The Google Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS update that is available for users of older Nexus devices and certain devices manufactured by other brands, is now reportedly available for users of Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play edition smartphone.

According to a post on the Android Central forum, the Android 5.0 OS upgrade is available for Xperia Z Ultra GPe devices.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe device users can check for the Android 5.0 upgrade via over-the-air (OTA) mechanism and install the 397 MB file, according to another report on Android Central report.

Alternatively, users can search for the Android 5.0 update manually from within the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe smartphones.

As per the new functions brought about by Android 5.0, there is no official changelog for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe as yet. However, users can expect features such as a brand new UI, new lockscreen notifications, battery saving mode, smart lock and various performance enhancements.

General features introduced by the Google Android 5.0 OS update:

  • Material design UI: The Material Design user interface brings a new look and feel to Moto smartphones. Users get a better, more natural touch screen interaction and adds new colours, typography and edge-to-edge imagery features.
  • New notification control: Users can view and dismiss notifications on lockscreen without unlocking their smartphones. There are new 'Downtime' and 'Interruption' settings that let users control notifications.
  • Multi-user modes: Another important feature of Android Lollipop is that it lets users create multiple accounts so as to share the device between multiple users without having to create customised settings each time.
  • New flashlight: The new flashlight can be activated by just swiping down with two fingers from the status bar. Settings for this particular feature can be viewed in the 'Quick Settings' sub section.
  • Battery saver: Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection of the remaining time while discharging or charging. A new battery saver mode can also be enabled by users, to save power by reducing performance and certain background data functions to extend battery life considerably.
  • Smart lock: Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked.

If you are a user of Sony's Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition, do check for the Android 5.0 update for your devices via OTA or manually, and let us know about the update availability in our comments section below.