the color schemes, shades and shadows, if it's based on CSS it should be easy to integrate this feature. That way those customers that don't like the flat colors, can spice it up to the way like it.

  62. likefunbutnot
    November 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I really don't like how sparsely information is presented in the updated UI. I'm looking forward to user accounts, but overall I think this is a real step back. Hopefully I'll see a modded skin that at least makes better use of the pixel density on my devices.

  63. Pepe Vera
    November 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    When the Android 5.0 for the Samsung Galaxy SII?
    It is still in the version 4.02

    • Gwstas
      November 10, 2014 at 8:03 am


  64. StijnJo
    November 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I look forward to the smart lock screen!

  65. Davin Peterson
    November 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    It was originally supposed to be Nov 3 for Nexus Devices, but got delayed to a battery draining bug. The date of Nov 12 was given as the new date, not the 10th.

  66. Ankit S
    November 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    And Android One phones?

    • sanskar garg
      November 9, 2014 at 5:54 am

      I also want to know when android one smart phones will recieve android has said that they will be the first smartphone to receive a newer os update soon after it is released.

    • yogi
      November 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Jaan lelo 5k mein........ abe banyio acha phone lelo

  67. peter
    November 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Whilst I am always grateful for updates, I fail to see how any of these new features, apart from battery saving, will benefit me.
    Of course, I don't speak for other users, but are things like Screen Pinning or even Multiple Accounts in such high demand?

    I'm not against change - I actively encourage it, but some of these things just seem gimmicky at best and possibly very annoying at worst.

    Either way, my Nexus 4 is two years old, still looks and acts as brilliantly as it did two years ago (not a scratch on it) and, hopefully, will be just a fantastic with the new update.. . . on the 10th!?!?!?

  68. Jessica C
    November 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Lots to be excited about here. I'm looking forward to the streamlining of Notifications, in particular, as I think it will have the biggest impact on my day-to-day experience of using my device. The other features are cool, and I might use them from time to time, but I can't say I've been really needing them.

  69. Chinmay S
    November 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Last time Motorola released Android 4.4 update 19 days after the launch, so instead of "by the end of year", it should be late November for Moto X.

    • Chinmay S
      November 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I was wrong. Motorola has already released Android 5.0 Lollipop for Moto X Pure Edition devices. It has beaten Google in its own game.

    • Davin
      November 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      It has been announced that the LG G3 will be the first to get Android 5.0. So, much for Nexus devices getting it first. Are you sure it will be November 10? Some are reporting Nov. 12. Notice that the developer boot image was last updated on Wed, Nov. 5, not Mon. Nov 3

    • Davin Peterson
      November 11, 2014 at 1:30 am

      It is 8:30 PT ET on Nov. 10 and my Nexus 7 (2013) still has not gotten Android 5.0

    • Chinmay S
      November 11, 2014 at 4:24 am

      @Davin It doesn't matter what has been announced because the truth is that Moto X is the first device to get Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    • websterzx10r
      November 17, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      i just got lollipop 5.0 on my Nexus 7 tablet a few minutes ago, its installing now and i am in Connecticut the first Nexus 7 stock.