Motorola Germany: Android L coming to Moto X and Moto G in the fall (Update: turns out it was a hoax)

by: Andrew GrushJune 27, 2014

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Update:  As it turns out, Motorola has yet to formally speak up about its plans for Android L. The Facebook account for “Motorola Germany” has been outed as a fake. Here’s a statement from the real Motorola:

Unfortunately, we have found that a Facebook profile under the name Motorola Germany with the following URL was created. We would like to point out that this is not an official Motorola site and expressly distance ourselves from said content. All relevant information about Motorola can be found only here on this page.

Yesterday HTC became the first Android OEM to speak up about their plans for Android L, with a promise to begin pushing things out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days of receiving the final code. Now Motorola Germany has stepped up with some news of its own.

Taking to their Facebook page, Motorola Germany reveals that “Android 5.0” will arrive in the fall for the Moto X and Moto G. What’s interesting here is that this is the first OEM to refer to L with a version number, though Motorola could simply be guessing that it will be Android 5.0 as opposed to 4.5 (and we’d say that’s a safe bet). You’ll also notice that the Moto E isn’t listed, though that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t see the update.

Its important to note that only Motorola Germany has pipped up so far, butwe imagine that the rest of Motorola will end up following a similar schedule. With Android L release not expected to arrive to the Nexus family in final form until fall, this could mean that Motorola’s devices will receive the upgrade right around the same time.

Thanks to AgentChaos over at the Android Authority forums!

  • jango

    I don’t understand if Android L is a new version of Android (like, let’s say, Android 5.0) or is just a guideline for how things should be designed in the future of Android. Can anyone light me up?

    • Andrew Grush

      L is the next version of Android, but it’s version number and candy-themed name are still under wraps. For now, there is a developer preview that will go out today, but the final version won’t arrive until the fall.

      • David Gabel

        “candy-themes name are still under wraps” I see what you did there :-)

    • Don Gerrard

      L will be either named Android 5.0 Lollypop or Licorice but has not been decided yet, just the next upgrade from kitkat which many believed would be called key lime pie, just another letter of the alphabet in a dessert follow on. Could even be Lemon meringue pie.

  • Balraj

    The Indian version is yet to get android 4.4.3
    I’m using the moto g
    But does anyone think
    Android L is a little old school??
    Its tooo simple to be admired

    • Avinava

      I would simply ‘admire’ it for ART..
      It’s all about optimization over simplicity..
      And a seriously believe KitKat sucks big time.
      We deserved better.

  • Francisco Enrique Perez Abreu

    Android L has knox in it… DON’T UPDATE THAT SH*TTTTT!

    • Jaime


  • MasterMuffin

    Slightly off-topic: I wonder if Samsung will take this as an opportunity to completely refresh TW’s looks. They should!

    “butwe” >:)

  • Vijay Nlsn Raj
  • Victoria

    Will it be safe to presume that because the Moto G will get android L, there is a slight chance that the Nexus 4 will get it although it will be past the 18 months update window?

    • Santeri

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure it will.

      • Muhamma

        They better, or i will kill them.

  • Ali

    Will the moto g and moto x get directly updated to Android L rather than 4.3 and then 4.4
    . . i rather seems strange to me

    • poop

      What? Motorola released 4.4 early this month on my Moto G

      • poop

        Err 4.4.3

  • User

    The facebook page you linked seems to be fake. Compare it to the original:
    6.5M vs 260 followers

  • I have a Moto G so I can’t wait to get the update

  • pheymanss

    I’m a little puzzled that I haven’t heard anyone commenting about this (here, reddit, PA, GMSA, etc.) but isn’t this new material design -at least in stock apps- going to have a negative effect on battery life for AMOLED screens? I know it’s beautiful as hell and I’ll have no restrains on flashing it on my s4 mini as soon as it becomes available.

    PD: Perhaps the Volta project can make the battery life break even compared to KitKat.

  • Alec G

    Yup I think I’m the only person who heard them accidentally call android L android 5.0 during one of the I/O events yesterday

  • Bootsie Stumph

    I have the moto g Google play edition and still sitting on 4.4.2. So I don’t see the L coming my way either. I like the phone and not a big deal on the updates but it would be nice to get what they promise you.

  • darren

    Well just this week my nexus 7 upgraded to KitKat 4.4.4

  • Manley Evangelista

    I hope the Verizon version of the Moto G does get updated.

  • readytocast

    Folks, that facebook page is fake… THIS is the real thing:

  • Sanjay Madhava

    Hahaha!!! The German facebook page that you are referring to was a fake and it was taken down yesterday!!!
    Next time when you quote something, use credible sources!!!

  • Ivan

    I talk spanish, en la cuenta oficial de Twitter méxico acaban de confirmarlo para moto g

  • Barret

    Publish first ask questions later. Good journalism.