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Motorola Droid Turbo Android update to Lollipop

Yesterday, an engineer at Motorola by the name of Luciaono Carvalho revealed that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will be coming real soon to all Motorola devices from 2013 and 2014. That means that a Motorola Droid Turbo Android update is also to be expected, although the phone being a Verizon exclusive, it might take longer for the OTA to hit. The Droid Turbo is a highly acclaimed smartphone which boasts with great performance and battery life, and even has an international version called the Moto Maxx.

The Motorola Droid Turbo Android update should be released by February 2015, according to previous announcements from Motorola. The rollout is taking so long because the OS is riddled with bugs which Motorola has to fix in order to make the build compatible with each device set to receive the OTA. Even though Google optimizes Android 5.0.2 for Nexus devices, that doesn’t mean that the respective build working perfectly on Nexus phones and tablets will do the same on other devices because of hardware differences. That in turn means that each OEM has to spend time on tweaking Android 5.0.2 to suit each of their releases’ needs.

The Motorola Droid Turbo Android update will supposedly contain Android 5.0.2 once it hits, and should be a version that rids of bugs users have encountered on the Moto X and Moto X second generation devices. The soak test which is underway might have brought a Motorola Droid Turbo Android update, but we’ve only seen two reports that are not actually verifiable stating that they received an Android 5.0.2 OTA which disabled their MMS functions. In any case, we at least know for sure that a Motorola Droid Turbo Android update is coming your way and hopes are high about the release being bug-free. While we wouldn’t expect a completely smooth OS to hit these devices, we do think that if the company is taking its sweet time to perfect the build, we are right in expecting the best.

People are getting frustrated with the slow release of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and with good reason, since many OEMs including HTC and Motorola promised a timely release upon the Lollipop announcement. Have you guys received a new update as part of the soak test? If so, let us know how it’s working for you. In the meantime, we are patiently waiting for a Motorola Droid Turbo Android update and are curious to see when Verizon and Motorola will be rolling that one out. We suspect it will be later than promised, maybe as late as March 2015, which would be disappointing and frustrating.

About Egon Kilin

My life-long dream has been to test out every gadget on the market! Considering the fact that I've rapidly destroyed almost every gadget I've had so far, I'm not inclined to owning something, so my ideal outcome would be to have a different gadget each month. I'm really into smartphones, wearables and tablets and I love Playstation and Xbox, I'm sure I'll beat you at your own game (after a month of training... or two)

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  • Kyle Broflosky

    Verizon was pretty fast with Android 4.4.4 last time, let’s hope they’re fast with Lollipop, too. My guess that your March estimate might be correct for the rollout completion, but I find it hard to believe that they would delay the release that much. Everything is possible, though. Atm, I’m happy with KitKat on the Droid Turbo, it does a fun job. I got Lollipop on my gf’s Moto X and for sure I hated it, and she couldn’t bear the bugs. I haven’t heard about the MMS issue, though, those reports might be fake IMO.

    • John

      Lollipop has been a mess so far for a lot of users.

    • Nathan Smith

      Verizon was pretty quick to roll out Lollipop on my Moto X; it rolled out before I even purchased the phone. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced any major bugs. I’ve had a couple of screw-ups, but it’s nothing annoying yet. I’ll hope 5.0.2 will fix most of the few bugs I was having.

  • Christopher Gregory Wortman

    As a Droid Turbo owner I am glad they are taking their time. I live on my phone, I need it to work 100% of the time. A broken update would make me very upset. From all the Nexus owners touting issues and headaches, I am glad they waited. Kit Kat is amazing in every way. I feel no need or want for a new update unless it improves whats there without breaking things like camera, battery life, etc… So thank you Motorola for not rushing the update. I got the phone knowing it was the best specced phone, best looking phone, etc… I prefer it the way it is. I am not looking forward to the new update, updates ALWAYS break things for me, so even after they release I wait a little bit to take it. I did the same with my old Nexus 5, I was fine with Android 4.4.0, 4.4.1 came and broke so much they had to rush fixes for 4.4.2, which broke everything so 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 had to be made to fix everything. For me, if I have to wait until 5.0.4 or whatever the perfect version is, and wait on Kit Kat I will be completely happy.

    • John

      People get so giddy over an impending OS release. They remind me of a bunch of whiny children throwing tantrums if they don’t get what they want, when they want it. But like you, I am completely satisfied with Kit Kat on my Turbo. I really hope that Verizon takes its time and doesn’t rush this out.

      • Christopher Gregory Wortman

        I don’t understand why people buy these devices and then complain when the flagship phone which has to work perfectly, doesn’t get updated to the latest beta of an OS. If you want to play beta tester, go buy a Nexus. I had a Nexus the experience was horrible. Everything was buggy, the battery life sucked, and it was a general headache. I drove 200 miles in the wrong direction because Maps crashed. I have yet to have a single hiccup with the Turbo because it is meant to be a solid perfect (as it can be) experience, NOT LATEST GREATEST!

        • droidturbo

          it took you 200 miles…………..

          • Christopher Gregory Wortman

            I was driving back from Florida to New York from vacation. 2000 miles one way. Very easy to do 200 miles at 90mph… Speed limit is 70 but everyone is doing 90+. Flow of traffic, maps froze, radio blaring… 3 hours in the wrong direction on the high way can feel like minutes when you zone out and just drive…following the flow of traffic…

  • king ding along

    Lies lies lies Motoflop they shouldn’t of even said they’ll have everyone updated by Christmas. Hahaha only joking. You want to see the reviews on the Motorola update app. Its absolutely shocking. Their is some absolute dumb people out there.

  • king ding along

    Break everyone’s phones Motorola pretty please! release it release it, I’m begging you. I want everyone bugged up . hahaha

    • Nathan Smith

      u wot m8?

  • Jam

    It is misleading to say that the OS is riddled with bugs. Google only tests its latest OS on the Nexus line and lets other manufacturers and carriers test it on other devices. Although lollipop has some bugs like every OS, saying it is riddled is just incorrect and superficial. This is also mentioned in the google+ post you linked in the article.

    • It’s not misleading if it is true. Have you read the issues Nexus owners are reporting on forums? Even if Google tests the OS on Nexus, it didn’t do a great job this time. The Google+ post belongs to a Google employee, you do the math. My statement about the bug issue was immediately followed by what you pointed out: carriers and OEMs need to optimize the OS for their own devices.

  • Jenny

    Ok, I’m not very tech savvy here, but if I were to go out and buy the Turbo this weekend, would the new Lollipop release be added automatically to my phone or could I decide when to update my system?

  • Donelo Santiago

    I HATE THE SLOW RELEASE- Get an exclusive phone from Verizon and get shafted on the updates–makes a ton of sense. Lets suck everyone into getting this great phone and then diss it when the updates come out. Good idea Google.

  • Donelo Santiago

    Get it right–do not rush it.