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Lollipop gradually rolling out to Android One phones in India

Google's Caesar Sengupta has confirmed that Lollipop has finally arrived for Android One handsets in India, but the rollout will be conducted on a weekly basis.

Published onFebruary 24, 2015

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After a period of radio silence and a bit of a delay, Android Lollipop finally made an appearance on Android One devices in Indonesia, in fact the region is the first to receive Android 5.1. Android One’s biggest market, India, has been left waiting even longer for the sought after update, but that changes this week.

As promised a couple of weeks ago, Caesar Sengupta, Product Management Director at Google has announced that Lollipop has already begun to arrive on Android One handsets in India, but everyone won’t receive it at the same time.

Instead, Lollipop will be rolled out to Indian One handsets on a weekly basis, with random devices receiving an OTA update notification purely by chance. Bizarrely, apparently being connected to a WiFi network increases your odds of winning the Lollipop lottery, presumable as the update is quite large.

This rather unique update process will allow for Google to check for bugs as the update rolls out, as well as saving the servers from severe stress. Google hasn’t announced whether this update will be the same Android 5.1 version which landed the other week or if India will receive an earlier 5.0 build, but we can probably assume that it’s the former.

Have you been lucky enough to receive a Lollipop update on your Android One smartphone?

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