Motorola has been historically diligent about updating their mobile devices to the latest versions of Android in a timely fashion, but that’s far from the truth when it comes to the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo. Android 5.0 Lollipop has been available on devices for more than 6 months now, and the poor old Droid Turbo hasn’t seen an update since its launch last October. We heard rumors that the device would end up skipping Android 5.0 altogether and head straight for 5.1, though up until now, we haven’t really received a solid timeframe for the update. But thanks to a Verizon test engineer, we now have a good idea as to when the update will begin to roll out.
According to Verizon employee Jose Arturo on Google+, the Droid Turbo will begin to receive the update to Android 5.1 sometime around mid-June. Not only that, Arturo also gave some insight as to why Verizon has been particularly slow with this update. Big Red has been slow to update its smartphones due to the carrier’s nationwide HD Voice functionality and VoLTE, to ensure that the new updates to devices won’t impact call quality. Arturo also comments on Motorola’s smaller budget:
Motorola is small potatoes on budget compared to Samsung and Apple. Delays are usually due to funding for test verifications on new device software.
This could be due to the fact that Motorola is still transitioning into being a part of Lenovo, after Google sold the Illinois-based company last year.
Any Droid Turbo owners out there waiting for the update? Or are you happy with your KitKat-running device?