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Apple and Google have released some important updates for your smartphone

Android Lollipop has officially started to roll out while iOS 8 has received an update designed to speed up older iPhones and iPads.

Android Lollipop 5.0
Android Lollipop 5.0
Image: Android

NOVEMBER SEEMS TO be the month of updates as all three of the major smartphone platforms introducing upgrades.

The biggest one by far was the new upgrade to Android Lollipop which rolled out last night. While you were able to get it by downloading the image files from Google’s Developer site directly, the main download arrived for Nexus 5, 7 and 10 devices first with 4 and 6 to arrive soon.

Not only is it quick and stylish, thanks to its material design look, the service has a number of changes including notifications appearing on the lock screen, almost instantaneous boot up times for the camera and the speed of the OS have been greatly improved. To install it, you will need 500MB free.

Those with non-Google phones (Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, etc.) will have to wait a little while longer with HTC committing to having it released within 90 days. Other manufacturers have yet to give a specific date.

Android Lollipop Some screenshots of Lollipop on a Nexus 5.

For those with older iPhone and iPad devices, Apple released another update iOS 8.1.1 which is designed to fix many of the bugs associated with the previous updates, mainly speed and performance for the iPhone 4S and iPad Mini.

The update has removed much of the sluggishness involved although Apple won’t be happy to hear that iOS 8 was regarded as one of the buggiest iOS updates in a long time. So far this update has managed to quash most of the bugs that were present in previous versions meaning everyone should download it when they get the chance.

Those with Lumia devices will have to wait a little while longer for the latest update arrives with Denim expected to arrive in January.

Those who have the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 have had access to the latest version (build 14203) for the past few days. It has a few new improvements such as upgrades to battery saver mode, which now has a real-time Live tile, and can also be accessed through quick actions.

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