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Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too

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The Moto G (2nd gen) appears to be one of the first non Nexus or Google Play Edition devices to receive the newest update to Android 5.0.1, according to a reader of ours who picked up the update within the last hour. The build showed up on his phone as system version 22.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25. It’s tough to tell if there is a wide rollout on the verge of happening or if he is simple a lucky early receiver. 

In case you weren’t familiar with the current Lollipop-Moto G (2nd gen) situation, just know that Motorola announced the update back in early November, except many never did receive it. It’s almost as if they discovered a last minute bug, pulled the update, and decided to go silent until the next build was ready. That time may have finally come.

We are also seeing at least one Moto G (1st gen) owner as having received a similar Android 5.0.1 update. According to images posted to Google+, the original Moto G is looking at system version 220.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25.

Moto G owners, be sure to check your devices for updates!

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Cheers Shemar!
  • NITHIN KUMAR

    I Update with new version of lolipop 5.0.2 my background screen become total white.What is the solution for this.

  • JG

    Any word on an ETA on when the Moto X (2014) Pure Edition will be getting the 5.0.1 update? Or are they saving the update push for the rumored February 5.1 (5.0.2?) update?

  • akshay

    i still don`t get updation of android l for my moto g xt1033..why?????

  • Nandu

    I’m using moto G mobile phone after updating to Android 5.0. 1 I’m experiencing too slow. I use to kill all the process and I checked all the applications even though it is experiencing too slow.I don’t know which model i am using it is showing Model: XT1032.

    I even cannot use viber application also and switching from one app to another takes time.
    basic purpose off mobile phone is to call. to get to dial pad we have drink one coffee.

  • Archidelic

    It’s just me that have a Moto G 2gen and didn’t receive the Lollipop update?

    • ilovetechnology

      Nope, not just you.

  • coweeeta

    its just a phone folks ,,dont get so angry over this type of silly nonsense.

  • Kailash Rathi

    Which country does this correspond to?

  • mcross97

    Still haven’t gotten the update for lollipop on my moto g gen 2

  • prathith shetty

    It is such a pity that company like Google has to resort to such games as promising a update and keep postponing it indefinitely just to keep owners interest ticking so that they won’t switch to some other phones.anyway,it is working,keep promising.

  • Scooter McFurry

    Got 5.0.1 on my Nexus, and I wish I was back on 5.0. Weird regressions, 5.0.0 was fast and responsive with .0.1 I’ve a had to power off a couple of times and simple touches have no response, no feedback, for several seconds, overall everything seems slower.

  • Jonathan M

    It would be quite useful if you mention which region/country is getting the updates? It’s useless saying lollipop is rolling out to Moto G owners in generakl. US and India had it long time ago, Europe is waiting. So which region?

  • John

    Lenovo bought moto from google but google promised moto to get the update first. “Dont worry bro, we are selling moto to lenovo, but we make you priority to get the update early” Said Google to Moto in a chitchat at coffee shop :peace

  • Chase Chick

    Where is the OG Moto X in all this update frenziness??

  • Peter Burda

    When will have motorola moto g 1st gen for germany uptadeto to android lolipop ?

  • Suyash Bansal

    I got the update on Moto G 1st Gen 😛

  • ArnoldVandeWorp

    you’ve got Lucky, the Moto G 2014 Dual Sim version (XT1068) is still on Kitkat.

  • Brian Winning Jr.

    Umm where is my Moto X update???

  • Kris

    The Moto G is Vanilla that’s why? And yes I have the second gen just got the 5.0.1 Update. This is a good thing finally a manufacturer who can keep up with Google OpenSource Android. Moto X whiners just wait a few days there is more going on with that phone. Plus the roll out updates over days not everyone gets it at once due to bandwith. By the way Samsung is the slowest of all manufactures to update. And second Motorola is behind the Nexus. I can’t these comments sometimes, to many people who shouldn’t talk.

    • jimt

      Last year the moto x got it before the Nexus 5.

      • Kris

        I ment Motorola is behind the Nexus. They make the new Nexus. Their contract now.

        • jimt

          Maybe the Nexii are the guinea pigs this time before they waste the time updating the moto x. Then again the old moto x is not keeping people from leaving Verizon this year like last year. Last year there were many that wanted the nexus 5 and moto x was used to stop the flow of people to the GSM phones ie nexus 5 which Verizon didn’t want or didn’t have. I left Verizon after 15 years for the nexus 5.

    • Nikuliai

      “Moto X whiners just wait a few days” rofl never thought I would saw that words on THIS site.

      I think it’s more business that the whole vanilla thing, the G was their market comeback, they can’t just let it rot, it would be the biggest ammount of disappointed customers, the 150 people who own an OG Moto X (one of them typing these words) should suck it up and enjoy the fact they’ll get it before a lot of flagships

  • Razma

    anyone else feeling kinda shafted right now with their (1st gen) moto x’s?

    • Rod

      You’re better off with kitkat, until Google figures the bugs out.

      Trust me.

      • Nikuliai

        yeah I loved the fact that Moto rushed Kitkat but it had a lot of bugs

    • jimt

      Last year I felt like you do when your moto x got kitkat before my nexus 5, This year Verizon is not pushing for the Moto x to get it first.Go figure. My Nexus 5 has 5.0.1 I’m not feeling shafted with any of my Nexii.

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  • Rodrigo Ramirez

    Just received the 5.0.1 ota on my 2nd gen G I was on 5.0

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      where your moto g is from>?

      • Rodrigo Ramirez

        Unlocked Global GSM from US

  • romma

    Come On Moto Maxx!

  • Bootleg Zani

    Hmmm do I even care enough to turn on my Moto G 1st Gen.? Ah well that thing is still charged from over 2 weeks ago why not?

  • Hobart

    Just spoke to ATT and either this is fake (which I doubt it is) or ATT doesn’t know what’s going on in their own company. I talked to a supervisor and he said they have not rolled out Lollipop to ANY of there devices yet and will be one of the last to do so. They say the only device on ATT with Lollipop is the nexus. I have the 2014 Moto X…..BS if you ask me..

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    How bout some Moto X (2013) lollipop action?

  • Marco Studenski

    I really just want the new moto voice on the 2013 X.

    • Scott

      I want the update to active display.

  • Cesar

    Every time I see “Lollipop update for Moto…” I hope and pray that the following words are some combination of “X”, “(2013)”, and “Verizon.”

  • trixnkix637

    The only thing I’m really sick of is Nexus owners claiming frustration about not getting OTAs.

    Why not sideload? Isn’t that the point of having a Nexus?

    • jimt

      I sideloaded all my Nexii.

    • jimt

      Some people just want a OTA type update like my friend on the other side of the USA that doesn’t know how to do anything with a computer or tablet and owns a Nexus 7 (2012) that hasn’t been updated as of now.

    • Nikuliai

      There are noobs everywhere man, some of us enjoy learning to do all that geeky stuff but most people don’t, and one of Google promises was “Fastest updates” and they ain’t doing it in regular channels.

      That being said I would most likely sideload 5.0 on my OG X the minutes someone uploads the rom but from the people I know I only think 3 people actually play with roms (and I’m not really among them anymore since the updates are pretty fast)

  • Frustrated as Moto X 2013 owners may be, be patient. Let’s hope this just means Moto is using the Moto G 1st and 2nd gen as Guinea pigs to test the software before treating us to a refined version. Just like what happened with 5.0 you would be mad if Moto pushed knowingly buggy software to you. They’re trying to ensure the best experience, even if it takes longer.

    • droidrazredge

      I’m trying to stay optimistic and hoping this is what they are doing.

    • trixnkix637

      I know you’re right. I know this is probably true (doesn’t explain why the 2nd gen X’s have it). I know you have valid points.

      None of these eases my frustrations at not having Lollipop or a Nexus 6 in my possession lol.

      • Nikuliai

        No it’s not, it’s just business, the Moto G is “their most sold device” so they HAVE to make a priority of it after they’ve taken care of the current flagship, it’s business 101

  • Lunkman

    Am I missing the changelog for this? My 2014 Moto X sees a few issues on 5.0- notably wifi staying connected and a quiet ringer- hoping 5.0.1 will fix this…

  • jerflash

    To everyone complaining that their Moto phone (which ever one especially the Moto X 2013) did not get Lollipop yet please stop. Atleast you know they are working on it for sure and will get it out very soon. For all other phones from all other companies…they really have only rumors to work with. Motorola is kicking ass these past 2 years and im very happy to see it!!! On the other hand i really like my Z3 compact 😉

  • Wayne

    Droid Turbo anyone?

  • Dave

    Yeah…Hope my 2012 Nexus 7 gets the 5.0.1 update at some point. Such a shame that non Nexus devices are receiving updates faster than Nexus devices.

    • sk102704

      Me too, I thought I was the only one still waiting? Have you gotten 5.0 yet? I’m still on 4.4.4.

      • Dave

        I had to flash 5.0 otherwise I’d still be waiting too. Another thing we should blame Obama for. :-/

        • sk102704

          I blame Ebola…

          • Dave

            Haha!

  • steve0617

    Nothing yet on my 2014 G US GSM version (XT1064). Still on 4.4.4. Never got the first OTA and the Motorola Device Manager still says nothing too. Still on 21.11.17.titan_retuaws.retuaws.en.US

    • Devin Caldwell

      Same here. Hope it comes soon.

  • Sean Sinnreich

    What about Moto G LTE

  • Mordecaidrake

    Motorola is knocking it out of the park lately

  • tyguy829

    not to be that guy, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit upset that Moto has updated their budget phone twice (to 5.0 and 5.0.1) while leaving owners of the 2013 moto x (a ‘flagship phone’) completely in the dark

    • Guest

      Root, BL unlock and rom, there are plenty 5.0 roms out there, don’t be an iDiot using the fruit phone..

      • tyguy829

        actually i have a developer edition with the BL unlocked and root, but i don’t want to rom because then i’d lose active display, touchless control, etc. I want moto’s 5.0

    • Jeffrey Tarman

      Would like to know the time frame for Droid Maxx before I dump it & get the G3

      • Mech_Engr_09

        Got a g3 for sale if you want it. On swappa

      • gallen408

        How much for your Maxx?

    • cns2007

      I’ll bet the 2013 X gets updated before many 2014 phones currently available.

    • boringmebacktodeath

      … And that’s one more reason I’m thinking twice about buying another Motorola phone. Things like this and the fact Punit Soni left, Lenovo has taken control, and seeing their update pattern made me give up my Cyber Monday $140 off coupon. Might be time to go back to a Nexus.

      • jimt

        Nexus 6 is a Moto phone. What are you saying?

        • Guest

          You are dumb, Nexus 6 is a Nexus and software updates come directly from google, you go to Moto only for hardware warranty support.

          • jimt

            Speaking of dumb did you read where boringmebacktodeath said “I’m thinking twice about buying another Motorola phone.” and in a later sentence said “Might be time to go back to a Nexus.” What about those two statements seems to make me a dumb person in saying a Nexus 6 is a Moto phone. Genius.

          • Guest

            Yes, but the context of the conversation is “Software updates from Motorola”, may be “reading comprehension 101”

          • jimt

            Or Google for the moto phone known as Nexus 6. Google has been slower to update the Nexus than the Moto phones, we still will see who is faster when the updates are done.

          • Guest

            Nexus 6 running Liquidsmooth

          • jimt

            I tip my hat to you sir, I would not have the balls to do that. I would just kill the encryption and that is about all.

          • Guest

            Also setup kernel profiles, getting awesome battery life

          • jimt

            I assume you also shut off encryption, How is the ROM working out on the N6 maybe I could grow a pair.

          • Guest

            Yes encryption is off, ROM is awsome, there are some minor issues, but in every nightly they are getting fixed, also there are few other ROM choices which are also good.

            At below link you can find a simple/easy tool to unlock bootloader, root, encryption off and install customm recovery:

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-6/development/toolkit-wugs-nexus-root-toolkit-v1-9-8-t2947452

            If you want options you should install custom ROM’s, see below options on Liquid smooth:

            Per app control for Lockscreen notifications
            * Configurable 0, 90, 180 and 270 degree rotation
            * Safe headset volume option
            * Less annoying sound notifications option
            * Option to use volume keys to control media volume anytime
            * Option to custimize device hostname
            * Option to not wake up device when charge is plugged/unplugged
            * Volume rocker wake up
            * IME switcher notification control
            * Option to disable fullscreen keyboard
            * Force autorotation on IME
            * Option to force show enter key
            * CM’s Privacy Guard
            * Increasing ringtone option
            * Dark UI (primarily in Settings for now)
            * Screen Density changer
            * Statusbar clock customization
            * Option to disable searchbar in recents
            * Statusbar brightness control
            * Double tap statusbar to sleep control
            * Custom Lockscreen shortcuts

            Good luck

      • duder12

        Yeah because you will get updates quicker if you owned an lg, samsung, htc or sony.

        Stop crying, the grass is not greener when it comes to ota’s unless its a nexus.

        • Kris

          First, the Nexus now Motorola. Second, Samsung is the slowest of all top manufacturers to update their phones and usually provide major updates close to the end of the phones life cycle. Samsung S6 Spring.

          • jimt

            Good old Touchwiz

          • TylerChappell

            It used to be that LG was the slowest. But now since LG is no longer carrying the Nexus crown for probably a couple years, I can’t help but wonder if they will go back to their pre-Nexus 4 slow as molasses update schedule. In 2011, the HTC Thunderbolt was the only phone of the 3 initial phones (LG Revolution and Samsung Charge) to get ICS. Even one of their midrange phones that came out right before Jelly Bean never got updated to Jelly Bean. Sure, I get that it was a midrange phone (the Lucid), but it shipped with Gingerbread despite being released like 5 months after ICS, and then it didn’t receive ICS until about a year after ICS had been out. The hardware was plenty capable of handling JB but they never bothered with it and since have come out with the Lucid 2 & 3.
            The LG G3 may get Lollipop soon in the US, but I wouldn’t count on LG really being any faster than Samsung at releasing updates.

      • JZ

        Moto X 2013 is getting a variety of the features from the 2014 Moto X, meaning that there’s substantially more to that update than there is for the Moto G (which is essentially stock). What’s more, even if the Moto X 2013 is behind the Moto G, Motorola’s portfolio is substantially closer to getting updated than any other OEM.

        • Nishchal Sadaram

          I hope I get lollipop bfre 2015.. Fingers crossed.
          -Moto X 2013

      • lastrega

        I don’t know if you’ve been keeping score lately but the Nexus is a Motorola the Nexus 6 is basically a fancier version of the Moto X

    • Chris Hughes

      I’m actually happy with my Moto X on KitKat. I remember the days of Froyo and Gingerbread where the next version was SO much better that it was painful.

      That being said…I will be mildy cranky if my wifes budget phone that she hardly uses gets Lollipop before my 2013 X does!

    • jonny6pak

      The final version of the ota included the fixes in 5.01 coded in by Moto is the word around XDA. You probably don’t need that update. I’m not seeing the 5.0 bugs on the official OTA, personally.

    • Graham Green

      I’m not sure what Moto G users are getting these updates. I have a first gen G and it is still on 4.4.4, granted it is on big red so that might have something to with it but I think the updates to the G are still few and far between.

      • Razma

        my moto x is still on 4.4.4, just be patient

    • jimt

      Moto is now Lenovo. Moto G probably out sold moto x

    • Matt Foot

      Just because you own the more expensive model, that doesn’t buy you priority. In fact, I’d bet there are _many_ more Moto G owners, what with it being a more ubiquitous and economically viable purchase (especially in third world markets), so it’s a prudent move for Motorola to service the Moto G, first, as there’s likely MANY more of them in use. Besides, Moto X owners are too busy waking their ambient screens and polishing their premium Moto Maker wooden back shells to care ^__^

      • Nikuliai

        Yup, current flagship and number of users make market desitions, the old X was an amazing phone (still is) but the sales don’t get him even close to the Moto G, it’s pretty logical

    • Nikuliai

      Yeah I kind of agree but if you look at NUMBERS the Moto G has priority… it sucks for the owners of their last year flagship (I’m among them) but it’s a perfectly logical market desition

    • agrim jain

      I too am frustrated over this I own a moto x 2013 model. Why did Motorola did this? And why are we not getting catch phrase update

      • gallen408

        AFAIK the snapdragon 801 is what makes the custom catchphrase possible in the new X. I may be wrong but thats my understanding anyway.

  • Trooper311

    Nice! Hope my Moto X gets it soon too!

  • Tom S

    Hmmmm…

  • avantra

    And yet still no Lollipop love for the Moto X (1st gen). Have a sad.

    • Albert

      Honestly with how fast update to android are coming I’m not too upset. Otherwise it will be a while before they cycle through to the Moto X. Typically when they update a phone, it always has the latest version of android available. So if it stops at 5.0.2, that is what we will see on our 2013 Moto X’s once its our turn while the rest of the devices will be stuck on 5.0.1 for a bit.