Motorola officially starts rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop update to Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G in the United States

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 12 Nov 2014


Motorola has just announced that it has started the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop to a few of its devices. The update comes a week after Google pushed the source code of Lollipop to AOSP. 

The company has started rolling out the update for the following devices in the United States:

  • Moto X (2nd Gen.) Pure Edition
  • Moto G (2nd Gen.) US GSM
  • Moto G (2nd Gen.) Global GSM retail versions sold in the US

This is second year in a row that Motorola has managed to beat Google in rolling out the latest version of Android to its devices. Last year, the company managed to update the Moto X to Android 4.4 KitKat before the Nexus 4. This year, it has gone a step ahead and started rolling out the update for its devices before Google, which is yet to update any of its previous generation of Nexus devices to Lollipop.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update brings with it a number of new goodies, including Material Design, a battery saver mode and more. Below is a change-log highlighting the major changes introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop:

  • A new look and feel. Google brings its all-new Material Design to life with a bold, new visual style. The new user interface is designed to enable better, more natural touch screen interactions and introduces vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery to make using your phone more fluid.
  • Your device, your rules. Catch up with notifications on your lock screen and even dismiss them without unlocking. New “Downtime” and “Interruption” settings also allow you to decide what people and what notifications get through at times that you choose.
  • Share your device. You know that moment when your kid plays with your phone or a friend needs to borrow it? Use “Guest” mode or another account you’ve set up to share your device. You can also pin a view to limit the user to a particular application.
  • Let there be light. Shine a light by using the new flashlight in Quick Settings. Just swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it.
  • Battery saver. The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left even while you’re 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.
As always, owners of the carrier branded Moto X and Moto G will have to wait for a few more days (or weeks/months) for the update to land on their phone. Owners of other Android devices can find a tentative timeline for the Lollipop update to land on their device here.
Have you received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on your Moto X or Moto G? Let us know how it goes in the comments.