What Phones will be Updated to Android L?

As many of you already know, the Android L preview debuted at Google I/O 2014, soon followed by the Android L Developer Preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi models. Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) have also unofficially got the Android L Developer Preview, but we all want much more than that. As we have already told you, Google’s next Android release is slated for later this year and this is exactly why we have decided to take a closer look to the plans of most important manufacturers. Are you also curious to find out what phones will be updated to Android L?

This is exactly what we have prepared for you today, so don’t hesitate to continue reading and find out if your handset will ever see this new version.

Android L on Google Nexus and Google Play Edition Models

When it comes to Google devices, things are as easy as they can be. Nexus phones and tablets, as well as and Google Play edition models are all included in the list, so we can already assure you that they will get Android L without waiting for manufacturers to fill it with apps and other features that many of us might never use.

In these conditions, we must admit that it is more than easy to guess which of these devices will see Android L and which won’t. As we have told you from the very beginning, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) were the first ones to get the Android L update, with Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 also a part of the list. And when it comes to the Google Play Edition devices, we are talking about HTC One M8 GPE, HTC One M7 GPE, Moto G GPE, Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE and many others which should get the Android L update in the upcoming weeks.

But what will happen if you are one of all the other Android users who don’t own a Google Nexus device or a Google Play edition one? We are talking about all those popular companies such as Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Sony and not only and we can only imagine that you are worried. We hope that all these manufacturers will be getting the update to Android L once they figure out how to splice their enhancements into their most frequently used handsets and here we have more details:

Android L on Samsung

As we have all imagined, all major Samsung flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 along with Galaxy Note 3 are expected to get the Android L update, but the Korean company hasn’t confirmed a timeline for that.

Moreover, it has not revealed which other Samsung devices will receive the Android L update, so we know that this might not be what you have been waiting for, especially if you are the owner of a Samsung’s mid-range or low-end device. But there’s still some hope left and be sure that we’ll keep you updated!

Android L on Motorola

There is no surprise that Motorola has already confirmed that its Moto X, Moto G and Moto E will be getting the new Android L update. The story is similar for their upcoming Moto X+1 flagship, but sadly, this is pretty much all that that the company will ever offer us when it comes to the chance of seeing your device updated to Android L.

Yes, we know for sure that no other Motorola handsets will see the update and there’s nothing that we can do about it.

Android L on LG

The company’s new G3 will be updated to Android L – there are no doubts when it comes to that, but other handsets such as G Flex, Optimus Pro 2 or even LG G2 may never have this privilege or the update might depend on the carrier.

It is true that LG hasn’t officially confirmed that, but we have reasons to believe that this is the real story.

Android L on HTC

In this case, we want to be clear that the story doesn’t sound at all bad as long as HTC has officially committed to getting the Android L update to their HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 flagships within 90 days after the release of the source code. The company has revealed that this update will be “followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices” and from what we have heard, the list includes HTC One Mini 2, HTC One M8 Ace, as well as several other HTC devices and flagship variants.

Anyway, we want to tell you that HTC doesn’t have the resources to update some earlier phones like the Rezound or HTC Butterfly phones.

Android L on Sony

When it comes to Sony, the company has revealed that Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and all the upcoming Sony flagships will definitely get the Android L update.

Some Sony Xperia Android L themes are available with APK as we are specking, but the manufacturer hasn’t given a schedule for when we should expect the Android L release date for its devices. We’ll just have to wait and see when this will happen.

Android L on OnePlus One

OnePlus One has been stated to be updated to Android L three months after the final build, around the same time as HTC rolls out its update. Anyway, this is all what the company has revealed so far: “Well, we’re keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google.”

Android L on Nvidia

We all know that Nvidia has said that its popular Tegra Note 7 tablet will be getting the Android L update as soon as the firmware is officially released by Google and there is no reason to believe that this is not what will happen.

We cannot wait for the official Android L release and we hope that you have discovered your handset in the list above! If not, let us know in the comments area below and we’ll do our best to find out more about the plans of your phone’s manufacturer.

  • Pacnet

    I posted this on a reddit topic linking to this article and I’ll post it here too.
    This is just my opinion anyway…


    I disagree with the Motorola section…

    It looks we are forgetting about the 2013 Droids here.

    (Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx)

    The thing is, the 2013 Droids are extremely similar in terms of software and have the same features (touchless control, active display, etc.)

    The 2013 Droids also have the exact same hardware in terms of the X8 computing system, the RAM, GPU, etc.

    The devices are very similar and motorola has so far updated the 2013 droids very well and very quickly, despite them being on Verizon.

    Now when we consider this, it seems as if the 2013 Droids have to get Android L too. Or, Android L will easily be ported to the 2013 Droids. The 2013 droids are just moto x’s in the verizon disguise and are just too similar that porting the moto x update to them would be no big deal at all.

    So I think the 2013 droids will also get Android L.


    • Thanks for your opinion. I guess it’s about making their devices more attractive for buyers. Maybe 2013 Droids are just ( in their opinion ) too old and useless for spending time for an update. Who knows, maybe in the far future ( beginning of 2015 ) they will look back at older models and if they qualify for an update ( based on their specs ) they will be updated, but fir the first wave, only specified models will get Android L.