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When is my phone getting the Android L update: here's what we know about the release

When is my phone getting the Android L update: here's what we know about the release

The lucky owners of a Google Nexus or a Play Edition device, like the Nexus 5, might be seeing the newest Android L hit their handset very soon after the unveiling, but, as usual, those with popular handsets like the Galaxy S4/S5, the LG G2/G3, Xperia Z1/Z2, or the HTC One M8/M7, will have to wait a fair amount more.

Google announced at the unveiling event, that the Android L push to the Nexus stable, namely Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, will begin tomorrow with the SDK release for those two devices. so we'll be able to tinker with the beta very soon. If history is any indication, this means that your venerable Google-endorsed phone and tablet will get the newest version not long afterwards, but this time it might be different, as Android L isn't set to roll through the gates before the summer passes. As for the rest of the ever-growing flock of Android handsets and tablets, we are waiting for the official manufacturer confirmations on their individual Android L update schedules, and we will post any news as soon as we have them. HTC already announced that it will update the One and One (M8) within 90 days of receiving the source code from Google, which sounds moderately ambitious. Motorola also chimed in, slating the fall timeframe for its update schedule, which jibes with the Q4 rollout of Android L that Google cited.

With Android L, we are getting a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled its aging notifications system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung, LG, HTC, or third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style system, and a 64-bit compiler, as well as a battery-saving Project Volta are all a go, so there's plenty to look forward to with Android L on your phone or tablet, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Google

  • Nexus 5 - Android L beta is out, official release arriving in the fall
  • Nexus 4 - pending
  • Nexus 7 - Android L beta is out, official release arriving in the fall

Motorola

  • Moto G - Motorola Germany confirmed Android L arriving for the handset in the fall
  • Moto X - Motorola Germany confirmed Android L arriving for the handset in the fall

HTC

  • HTC One - within 90 days of receiving the Android L source code
  • HTC One M8 - within 90 days of receiving the Android L source code
  • HTC One mini/2 - promised for update, no hard schedule
  • HTC One GPE - pending
  • HTC One M8 GPE - pending

Samsung

  • Galaxy S4 GPE - pending

LG

  • LG G Pad 8.3 GPE - pending

Sony

  • Xperia Z Ultra GPE - pending

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:33 48

1. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 366; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


For most Android users: next year to never.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:46 3

8. mistertimi (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 May 2014)


The article should state that Andriod L is just in preview mode at the moment - much like iOS 8's beta. While most of us here know this, it's a surprising omission from the article, especially when they've been doing incredibly simple "how-to" videos for the not so tech-savvy..

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:05 4

43. hipnotika (Posts: 287; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


you can install ios8 beta to all iphone models at the same time ;)

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:17 1

49. vincelongman (Posts: 1025; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Expect iOS 8 on a iPhone 4S and 5 will probably be missing features like how the iOS 7 on the 4 and 4S are missing features from iOS 7

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 10:03 3

65. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


IOS 8 is really just Android 4.0 with a heavy IOS Skin.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 14:43 2

68. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No you are being too generous. It's more like Android 2.1 with a heavy iOS skin...

Please get it right. lol

+1 for the decent try

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 06:57 2

57. jacobxtyler (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


that's what happens when your phone selection lacks variety.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 04:00 8

33. Saravana (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


But still ahead of 4 year old ios 8.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:21 7

50. parvsingh05 (Posts: 97; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Too much ahead that even android users cant see it running on their phones

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 20:12

71. evarod48 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


the only people that should be using iphones are those with tiny hands or those who don't understand technology.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:06

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 2722; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Quite happy with kk and 4.3

I will get L with my newer device purchase. I upgrade my phone and tablet every year so software update not a big issue for me

I just wish their hurry up with the Android extension pack and give us Tegra K1 like gpu and games.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:34 1

51. rf1975 (Posts: 241; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Bitter truth. Most of the last years phones still did not updated to kitkat

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:49 3

54. elirev4 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


That's exactly why my next smartphone is going to be a Nexus.
I'm tired of waiting almost 8 months for each firmware update.

Owns a Galaxy S4.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 11:39 1

66. jdot104 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I made this vow after using several other phones and watching update after update pass by. Trust me, you won't regret it. I was clutching my Nexus 5 so hard during the Google I/O keynote.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:23

61. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


They said the same about KitKat. People just never learn...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:35

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1186; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


It's a hassle for rooted users. Hope the update worth it.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:07

13. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Why do people still root their phones? I haven't rooted since my Sensation 4G. I'm just curious what the point is these days.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:21 2

15. jpkelly05 (Posts: 39; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Hotspot...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:36

17. joseg81 (Posts: 164; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i've had free hotspot since htc g2

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:46

53. willard12 (Posts: 731; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


2.5 gigs free on T-Mobile.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:37 3

18. Takeharu (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Customization and custom roms.
Nothing beats CyanogenMod imo, not even stock android!
That alone is a reason to root for me at least.
And then you have all the cool root apps like Xposed and Adaway which are extremely useful.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:00

40. rd_nest (Posts: 737; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


CyanogenMod is over hyped. Only geeks are interested, bland and boring like stock.

Smart people only needs root and Xposed.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:13

48. MJK91 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)


Nonsense. Xposed is great but can't give you HALO, Hover, PIE...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:30

23. cncrim (Posts: 476; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Add new language keyboard. Wakeup mod without reach all the way top of the phone.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:25 2

26. steedsofwar (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Audio mods, camera mods, overclocking et al, advert blocking, call recording, more powerful backup solutions such as making a system image, custom lockscreens, custom notification panel and statusbar icons, endless customisation features.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:08 2

38. Takumi_Fujiwara (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


That's what Android is all about-being open source. If our phone grow outdated and can't recieve further OEM update, then at least we can enjoy roms with higher Android bases using custom ROMs. take me for example-i own an "ancient HTC Sensation XE with beats Audio..that's a 2011 model phone..but on 2012 it was only updated as high as ICS 4.0.3 because HTC was stupid enough to assume that the hardware can't handle Jellybean with the HTC Sense interface (only Sense 3.6 for the official update)..but now look at my phone..because of the awesomest team of developers focused on HTC Devices (TEam Venom), my phone tasted Jellybean with Sense 4, 4+ and now, the latst is Sense 5 with Blinkfeed (Like HTC One)..and that makes me still proud to own this aging phone..:D

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:56

55. TheOldOne (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


running the last version of Android for one.

You have a Nexus 3 stuck on 4.3 but, with Cyanogen, you get 4.4.4 for instance.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 21:39

72. nottolate (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Jun 2014)


Here's why: My G2 now shoots 4K and extra slo-mo, It's focus might now be faster than the laser on the G3. I don't know but it is really fast. I clocked it in under 2 seconds. It also now has Magic Focus of course. It's audio with headphones are now astounding. I took off the buttons at the bottom of the screen and reclaimed all that space. I now use pie navigation. These are just some of the reasons why.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:35 1

3. SellPhones82 (Posts: 488; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Hopefully will be rocking the preview build on my N5 this weekend thanks to XDA!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:38

4. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Which means for myself who uses a Nexus 5, I will see it after every one of my friends gets it, and weeks later, after all the other GPE devices get it. This happens to me every single time Ive owned a Nexus device.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:02

41. fzacek (Posts: 1371; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What are you talking about? The Nexus devices have always been the absolute first to receive the updates...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:39

5. valapsp (Posts: 472; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


is that the stable release coming in july for nexus 5?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:41

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


though they said that android L wont be available until Q4.........

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:38

19. joseg81 (Posts: 164; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


that's what i heard developers are getting it today or tomorrow and the rest of us in fall.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:43 2

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Yeah, it's supposed to be a Dev prev. Until is released with new hardware or something this fall... So this seems quite misleading

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:46

7. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 May 2014)


Where's the note 3

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:55 1

30. bigdawg23 (Posts: 353; Member since: 25 May 2011)


All those phones except HTC(announced ones) are Google Play Edition phones running stock Android. Note 3 will be up to Samsung and I suspect that will be very late Q4 or Q1.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:55

10. Antimio (Posts: 171; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Nexus 4!!!!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:56

11. kaka_ruhi (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


Will It be available for Xperia Z?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:03

12. tadaa (Posts: 233; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


What about the nexus 7 2012?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:10

14. domen151 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Any news for Nexus 7 2012?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:25

16. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I don't think the 2012 Nexus 7 will be getting it since it's past Google's 18 month update window.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:05 3

42. fzacek (Posts: 1371; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Even if it's past the 18 month update window Google will might still update it, because they actually care about their customers...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:21

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6218; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Wish you guys at PA stop posting articles like this. NO ONE doesn't even know when are we going to get ANDROID L. And it hadn't even been release so far only have 4.4.2 on my Z2. So everyone calm down we don't know when the manufacturers are going to put it out.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:06

45. fzacek (Posts: 1371; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Double negative...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:34

24. spasticpat (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


So this list isn't the whole thing right? Will the Moto X be getting this update?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:06

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7683; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The Moto X will get it a week after Google releases the source code. Watch.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:31

27. spasticpat (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


I hope so but I have Verizon...still haven't gotten 4.4.3 or 4.4.4

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:57

28. flipjzn (Posts: 128; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


And I'm forever waiting for Kitkat for my S4 mini duos );

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:11

29. HoPhonTab (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


Samsung will never update its Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android L again :(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:00

31. superfans (Posts: 132; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


What does S4 GPE mean ?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:04 2

35. JohnMilisis (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 May 2014)


samsung galaxy s4 Google Play Edition

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 02:20

32. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


That's for 5% of the market basically.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:03

34. JohnMilisis (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 May 2014)


do you know what time will be available the beta version?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:44

36. mamadathu (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


LG USERS CAN HAVE THIS UPDATE ON 2050

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 07:33

60. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I'm assuming LG doesn't update their phones quiet often? Despite the fact the G3 have better specs than the HTC One M8 and GS5, which company updates their phones a lot?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:47

63. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 761; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


HTC without a doubt, the One M7 launched with Android 4.1 Jellybean and subsequently got Android 4.2, Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, Android 4.4 and now it got Sense 6 with Android 4.4.2. Motorola is very good too they were the fastest non nexus phones to get 4.4

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:28

37. imortalis75 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


It said both nexus 7 were getting it I just read it on like 4 different sites

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:20

39. Takumi_Fujiwara (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


Really bro? that's a comforting news if ever that's true..i own a 1st gen nexus 7 and with the release of "L" i'm thinking that Google will abandon the original N7..i just hope i can still experience the "L"..

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 03:12 1

46. ThePython (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 May 2013)


For Samsung users: Never.

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