Android Lollipop 5.0 upgrades: when can I get it?
Android's on the march to a handset near you

Android Lollipop is now out in the open and it includes a hat full of new features, a visual overhaul and numerous under-the-hood improvements to make if faster, more efficient and lighter on your battery, but while we know all about it, it's not yet available for public consumption.

Even once it does launch it will be down to individual manufacturers to port it to their devices, so chances are you'll still be waiting a while to get it on your phone and tablet (unless you've gone full Nexus already) and most companies haven't yet been all that forthcoming with details of when they'll bring it to their phones and tablets.

But we do know some things and we can take educated guesses at others, so read on for all the information and theories on when you might see Android Lollipop on your device

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Latest updates: We've now got more information on when Nexus devices and LG smartphones will be getting Android Lollipop, as well as a video on how the OS will look on the Galaxy S4.

Google

During the launch of the Nexus 6, Android Lollipop was officially confirmed as the name for Android 5.0, but no information surfaced about when it will be coming to the older Nexus family.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google's first devices to come with Android Lollipop, but these aren't the only Nexus products which will get the latest sweet treat.

Nexus 5

Android 5.0 Lollipop will also be available on the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

There seemed to be some suggestion that the Nexus 10 tablet will also receive its OTA update on November 3, but that failed to happen but should appear before Christmas also.

We've since heard rumours that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be delayed until November 12 for the majority of Nexus devices. This is due to the last minute discovery of a few software bugs.

Any Nexus devices older than the ones we've already mentioned are all but guaranteed not to get it, meaning that Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners are plum out of luck.

HTC

HTC has been more forthcoming with its update plans than most manufacturers and it's no surprise given how quickly it plans to bring the update to users. In a statement the company said:

"HTC is excited about the new features in Android Lollipop and we can't wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible.

One M8

"We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices."

Sure enough, on November 4 HTC's Twitter account announced that it has now got the Android 5.0 Lollipop code and that it will make good on its promise to update the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 within 90 days.

HTC Android 5.0

Doing the mathematics that means the company's most recent two flagships should get Android Lollipop at least before February of next year.

We're going to go ahead and assume that most other HTC handsets released in the last year or so will also get the update at some point.

As a general rule the more recent and high profile a device is the more likely it is to get an update, so the HTC Desire Eye will almost certainly be near the front of the line.

The HTC One Mini 2, the HTC One Mini and perhaps the HTC One Max and some of the other recent Desire handsets are likely to get the update too, though probably not until sometime after the One M7 and the One M8.

According to one leak, the One Mini 2 and Desire 816 will get Lollipop sometime in March or April, while the One Max, One Mini and Butterfly S have an expected Android 5.0 rollout of March-May.

Samsung

Samsung is yet to officially shed any light on when it will be bringing Android Lollipop to its phones, but there are sources saying its sooner rather than later.

According to Sam Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be in for an Android Lollipop release in December 2014. Given that networks can delay the rollout, there is always the possibility it won't reach devices until January 2015.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrived too early to launch with Android Lollipop, but it will likely be updated quickly, although there's been no word - official or otherwise - on this so far.

The Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 3 are also likely to get the update very shortly after it launches, probably within the same sort of several month timeframe as HTC is operating under.

S5

Other Samsung handsets may have to wait a little longer, however we'd expect that most high profile devices released in the last 18 months to 2 years will get the update, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S5 Mini.

Sources close to Sam Mobile suggest that Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 will be getting an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the Exynos variant (GT-I9500), which runs Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octa SoC, getting the update first.

It is rumoured that the Galaxy S4 will be updated sometime in early 2015, though Samsung has yet to officially announce any plans.

Sam Mobile has also released a video showing how Android 5.0 will look running on a Samsung Galaxy S4, effectively confirming that the latest version of Android will come to Samsung's older flagship handset.

We doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S3 or anything older will get Android Lollipop. It's a device that's already over two years old and some versions of it didn't even get Android 4.4.

Samsung doesn't seem great at updating its tablets either. There's a good chance recent slates like its Note Pro and Tab S ranges and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 will get Android Lollipop but anything older or low end is iffy.

Sony

Sony has openly declared that it will be "bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series."

It's even published a full list of handsets which are in line for Android Lollipop, so here we go...

Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

It's worth noting that the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition will be first in line, but Sony is yet to reveal an exact date for the update.

Xperia Z2

As to when Sony will start rolling out the update to its main line of devices, the manufacturer has said "We'll start the upgrade at the beginning of 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series – continuing thereafter for all remaining devices above."