Motorola Droid Turbo Jumps Straight to Android 5.1 Lollipop from Android 4.4 KitKat

Motorola has released its Droid Turbo on October 28 last year with Android 4.4 KitKat on it. It could be recalled that Google released its latest mobile operating system, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, in November 12, 2014 or barely two weeks after the release of the Motorola Droid Turbo.

While Motorola was second only to Nexus devices to take on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the Droid Turbo was apparently left behind in the updating process more than six months after the new mobile OS was released.

But to douse cold water on speculations that the American tech company has forgotten about its Motorola Droid Turbo as far as operating system update is concerned, Motorola confirmed that its previous flagship smartphone line shall update straight to the Android 5.1 Lollipop from Android 4.4 KitKat, which means that the handset will skip the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Motorola took to Twitter on May 8 and said that its Droid Turbo will be straightaway upgraded to Android 5.1 Lollipop because apparently Verizon requires VoLTE support and Google’s latest firmware update comes with it, notes Ubergizmo.

According to Luciano Carvalho, a Motorola software engineer, the bug-free Android 5.1 Lollipop will roll out soon to the Droid Turbo as much as the software is doing now to most of Motorola’s smartphone lines.

But Carvalho said that the Android 5.1 Lollipop will not be totally bug-free on the Motorola Droid Turbo as it is almost impossible for a complex firmware update operating in various environmental conditions and thousands of user variations not to have bugs, glitches or other issues.

Leaving the handset in the cold

Because Android 5.0 Lollipop has yet to roll out on the Motorola Droid Turbo, many were considering it to be a second-class citizen in Motorola’s smartphone line. Some were actually thinking that the American tech company may have left its previous flagship handset in the cold again by not rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop on the device as much as it already did for the Moto G and Moto X.

Reports have it that the Motorola Droid Turbo was left in the cold because it has yet to pass the soak test. The soak test is a by-invitation-only event of Motorola so only selected users are allowed to participate. It is a test used by the company to check the software compatibility of its devices.

The American tech company has been using the soak test to uncover bugs or any unstability issues that might come up with a particular smartphone once it is officially released to the market.

Motorola has already rolled out the Android 5.0 Lollipop soak test for its Moto X and Moto G models. Users of the Motorola Droid Turbo, on the other hand, have been complaining lately that no update has been released for their specific phone model.

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There was a soak test before on the Motorola Droid Turbo, which many thought would be the Android 5.0 Lollipop but it turns out to be a different update.


  1. I’ve had this phone for over 5 months. Every month they say Lollipop is coming. Frankly, I’m afraid to update my phone now because there has to be significant problems for all these delays. I be Verizon & Motorola will lose many customers over the lack of communication, not now but when their customers contracts are up. One strong explanation for the delays is long overdue!

  2. Great!!!! I got my turbo about three weeks ago but I am very disappointed at the OS, flag ship phone with and old OS. How soon do you think we can we get it? I love the phone though, got rid of my mophie battery and love the way it works.

  3. Turbo is one hell of a phone. When the upgrade does come I’ll be waiting I’m glad that its going straight to 5.1 so I can bypass the beta phase.and get straight to the real bell and whistles. But I’ll say it runs fine now with the quad core processor. It can only get better.Patience is a vertue and I have a lot of it.droid is the way to go if you want ungoverned and free reign on a smart device. Everything is good now.BUT REMEMBER OATMEAL BEATS NO MEAL ANY DAY!!¡!!!!

  4. i have my Droid Turbo since the end of October….perfect phone…just curious what they can improve w/ the new software. Actually I don’t want to change anything…

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