Android 5.0 Lollipop Misses Second Release Date For HTC GPE Devices

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Google is trying to push Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to all Nexus, GPE and Android One devices, but it seems to be struggling on the mass rollout, with several reports of delays on some of the smartphones listed.

HTC is one of the worst offenders of delays, both the HTC One M7 and One M8 Google Play Editions are without updates, after two delays. The news comes from HTC vice president of product management, Mo Versi.

It looks to not all be HTC’s fault, Google has been requesting multiple changes to the software update. Rather odd, considering GPE phones are meant to be stock Android, with no additional features.

Google normally gets back to manufacturers within 48 hours regarding updates, although it usually takes them a few tries to say yes. GPE and Android One device are suppose to be easier to update than skinned versions.

Nexus devices are quickly receiving updates, Android One will receive the update by January next year. Samsung, Sony and HTC will update devices by earlier 2015. Motorola has already updated their major devices and should have a full rollout in 2015.

Android 5.0 Lollipop has plenty of large updates – including Material Design – the new UI design language. Google has also added smarter notifications, multi-user support, ART runtime and more, making it a hefty update for developers.

In reviews, plenty call it the best Android update ever, with the new design language and small changes to almost every part of the OS. Hopefully, the positive reviews will mean quicker updates to the rest of the Android devices.

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