Google reveals Lollipop update details for Android One users

Google reveals Lollipop update details for Android One users

It looks like Google’s low-cost Android One smartphones will finally receive the Android Lollipop software update after a delay of almost three months.

The Google India account has tweeted that Android One users in India will be getting the Lollipop update in the next few weeks. Google’s Android One initiative aimed to offer a no-frills, smooth smartphone experience to users of entry-level phones in emerging markets.

The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones. Google promised Nexus-like early software updates but the tech giant did not rollout Android Lollipop, the latest version of Android, to Android One phones when it seeded the release to its Nexus phone and tablets.

The Android One phones available in India include Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 phone, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax Canvas A1. Acer, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Panasonic, Lenovo, Xolo and Qualcomm are also expected to join the Android One programme.

The online-only sales model and apathy of partner OEMs (who were also peddling their own, similarly priced phones) led to lukewarm response to Android One. Leading physical retail chains and dealers reportedly refused to sell these phones.

Although Android Lollipop was the most ambitious release of the mobile operating system, it is still not on enough devices. According to data released by Google, the Lollipop build powered just 1.6% of Android devices. Google tracked the data on Android devices for the week ending on February 2, 2015 while computing the statistics. It does not include the figures for Android versions that are on less than 0.1% of the devices tracked.

Related Post

Russian Hackers ‘steal 1.2bn passwords’
views 50
Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report. Th...
WhatsApp: The ‘calling feature’ invite is a scam
views 55
WhatsApp users across the world are being targeted by cyberscammers who are circulating fake messages inviting users to test the new calling feature t...
Millions of Android phones Infected by malware
views 65
Nearly 10 million Android phones have been infected by a new malware that generates ad revenues for its creators through fake clicks on ads. Accordin...
iPhone 8 Design Leaked
views 94
It was going to be the most radical part of the major iPhone 8 redesign, but following a report earlier in the week a double leak today suggests Apple...
Facebook the leader of social media: Survey
views 38
Washington: Facebook is the leader of social media, says a new survey, adding that the social networking site has also made inroads into becoming the ...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK