Motorola posts guide to show which models will receive Android 5.0

Curious to know if your Motorola smartphone will be updated to Android 5.0? Motorola's website has an entire page that addresses this question. First, let's use some common sense to eliminate very old devices. If your Motorola smartphone was not updated to Jellybean, what on God's Earth would make you think that it will receive Android 5.0? Similarly, you can rule out models that failed to taste the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KiKat.

Currently, Motorola models due to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop include the Motorola Moto X (both 2013 and 2014 models), the Motorola Moto G (both 2013 and 2014 models), Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID MAXX, Motorola DROID Mini, Motorola Moto G with LTE, and the Motorola Moto E.

One phone not yet on the list (most likely because it has yet to be made official), is the Motorola DROID Turbo. Expected to be introduced later today, and launched on Thursday, the new Motorola flagship is expected to come to market with Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. We expect that a quick update to Android 5.0 will be in order.

source: Motorola via AndroidandMe



1. AlikMalix unregistered

I have a question: I see a lot of these news, LG this and HTC that, and Sony something rather will have Android L update in such and such date... Does that date mean a user will be able to download it, or does that mean the Manufacturers released it, now wait for Carriers to add their crap? Sorry, never had to wait for an OS update before in my life... Sincerely, iOS User. (sorry, just a little troll at the end ;-)

2. shree153

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It means that Moto will release the update. So that unlocked phone or international versions which are not sold by carriers will get update right away. but Carrier versions might have to wait few weeks (may be months for verizon:P) to pass the carrier.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

I know about the phone from Motorola in this article, but I was trying to kinda generally ask a question when it comes to news like this one but for other Manufacturers...

16. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Actually you do wait, just like all of us Android users. Apple doesn't announce their new software until it has been approved by the carriers. Android is an OS, independent of manufacturers and carriers. It gets released to the world, manufacturers change what they want, then submit to the carriers for testing. The difference with Android, everyone knows when it is released to the world. iOS hours through the same steps, the first two are internal to Apple.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

What about if Apple releases an update all iPhones, iPods, and iPads 4 years back can get it virtually the same day (some 5 year old devices did: iPhone 3GS). But some Android phone wait months/years and some never get it at all even though they're only 18month old... Some buy a new phone before they get an update... Some buy a new phone and still get an old OS with their new Phone...

5. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

AlikMalix, You have to understand this: When a company is the ONLY manufacturer of its hardware and software and you have no other choice as to who to buy their equipment from then it is easy to keep, with the exception of older hardware, everything up to day. BUT when you have a company providing the software and multiple OEM partners producing a large variety of different hardware with different specifications, it then it becomes more of a challenge to keep everything up to date. But the greatest thing in the world is being able to choose a device with any number of different specs rather than be limited by 1 iManufacturer . Sincerely yours, An Android user

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Why do people always tell me that I have no other choice? I have choices, I can choose any Android or Windows or FlipPhone I want... I tried Android - I like iOS - that simple - no hate, no BS. I'm only asking a question, as I know bunch of (typically girls that I know) are asking me about updates on their phone (which are Androids - big screen, you know) because they keep hearing about Apple's "NEW" update all over the place. And I have nothing to answer them with. So when I come across news like this - I am wondering if that's the date or not due to carriers draggin their ass (as many have mentioned millions of times)... I know the mess that Android has to tackle when it comes to manufacturer fragmentation (sorry for the "F" word), but all this news about LG, HTC, Sony and etc getting "L" updates - yet no one seems able to get past JB.. But why can Apple just block carrier's BS and their Bloat, Software Blocks (like Google Wallet) and Waiting, yet these Android vendors cant? Is there subsidizing of Android phones that way? Is that the reason why some Androids are Cheaper? Dont you feel Angry that it's YOUR device and they're NOT allowing you to get an update? And that they are putting what they think should be on your phone instead of what you want on your phone like Bloatware, their version of payment: ISIS vs Google Wallet, their version of voice assistant: s-voice vs Google now? Sorry just went on a rant marathon there... bottom line is: when do Android phones actually get updates?

13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I cant speak for anyone else, but my Moto X (2013) and my Droid mini are both running the most up-to-date software that Google's Android currently offers, which would be Android 4.4.4 Kitkat. Both of my devices,for as long as I have had them, receive updates shortly after it is announced by Google that they are available to the public. Now for the update schedule for Android, as I understand it, is; 1) Google produces the Software. After writing the software there is a testing period (I dont know how long the test period lasts) 2) The software update is then distributed to the OEMs (Hardware manufacturers) for testing and calibration to their hardware specs. This is where OEMs design their UI overlays (Example: Touchwiz, Sence). Then there is another testing period. 3) The software is then distributed from the OEMs to the carriers. The carriers then add in the apps (bloat) that the want. There is then another testing period. 4) The carrier and the hardware manufacturer then initiates what is known as a soak test. This is where the carrier then updates a small number of devices on its network for testing the new software that way if there is a flaw that causes the phone to brick, bootloop or malfunction then there is only a small number of devices that have to be fixed or replaced. If a flaw is found then the software update is withheld from the other OEM's devices on the carrier's network and the process starts over again at step 2 5) After the completion of a soak test if no major flaws are found in the software then is fast tracked to be released in stages to the OEM's phones on the carrier's network. That is the Android software cycle. One of Android's flaws is that it is reliant on the carriers to distribute software updates to OEM devices. Apple's software cycle is much different as follows: 1) Apple produces the Software. After writing the software there is a testing period (I dont know how long the test period lasts) 2) Software is then distributed through iTunes through personal computers linked to the internet. At no time are the carriers allowed to modify the update. Apple only sends new hardware to carriers as software distribution is handled by personal computer connected to the internet. Because Apple only has at most around 4 devices being updated there is a lot less work compared to android where each OEM may have in the range of 20 or more devices that are made with in a year.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Really Appreciate the breakdown... But I have been updating my phone without iTunes and without a personal computer since iOS5 (I think) as long as you got Wi-Fi (some of these are large updates) you're good to go... I've updated my wife's iPhone 5 from iOS6.x.x to iOS 7 at The HomeDepot while we were browsing for new lights...

19. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Well I did not know that an iPhone could be updated without iTunes or a computer. Thanks for the knowlage. Really the part of updating an Android phone that takes the longest is when an OEM overlays a skin over the OS. That is why it takes so long for Samsung, HTC or Lg to release updates for their devices. Motorola, for the most part, has done away with skining Android and that is why they have been able to update their phones faster than other OEMs.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Htc and Samsung deliver updates within 3 months. I don't know about carrier crap, but this is how international versions work. Motorola updates phones within weeks. And I see no point in updating phone day one, and then grieve about bugs and crashes lol.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Bugs and crashes happen to Android phones too, dude.. Dont even act like they dont, it's just each android phone isn't sold by tens of millions to actually make a headline.... Not trying to start a fight, but come on.... seriously?

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop it Alik you're making too much sense. you can't use logic and reason against bias and ignorance.

23. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

He's not talking about iPhone, he's talking about phones generally. We don't want manufacturers to rush the updates and give faulty piece of software. Instead SOME people choose to wait. Others get a Nexus or a Moto device. Fast updates is one of the reasons I bought the Moto G. Other is obviously the price.

21. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

If you are IOS user, you should buy NEXUS or Moto device, because they use Vanila Android, and in the speed and update they are same as IOS. You should never buy some other manufacturer (LG HTC, Samsung, Sony etc), because of lag and delayed update. Nexus has same experience as Iphone - in some places Iphone is better, but is some other nexus is better.

24. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Samsung recently is doing away with lags. Haven't used HTC phones lately. But for Sony I can tell you, it doesn't have any kind of lag. Its as smooth as Vanilla Android.

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Because we don't always need the latest update. Android users are years ahead in functionality compared to iOS. If we want the latest and greatest, that's what root is for. Similar to how iPhone users didn't need a bigger screen years ago but yet you see what happened? They had to wait.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I'm definitely getting the new Moto X, I'm a fan of their flawless updates. There were ZERO bugs in the kitkat firmware update of my Moto G, which is really impressive *cough*iOS 8*cough*

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Idk why so many people make a big deal out it. Never really had issues with iOS 8. Only problem I had was the keyboard not popping up at times and that's it.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

See, you cant sell a headline unless you make an Apple story. The absence of Android related problems for fandroids equals: android has no problems. There are people that use iOS and Android and not run into problems - that is true, but there's just so much of one type of Apple device vs any other device that numbers wise show few people having problem with Apple, but percentage wise could be much smaller number based on 10,000 iPhones vs 10,000 Android phones most of which will be Samsung (and we know how fun Touchwiz is). On top of that, these people actually believe commercials religiously, like it's the revelation, i.e. Samsung commercials... when in fact, just like the links above - in order to gain any interest, you have to mention Apple products. What you will also notice is unlike Android Brands, Hundreds of Thousands of businesses use Apple to welcome customers and use Apple products in a positive way to promote their own such is "made for Apple", "use your iPhone to...", "works with Apple" etc. Even Google cannot ignore the popularity and offers their services for their #1 Competitor: iOS (do you really think that Google is just good at heart?) But to confirm, other than a couple UI button misalignments (which were fixed in a week or so) iOS7+8 were working with no issues on iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPad 3. Granted iOS7 and 8 had more issues like that vs iOS 3,4,5,6 and all in between... but it's Cook and not Steve - everyone are different.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I only look forward to mobile OS upgrade for my android device. I get the full benefits of the new OS brought by Google. iOS OS upgrade for older devices i don't look forward at all, each release bring little to no new feature but slow down the device. I still upgrade because of apps are make incompatible with older iOS releases. iTroll please keep away from unrelated article.

22. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

It is big deal, because Moto G cost 150€, and how much is Iphone? :) And still Moto G work in same speed as Iphone 5 (not 5s) - check youtube :)

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I have nothing

20. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Never argue with an iFan, they will drag you to their level of ignorance and beat you with their experience!

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