Updates from Asus, OnePlus, Android One, and Nvidia
A post made on Asus’ own official support forums has provided a vague schedule for its Android 5.0 update plans. Don’t get too excited though, it’s not pushing them out very quickly. There are six devices on the list so far, starting out with the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 smartphones, plus the LTE variant of the ZenFone 5. Asus expects to have the new software ready by April 2015 for these four devices.
Also expected in April is the update for thePadFone S, while the A86 version of the PadFone Infinity tablet will get its own Lollipop upgrade in June.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally headed to all OnePlus One phones, including the CyanogenMod ROM and OxygenOS versions. According to OnePlus, the CM 12S over-the-air update for the OnePlus One will hit on March 30, 2015, while the OxygenOS version will arrive on March 27, 2015. OnePlus promised that if it misses these dates, it will give away five 64GB OnePlus One devices to fans who reply to the blog announcement thread.
After confirming back in July that the OnePlus One will receive Lollipop within three months of Google releasing the final version, OnePlus delivered on its promise and made the Lollipop ROM available for installation on the handset. Interestingly, the update was only for OnePlus’ non-CyanogenMod ROM phones, so those with CM had to wait longer. It was also only an alpha release.
As such, quite a number of issues, such as unstable Wi-Fi connectivity, uneven camera performance, and issues with the capacitive keys, among other issues. OnePlus even said that, since this is such an early release, you’d get the barebones and not much more, as far as customizations are concerned.
For those of you who are brave enough, OnePlus already posted the download links and installation procedure on its website. One more thing to keep in mind: While the One’s warranty does cover flashing custom ROMs, any issues discovered after the fact are not covered by OnePlus.
With Android One essentially existing as a cheap alternative to Google’s Nexus program, it only stands to reason that the search giant would push updates in a timely fashion. Thankfully, that appears to be the case with Lollipop.
The Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno, the current crop of Android One handsets, will all receive Lollipop “soon” after its launch in November.
On November 18, Nvidia updated its Shield Tablet with Lollipop, making it the first non-Nexus device to get updated to the latest version of Android. Nvidia threw in a few extras with the update, such as support for 4K video output while in console mode and for USB Y-cables, as well as a few general improvements and fixes. The Lollipop update is currently available for Wi-Fi-only models, with the update “coming soon,” to LTE models.
Meanwhile, in response to several inquiries, Nvidia confirmed that the Shield portable, as well as the Tegra Note 7, will also receive Lollipop, and is telling people to “stay tuned for more information.”
Article originally published on 10-16-2014. Updated on 05-22-2015 by Andy Boxall: Reformatted list into grids.
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