There are lots of reasons why I like the 2013 Moto G. When it was released, it banished the perception that an inexpensive Android device had to be sluggish, unresponsive and compromised. The 2013 Moto G is based around the 1.2 GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor backed up by 1 GB of RAM. There’s either 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage but unfortunately no MicroSD card slot. The Moto G uses a 4.6-inch, 720p LCD display, a 5 MP rear camera and a 2,080 mAh non-replaceable battery. The Moto G was launched running a very near-stock version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and was updated to Android 4.4 KitKat shortly after Google released it. It’s been a little over a months since Google released the Android 5.0 Lollipop source code onto the world, which means it’s about time that Lollipop is out for the Moto G… and we reported just a few days ago that Motorola was performing an Android Lollipop soak test in India. The test is complete and now the update will be rolled out to all 2013 Moto G users in India.
Motorola have kept the stock operating system interface, so the Moto G benefits from the same improvements and enhancements as the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. The biggest difference will be the Moto G’s operating system will adopt the Material Design user interface, which gives the device a modern, fresh new layout. As part of Lollipop, there are substantial improvements to how Android handles notifications, including an all new priority notification system and changes to the way the lock screen handles notifications. Android Lollipop includes changes under the skin, too, including the switch from the Dalvik runtime to the new Android runtime, or ART; this brings about a speed boost and should help battery life, too, as applications should launch quicker. There are other changes to improve battery life, too, including a new network activity scheduler that once applications have been written to work with it, could result in a significant reduction in battery consumption.
If you’re using the 2013 Moto G in India, do you have the update yet? If so, how was the upgrade process? How does your Moto G perform after the upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.