If you own a Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, or Droid Mini, you can stop holding your breath for Android 5.0 Lollipop — it’s officially not going to happen. A senior director at Motorola shared the sad news about the Verizon-exclusive smartphones in a Google+ post on Friday.
“We apologize that we will not be upgrading Droid Ultra/Mini/Maxx to Android Lollipop, as we had hoped,” wrote David Schuster, senior director at Motorola Mobility. To make amends, the Lenovo brand is letting current owners register for special pricing on a Droid Turbo 2 ($524, down from $624) or a Droid Maxx 2 ($334, down from $384). The apology offer expires Thursday, May 19, and must be redeemed by Thursday, June 2.
The Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini were introduced to Verizon Wireless subscribers in July 2013. The devices each received updates for about a year, and when Google rolled out Android Lollipop, Motorola said the phones would be updated to the latest version of Android. The company last told Digital Trends it would offer the software upgrade for the Droid Turbo in a tweet on March 4, 2015.
@SmashDawg DROID Turbo will get Lollipop – We continue to work closely with Verizon on these upgrades. Thanks for checking in.
— Moto US (@Moto_USA) March 4, 2015
This isn’t the first time Motorola is receiving attention for withholding upgrades for its smartphones. In October, the company shared a list of its phones that it would upgrade to Android Marshmallow. Not included on that list was the AT&T and Verizon 2014 Moto X models, along with the 2015 Moto E.
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