Well, darn: Motorola’s Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini aren’t getting updated to Lollipop

by: Jimmy WestenbergFebruary 20, 2016
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Motorola’s David Schuster has just taken to Google+ to announce that the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini will not be receiving an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. No explanation was provided for the skipped update, though the company is offering affected Droid users some coupons on new smartphones for their troubles. If you happen to own any of these devices and would like a new-and-improved Moto phone, you have the option to claim a couple discounts on Motorola’s site.

Do you have an Ultra, Maxx or Mini with an active phone number? If so, you can register to get the Droid Turbo 2 for $524 (normally $624), or the Droid Maxx 2 for $334 (normally $384). This offer expires Thursday, May 19th, and promo codes must be redeemed by Thursday, June 2nd.

While I’d like to say this news is surprising, it really isn’t at this point. Ever since the whole 2015 Moto E debacle a few months ago, it’s been clear to users that Motorola just isn’t as focused on updating their devices as they once were. Whether that’s due to Lenovo purchasing the company is yet to be determined, but it’s certainly possible.

Motorola is throwing money at the problem and hoping for a fix

It’s unfortunate that Motorola is throwing money at the problem and hoping for a solution. Plus, the two devices that it’s discounting for 2014 Droid owners aren’t exactly expected to receive timely updates either. The Droid Turbo 2 launched with Lollipop after Marshmallow was already released to the masses, and the Maxx 2 is still on Android 5.1. Oh, and remember Verizon’s Droid Turbo? That device didn’t receive Android Lollipop until 8 months after Lollipop was first announced. I can see a pattern here, and it’s not a pretty one.

If you find yourself still using the Ultra, Maxx or Mini and aren’t too concerned with software updates, you might want to give the Turbo 2 or Maxx 2 a shot. Those are good phones. But you might also want to think about the Moto X Pure Edition, which also works on Verizon’s network and gets software updates in a timely manner.

What are your thoughts? Are you still using a 2014 Droid? If so, let us know if you’ll be taking Motorola up on its offer.

  • V-Phuc

    Should we stay from Motorola and/or Lenovo devices? I tend to say. “Yes” though I considered the MXP for a while for its personalization.

    • legendlord4751

      I personally really like Motorola’s devices, but with Lenovo at the helm I fear it could go downhill fast.

    • Scott Ricketts

      This seals it for me.

  • Prime

    This has Lenovo written all over it. Its really too bad Google didn’t keep Motorola. So much lost potential. The Nexus 6 is both my last Motorola device and my first of hopefully many Google Nexus devices if they switch to in-house designs.

    • GoatsLegsUK

      “Its really too bad Google didn’t keep Motorola…”

      Google, the company that released updates that totally screwed the camera on the Moto G, spent months telling users there was an update coming to resolve it, but never delivered.

      The Motorola brand was tainted for me, and this news about Lenovo only adds to the mistrust.

  • Y’all concerned about the phone not getting Lollipop when Marshmallow is about to be replaced?

  • Faizan

    lenovo took a really good smartphone company in Motorola and are running them into the ground

  • Durga Pokala

    lenovo is ruining motorola.

  • aaloo

    i’m sure you can still run widgets on that thing. honestly, don’t whine about not getting updates when you buy an android phone. you should expect not to get updates. if for some unforeseen reason you do end up getting an update, consider yourself an anomaly.

    • drbnuty

      That’s not the way android phones should work.

  • Carlos Luis Barón Carrero

    5.0 Lollipop when 6.0 Marshmallow has some months in market? WTF?

  • Ferenc Morvai

    I waited till last February for lollipop, than upgraded my phone to Moto Maxx, so I have to waiting again but the Marshmallow for XT1225 :)

  • Mark Wedge

    They are telling us to buy another brand next time…

  • Rick Jacobs

    After all the high tech mergers I survived I noticed that when one company swallows up another, that company also pisses all over what they just bought…gotta mark their territory. So in this case more and more Motorola products will not see updates. I had a Moto 2014 and have a Moto 2015, I was looking at getting a Motto Pure but I’ll probably pass on all things Motorola now.

  • T.J.

    This is a good example of how to take a company on it’s way up and kill it.

  • Greg Frye

    Nexus here I come

  • Muhammad Irfan Mirza

    This is not a good news for Motorola. Why did Motorola decide to sell it’s company to Lenovo for the very first time?

    • Mail carrier

      Motorola sold the mobile division to Google, then Google sold out to Lenovo. No idea why but I’m sure they felt it was better for profit. Motorola has the corner on the two way and police radios, so I guess I can see it.

  • Mail carrier

    Well hopefully the g5 checks all of my boxes. Rocking the OG Nexus 6 right now, but I’m leery of Droid Turbo 2. Samsung screwed up by not making S7+ without the damn curved screen. If nothing else fits the bill by September, I’m probably going to switch to IPhone 7+ and that doesn’t check all the boxes but more than any other, at least rumor has it. Makes me physically ill thinking of that sickening ringtone for several years though!

  • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

    You know, the more I think about this shit the less I understand it.

    It’s one thing to say, ” so and so phone will not get Lollipop because it’s not capable, or we can’t get the drivers to work etc . but when you have 2 damn phones, on the same network, made by the same company, using the SAME CHIPSET! and one gets left in the dust?
    Explain that Moto. The Moto X, Droid Turbo, Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra are THE SAME PHONE! they use the Motorola X8 SoC!

    So they made it work for the Moto X, but not the Droid Maxx?

  • Dang ol’ boomhauer man

    It’s literally like comparing oranges to tangerines. It makes no sense.

    All of the phones, the 2013 Moto X, Droid Turbo, Maxx and Ultra are slight variants of the same damn thing!