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Moto G already receiving Android Lollipop before Nexus phones

Some Motorola Moto G 2014 handsets have already been receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, ahead of Google’s own Nexus phones.

After reporting earlier this week that the LG G3 might be the first device to update to Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, it seems that Motorola may have pipped LG to the post by rolling out the update to its second generation Moto G handset first. That’s before even Google’s own Nexus smartphones.

According to US users with unlocked devices, the update is ready to install as we type, making it the first smartphone to offer Lollipop – ahead of Google’s Nexus 5 and other own-brand devices. The update itself is not of an insignificant size, weighing in at 386.7MB, so if your device is full to the brim with music and photos you may need to make some space before you can install. Of course, it’s well worth the effort, as Lollipop is the best iteration of Android so far.

At time of writing, the update only appears to be available for the second-gen Moto G released this year, but we’re expecting the roll-out to reach other Motorola (and Nexus) devices imminently, giving users the new and updated ‘Material Design’ UI, Project Volta battery life enhancements, multi-user support and lock screen notifications.

The 2014 Moto G, which was released back in September, has a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1GB RAM and a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, as well as an 8-megapixel primary camera. Retailing for just £135, the Moto G offers users an amazing amount of bang for their buck, so it’ll be interesting to see if Lollipop can give the device even more appeal with the added enhancements.

We’re curious to see which major devices will receive the boost to Lollipop next, and how it’ll affects their overall performance too, because early impressions of this latest Android update have been outstanding. Check out our Lollipop features round-up for more info.