Android Lollipop LG G3 Release Date: United States and Europe in November or December 2014

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
November 11, 2014 Updated: November 11, 2014

The LG G3 began receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update this week–but only phones in Poland.

Other users will have to wait for the update.

Specific release dates haven’t been announced but LG representatives and sources have divulged information giving a timeline.

Korean G3 owners can expect Lollipop sometime this month, with phones in Europe and North America then getting the update.

That means that it’s possible phones in Europe and the United States receive the update in November, but it sounds a lot more likely that it won’t come through until December.

“Time frames for the upgrade can be varied and also changeable as per region, country, as well as the carrier, so the specific period can hardly be confirmed at this moment,” a rep told CNET.

Sources told TechRadar that United Kingdom owners should expect the L update in late November or early December.

There hasn’t been any word on older models such as the LG G2 getting the update, but it’s expected to come in time.

Lollipop was supposed to hit the Nexus devices first but instead Motorola leapfrogged and is set for the Moto X to get the update. LG G3 is a bit ahead but appears to be doing the full rollout slower.

The Lollipop update includes a material design improvement, inspired by real life materials like paper and ink, notes the Android blog.

(Courtesy of Google Inc.)

“With material design we also based our work on the foundations of good graphic design, using strong colors and bold typography to create clear hierarchy and focus attention on content,” it said.

And motion brings the material and graphic together, with an emphasis on ease of use.

Android has been working with a number of apps so that they’ll be improved for the new system as the update rolls out.

The update is supposed to include increased battery life, and the new battery saver mode, which lets users see how much time is left until the battery is fully charged or depleted.

“Power for the long haul with a battery saver feature that extends your device by up to 90 minutes. And now it’s easier to manage your power usage – see the estimated time left before you need to charge, and when you’re charging, approximately how much time until it’s topped up and ready to go,” the official Android website said.

There are also improvements for the Notifications Panel and Lock Screen, as well as other security enhancements. One of these is the ability to create multiple user accounts to let your friends and family log in on your device–but still keep your information separate.

Another feature, Android Smart Lock, enables users to secure their phones or tablets by pairing it with a device like a wearable or a car.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.