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Motorola updating older devices to lollipop

Motorola has plans to keep its devices from 2013 and 2014 bang up-to-date with the latest Android Lollipop build, according to a statement from a company software engineer.

Luciano Carvalho took to Google+ to explain the situation, stating that the update would arrive on 2013 and 2014 model Motorola handsets “really soon.”

“I just want to reassure we’re working really hard on it, and, as promised, our Moto products from 2014 and 2013 will be updated to Lollipop really soon.”
He added that an over-the-air update for Android 5.0.2 is in a soak test stage across multiple devices and in multiple regions – strongly suggesting that Motorola will do its usual trick of one giant, simultaneous push near globally rather than going in dribs and drabs.

Sadly, he didn’t specify which devices he is referring to, so we’ll have to wait for something a bit more official from above.

Here’s the rest of the statement:

“At this point, you may have already heard that some people are receiving 5.0.2 based OTA pushes. That’s a limited soak test roll out for some of our products in different regions of the world. The update will be pushed to a wider audience if no critical showstoppers are found by users who already received it.

Users on the 1st generation Moto products need to make sure they have the latest Motorola Updates Services from the Play Store. If you don’t see it showing in your list of apps available for update (or it shows as not compatible) don’t worry, it’ll be available for you to download it really soon.

Updates of this nature take time. It’s no secret that when 5.0 launched it still had bugs. And, when we update our products, we end up finding more bugs that need to be fixed. There are a lot of reasons for what that happen, but, basically, each phone has a unique set of components and a way they interact. When Google creates a new release, they don’t validate it for all the possible combinations there are, and they won’t fix anything that’s not reproducible on a Nexus device, that’s our job.

I hope you can appreciate the time we spend rounding up the performance and making sure you can continue to enjoy the awesome smooth experience of the amazing Moto products you’ve come to know and love.”

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