Motorola notes disappointment in carrier delays, confirms Android L for Moto X

Motorola notes disappointment in carrier delays, confirms Android L for Moto X
It has been confirmed, directly from Motorola, that the Moto X will be getting the Android L update. Admittedly, this one shouldn't really be a surprise for any of you out there who understand the new requirements Google has put in place for manufacturers to get access to the Google Apps suite and Google Play services. Google has made a mandate that in order to get the Google goodness, manufacturers have to update all handsets to the newest version of Android that is released within 18 months of said handset. 

Given that the Moto X is just closing in on 12 months on the market, it was inevitable that the device would get the update to Android L, which is expected to be released around October or November of this year. The surprise of the story is how the confirmation came about. A random Google+ user named Josh B. asked the Moto X community on G+ whether or not the Android L update would be coming, and the VP of Product Management at Motorola, Punit Soni confirmed with a resounding "Yup."

Soni went on to also note a bit of disappointment in carrier delays of Android updates. An AT&T user made the all too common remark that he would see the Android L update when Android N is about to be released, and Soni responded by saying, "Sad. We really try to speed things up..." That seems to be a direct implication that carriers are the ones causing delays. 

source: +Josh B. via BGR

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)



1. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Yes! I knew I made the right move on trading my Xperia SP towards a Moto X. I really hope I see the update though, since my X is also from a carrier, and the Moto X is borderline impossible to flash.

4. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

This is why I hate about Android phone... 1 OS per phone or just be patient.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't know if you know this, but for every single Android update has been pushed to the Moto X first since it's release. It got 4.4 less than a week it was released lol.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, kinda same story as you, I had a 3GS and got iOS 3, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6 and finally iOS6.X.X couple of weeks before getting a new 5S, and all in between on THE DAY it was released. Now I got 5S and I got every update on THE DAY it was released, all OTA. Now as soon as iOS8 is out - I'll get it on the same DAY with the rest of the WORLD... Sorry, just trolling... Glad Android Folks are getting at least couple of devices with that option...

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There's a reason for that. Moto needs to add their apps and make sure they're fully compatible with the Android build with no bugs. Personally, I rather have a Android flagship than an iPhone. Yes I may be a little biased, but iOS is still limited. Hopefully my mind changes in September.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Pfffft. I know what ios users get in name of updates. Features are stripped off for older devices, and buggy releases on DAY ONE. Apple is basically trying to show off numbers and superiority to android. I'm liking how microsoft is doing currently with WP updates, if they keep the same track, then I'll give them the software update crown. I hope M$ doesn't do the same blunder like WP7.

30. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Buggy releases? So, when first release of 4.4 for Nexus 4 kept rebooting device and draining battery was ok? Pathetic fanboys, You say iOS is limited? Ok, maybe on Android you can install launchers, but without root there is nothing extraordinary. Jailbreak gives you tons of option and iOS has nothing to be jealous about, it's blazing fast (even on 4S which has 3 years, tell me what Android phone gets update after 3 years? Because as far as I know support for Nexus ends after 18 months, and GS2 is stuck on 4.1.2 which was released 2 years ago) gives you tons of option (tell me is there any Android device which I can plug my guitar, keyboard and use it as DAW with same capabilities as on PC/Mac?) Just shut up stupid fanboy or answer to one of my questions.

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*ahem* Getting core Android updates isn't as important as it is for iOS to get updates. For instance, you guys have to wait for an iOS update to get any improvements to Siri. Google Now gets updated all the time with new versions, regardless of what version Android runs. Also, saying that 3 year old devices get iOS updates is a misnomer, because Apple deliberately cuts off or deletes features and apps from those older devices, often the same features they're trumpeting about including in the update. For instance, when Siri became a core part of iOS, anyone who had a prior version of iOS and had Siri installed suddenly had to kiss the app goodbye. Furthermore, it's only with iOS 8 that you'll be able to have a different keyboard than the stock one, or that third party app developers will have the ability to tie in some of the core iPhone hardware and software to their apps. Game. Set. Match. Swish.

32. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sniggly lays it down. +1

41. AlikMalix unregistered

iOS users depending on hardware get updates accordingly, Siri requires communication with "mothership" (probably so it would not take up memory space that we can use for games and content) iPhone 4 was not as advanced to carry on Post Apple Acquirement stage compared to its Dev. App version. It would draw too much communications resources to function smoothly/quickly (unlike its Dev. App version). This was all explained before. Other omitted features are partially for hardware's sake. But regarding Siri being pulled, there were plenty of other Dev. made assistants you were able to use - Siri at that stage wasn't even the best one... Apple even went along and pushed iOS 7 to iPhone 4 even though its hardware has trouble pulling it - they should have given option to go back to iOS6 for folks with older phones (that I agree with). But I also seen iPhone 4 and 4s' that worked smooth with iOS7. Some apps took a bit longer to open but they opened and worked. There were instances when iOS 7 had bugs and didnt work smooth on some phones at first, but it took a week for some and a few weeks for others for apple to root out 99% of problems. Today, I only seen one iPhone 4 in use that lags when typing in iOS7 and some apps on it take a while to load - but these apps are processing heavy with features to support today's tech not 4 years ago... But I agree with one point, Apple should let iPhone 4 and 4S users to at least rollback at user's consent. But my point above was: There's a reason Apple omits features for older phones - imagine fully matching version of iOS7 that iPhone 5 and 5s got on iPhone 4 -- and that's why some features are omitted. To be fair: I believe to some degree that Apple may omit some features for older phones to motivate user to upgrade. But Siri is not one of them - I used the App and I've seen Apple's Siri - other then a few similar tasks - it was a different beast even at initial stage. Very good point, Sniggly, lots of it is undeniable.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The fact that Siri ran just fine on a jail broken iPhone 4 puts the lie to that. Apple removed it because they wanted you to need to buy a 4s to get it.

56. AlikMalix unregistered

I actually seen Siri on a jailbroken iPhone - it took a while to respond, if it did 90% of the time. As far as your second half of the comment- maybe true, but that's just your opinion, isn't it...

48. AlikMalix unregistered

Sniggly, one thing to correct: You said - "For instance, you guys have to wait for an iOS update to get any improvements to Siri." If you use Siri on an hourly basis, you get to know how she is nearly to the core and how to ask for things to get best result (Google Now is better at recognizing speech IMO), but I love using Siri - she's incredibly resourceful. So... people like me notice changes to her behavior or any improvements throughout the year (inbetween big updates). So, NO, no need for iOS updates for improvements sometimes it's done server-side, and it's noticeable.

36. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ouch looks like my comments really piss off some dudes. :D For starters root access>>jailbreak access. Also I know people who have a 4/4S, and how ios 7 crippled it by slowdowns and app crashes. And the worst thing you can't get back to ios 6 (where it ran exceptionally smooth). So if this is what you get as an "update", then I'm far happy with a working phone with old OS. Also don't consider me in bandwagon haters, I get it that some people prefer a phone that works and easy(that advantage is fading too). And I agree that iOS is the audiophile platform. Rant off.

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I dunno dude, I really like Google's All Access Music. Ten bucks a month and you get to listen to everything Google has in its music library (which is pretty complete except for a couple of bands, like the Beatles) as much as you want.

42. AlikMalix unregistered

I always wanted to try Google's All Access, but I wish Google kept their services separate from Google+ like it was a while back - Google is trying to create sub-Apple-ecosystem, but their motive is to collect info and sell it (I dont care much - but I care a little). Apple's ecosystem is designed to keep you (some say locked in), I say interested to stay with it. For the record, I tried playing iTunes music on my friends Samsung S3 and I had no issues transferring videos and music bought (and free) on iTunes. But just like in Android you cant take apps to iOS same applies to iOS to Android.

43. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's worth noting that Google doesn't *sell* your info. They funnel ads toward you which match up with the info you provide to them. However, third parties don't get your info, and certainly not from Google selling it. Also, I'm pretty certain that my All Access membership is fairly separate from my Google+ info.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

Good to know. I stand corrected on the "selling" my info. Just one question what credentials do you use to sign into All Access? gmail? can I use I know apple is trying to get on that bandwagon, but I want to try All Access anyway - I hear good things about it. Was afraid to get suckered into Google World... I like Google, just dont want to become a "file" to them (I hope you know what I mean).

50. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You have to use a Google account, but as far as I know you can make up a totally separate, "empty" account to use so long as you have valid credit card info attached to it (for the monthly billing). I mean, I use my main account for practically everything Google, but hey, you can do what you want.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks Sniggly, good to talk to you, this thread is getting hard to follow (with all the posts)... so I'm gonna go troll something else.. (joking..)

45. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol no, it isn't about music content. Apple stresses more on audio quality, I've owned two iPods in my college days, and the audio quality was great. Apple has successfully used its audio algorithms on iphones and ipads. Not to mention the support for vast type of accessories(plugging keyboard, guitar etc.). Android didn't had native external DAC support until Android L added it. Not trying to get sh€€py, just giving credit where its due. Android is still my favorite for smartphones :D

54. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You have to try the M8 then, it also packs quite a punch. I would say it is the best out of the box audio experience on Android and could even beat the iPhones and iPods.

67. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

I don't know that, and no one can guarantee that anymore since Lenovo bought Motorola from Google, and now Motorola is blaming on the carriers...?! But how come iPhone doesn't has this carrier issue?! For iOS user, we always get it on day1 across all the devices(each iPhone support up to 3 OS upgrade as I know) I am on an off contract at&t family plan, I got an extra sim card for $15 monthly fee, I really want to put my hand on an Android device, and I am looking for the Moto +1.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hey, carriers gotta optimize NFL Mobile and their $%@tty navigation apps and lock down attempts to root and get rid of that crap, right? Can't let people have control over the devices they spend several hundreds of dollars on. That'd be unamerican.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

First of all, people have control over their Android devices (not trolling) - you can root (which I understand is easier than jailbraking iOS). There's also options to hide the bloat. But you have a good point, why dont manufacturers and carriers push the OS update first then push their Touch Wiz, Sense, and w/e and Carrier Bloat updates (if they must) later?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because OEMs push the update WITH their UI.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

What I was trying to say, is to separate Android OS, from their own overlay, from their bloat - and make it 3 different updates. Push what's available as soon as it's done. I dont know maybe I'm complicating it, but for the sake of good name for Android, Manufacturer, and Carrier - I'd take the extra effort.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They don't always have control. Look at the AT&T/Verizon S5 and Note 3s. It took months before root was possible (via Towelroot), and that's probably going to be patched (word is the Verizon S5 was patched and can't be re-rooted, but I can't confirm that). And the bootloader is still un-unlockable on all of them. If you're with Verizon, you're at their mercy. If you're with AT&T you're at their mercy if you want a subsidized phone and don't buy unlocked ones. And that's where this issue lies. Carriers have their own specific versions of the "same" phone. The reason some updates take so long is that the manufacturer gets the update from Google, has to make it work with their phone, submit it to the carriers, who make their "improvements", submit it back, which might not just need approval from the manufacturer but also Google, and back and forth and back and forth. The carriers cause the biggest delays, because they've got to include their own crap and lock down various "loopholes" that could prevent them from milking every last cent out of their customers.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I knew about the back and forth... but no root for months is news to me and then carriers try to counterblock again, is news to me.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Happens a lot. Remember that root is typically achieved through an exploit (aka hack) of some sort, and although that's great for people that root, it's still a security flaw that SHOULD be fixed. Root is typically lost after an OTA update, and sometimes can't be regained. For example, the Droid HD line. Under 4.0, you could unlock the bootloader and root, but that was patched with the 4.1 update, and if you didn't unlock the bootloader before then and you wanted to root, you were SOL for a long, long time until another method was found. Apart from the security issues, there are obvious reasons for carriers and manufacturers to try to block root access. Mainly, the ease of which one can screw up their device. For example, a Verizon user wants to de-bloat their Galaxy S5. So they start deleting Verizon crap like Navigator and their music apps, etc. Anything Verizon gets deleted, and then the user deletes the app that tells the phone how to connect to Verizon's networks, and all of a sudden " has closed unexpectedly" or some such stuff over and over and over and their $650 smartphone is useless. There's a reason Verizon hasn't carried a Nexus since the Galaxy Nexus, and AT&T never did.

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