It wasn’t that long ago that T-Mobile launched its awesome software updates page. Instead of guessing, hoping and wishing for updates, you can now see exactly which phones have software in development. It’s a particularly great tool for those still waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to land.
Following in the footsteps of the LG G2 and G3, two Sony phones have finally appeared on the updates page. The Xperia Z1s and Z3 are now both officially due to receive a Lollipop update in the future, although it may be at least a few weeks before we see any evidence of that. Both are showing as being in “Manufacturer Development” which essentially means that the carrier and manufacturer have agreed to support the software update.
For those of you rocking one of Sony’s handsets, I hope it arrives sooner rather than later. If you’re really impatient and just want a phone that looks like it has Lollipop on the surface, just install the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store. It doesn’t have all the same animations and UI elements as Android 5.0, but the app drawer and the overall look is similar. Add that to Google’s Material UI designed apps like Maps, Calendar and GMail and you have a phone that almost looks like it’s running 5.0.