Android Lollipop 5.0 update: when can I get it?


If you have an LG G3 then depending on your network you may already have got the upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Vodafone in the UK has brought Android 5.0 to all of its branded LG G3 handsets.

By now many LG G3 users across Europe should have Lollipop, but the US is still waiting. On January 23 LG teased on Twitter that the update is coming soon, but it's not got more specific than that.


Next up seems to be the LG G Pro 2, which has already got Lollipop in South Korea and is now starting to get it in Hungary according to Phone Arena, so keep an eye on your phone, especially if you're a European user.

LG G2 users will also get Android Lollipop, as LG is in the process of rolling it out to the older handset. Depending on your carrier, people in the US, UK, Australia and India will be able to download the update, with unlocked devices getting the update soon.

LG also confirmed on Facebook that it is beginning to roll out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to owners of the LG G2 Mini throughout June, starting with people in Greece.

The LG G3 Beat and LG G3 S are both bound to get updated at some point as well, though LG hasn't mentioned when we can expect those handsets to get Lollipop.

The recently released LG G4 already comes with Android 5.1.0, but will it get updated to the newer version of Android Lollipop?

A number of sources have claimed that LG isn't planning on updating the G4 to Android 5.1.1 in the future, and instead it could wait until Android M launches later this year to skip straight to the newest release.


Motorola has confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be coming to a number of its handsets in a post on the official Motorola blog.

According to the post Android Lollipop will come to both the first and second generation Moto X, the Moto G, the Moto G 4G and the Moto E.

On May 11 the Senior Director of Software Product Management at Motorola, David Schuster, explained on Google+ that the official over-the-air update for the first generation Moto X will be rolled out in the next few weeks after tests are performed to make sure it is bug free.

On May 14 news emerged that second generation Moto E devices worldwide will be getting the Android 5.1 update. This update will be performed over the air, so you should have it waiting patiently for you.

The Moto G, Moto X and Moto E devices are now getting an update from Android Lollipop 5.0 to 5.1, which brings a number of fixes and features.

If you have a first generation Moto G then you might have received a message from Motorola saying that it is "preparing the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your the upcoming weeks".

If you have got this message make sure you click 'More info', which will allow Motorola to check if your device has the latest version of Motorola Update Services installed. You'll need that before you can download Android 5.0 Lollipop, so follow the instructions to make sure your device is ready.

The update has begun rolling out to Canadian 3G-only Moto G handsets in a limited soak test. If successful the update, which is actually the most up to date version (Android 5.0.2), will then be rolled out to other handsets, so keep an eye out.

It has also been officially announced that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is being rolled out to Moto E and Moto Maxx devices, though for the moment only in Mexico and Brazil.

Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun rolling out to second generation Moto X and Moto G devices in the US, however it seems like the update could be delayed while Motorola finishes testing the update.

There are also reports from Android Geeks that some first generation Moto G's have received the update. But apparently these early updates are just a limited soak test roll out.

Users who missed out on that shouldn't have to wait long though, as on January 13 Luciano Carvalho, a software engineer at Motorola, confirmed that the Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to Motorola smartphones "really soon."

Motorola has launched a helpful website where you can track when your handset will get updated to Android 5.0, which is being constantly updated with information about the upgrade process.


Motorola's UI is very close to stock Android as well so it shouldn't be as much work to get new versions up and running and back when the company was owned by Google it was pretty prompt with updates, unsurprisingly.


The OnePlus One is still bizarrely hard to get hold of thanks to the requirement for an invitation (except on Tuesdays), but if you have managed to get your hands on one you'll be pleased to know that the company plans to upgrade it Android Lollipop.

Want to know exactly when you'll see Lollipop land on your One? Well good news, as the Chinese firm has confirmed the Lollipop-fuelled CM 12S (Cyanogen Mod) will arrive on or before March 30.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

That's not all though, as you'll also have the option to download and install OnePlus' own operating system, OxygenOS, on or before March 27 if you fancy something a bit different.


Huawei isn't always the quickest at updating its phones, but the company has announced on its blog that the Ascend Mate 2 will get Lollipop in the first half of the year, while the Honor 6 will also get it in early 2015 according to GizChina.

Ascend P7

Its recent flagship, the Ascend P7, shipped with Android 4.4 and we imagine it will probably get Android Lollipop, perhaps in early to mid-2015. We're less sure whether any of the company's other phones will get it, but fingers crossed.


Asus has confirmed that the Asus ZenFone 5, along with the rest of the ZenFone line, will be updated to Android Lollipop in April. The Padfone S will also be updated around April.

Asus ZenFone 5

In June Asus will update its Padfone Infinity smartphone. So far though there's been no news about Asus' other devices, such as the Padfone mini, and when they will be updated to Android 5.0.

Asus has also announced that in early July its entry level handset, the Asus ZenFone 2, will be getting Android 5.1 Lollipop.


If you're one of the relatively few with a ZTE handset you might be wondering if and when Android Lollipop will be arriving for it. Unfortunately so are we and this is one case where it's very much an 'if' rather than a 'when'.

Blade Q Mini

Fairly recent phones like the ZTE Blade V and the ZTE Blade Q Mini launched with old versions of Android and they haven't been updated, so we're not optimistic that they'll get Android Lollipop.


Nvidia might not be high on most people's radars when it comes to Android devices, but gaming fans might be interested in knowing that the Nvidia Shield already has Android 5.0, as the update began rolling out at the end of November.

Nvidia told us that "we've worked hard to support every official Android release in the past, as you can see with our SHIELD portable and our software team is always working hard to bring new features and the latest updates with no delay. We try to make sure that updates come as close to their announcement as possible."

Clearly so far it's achieving that, so if you own an Nvidia Shield tablet you should be able to update to Android 5.0 Lollipop right now.


Lenovo might not be the first name you think of when it comes to smartphones, but the Chinese manufacturer has been making handsets for a while, and of course it also acquired Motorola last year.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

It's now been announced that the Lenovo A6000 and A6000 Plus handsets will be getting an over-the-air update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, starting with users in India.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.