Google starts rolling out Android Lollipop for Android One smartphones in India

Google starts rolling out Android Lollipop for Android One smartphones in India

After making its announcement earlier this month, Google has started rolling out Android Lollipop update for Android One smartphones in India. The update is rolling out as an over-the-air (OTA) update and is available in phases.

Google Product Management Director Caesar Sengupta today announced the roll out of Android Lollipop update through a post via his Google+ account. He mentioned that the update already started rolling out to a “small number” of Android One smartphones in the country and will be available to more units in the coming weeks.

“To those with Android One phones in India, here’s where we are with the over-the-air (OTA) update that will bring Android Lollipop to you soon. We’ve already started rolling out Lollipop to a small number of phones in India, Caesar said, adding, “This is a gradual process and so each week we’ll push the OTA update to more phones selected at random (pro-tip: connecting over WiFi will increase your odds). We thank you again for your patience, and please stay tuned for further updates.”

Caesar has not given any details about whether the update will bring Android 5.1 version. However, some previous reports suggest that it would be the latest Android version with a handful of tweaks and improvements over Android 5.0 Lollipop that was released in October last year.

At the time of writing this story, we have not received any update on the Android One smartphones available at our labs. This suggests that the update roll out will take more time to reach all the units available in India.

Google introduced Android One initiative in India in September last year and announced its initial partnership with three Indian vendors for launching new Android One smartphones in the country. These smartphones, namely Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream Uno, have the same list of specifications that include a 4.5-inch qHD display, 4.5-inch FWVGA display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB expandable storage, 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and a 1,700mAh battery.

Apart from the debut of Android One smartphones in India, Google expanded its initiative in the Asian region with launching new smartphones in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Philippines. The Android Lollipop update availability in the former three regions are yet to be announced by the company but the latter region recently got two new Android One smartphones with Android 5.1 operating system out of the box.

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