A couple of days ago, Motorola invited the Indian members of Motorola Feedback Network to test Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update on their Moto G 1st Generation. Motorola has released the Moto G 1st Gen Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for Indian testers. The update is available for the Moto G XT1033 model which is a dual SIM variant sold in Indian markets.
Moto G 1st Gen was released as a mid-segment smartphone and it received a major success with Indian users. At that time, there was no other smartphone which provide such advance features, at such low prices. Thus, it came as no surprise to anyone that Motorola released Android 5.0 Lollipop update first on Moto G.
The latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Update will bump the existing firmware to 220.21.16.en.03 and is 355MB in size. The Android 5.0 update for Moto G brings several new Lollipop features such as the new Material Design UI, smarter internet connections, Motorola Assist and Downtime, Smart Lock with trusted devices, Ambient Display, Notifications UI & Priorities, New Interruptions & Downtime settings, redesigned Recent Apps overview space, new Flashlight option under Quick Settings toggles, new battery saver mode, Screen pinning, Guest user accounts, and optimizations to the battery life, and improved performance via Android ART runtime.
This update is currently available for only those Indian users who received invites to test the latest Lollipop firmware build. Although, the international version of Moto G 2nd Gen was the first Motorola device to receive Lollipop, it is still not released for the Indian variant of the device. If no bugs are found in the current firmware build, then Moto G 1st Gen and Indian variant of Moto G 2nd Gen might receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update together.
Apart from Moto G, Motorola is also rolling out Lollipop update for Moto X. Moto E, a budget smartphone from Motorola, might be the last smartphone to receive the latest Android OS. After Motorola is finished releasing firmware updates for Moto G and Moto X device, it might provided its full attention on releasing updates on Moto E.
So far, only Motorola is the company which not only released updates for its flagship device, but also for budget and mid-segment smartphones. This step will increase customer’s faith in the company since many big OEM companies such as Samsung and Micromax haven’t even released Lollipop updates for their flagship devices.
We hope that other OEM companies learn from Motorola and don’t just pay attention to flagship devices. Specially in India, where large number of users buy entry-level to mid-level smartphones, getting late in releasing firmware updates might be very drastic to business.
Has anyone of our user received the Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Update on their Moto G 1st Gen? Please share your reviews about the update with us.