In years past, updating an Android device wasn’t a pleasant experience. Truth be told, it was one of the worst parts of owning an Android smartphone (or tablet) and being someone who pays attention to all the newest software. Knowing that there are so many roadblocks in between that next version of a platform and the user, it can be kind of disheartening.
Of course, for someone that doesn’t care which particular version of a platform they’re on, or what new features are waiting for them in that unknown variant of software goodness, then it’s obviously not a big deal. And let’s just go ahead and get out of the way that, yes, that’s the majority of people who buy things. Buy phones or tablets. They’re doing the smart thing and buying it for what it does right now, when they take it out of the store. Not what it might do . . . sometime later.
But, for those of you out there that actually do care about what version of an operating system you’re running, and which features you have access to, waiting to get that official update can be a pain. It can be even worse when you start to see other carriers, a carrier you’re not subscribing to, start to update their handsets to the newest software.
Sprint really took charge of software updates recently, to put it lightly. The Now Network managed to start shipping out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to a plethora of its handsets, and that’s ridiculously good news. Well, for owners of those devices getting updated under Sprint’s banner. For everyone else, like some devices running under AT&T’s big blue flag, getting a different, older version of Android can be pretty frustrating.
However, with that being said, this update cycle just seems a bit different.
Sprint really showed off recently, but just in general it feels like Android 5.0 has managed to get to a lot more devices, in a lot faster period. It hasn’t always been a smooth update process, as some over the air updates have had to be canceled, but overall it feels like more devices are running the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system. Indeed, it wasn’t too long ago that Android 5.0 finally managed to break over 1 percent of devices accessing the Google Play store, courtesy of Android developer numbers.
So I can’t help but be curious to find out how many of you out there are running the newest version of Android — officially. I have no doubt that plenty of you out there just couldn’t wait to get it and did what you needed to do to install the software on your handset, but I want to hear from those who have received the update in an official over the air fashion. So let me know!