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When Google recently announced its highly-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update, several major Android handset makers rushed to update the release schedule for the next Android iteration.
Samsung is yet to officially reveal its plans for the Android 5.0 update schedule, while history suggests that the company often takes 90 to 120 days to roll out an update after Google's formal announcement.
As a thumb rule, handset makers generally take 60 to 90 days to roll out the latest Android version for flagship devices to the public, while non-flagship devices are known to get the latest updates only after 90 days.
It is ascertained that several mid-range to high-end devices released during the period of 2013 and 2014 are capable of running Android 5.0 Lollipop, given their configuration of 1GB RAM and a dual-core or quad-core processor.
On the flip side, all those devices that were released before 2013 may not be eligible for Google's latest Android 5.0 upgrade as they fall out of the stipulated 18-month software support from the handset's date of release.
Nevertheless, all mid-range and high-end Android devices released in the past couple of years (2012-2014) should be able to run Android 5.0 Lollipop and benefit from popular AOSP custom ROM releases, such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, OmniROM, etc.
Meanwhile, Google is expected to roll out its Android 5.0 update for Nexus devices as early as November 2014, with other smartphone manufacturers to follow soon after.
Below is the list of all devices from Samsung, Motorola and LG that are expected to receive the Lollipop 5.0 update in the next few months:
Samsung is yet to reveal its plans for the official roll out of the Lollipop 5,0 update on its devices, but a tentative prediction has been prepared by The Android Soul based on company's record history.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||January-February 2015|
|AT&T Galaxy Note 4||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4||March-April 2015|
|Verizon Galaxy Note 4||May-June 2015|
|Sprint Galaxy Note 4||February-March 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Note Edge||January-February 2015|
|AT&T Galaxy Note Edge||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile Galaxy Note Edge||March-April 2015|
|Verizon Galaxy Note Edge||May-June 2015|
|Sprint Galaxy Note Edge||February-March 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 3 Neo||March-April 2015|
|AT&T Galaxy Note 3||June-July 2015|
|T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3||June-July 2015|
|Verizon Galaxy Note 3||June-July 2015|
|Sprint Galaxy Note 3||May-June 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Mini/Active/Sport||January-February 2015|
|AT&T Galaxy S5||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile Galaxy S5||March-April 2015|
|Verizon Galaxy S5||May-June 2015|
|Sprint Galaxy S5||February-March 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini/Active||March-April 2015|
|AT&T Galaxy S4||June-July 2015|
|T-Mobile Galaxy S4||June-July 2015|
|Verizon Galaxy S4||June-July 2015|
|Sprint Galaxy S4||May-June 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Alpha||January-February 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime||March-April 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy K Zoom||March-April 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace Style||March-April 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, 10.5||January-February 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, 10.1||March-April 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, 10.1, 12.2||January-February 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition||March-April 2015|
|Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 8.8, 10.1, 12.2||January-February 2015|
Motorola is a pioneer in releasing the latest Android updates from Google before anyone else does due to the fact that it has been recently acquired by the Android maker.
Motorola has officially confirmed in a recent blog post about its plans to update the entire range of Moto series and a bunch of Droid devices to latest Android 5.0 software from Google.
Here is the complete list of Motorola devices with the expected release date for Android 5.0 Lollipop:
|Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|AT&T Moto X 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|T-Mobile Moto X 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Moto X 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Sprint Moto X 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Motorola Moto X 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|AT&T Moto X 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|T-Mobile Moto X 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Moto X 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Sprint Moto X 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Motorola Moto G 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|AT&T Moto G 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|T-Mobile Moto G 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Moto G 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Sprint Moto G 1st Gen.||November-December 2014|
|Motorola Moto G LTE||November-December 2014|
|AT&T Moto G LTE||November-December 2014|
|T-Mobile Moto G LTE||November-December 2014|
|Motorola Moto E||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Droid Ultra||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Droid Maxx||November-December 2014|
|Verizon Droid Mini||November-December 2014|
LG has also remained silent about its plans for rolling out the Lollipop update, along the lines of Samsung. With its history suggesting a mediocre record in releasing Android updates, LG has a lot of ground to cover this year in its bid to push Android 5.0 update to as many devices as possible within the expected time frame.
|LG G3||March-April 2015|
|AT&T LG G3||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile LG G3||March-April 2015|
|Sprint LG G3||March-April 2015|
|Verizon LG G3||March-April 2015|
|LG G3 s / Beat / Vigor||May-June 2015|
|LG G3 Stylus||March-April 2015|
|LG G2||March-April 2015|
|AT&T LG G2||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile LG G2||March-April 2015|
|Sprint LG G2||March-April 2015|
|Verizon LG G2||March-April 2015|
|LG G2 mini||Maybe/Maybe not|
|LG G Pro 2||March-April 2015|
|LG G Pro||May-June 2015|
|LG G Flex||March-April 2015|
|AT&T LG G Flex||March-April 2015|
|T-Mobile LG G Flex||March-April 2015|
|Sprint LG G Flex||March-April 2015|
|LG Lucid 3||Maybe/Maybe not|
|LG F70||Maybe/Maybe not|
|LG L70||Maybe/Maybe not|
|LG L90||Maybe/Maybe not|
|LG G Pad 10.1||May-June 2015|
|LG G Pad 8.0||May-June 2015|
|LG G Pad 7.0||May-June 2015|
[Source: The Android Soul]