Much later than owners of the OG budget soldier would have probably hoped for, but still ahead of the higher-end 2013 Moto X.
Launched way back in November 2013 and effectively discontinued after a couple of 4G-enabled spin-offs and a 3G-only follow-up, the crowd-pleasing original Moto G is at last faced with its most drastic software makeover yet.
Granted, the mid-range 4.5 incher debuted with pre-installed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and so it already scored an important update to 4.4 KitKat shortly on the heels of its commercial release. But that really was nothing compared to the colossal stability-enhancing, feature-packed 5.0.2 Lollipop bundle of joy.
Let’s just hope Motorola thought things through when deciding to roll out what’s essentially an obsolete iteration of Google’s in vogue mobile OS. It’d also be nice to see the 5.1 build headed to the first-gen G in the near future, regardless of 5.0’s solidity.
Unfortunately, the only OG Moto G variants still available on Amazon, with prepaid Verizon or Boost Mobile plans, are likely doomed to stick to their decrepit KitKat firmwares, due to lengthier carrier-specific “optimization” processes.
As far as the first-generation Moto X goes, its proprietors can at least find solace in the device manufacturer’s solemn promise of skipping Android 5.0 and moving from 4.4 straight to 5.1. When might that happen? Mid-June, according to relatively reliable sources, maybe sooner, if Motorola manages to crack the X8 CPU’s hostility.
Remember, the 720p 4.7 incher was fitted with a custom-made processor based on Qualcomm’s now archaic Snapdragon S4 Pro, which proved to be a highly uninspired call on Motorola’s part. Nonetheless, they’re pulling all the stops to get each and every old phone on the Lollipop bandwagon before the third-gen G and X enter the picture, and you have to applaud that.
For a detailed Android 5.0.2 changelog of the 2013 Moto G, visit this section of Motorola’s global customer help portal. And don’t forget to give your blessing when the joyous notification message comes through.