The Android upgrade cycle is a scary thing for any smartphone owner. First, Google get up on stage and work everyone into a lather over the fantastic new features of the operating system, then they announce a reference phone (this time the Nexus 6) and finally they walk off stage, leaving everyone wondering if their phone will ever see the update. It’s a common problem, but one made worse by dodgy translation and poorly reported news in China. That’s why we’ve decided to create this simple guide to which Chinese smartphones will be seeing the light of Android L. Keep in mind, however, that this list is a constant work in progress, with manufacturers announcing their plans every day, so don’t get too disheartened if your pride and joy isn’t on the list.

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OnePlus

OnePlus might only have the One, but they’ve announced that they intend to update it to the latest version of Android within three months of the final build being posted by Google.

Coolpad

Coolpad haven’t yet announced any plans regarding updates to Android 5.0, but given their track record of updating phones to the latest version, we don’t truly expect them to make any great overtures in that direction. We’ve been wrong before though, so keep your eyes peeled.

Gionee

Gionee too don’t seem to have many plans to officially update their phones to support Android L.

Huawei

We’ve yet to hear word from Huawei about their update plans for Android 5.0, but we’ll remain on the case. And just like that, PhoneArena are reporting that Huawei are intending to update a number of their high end phones. Those include the Ascend Mate7, Ascend P7, Ascend Mate 2 and Ascend G7. Updates are expected to start in July with the Ascend Mate7, but we’ll keep you in the look when it starts rolling out.

K-TOUCH

Another brand who are remaining cagey on their update plans, but K-TOUCH do operate on the low end of the Chinese Smartphone market and therefore probably won’t see to officially updating their software.

Lenovo

All eyes are on Lenovo following their Motorola acquisition (a company now famous for updating their phones promptly) but we haven’t heard much about their own plans. The Vibe Z2 Pro is expected to receive the update, given its flagship status and release date, but for all others phones we’re still waiting to hear. We now have official confirmation that the Lenovo A5000, A6000, P70-A, S90-A, Vibe X2, Vibe Z2 and Vibe Z2 Pro smartphones will be updated to Android 5.0 during Q2 of 2015. See here for more details.

Meizu

Android 5.0 looks to be making an appearance on their MX4 line, with their software chief posting a photo of the Android L code in the works. It follows, therefore, that the MX4 Pro will also see the update. As for last years flagships we haven’t heard much, but don’t be too surprised if they get updated. UPDATE: Meizu are opening beta testing for Android 5.0 for their MX4 and MX4 Pro lines.

Oppo

The Find 7, 7a and N1 are all expected to receive the update, but no timescale has been put on the delivery. As for the other phones in Oppo’s range, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

TCL

No news yet.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi have announced that the Mi3, Mi4 and Redmi 1S will all be receiving Android L, but that older models will not. A timeframe on the update hasn’t been provided, but given Xiaomi’s desire to become one of the worlds largest smartphone companies, I’d imagine they’d put a hurry on this.

ZTE

ZTE are firmly in the ‘if’ rather than the ‘when’ camp in regards to Android L, but we’ll keep an ear out for news of any updates to the latest version.

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