If you are a Moto user, you may not have to wait long for the Android Lollipop 5.0, which was announced by Google yesterday. In a blog post, Motorola’s SVP for software engineering Steve Horowitz confirms that the following devices are in line for an Android 5.0 update — Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini.
While the update to the new Moto G and the new Moto X was never in doubt. Motorola had not confirmed if it would bring the next version of Android to even Moto E, its lowest priced phone earlier. Moto hasn’t said exactly when these updates will begin rolling, but most probable it would be second in line after nexus phones.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Android and Chrome, announced a new Android 5.0 in a blog post. Lollipop brings with it a new “Material Design” language for the UI and accompanying apps along with 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop includes a new battery save mode that will supposedly boost battery life by 90 minutes when users find themselves close to running out of battery. Lollipop also includes Factor Reset Protection, which lets device owners disable their phone remotely.
As per Google, Lollipop is made to keep the experience of using Android consistent across devices. From phones to TVs to smart watches, if the device is running Lollipop, the interface will feel part of the same family, and transitions from device to device will be more seamless. And with things like music, photos and video remembering where you left off.
Google also unveiled three new Nexus devices yesterday as it looks to gain market share in the high-end mobile market. The Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player streaming devices are priced near, or in line with, competing Apple devices. Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17. Nexus 9 will be in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November month.