Motorola's Moto G 2013 edition receives software update to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

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Owners of the first generation Motorola Moto G smartphones can now expect a software update that will switch their phones to Android 5.0.2, also known as “Lollipop.”

Phandroid revealed that Motorola has released the long awaited update to 5.0.2 for owners of the Moto G 2013 model on May 21.

Phandroid said that Motorola took its time to iron out the bugs that owners of the first generation Moto G reported with the previously installed version of Android, so users can reasonably expect not to see the same problems with the new operating system.

The Tech Times said that the update also adds improvements to the 2013 Moto G’s Material Design, and adds a new feature called Smart Lock that will replace the “trusted devices” feature in the 2013 edition of Moto G.

The 4G LTE model of the Moto G first generation will update straight to Android 5.1, the Tech Times added.

The update to 5.0.2 has been pending since December when the Android 5.0.2 operating system first appeared in various Android devices manufactured by several brands.

The update was first reported on by Droid Life in January, when it revealed that an engineer at Motorola confirmed that a Lollipop update for the company’s devices is about to roll out and coming “really soon.”

The engineer said that the update will be applied to smartphones released in 2013 and 2014, which include multiple generations of the Moto G and the Moto X devices.

Updates have also rolled out for the 2014 version of the Moto X as well as for the 2nd generation models of the Moto E handset.

CNET said that the 5.1 update for the second generation Moto X device added a Moto Action feature that allows users to toggle the flashlight on and off with a chopping motion.

Android Advices also reported that the 4G LTE version of the second generation Moto E device received an update to Android 5.1. Among the improvements introduced is significant noise reduction for images taken in low light.