Who gets Android Lollipop: The hints, the rumors, and the sure things

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is here. Unless you're pre-ordering the new Nexus 6 phone or Nexus 9 tablet that will have it, however, you want to know when the new mobile OS will hit the phone you already own.

Only a few major vendors released specific Lollipop upgrade information, though. Even a major like Samsung simply hinted at future support. One thing they all should know: Android owners want their tasty treat, and they want it now. The smart vendors will solidify their plans sooner rather than later. 

Why this matters: With Lollipop, Google is trying once again to break through the fragmentation ceiling. Android 5.0 is designed to run on a wide range of hardware, so manufacturers have the capability to put it on the majority of their devices. If Google can put Lollipop on its $100 Android One phones, then all the flagships should be able to do the same—and that would be a real win for Android owners and the ecosystem as a whole.

Nexus owners are golden

Not surprisingly, Nexus owners will get the goods first. Google says the Nexus 4, 7 (both the 2012 and 2013 model), 5, and 10 will be getting Lollipop "in the coming weeks." The Nexus 4 was left off the original announcement, but Google design head Matias Duarte later confirmed the company goofed and wouldn't be ditching its older model.

Google says in the same blog post that Google Play edition devices are also on the Lollipop list. It did not mention specifics, but we hope that means both current and recent models.

The Play Store still sells HTC One M8 and Moto G. It previously offered the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M7, Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3.

Motorola gets Lollipop love

Motorola, which is making the Nexus 6 for Google, was quick to announce Wednesday its good news: Lollipop will be available to all its own recent mainstay devices. The first and second-generation Moto X and Moto G are on the list, along with the Moto G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini. 

Samsung: A hint, but no specifics

Samsung tends to lag when it comes to pushing out Android updates. There's hope this time around, as we spotted a video of Lollipop already running on a Galaxy S5. As for the rest, we have to watch and wait. 

LG: Lollipop for all is likely

LG, which is making the Nexus 5 for Google, hasn't announced anything for its own product line. LG has been making it a point of delivering a consistent look and feel to its high-end and budget phones, so it's likely that most of what it's churned out lately will be blessed with Lollipop. The safe money is on the LG G3 and G2 Pro, and quite possibly the G2 and original G Pro. 

HTC: It'll need Lollipop to compete

HTC is another company with a relatively good track record, recently pledging that its One (M8) and M7 would be getting Lollipop within 90 days of the operating system's official release. It's a little more vague on other devices, saying they'll get an update "shortly thereafter." But HTC has a lot on the line. Its phone quality is improving, but it still needs to win over the hearts and minds of consumers. If anyone needs to bust out the lollipops, it's HTC.

Sony: It could use it

No firm announcements from Sony, but the company is getting more U.S. carriers to sell its phones. Sony makes excellent hardware, so putting Lollipop on its lineup would help it stand out in a good way in a market it's eager to crack.

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