Motorola and Samsung Gearing up for Android 5.0 Updates
In the last few years, we’ve gotten used to OEMs either delaying updates for seemingly an eternity or not delivering them at all. This time, I sense a disturbance in the force lately–and I’m not referring to platform/external/jarjar in the actual Android source code. Vendors are now seemingly trying to compete which each other to see which will release Lollipop first.
Yesterday, talked about how Sony is preparing an AOSP device tree and all the necessary information to compile Android for your own device. Another OEM has joined the game, and it’s easy to predict that it is none other than Mototola. The folks over at Phandroid found out that the freshly acquired company is in the middle of internal testing for Android Lollipop on the Moto X (2014). Thus leads us to conclusion that the
Lenovorola Moto X might be one of the first phones to run Android 5.0 in official capacity right after the Nexus devices. Phandroid published some screenshots showing Lollipop in action. You can see them here. There is some theming to do, but it’s fairly impressive to see such progress just a few days after the platform’s official launch.
In addition, there is also evidence that Samsung is also working on a new version of TouchWiz as well. You can see that in action on the Samsung Galaxy S4. The build seems to have a few things that need to be fixed before public release, but the OEM’s tempo is insanely high comparing to previous releases.
Why are OEMs working so hard on speedy releases this time around? Is this to win consumer graces or perhaps Google pushed its hardware partners for a faster turnaround. What do you think? Share your thought in the comments section below.