As the months roll by, and winter gives way to spring, more and more Android devices are being updated to Android Lollipop. Of course, by this point Lollipop itself has matured quite a bit, and from its early 5.0 days we’ve seen 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and now 5.1. Depending on just how far along a manufacturer is with its update development process when one of those new releases arrives, it may stick with its course and release a technically no-longer-quite-current update, or scramble to keep up with the latest build. Today we get a little news about Motorola’s own decisions along that line, as it clarifies what Lollipop’s going to mean for a few phones still waiting for their updates.
To hear Motorola’s David Schuster tell it, the company had been working on Android 5.0.2 for a few older devices like the first-gen Moto X, Moto G LTE, and Moto E. And while things were looking good, and progress had gotten to the testing phase, Android 5.1 managed to come along.
The company began developing a separate set of Android 5.1 updates in parallel for these devices, and while it seems to have been considering letting 5.0.2 out first, it’s now decided to shelve that release and put all of its resources into preparing Android 5.1 as the first public Lollipop releases for these models.
Unfortunately, we’re no closer to an ETA for any, and it’s possible that this change of plans means longer waits than we would have gotten with a 5.0.2 release.