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Motorola’s budget handset gets Android Lollipop before Nexus devices

Stellar news if you own the 2014 version of Motorola’s Moto G, an impressive budget handset that costs $180 unlocked. According to ArsTechnica, the Moto G Android Lollipop update is now officially available for some unlocked Moto G handsets. The latest version of Android brings a new look, improved home screen notifications, and a whole lot of new handy features such as Screen Pinning.

Users should receive a push notification when the 386MB update is ready to be downloaded. However, Motorola usually pushes its updates out to a small number of users first, which it calls a soak test, so it might not be available for you just yet. If you’re impatient, you can always check manually:

Motorola has also posted release notes for Lollipop on the Moto G on its website.

Here’s a good guide as to when your handset can expect the Lollipop update. But if you’re keeping track, this is the 2nd Motorola device to start a Lollipop soak test, as it follows the 2014 Moto X, a high-end phone. LG has publicly said its flagship G3 device will be getting Lollipop this week. A Nexus 7 factory image has also popped up on a Google site. However, perhaps because of battery draining bugs, there is currently no word on when Nexus devices will officially receive an over-the-air update to Android 5.0.

4 Responses to “Motorola’s budget handset gets Android Lollipop before Nexus devices”

  1. We all go out and buy the nexus 5 so we get the updates first and then boom google stuffs us all over and give it to Motorola first, was going to buy a nexus 6 but no point now, cheers Google for looking after your fans.

  2. Googles own devices being kept in the dark with the update who are supposed to get it first and other companies are pushing it out already thats just not right. Way to go for keeping people onside google you pratts.

  3. It’s funny how some small players get preferential treatment and others like Mediatek got to wait a quarter. We get screwed because Google doesn’t even understand it’s own interests anymore. They need to always prioritize Qualcomm and Mediatek not folks like LG , Intel and Nvidia that have minimal to no relevance.