Android L 4.5 / 5 ‘Lollipop’ Release Date, News, Rumors: Nexus, HTC Will Support Android L; Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG Support Not Confirmed

July 26, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015
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With the Android L set to roll out in a couple of months times, only two companies are definitely supporting the latest Google OS update.

Google confirmed during I/O 2014 that the the will release the next Android update later this year, and that is is currently code named “Android L.”

The Mountain View-based company has already released a beta of sorts, the Android L Developer Preview SDK, for developers on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. This is the first time Google is allowing developers to get some hands on experience with their upcoming software before its launch.

Android users can expect to find in the Android L a new-look Material Design theme and an improved Notification system, as well as the usual performance, run time, graphics, and battery life improvements that Google usually claims that its latest mobile OS will provide.

The Android L has been rumored to come out some time from October to December.

So far, only Nexus and HTC are definitely supporting Android L.

Google normally debuts its latest Android build on the latest Nexus device in the third quarter of the year, so Android L will almost certainly be the OS on whatever model is slated for release during that period.

Currently, the Nexus 8 / 9 / “Volantis” is said to be the tablet that will be released in October, so it could be likely that it will come with Android L installed.

The next phone manufacturer that is definitely supporting Android L is HTC.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has confirmed in a statement that it will bring the Android L to its HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) phones:

“Our approach will be the same with the Android L release from Google. This release promises to bring new features and tools to Android and we are excited to bring it to you and your HTC. As part of our HTC Advantage commitment globally, we pledge to update all of our HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) smartphones within 90 days of receiving final software from Google.

Meanwhile, Sony, Samsung, Motorola, and LG have yet to officially announce that they will support the Android L.