Motorola explains why Android Lollipop updates are taking ages

Motorola explains why Android Lollipop updates are taking agesThe Android Lollipop 5.0 update is just trickling out at the moment, and indeed the most recent figures from Android Developers (from a few weeks ago, right enough) put Lollipop at less than 0.1% distribution. To put it another way, less than 1 in 1,000 Android devices is rocking Lollipop.

We heard earlier that HTC will miss its self-imposed 90-day Android Lollipop update deadline, and here Motorola is the latest manufacturer to explain why it’s taking so freaking long.

The US/Chinese manufacturer speaks out on the Official Motorola Blog, in a post titled The Download: Lollipop for Moto G in India and Brazil – And How Lollipops Are Made.

David Schuster writes that the update process is “actually pretty complicated”, and all the more so considering Android Lollipop is “the biggest and most ambitious release of Android ever.”

Of course, it doesn’t help that Android Lollipop has been riddled with bugs, something HTC cited as a factor.

But even putting those bugs to the side, the Android update process includes developer previews, third-party testing with carriers, “soak” tests (where the update is rolled out to a small number of users), and sometimes larger-scale testing before the full public rollout. Phew!

Dave adds that shipping cleaner versions of Android means updates can be rolled out faster (the Moto X 2nd Gen. Pure Edition was updated in 8 days), but many Motorola users are still sitting twiddling their thumbs.

Are you still waiting for the Android Lollipop update? Are you happy for manufacturers to take their time getting things right, or are you impatiently lusting for Lollipop? Let us know below.

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BEEPBEEP123  Jan. 31, 2015 at 23:19

Quite happy to stay with Android KitKat for the next decade, but it's when you see your mates Nexus 5 with Lollipop when you get quite envious.

Betas  Feb. 1, 2015 at 08:02

Same, 4.4.4 is fine and I'm not too fussed about 5.0.
This is becoming just like Symbian days but worse - wait for operators to brand the firmware but with the addition of operators adding their customisations/additions/bloat.

SpeedyG  Feb. 2, 2015 at 13:21

The issue isn't bloat, as Motos are running near enough stock android these days, but putting a stable version of lollipop by the looks of things.

I would not be surprised if 5.0.2 is rolled out for most.

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