Android Lollipop Update Release Date: Verizon Droid Turbo to Leap Straight to L 5.1 When Roll Out Begins
While Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA release dates are still hard to come by for many flagship Android devices manufactured by third party OEMs, Motorola has been one of the swiftest to get its devices the latest Google OS possible.
The Droid Turbo -- Motorola's beefed-up version of the Moto X 2014 -- will reportedly get its first taste of Android L in the form of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Yes, you read that right: Instead of starting with an Android 5.0 Lollipop update and having to wait for incremental upgrades OTA later, Motorola and exclusive carrier Verizon are planning on jumping the Droid Turbo straight to the bug-fixed, feature-enhanced Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
Google itself only just recently began rolling out the Android 5.1 update to the "first family" of Android updates, the Nexus line.
It makes sense, given Verizon's reasons for going to Android 5.1, as reported by Android Central. According to a post on Verizon's Google+ page cited by the Android blog, the Droid Turbo will jump straight to Android 5.1 Lollipop because Verizon requires VoLTE support on its devices -- something that's not available natively in Android 5.0, but which is in Lollipop's subsequent first major update.
Basically Verizon didn't want to waste time making major changes to Android 5.0 to fit their network requirements when the carrier could just wait and roll out Android 5.1 Lollipop instead.
This is probably good news for Droid Turbo owners, though it doesn't answer the one burning question on every Android user's mind, "When?"
There hasn't been an official release date for the Verizon Droid Turbo Android 5.1 Lollipop update OTA rollout, but it's likely to come after Android 5.1 Lollipop hits Moto X 2014 devices, since the Moto X is on all carriers, reaching many more users, and therefore probably considered a higher update priority.
However, the Droid Turbo Android 5.1 Lollipop update is guaranteed to begin pinging the devices owned by members of Motorola's test group first, so when that happens, we'll give you the news.
For more updates on Android Lollipop's slow, erratic lurch toward smartphones in the U.S., be sure to check back with Latin Post Tech!
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