Google announced the Android L OS last month, at the Google I/O developer conference. Although there is no official date for launch of this OS for smartphones announced already, we are expecting this by the end of September or any time around it. There’s a lot to be excited about the Android L version, especially because Google is now going to use the Material design, and from this version, Google is putting all its efforts to support 64-bit chipsets and also, increase the battery performance and life, which it called as Project Volta.
As has been the trend in the recent years, Google lauches its own smartphone with the newly launched Android OS version (the device is from a manufacturer but Google sells it as Nexus), it is expected to do something similar this year too. Let’s go through the expected devices which might run Android L out-of-the-box.
The Next Nexus
This is going to happen as expected. Not long ago, we were hearing rumors that the Nexus series is going to be stopped and Google will sell just the Play versions of the flagship devices. But then, it was rubbed off and Google Nexus series is going to be continued. So, it could be Nexus 6 or Android Silver or whatever name Google gives it, that would be coming when the Android L OS gets launched, and it would be running the new OS version.
In fact, if you are using one of the latest Nexus devices, i.e. Nexus 5, Nexus 7, you can follow this guide to install Android L developer preview.
Motorola Moto X successor
We aren’t talking about the Moto X+1 which has been rumored since quite some time now, and even though it might not come with the Android L, the update would roll out soon, as Motorola is one of the quickest to roll out updates. But here, we are talking of a successor to these devices, which is expected to be out by the end of the year or somewhere around the CES 2015.
Android Phones which will get Android L Update
There are several smartphones currently which are yet to receive the latest Android KitKat OS version too, but there are promises done by the companies about the future updates. For example, HTC has officially said that it would be rolling out updates within 90 days after receiving the source code for the new OS. Let us discuss what is said officially and what we expect.
Note: We are talking about both, the expectations as well as the confirmed news. Not all of the devices listed below, are surely going to receive the Android L update, but we have listed them based on the recent trend on how companies chose the phones for the major update rollout.
Motorola – Moto X and Moto G
As said above, Motorola is usually quite fast in sending OS updates and they have promised the Android L update after the launch of the OS version, very soon. Please note that we are talking about only the two devices Moto X and Moto G and not about the Moto E, because although the device has got the latest Android 4.4.4 update, the company hasn’t mentioned anything about the future updates.
Samsung has stayed silent about the updates to any of its devices, even the latest Samsung Galaxy S5. But as far as the trend goes for the recent major updates, we are expecting the Android L update to be sent to the Galaxy S5, S4 and the Note 3. The Note 4 is expected to be out soon, and whether that will be coming with the new OS version directly or not, would just be a wild guess but even if it doesn’t, the update would be sent at the earliest to it.
Sony will surely be quick in sending out updates to its latest devices, because after Motorola, it was Sony which swiftly sent out the Android 4.4.4 update to the devices such as Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact. This doesn’t confirm that all these devices should receive the update for next major Android version, but at least Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should be receiving the Android L update in the near future.
The Android L powered phones from HTC would be the HTC One, One M8 and One Mini. This is confirmed by the company, and the three devices are in the 90-day time frame set by HTC for sending out updates after the release of source code.
We could have talked about the Nexus smartphones earlier, but because LG is the original manufacturer for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, we include it here. All the four recent devices from LG are expected to get the Android L update – Nexus 4, Nexus 5, LG G2 and LG G3.
We’ll be updating this page on a timely basis and letting you know if there is any official news from any company regarding the Android L update, and if they are including any other devices than the ones we mentioned above, for sending the updates whenever available.