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. Shivang Soni said on August 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Awaiting for Samsung Latest Smartphone with New Android Updates. Current phones are not Budget phones.

    1. Rahul kumar said on January 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Nokia is making entry in the market with the latest Android v7.0. What can be better than this, well known brand making the come back with the latest technology.

  2. Trick said on April 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I bought android one and a Samsung phone. Even after the huge price difference, there is no update for my Samsung phone, while my android one is running on marshmallow.

  3. Abhishek Singh said on February 22, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Yes, I got Android 5.0 update with my Moto G 1st Generation & this upgrade has all the latest features. All the latest features of this upgrade have true solution for many tasks. I like the features of Android 5.0 upgrade.

  4. Abil Prasad said on December 26, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I am using Samsung phone, still waited for a long time. At last I got it

  5. Rohan said on December 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I own a LG G2 and recently I received Lollipop update , Its quite stable and dont have much bloatwares :)

  6. Mark Hamilton said on June 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I own Moto g 2nd generation mobile phone and yes I am getting update from Play store for Lollipop.

  7. Robert said on March 26, 2015 at 10:22 am


    I have a Moto G AT&T one, I updated it to lollipop, it was a OTA Update. Now everything is messed up, and Phone is behaving like an idiot. I cannot call anyone and cannot do anything. Rubbish!

  8. RaviSoni said on March 8, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I’m looking for latest android update for my huwei honor holly,Please suggest if any release from huwei is made.

  9. Raghav said on January 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Well I have a Samsung Note 3 and a HTC 1 M8. So far none of them has got the 5.0 update. Although various news sites states that Lollipop has rolled out for HTC 1, i haven’t got the option to update my phone.
    Can you email me the instructions if you find a way out to update the phone other than the OTA option ?

    1. HamMan said on December 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Maybe the update haven’t reached your country just yet… I think that you must wait. Thought you can download cyanogenmod (just search google) if you want it right now.

  10. Doug D said on December 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    “Is your phone or tablet getting the Android 5.0 update?”

    Did I miss the part about the tablets?

  11. August said on October 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I really hope that my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 will get the update… It’s like just 9 months (or something) old… It’s not on the list and I couldn’t find it anywhere else so I’m a little scared to be honest.

    1. Tate said on October 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Me too i got one and i really hope they didnt abandon them for the new tab s

  12. suresh said on October 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    will my phone xolo q 800 will get the update sutesh

  13. Mark said on October 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Do you think Note Pro 12.2(LTE version) will receive 5.0?

  14. Digbijaya Mohanty said on October 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Awaiting for Samsung to announce updates. Current phones are not Budget phones.

  15. Blue said on October 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Updates are not always better. Version 4.1.2 was the last version that we could root, and be able to set auto airplane mode (app controlled) to help save battery at night when we’re sleeping. Version 4.2 disabled our ability to root as well as removed any applications access to turning off the services (airplane mode), which is a big bummer because turning off airplane mode at night while we’re in bed, saves us 60% of battery life on average thus extending the various use states by hours and days.

    As for Samsung haterz, I’m not one of them, I love (98%) my Samsung Galaxy SIIX (T989D). There are only two parts I wasn’t fond of I solved on my own by rooting the phone to delete one of it’s core features. That model phone has 4 lit keys instead of 1-3 like all their other models. The 4th key is a search function which not only searches, the phone (Core & SDCard), it can search the net as well depending on the action or function in operation when it is launched.

    I rarely turn on the WiFi, data, NFC, or Blue tooth connections, so don’t need a button that will auto launch search parameters if I accidentally hit it. So I simply deleted it so the button does nothing now.

    As for the second part it isn’t so much a Samsung only problem, it’s with any company that thinks making tiny and almost non existence bezels I have a problem with because it makes it so we can’t operate our phones with one hand easily without miss-pressing other unintentional keys. Which is why I loved my Blackberry Pearl with it’s split A/Z keyboard and very intuitive and often correct next word prediction algorithm.

    Samsung’s native keyboard and next word prediction kinda sucks so I use a 3rd party keyboard app, I purchased… “Swype”, which was originally included in the phone’s original o/s (Gingerbread 2.3), but when it upgraded to Jellybean 4.0 … Swype was no longer included and they released their own. I got so used to Swype I purchased it.

    Also the setup menu system I could easily understand and navigate, any version after 4.1.2 was difficult and a bit annoying because they decided to use a tab system to categorize the custom functions. In some cases some items which clearly should of been in one tab were located in other tabs. I don’t see why they had to change it…

    The old one what ever we needed simply scroll down, and it wasn’t like we were scrolling for hours… it was a total of 6 screens down/up and the less used items were at the bottom so that wasn’t a problem. It was simpler, don’t need to go there, then don’t scroll all the way down. Now we must go through tabs and sub-menu’s to get to the items that used to be at the bottom. But I know this isn’t a Samsung problem as much as it is a Google problem.

    Regardless, I still love my Samsung, and I’ve tried others, HTC, LG, and Sony…. hate them, they seem backwards and battery life sucked the worse on those. I went with Samsung mainly because [A] I like the company and own several of their other product lines, [B] SDCARD slot, [C] replace-able battery, [D] ability to use 3rd party batteries – meaning no circuit to lock them to a single brand/device!!!

  16. ilev said on October 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Out of ~19,000 different Android devices (phones & tablets) only ~30 devices may receive Android L . That’s 0.16%, while 47% of iOS devices are on iOS 8.x & 47% are on iOS 7.x .

    1. Andrew said on October 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      it’s easy when you have one company manufacturing the apple devices versus having various companies creating various android devices with various changes to the OS

      1. Andrew said on October 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        Windows: closed source and still uses explorer shell across manufacturers, manufacturers usually install extra software and maybe wallpaper.

        Android: open source and can be forked with a completely new interface and workings. Simple “updating” could and probably would cause numerous issues to the changes made.

        Big difference.

        Google is trying to close source a lot of their stuff, but it is still mostly open sourced and can easily be forked. When it’s modified as much as they did, then relying on “google” for the updates is pointless, and in the hands of amazon or samsung, or whoever.

      2. ilev said on October 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Look at Microsoft’s Windows. Various companies creating various PCs with various changes to the OS, yet Microsoft manage to send updates to them all at the same day.
        Google should take away from all Android manufacturers and Cellular companies the ability to update Android OS leaving the only with drives, some apps….

  17. Carl Edman said on October 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    You forgot the Nexus 10, listed in the Google source. Was worried for a sec.

  18. HE6 said on October 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    According to rumors Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and S5 (Samsung’s flagship smartphones for 2014) as well as their varieties and Tab Pro/S will have Lollipop soon. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and S4 were Samsung’s flagship smartphones for 2013.

    Also the article forgot to mention the first Android One phones (Lollipop OTA for them is TBA), the announcement about the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet getting Lollipop at an unknown date, and the OnePlus One (which may get a new CyanogenMod build based on Lollipop in a few or several months).

    Xiaomi’s web outlets has been bombarded by a slew of requests for MIUI + Lollipop, but the company is currently silent on when MIUI, the Mi4, and other upcoming stuff will have Lollipop. Other big Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo and Meizu are currently silent on the Android 5.0 Lollipop matter.

  19. Pete said on October 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Well, we all know that Samsung will not update many of their already released devices. I have tab3 and no kitkat. Samsung is c*ap.

    1. Anshul said on October 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      I have got tab 3 (SM T210) and it has been upgraded to kitkat (4.4.2)

  20. Nickname said on October 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I bought my Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus earlier this year and it was released late last year… Why aren’t they giving me the update? Never buying anything from Samsung again..

    1. Andrew said on October 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Because that depends not on google but on samsung, and I believe some newer samsungs haven’t even received 4.4.4 yet.

  21. MS Anti-Fanboi No.1 said on October 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    When you say Android Lollipop switches to ART by default, does that mean it’s possible to switch back to Dalvik?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      I don’t know. You could switch from Dalvik to Art in Android 4.4, maybe this option will remain and let you switch back to Dalvik.

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