Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Roadmap for Each Manufacturer

10/20/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


So, Android 5.0 Lollipop is official, and the new Nexus devices will be shipping soon, but what if you already have an Android phone?  Wondering when you'll be able to get an official Android L update, or if you'll ever see it at all without having to root your device?

Android Authority recently published an update master list for each manufacturer, so you can now patiently wait impatiently for the the update to hit your device.

HTC

Taiwan's HTC has been on the ball the past few years with its Android updates, and this year should be no different, since HTC actually built the Nexus 9, which is the first available Android L device.  As such they should have a little more experience with the new software and shouldn't have major hurtles in getting it out.

A leaked update roadmap from HTC also shows quite a few devices will be getting Android Lollopop, and HTC has also committed to a 90 day timetable for the update (at least for the One M7 and One M8).

LG

LG produced both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5, which will both get Android 5.0 Lollipop by November 3rd.  I'm not sure if LG has any involvement in that, or if the update comes directly from Google, but those two devices are guaranteed to get it.

Nexus devices aside, the G2 and G3 have been rumored to get the update... eventually.  Maybe.  We'll see.  You might be waiting a while.  LG doesn't have much of a track record to speak of when it comes to Android updates.

Motorola

Speaking of track records, Motorola has the best track record with Android updates.  All editions of the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will be getting Lollipop.  There's no date given, but they have historically gotten the update out in a matter of weeks.  That was when they were still owned by Google, so we'll see if anything changes with Lenovo, but the acquisition was recent enough that there's likely no major changes to this yet.

Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini will also get the update, but while Motorola has a good track record with updates, Verizon does not.  They tend to do a lot more carrier testing, which could present a significant delay for any Verizon branded Motorola devices.

OnePlus

OnePlus has confirmed an update for the OnePlus One within 90 days.  Given that OnePlus only has a single device to support, and it is backed with a strong software history with Cyanogen, I see no reason for them to not make the deadline.  This is the area where OnePlus should excel, while their PR department may be the bigger concern...

Samsung

It'll come.  Eventually.  To some devices.  Samsung doesn't always commit to device updates.  It'll more than likely come to the Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, and Note 4, and whatever the new Galaxy Tab is.  As far as when?  I'd say give it 6 months (so April or May 2015) based on history.

Sony

If your phone starts with "Xperia," Sony has committed to updating it to Lollipop.  There's a lot of them, so it might take a while.  I'd assume it will work in reverse numerical order, from newest to oldest, starting with the Z3, then the Z2, etc.

Source: Android Authority

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