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Motorola: Droid Turbo Skipping 5.0 and going to Android 5.1

March 18, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This month, Google finally unveiled Android 5.1. It’s the next big release for Lollipop, which brings a number of fixes and a few new features. That’s pretty common after a big update, Android 5.0 was probably the biggest update ever. We’ve seen a few bug fixes in Android 5.0.1 and 5.0.2, but now we’ve got Android 5.1, which brought along better compatibility for Android One. Because with Android 5.1 we have multi-SIM support. Which is a very important feature in emerging markets, where Android One devices are fairly popular.

A ton of devices still have not seen their update to Android 5.0 yet, among them is the Motorola Droid Turbo. Which got a soak test last month in which we thought it’d be Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it turned out just to be Verizon’s Advanced Calling. Which does still have a few bugs, and with VoLTE being baked into Android 5.1, hopefully some of those bugs will disappear when this update finally hits the Droid Turbo. So the Droid Turbo is still sitting at Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Today, Luciano Carvalho, who is an engineer at Motorola and is very active on Google+ answering questions and such about Motorola’s devices and services, stated that the Motorola Droid Turbo would be skipping Android 5.0.x and going straight to Android 5.1. So now Verizon users with the Droid Turbo are going to be skipping all the way to the latest version of Android. Not bad at all.

While Luciano did inform us that the Droid Turbo would get updated from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.1, he did not give us any type of timeframe for when that update will be available. Which is pretty common. When it comes to software, no ETA on an OTA is a good thing. That way manufacturers can take their time and make sure there are no bugs. As much as we all want Lollipop on the Droid Turbo, it’s better to wait and let Verizon and Motorola iron out all the bugs and kinks and make it as close to perfect as possible. Last thing you want is for an update to be pushed out and it disconnects you from Verizon, like a certain fruit company’s update did last fall.