Illinois head-quatered mobile manufacturer Motorola, has started rolling-out the next Android Lollipop update 5.0 for Moto G (2013 and 2014) users in India. Now the update is getting released in a phased manner and will reach all the users in upcoming days. This update comes nearly one month after Moto X (2nd gen) got its Lollipop. This Android Lollipop 5.0 updates will be available Over-the-Air (OTA) you will automatically get a notification on your phone about the update. Moreover, manually, users can check by going to Settings > About Phone > Software update.
“Lollipop is rolling out in phases to #MotoG (1st & 2nd Gen) in India. Look for the notification on your device,” tweeted Motorola India.
This update comes with a new material design which offers a bold, colorful and responsive UI design, refreshing notification system. It allows the users to see the notification on the lock screen and heads up notification are displayed like banners on the top of the screen. Moreover, there is do-not-disturb feature also added in the notification bar.
This update also contains battery optimization, which includes battery saver mode, job scheduling and a new developer tool called Battery Historian which tracks the battery consumption by the apps.
The official change-log
- Material Design – You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
- Notifications UI & Priorities
- New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, and messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
- Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
- Moto Display and Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Moto Display will continue to surface relevant notifications to you using the low-power Contextual Computing Processor. It will also intelligently react when you use the Approach gesture under Moto Actions.
- Moto Assist and Downtime: Moto Assist integrates the new Downtime feature within Android Lollipop to control when you don’t want to be disturbed. Moto Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.
- Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
- Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone. Guest mode is enabled by default. You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.
- Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
- Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
- Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection.
- Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.
- Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.
Moto G 2014 Android Lollipop Bugs Will Stick For a While
“Updates of this nature take time. It’s no secret that when 5.0 launched it still had bugs. And, when we update our products, we end up finding more bugs that need to be fixed. There are a lot of reasons for what that happen, but, basically, each phone has a unique set of components and a way they interact. When Google creates a new release, they don’t validate it for all the possible combinations there are, and they won’t fix anything that’s not reproducible on a Nexus device, that’s our job,” said a Motorola engineer.
Earlier, Motorola had said that its Lollipop update was delayed slightly due to bugs in Google’s mobile operating system.
Google stated that “it is up to speed with the problems on the OS and that they are working, as we speak, on a new update to resolve the issues.” As such, Moto G 2014 and other Motorola devices users should remain patient as to expect the Android 5.0.3 Lollipop, as their handsets will be among the first in line to receive it. An official release date for the Lollipop 5.0.3 hasn’t been made public by Google, but some inside sources claim that it won’t be ready until the end of January, so expect it somewhere in February. Even though the Lollipop version brings a lot of goodies on the table, Moto G 2014 users and everyone who has the possibility to upgrade to 5.0, but still are on KitKat 4.4.4 are advised to stick to it until the new Lollipop update rolls out. Once this happens, we will make sure to bring to your attention!