Android L 5.0 Update Release Date for Moto X 1st and 2nd Gen (Verizon); No Word for AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile Yet

( [email protected] ) Dec 24, 2014 12:01 PM EST
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Motorola's Moto X is the company's high-end smartphone, but it has yet to see the 5.0.1 update. Photo: Motorola

Motorola's high-end flagship phone, the Moto X, has already made the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the second generation of the device on the Verizon Wireless network, but the first generation of the phone, as well as those on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, are still waiting for word on the patch for their devices.

The update push through Verizon happened almost a month ago for the Moto X 2014 with still no word from other U.S. carriers. On top of that, the lower-range Moto G has already been enjoying the Lollipop update for its first and second generation phones on the unlocked Google Play Pure Edition.

But even more worrisome to Moto X users is the inclusion of the incremental 5.0.1 patch that fixes many of the bugs that occurred with 5.0's launch in November. Many believe that the early adoption of the Motorola devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop may actually be a negative thing as it may be stuck with 5.0 while others are updating straight to 5.0.1.

And with 5.0.2 already on the horizon to fix even further bugs, does that mean that the Verizon Moto X 2014 will be set back even further? Chances are slim. Verizon is the nation's largest wireless carrier and they're on the ball for these Android updates, as proven by its early adoption of the original Android 5.0 OS. Hopefully that means that the carrier will be bringing the 5.0.1 update right along with every other carrier, if not before.

Android 5.0 is the latest major update for the Android platform, bringing with it a new Material Design language that allows for improved performance, upgraded notifications, and a smoother design. A new focus on battery life, known as Project Volta, aims to extend the talk time and idle time of the device's battery.

The Android 5.0.1 update was released earlier this month to fix a few lingering bugs that occurred when Android 5.0 launched. These bugs included wi-fi and cell connectivity problems, and an issue with passwords not functioning properly.

The first generation Moto X was released in August of 2013 as one of the first new products under Google's new ownership of Motorola in 2012. It features a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage.

While the original was quite a piece of machinery for its time, the 2014 version of the Moto X came along with an improved metal frame, optional leather or wood rear covers, and some improved hardware to support 1080p resolution and a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor.

While 5.0 and 5.0.1 are both highly anticipated patches for Android users, it's important to note that these releases are done in stages and your own device may take a few days or weeks to make the switch automatically. But if you don't see a notification come through and you'd like to check manually, just head over to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates from within your phone.

Motorola has also created a helpful website that lets you know when or if you can expect the latest Android on your own version of a Motorola device.