Earlier today Motorola Moto G (second-gen) smartphone users started receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update, even before it has arrived on older Nexus devices. Motorola has put up a complete changelog on its website, and here are the top features that Moto G users can expect after updating their phones. Also Read - Top gaming smartphones for Battlegrounds Mobile India under Rs 20,000 in July 2021
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Not surprisingly, one of the first things you are bound to notice is the design overhaul. Since Ice Cream Sandwich, a major facelift was a much needed request, and Google has delivered it with style. The Material Design is a lot smoother, graphics rich, and responsive with rich animated touch feedback including nice ripple touch effect. Also Read - Moto G60S, G50 5G and Edge 20 Lite coming soon: More Motorola midrange phones for 2021?
Notifications have been improved and only the most relevant information will be displayed. Notifications will be ranked according to their type and importance, and you can double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list. You can also set priorities for certain types of apps, which will affect the notifications.
In addition to customizing the notifications, you can also choose when not to be disturbed by notifications. During your downtime, only the notifications classified under priority will be displayed, while others will be left for later. Motorola Assist too has integrated with Downtown settings, so it doesn’t disturb you.
In this mode, when a notification arrives, it will show up on the lock screen without turning on the display at full brightness. You can turn this feature on in the in Settings, but the company warns that this increases the power consumption of your device.
Battery life meter
In addition to showing how much time there is left for discharging or charging, there is also a new battery saver mode, which will enhance battery life by reducing the smartphone’s performance.
One of Lollipop’s features is support for multiple user logins, including Guest mode. While services like Motorola Assist and Motorola Connect are only enabled on the owner account, other apps like Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.
Pin an app
You can pin app on the homescreen, so your child or another user cannot exit the app without the password.
When using the phone in conjunction with devices like the Moto 360 smartwatch, Bluetooth car kit or a Bluetooth headset, the phone will automatically unlock. Post the update, you will need to again add trusted devices to use this feature.
A flashlight is not easily accessible via Quick Settings menu. You can swipe down using two fingers to open the setting menu and use the flashlight. It is almost similar to how flashlight is easily accessible on iOS devices.
As we have reported before, Google introduced a stronger security measure. You can now protect your data with a stronger 256-bit encryption key. But you will need to reset your phone once to enable the security measure.
Motorola has slowly started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and users should soon be getting a notification. In the meantime, you can head over to settings -> about phone -> system updates to check manually. A complete list of features is listed below in Motorola changelog.
|Material Design||You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.|
|Notifications UI & Priorities||In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
|New Interruptions & Downtime Settings||You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.|
|Recent Apps (Multi-tasking)||The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.|
|Ambient Display||While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen. You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.|
|Motorola Assist and Downtime||Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed. Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.|
|Flashlight||Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).|
|Share your Device||You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone. Guest mode is enabled by default. You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect) are for the owner account only.The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.|
|Pin a view/app||Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.|
|Battery||The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.|
|Smarter Internet Connections||With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.|
|Performance||Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.|
|Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone. Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.|
|Security||Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.|