Is your phone or tablet getting the Android 5.0 update?

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 17, 2014
Updated • Oct 26, 2014
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Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop on October 15. It is the next major upgrade for Android that is supposed to launch in the coming weeks.

Android 5.0 is feature packed. It features a new Material Design user interface which can be best described as a refined Google Now interface with elements sliding on top and into each other.

The operating system features new animations and buttons, and new notifications  as well.

As far as under the hood changes are concerned, Android Lollipop switches from the Dalvik runtime to ART by default which should improve performance significantly.

You find more information about Android 5.0 Lollipop on the official Android website.

The real question for Android phone owners and users is whether their device will receive the upgrade to version 5.0 or if they will be stuck with an earlier version instead.

There is no central registry that you can use to find out whether your device will be upgraded. Here is a short list of companies and phone models that will be upgraded. If you know of others that are not yet on the list let us know in the comment section below and we will add those to it asap.


The following Google devices will be updated to Android 5.0.

  • Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices will receive the update in the coming weeks (November). (source)
  • Google Play editions of HTC One M8 and M7, Samsung Galaxy S4, Moto G, Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3.


HTC confirmed some device upgrades on Twitter when customers asked on the official channel about it. Updates will be rolled out within 90 days of receiving the final software from Google.

  • HTC One (M8 and M7) will be upgraded, likely other One devices as well including the One mini and One mini 2. (source)
  • Update: Schedule was posted by LLabTooFeR. HTC One M8 and M7 will receive update starting late November beginning December.  HTC Desire Eye, HTC One M8 Dual Sim and HTC One M7 Dual Sim, HTC One E8, HTC One E8 Dual Sim and HTC Butterfly 2 receive updates from January on.
  • HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 from March
  • HTC One Mac, HTC One Mini, HTC Butterfly S between March and May 2015.


Motorola announced on the official company blog that the following devices will receive the Android 5.0 upgrade.

  • Moto X (first and second generation)
  • Moto G (first and second generation)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE
  • Moto E
  • Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini


The company published a blog post on the official Sony Mobile website in which it revealed its plans to upgrade several of its devices to Android 5.0. Upgrades are expected to launch in early 2015 for Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series.

  • The entire (premium) Z series will receive the Android 5.0 upgrade including Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z3.


  • Galaxy Note 4 and Edge
  • Galaxy S5 (December)
  • Galaxy S5 Dual Sim (January to February)
  • Galaxy S5 Mini (January to February)
  • Galaxy Alpha


  • LG G3
  • LG G3 LTE-A
  • LG G3 Beat
  • LG G3 Stylus
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2

Companies who have not released statements yet

  • Samsung has not published an official statement yet. It is expected that the company's most recent flagship phones will get the Android 5.0 treatment at the very least (Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3).
  • LG has not confirmed upgrades either yet. It is expected that the LG G3 will receive the upgrade, and likely that other devices such as the G2 line will get it as well.
  • ZTE has not provided any information on whether any of its phones will be updated.
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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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