Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update is still slowly but surely heading to more devices, and that includes an array of smartphones from Motorola. They were among the first manufacturers to push an update out to devices, for the Moto X Pure Edition and new Moto G, and now we’re getting additional details for the rest of the Moto lineup.
Android L was first announced as Android 4.4 KitKat’s successor back in June during the company’s annual Google I/O developer event. Then in October Google officially unveiled the full Android 5.0 Lollipop update along with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 tablet, and a new Nexus Player for the TV. Soon after Motorola made some announcements, and they were among the first to update smartphones too.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update isn’t rolling out to smartphones as fast as Android 4.4 KitKat did, but there are a lot of visual and behind the scenes changes that are making the wait a bit longer than expected. While a few Motorola owners have already seen updates, those with the original Moto X, the new Moto X from carriers, and a few other devices will want to read on for more details.
As many owners probably know, Motorola has already updated the Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition to Android 5.0 Lollipop, along with the new Moto G for 2014. However, those with the original Moto G, Moto X, and the new Moto X from most carriers are still awaiting updates, not to mention the DROID Turbo and even the DROID Ultra from 2013.
While we don’t have all the details or answers yet, Motorola has been working extremely hard regarding the Android 5.0, or Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update and is planning to release it for an array of devices extremely soon. This week a Motorola software engineer took to his Google+ page and updated all owners on the situation. Here’s what he had to say regarding Motorola Android 5.0 updates for all devices released in 2013 and 2014.
At this point, you may have already heard that some people are receiving 5.0.2 based OTA pushes. That’s a limited soak test roll out for some of our products in different regions of the world. The update will be pushed to a wider audience if no critical showstoppers are found by users who already received it.
Users on the 1st generation Moto products need to make sure they have the latest Motorola Updates Services from the Play Store. If you don’t see it showing in your list of apps available for update (or it shows as not compatible) don’t worry, it’ll be available for you to download it really soon.
Updates of this nature take time. It’s no secret that when 5.0 launched it still had bugs. And, when we update our products, we end up finding more bugs that need to be fixed. There are a lot of reasons for what that happen, but, basically, each phone has a unique set of components and a way they interact. When Google creates a new release, they don’t validate it for all the possible combinations there are, and they won’t fix anything that’s not reproducible on a Nexus device, that’s our job.
As you can see above Motorola is currently testing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This means that those with any of the devices we mentioned above that haven’t received Android 5.0 Lollipop or Android 5.0.1, probably won’t see an update until Android 5.0.2 starts rolling out. Google fixed a few major issues in Android 5.0, and the new 5.0.2 version should be what most manufacturers end up rolling out to all owners.
Luciano then proceeds to mention that users should make sure they have the latest Motorola Updates Services app from the Google Play Store, as this will assist the device in getting the latest software updates.
Then last but not least the post ends with some comments about Android 5.0 having bugs and issues, problems that Google won’t solve themselves if these bugs are specific to each manufacturer. This means Motorola has to address some of the problems, which takes time, and an update to the newer Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is coming “really soon” according to this employee.
Really soon could mean anything, but most likely we can expect updates to start emerging in the next 2-3 weeks, or slightly longer depending on carriers.