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

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.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

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Final Day to Use Moto X Cyber Monday Promo Codes, Share Any Unused Here!

December 15 has arrived, which means this is the final day to use Moto X (2nd gen) $140 off promo codes from Motorola’s Cyber Monday deal. In fact, you have until 11:59PM CT to use it.

As a reminder, the deal was to receive a code that would land you $140 off of a brand new custom made Moto X (2nd gen). For the 16GB model with a standard back, you are looking at just $359. That’s under $400 for a phone that many tech reviewers are calling the best Android phone on the market (our review). Of course, if you choose premium upgrades like Natural or Leather backs, or a bump to 32GB of storage, the price goes up.

For those who missed out on the opportunity to sign-up to receive a code, we thought we would open up the comments as a place to potentially grab one. In other words, if you have an unused code that you would like to share, dive into the comments and post it.

Good luck!  (more…)

Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)