Motorola did a nice job again! After rolling out Android Lollipop 5.0 update to Moto G 2014 (2nd Gen) in November, Motorola started to roll out Lollipop update to the old Moto G (Moto G 1st Gen, aka, Moto G 2013) last week.
For dual-SIM Moto G 2013 and Moto G LTE, the Lollipop 5.0 update will come soon.
Now, Motorola is the only Android vendor who even beats Google to roll out Android updates.
Android Lollipop is a major update. Many new features are introduced, in addition to many improvements you will enjoy.
Even some seasoned Moto G or Android users may get confused on how to get the best from Android Lollipop, we are preparing some detailed tutorials to show you how to use the new features in Android Lollipop in Moto G.
Please check out Moto G how to guide page in coming days.
Before releasing these guides, let me first introduce you the top 5 new Android Lollipop features in Moto G and Moto G 2014 with the update.
1. Ambient display
One of the most prominent features of Moto X is the Active display (which was re-branded as Moto display later).
Ambient display, which is a new feature in Android Lollipop 5.0, works in a similar way.
Once ambient display is enabled, Moto G will wake up to display the notification as soon as it is picked up or new notifications arrive.
You can even use it to wake up the display by picking it up without pressing any buttons.
2. New notification system
The notification was revamped in Android Lollipop 5.0. You have full control on notifications now on Moto G with Android Lollipop update.
But it may be a bit complicated for some Android users. Some Mort G users may also get confused.
For example, for notifications you can choose sound (the old sound mode), none (turning off all notifications including alarms, more aggressive than old silent mode), and priority (new, you have full control over the notifications). You can even set a downtime if you are in campus.
3. Battery saver
Finally, Android gets its official battery saving mode in Lollipop 5.0. You can choose to turn it on only when battery level drops to certain value.
It can also predicate how long the battery can last before you have to charge it. Of course, a learning process for the system is needed to get more accurate predication.
4. Screen pinning
Another cool feature of Android Lollipop in Moto G is screen pinning.
You can pin an app to the screen and leave it to your kids. Your kids cannot exit the app easily (they need tap and hold the back button and multitask button simultaneously) to unpin it. You may also lend the phone to a stranger for an emergent call.
BTW, the recent button now is officially named as multitask button. You will get a card like apps used recently once tapped. It is very similar to Galaxy Note 4’s recent apps view.
5. Lollipop-flavored Flappy bird game
Every Android has some Easter eggs. For Android Lollipop on Moto G, of course, you get lollipops with various colors.
If you are a fan of Flappy bird game, now you can enjoy the Lollipop edition of Flappy bird in Moto G.
Of course, there are many other new features in Moto G Android Lollipop update. We will release a series of guides on how to use these new features on Moto G, Moto E and Moto X.
Have you got the Android Lollipop update on yous Moto G? What are your favorite Android Lollipop features?
Please let’s discuss in the comments below.