Moto G (Gen 2) Software Update Rolling Out, Makes Google Now Launcher Default

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Moto G (Gen 2) Software Update Rolling Out, Makes Google Now Launcher Default
Motorola has started rolling out the first software maintenance update for its recently launched second-generation Moto G in some countries including India.

The new update is available OTA (over-the-air) and comes with build number 21.11.23.en.03.

(Also see: Moto G (Gen 2) Review | Pictures)

The biggest change in the software update is the Google Now Launcher, which replaces the default launcher. The update also brings some bug fixes.

Notably, Google had released the Google Now Launcher for all Android devices running 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher version of OS in August. The launcher essentially gives Android users a new "home screen that's clean, simple and customisable." From the home screen users can just swipe right to access Google Now cards. Android One devices also come with the Google Now Launcher as default.


Motorola confirmed the news via its support page and said, "We are excited to announce a new software update for Moto G (2nd Generation) by Motorola. This update brings the Google Now Launcher as well as a few bug fixes for your new Moto G."

The update is about 120MB in size and can be checked manually via Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

Motorola notes, "You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update."

Motorola's second-generation Moto G went on sale in India earlier this month priced at Rs. 12,999 for the 16GB variant.

It features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixel) display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU. The Moto G (Gen 2) comes with microSD support, addressing what many believed was its predecessor's biggest shortcoming. It sports features an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Connectivity options on the Moto G (Gen 2) include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. It measures 141.5x70.7x10.99mm, and weighs 149 grams. It is powered by a 2070mAh battery.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good performance
  • Good camera
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Average looks and material quality
Display 5.00-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Front Camera 2-megapixel
Rear Camera 8-megapixel
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2070mAh
OS Android 4.4.4
Resolution 720x1280 pixels

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