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T-Mobile Android 5.0 Lollipop update status page goes live, lists various devices

By April Taylor , Feb 24, 2015 07:19 AM EST
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T-Mobile has launched a new informative website, listing where various devices are on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update roadmap.

The last major update to Google's popular mobile operating system started its journey to devices a good while ago, but there are still plenty of handsets out there that are yet to get the software treat.

Carrier versions of devices typically take longer to receive the latest update, but U.S. carriers have already started to upgrade some of their devices. T-Mobile customers who are waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop and wondering when the update will hit their device may have a new source of information now, as the Uncarrier has launched a software update status page.

The web page in question lists the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S5. The latest Nexus 6 is notably absent from this list.

"This page is designed to provide you with the latest status for the newest software updates. Software improvements are a long process, which require a partnership between the software developer, the device manufacturer, and T-Mobile. After initial software is developed, the device manufacturer works with T-Mobile to customize the software, including changes for your device hardware, the T-Mobile wireless radios, and applications," T-Mobile explains.

The carrier's new website will track the update process in three key stages - Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing, and Completed. It's worth pointing out, however, that Completed doesn't necessarily mean that the update has actually started rolling out already, it just means it has been approved for release.

"Once the update is available your device will provide a notification that the update is available with direction on how to download it. You do not need to contact T-Mobile or the manufacturer. Customer Service uses the same information that customers can access online. Not all devices will be listed on this page for future software updates."

The update status page lists the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, HTC One M8, and Samsung Galaxy S5 in the Completed stage, the HTC One (M7) and the Galaxy Note 3 in the T-Mobile Testing stage, and the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge in the Manufacturer Development stage.

Lastly, it's also worth pointing out that this site only tracks software updates for official T-Mobile devices. This means that if you have an unlocked Android smartphone you won't see the update listed here, even if you're using the device on T-Mobile's network.

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