The first phone to get a Lollipop update - Android 5.0 starts rolling out to Moto G (2014)

The first phone to get a Lollipop update - Android 5.0 starts rolling out to Moto G (2014)
While manufacturers are racing to update their flagships to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, it seems that the fist device to receive an upgrade to Google's latest OS is actually a humble budget phone – namely, this year's Moto G. The guys over at Ars Technica are reporting that their unlocked unit has received the OTA update today. Note that we said unlocked – units sold through carriers will, more than likely, get the update a bit later than others.

When last year's version of the Moto G will be getting some Lollipop goodness is yet unknown (though, we do know it's coming) – both models do not vary much in hardware, safe for a larger screen, slightly updated cameras, and a bit more storage space on the second gen Moto G. However, seeing as Motorola just rolled out a 4.4.4 KitKat update for the 2013 model, we'd wager that it will delay its 5.0 upgrade, just for the sake of differentiating the handsets a bit.

Motorola is famous for choosing to leave the stock Android experience on its smartphones – there is no skinning and there are just a handful of experience-enhancing apps that come loaded on the Moto phones. This is the reason why it's no surprise that the company was able to roll out an update so fast. Still, it's strange that it decided to patch the low-ranger first. None the less – the Moto G just went from a pretty good budget device to a great budget device for this holiday season.

Do you have a 2014-edition Moto G? Has it gotten an update yet?


source: Ars Technica

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Moto G (2014)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh

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26 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great! Moto is creating records and setting a trend, hope other OEMs follows the same in the near future instead of just updating their flagships. I think less phones gets more concentration.

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I really hope beating Nexus devices in updates will be a trend XD

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Being "first" in update is as good as "first" comment forums. The issue remains whether they did it properly. Nexus 9 also ships with L, but that doesn't mean it was glitch-free.

12. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

No Update yet as of now. Moto G2 India. 12-11-2014 16:40 IST. Will let you know if update comes.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If Motorola have a deep customized ui, it would take a longer time for them to update.

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I know that most Nexus users won't care since they have been playing around with Developer Preview since June. But dang Google and good job Motorola.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

How about the Android One?

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They'll get it later after Nexus updated IMO.

7. aravindsbabu

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Nope, i've been pressing the check updates button since morning...

8. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

So no more reasons to buy a Nexus device, right? Kinda feel a bit frustrated because Google's own phones haven't received an update yet and some kind of budget phone got it earlier than Nexus devices. It was Google's promise to deliver first updates for us.

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

There is no reason for a nexus phone for over a year now since when moto started rolling out fast updates. The only reason a nexus was a good option its cause it was much cheaper than other phones. With nexus 9 and nexus 6 that's gone too. So nope. No reason at all nowadays. Especially when also LG is starting to bring updates faster than usual.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't know if Google ever promised that Nexuses would receive updates *first,* just that they'd be quick.

23. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

there you go: i.imgur.com/Wsl9BBh.png (sorry, can't post links yet, apparently)

9. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Fake news. It's just for test devices. 5.0 is not officially released

11. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

No.it's real.But it is only for unlocked moto g(2014) in US.

25. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

not fake ,,,, others members on xda are also getting update and one user there is claming that he received it yesterday

14. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

nexus update is more stable than moto .I saw it before on kitkat , Nexus owner know what i'm talking about i rather wait couple of days for more awesome release

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nope no update received yet. Maybe this update is country dependent.

16. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Shame on you Google! My Nexus 5 is waiting

17. atanu4u2010

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

i have Motorola Moto G (2014) from India, doesn't have any upgrade notification yet!!

19. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I have the Moto X 2013, nothing yet. :)

20. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

That's a soak test I guess.

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm assuming this is the unlocked GSM version of the Moto G, right? The carrier locked versions will have to wait a while.

22. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I thought it already started rolling out for the LG G3 overseas?

24. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

I got the Moto G 2013 a month before the new one came out...

26. yogeshkumar19

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

Great is it available for old MOTO - G

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