Android 5.0 Lollipop landed on the 2014 Moto G, which is the second-generation of that device, and according to reports should start to land on LG G3 devices, in addition to Google’s flagship devices the Nexus 6 and 9. The official release notes, released by Motorola themselves read, “We are excited to announce a new software update for Moto G (2nd Generation) by Motorola. This update brings Android 5.0 Lollipop to your phone along with other improvements.”
The update is also said to be coming to the Moto X in the near-future, but that as with the other devices, the individual companies are still working out the specifics of getting the final versions out to users. Some of the highlights, that companies like Motorola and LG were excited about bringing to their Android-running phones were things like the new “Material Design,” the addition of lock screen notifications, and the enhancements to the battery life of Android devices.
Right now, it appears as though users who are using the older first-generation version of the Moto G are not getting the update to the latest operating system. However, users should not be overly-disappointed right off the bat if their phones are not included in the integration process. Many have specified that both Motorola and LG have indicated that they would be rolling out the updates slowly, rather than in a mass-update, to ensure that customers ultimately would have the best experience possible with the newly-updated devices. The first Motorola devices to update were found in Poland, and the update was expected to move outward in the coming days – likely making it to the United States by the end of the week, or early next week.
This has been a major sticking point for companies who build these Android smartphones, and a major point of contention for their users. Many feel alienated by operating systems that are either slowly, or never updated by the manufacturer, thus creating a scenario where the only way a user can update – is if they buy a new device all together.
Ultimately, what users want is functionality, and something that boasts many features. This is something that Android has always been able to capture in their updates. Now, it’s up to the manufacturers to ensure that they can get the operating system onto their devices, and potentially even some of the older devices that are still very popular to maintain their base of customers.