Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update release is slowly but surely making its way to more and more devices, even if the rollout and update process hasn’t been as smooth as many predicted. We’ve seen it arrive for a few LG G3 owners, HTC One and One M8, and multiple Motorola smartphones. Here, we breakdown the update for Motorola smartphone owners.
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. Not to mention bugs that were quickly addressed in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. That said, Motorola has already updated two key smartphones to Android 5.0, and more are coming soon. Here’s a breakdown for those with Motorola phones.
Android 5.0 Lollipop was officially released on November 3rd when Google sent the code to manufacturers, and when the Nexus 9 tablet was released to the public. It only took a week for Motorola to get started, and they kicked things off by updating the Moto X 2014 Pure edition to Android 5.0 on November 10th.
Since then we’ve seen progress for multiple devices as well as a few comments and blog posts from Motorola detailing everything owners will need to know about the Motorola Android 5.0 update.
The company kicked off Lollipop late last year by launching a new updates webpage with details regarding which devices will see Android 5.0, and when. And while there aren’t actual dates, each device will be updated accordingly and the details will evolve and be refreshed once said handsets get updated.
Motorola has confirmed these devices will all receive Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.
- Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen)
- Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen)
- Moto G 4G LTE
- DROID Turbo
- Moto E
- DROID Ultra
- DROID Maxx
- DROID Mini
It’s highly possible the DROID RAZR HD could see it at a later date, but so far that device has yet to make the list from Motorola. Google demands 18 months of support, which puts it out of reach as the DROID Ultra is over a year old now, meaning the RAZR HD lineup is way over the limit. We’ll keep an eye on that, but the above devices will all see Android 5.0 updates, and some already have.
The original Moto X was the first smartphone to Android 4.4 KitKat, and the new Moto X (2014) was the first to Android 5.0 Lollipop too. However, carriers are mostly still on Android 4.4 and preparing for the latest release. In November Verizon confirmed the new Moto X 2014 Android 5.0 Update, and it’s available for all users as we speak. But it’s one of the only ones enjoying the software.
Currently the new Moto X (2014) on Verizon and the Pure Edition have been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but we’re expecting news any day now for AT&T, and others around the globe. In fact, one Moto rep took to Google+ and said Android 5.0.2 updates are coming soon for all 2013 and 2014 devices.
As for the original 2013 Moto X, we’ve yet to receive word from Motorola (aside from above comments) or any carriers, but as soon as the company finishes updates for the new Moto X owners of the original can expect it to quickly follow. The original Moto X is still a wildly popular smartphone, millions of users own it, and it is one of the top priorities for Motorola moving forward.
The brand new Moto G (2nd Gen) for 2014 actually already received Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it was among the first devices to see Google’s latest version of Android. This came just a few days after the Moto X back on November 12th, but it was quickly delayed and most owners never received it.
As for the original Moto G, it’s coming, but we’re not exactly sure when. Last year the company updated the “Motorola Update Services” app on the Google Play Store with only one change. Stating that it was preparing the app to deliver the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the original Moto G.
Since then we’ve yet to see any news regarding the update, but with the original G getting it in India and other parts of the world, the United States is likely up next. Expect it within the next week or two.
Verizon and Motorola have an excellent relationship thanks to the DROID lineup of smartphones, and that’s evident with the recent Moto X Android 5.0 update on Verizon first, before other carriers. The DROID Turbo was made official in late October, and Motorola confirmed it was running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and would see Android 5.0 “soon”.
The DROID Turbo is arguably one of the best smartphones released in 2014, and has some of the best specs of any device across the board. Things like a big Quad-HD display, a 21 megapixel camera, and a massive battery. Once it gets the latest Android 5.0 update it will be even better.
Original reports and comments from Motorola made many assume this was coming in December, as they stated it would arrive “before the end of 2014” but the bug fixing updates to Android 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.2 caused a few delays. However, this week a software update hit the testing phase by the Motorola Feedback Network, and if Lollipop, we could see the DROID Turbo Android 5.0 update start arriving as soon as next week.
DROID Ultra, Maxx, Mini
In late 2013 Motorola released the DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini for Verizon Wireless, and they’re also running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat release. Those phones are all important to Verizon, but probably won’t be updated until the Moto X rollout is complete, and Verizon pushes Android 5.0 to the new DROID Turbo first.
Sadly we have no actual date for these three devices either, but know they’re coming at some point. Motorola has continued to be one of the best when it comes to software updates, especially with nearly stock Android on its handsets, so the wait shouldn’t be long. Since the Moto G and Moto X updates were delayed, we can expect these to be delayed as well. Possibly within the next 1-2 months.
Announced and released earlier this year is the Moto E, the companies true budget smartphone. Coming in with decent specs offering a 4.3-inch display, powerful dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat. This phone also has dual front facing speakers, custom backplate covers and is only $129. No contracts required. It’s a cheap phone, but still good enough to see Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Moto E is mainly for emerging markets, so it may not be a top priority for Motorola’s update plans, but rest assured, it’s on the list and will be here before you know it. Many who buy the Moto E don’t need the latest and greatest, but they’ll probably get it with an Android 5.0 Lollipop update here in the near future. Don’t expect it to be before the Moto X variants, but it’s coming.
For now only the new Moto X 2014 and the 2nd Gen Moto G have received updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the US, but that will be changing extremely soon as Motorola continues the update push.
The deadline of before the end of 2014 obviously never got met, but with updates finally starting to emerge for multiple devices around the globe, we can expect more announcements from Motorola and over the air updates to emerge in the coming days, weeks, or months.
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