Moto G Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is now officially rolling out all over the world, with reports coming in from Europe, India and the US. Once Google optimized Android 5.0 Lollipop for their Nexus devices, the search engine giant sent out the AOSP to OEMs so that they can make the necessary changes for the software to work on other devices. Motorola is among the few companies who has little changes to make since their phones run near-stock Android. That being said, it is no surprise that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is now available for 2nd generation Moto G and Moto X devices.
The rollout to the Moto G and Moto X had begun in December, originally, but Motorola decided to pull the update because it was causing issues in the soak-test. Until now, there has been no word on when the update would go out. Last week, users in the U.S., Italy and India started reporting on Twitter and various forums and social media platforms that they were receiving a new over the air update. It turned out that the 2nd generation Moto G was getting a fresh build bringing the version number up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Since people were quite disconcerted with the previous versions on Nexus devices, many smartphone owners decided to postpone installing the OTA, hoping that 5.0.2 would bring a more stable version of the software to their devices.
Oddly enough, some 1st generation Moto G owners also reported that they had received Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, although that is most likely as part of a soak test. Motorola developers and team members stressed the existence of a soak test, since they want to determine if the updates are negatively affecting user experience. Why would Material Design be negative, anyway? The fact is that once Google pairs its updates to Nexus, it doesn’t deal with fixing issues on other devices. That responsibility lies with the OEMs and manufacturers, and as we all know, some take their sweet time (khm, Samsung).
Moto G owners are now glad to report that they can experience build number 22.21.28, aka Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Mind you, this is a staggered rollout, and everybody keeps repeating that so that people who haven’t received the update yet don’t feel left out. Anyhow, most report that the updated software is buttery smooth, but others are still complaining about a slow camera, battery drain as well as bugs with the microSD card. One Moto G 2nd generation owner stated that the camera was worse than if it were a potato, while others said that their battery is draining like crazy, especially with alarms activated. The microSD card issue wasn’t too widespread, but one Moto G 2nd gen owner testified that every time they tried to take a picture, the microSD card would be rejected (since they probably set the SD card as main storage for photos). One of the biggest things we are concerned about is the memory leak, though.
A memory leak has been discovered in Android 5.0 (yes, in the first version and no, 5.0.1 hasn’t fixed it). That means that your phone will keep crashing apps and force-closing them because something is wrong with how RAM memory is being managed by Android 5.0 Lollipop. In the Android issue tracker, it still says that the fix is in a “future release” state, so it’s unlikely that 5.0.2 came with a fix. New issues reported in a the tracker include mention of the memory leak, explaining that a 2014 Moto G running the new update was constantly killing and restarting apps through the lowmemorykiller. Our best guess is that Google will release a minor Android 5.0.3 Lollipop update that will contain a fix for the issue.
The weird thing is that the memory leak has been present in Nexus and other devices, too, even before Lollipop was made official. There were no official statements released from Google or various OEMs addressing the issue and users experiencing them are getting more and more frustrated each day. The issue tracker is filling up with new reports daily, involving either the Moto G, Moto X, Galaxy S4 or even the Galaxy S5. Our question is: if the issue has been found and marked as a future release (for almost a month now), then why isn’t the fix being released in a minor update? The issue itself was first reported more than 2 months ago in the developer version of Android Lollipop, so that should have been enough to find a fix and release it. Alas, this whole affair is a bit confusing. Maybe it’s a conspiracy, although the point of it evades me. Have you received Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on your Moto G? If so, tell us how it feels like, how sweet is it? Also, let us know if you’ve experienced the memory leak issue we described above, mentioning your phone’s model name and number, location and software version, as well as the scenario that triggered the event.
Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5
Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.
Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.
Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?
PC Mounts Show PlayStation Trophy Support
We love the PlayStation ecosystem, especially its top first-party studios, but Sony Interactive Entertainment could do more to build goodwill. The long-awaited Trophy support for PS5 games on PC appears to be closer to reality, though nothing official has been announced.
TrueTrophie’s scanners found a new PS5 Trophy list with “PSPC” as a platform. The list, titled “Trophy Set” and unattached to a game, appears to be a test. TrueTrophies notes that developers rarely submit their own platforms to PSN, suggesting Sony is behind it.
TrueTrophies says this platform is separate from PS5 but can connect to it, suggesting compatibility. As PlayStation fans know, PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 games could share a list. In October 2022, Sony added PSN support to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered’s PC release, allowing players to link Steam accounts to unlock an exclusive skin. Potentially minor, but something we’ll watch.
TrueTrophies lists PlayStation Trophies for serious hunters. They scrape the PlayStation Network’s ominous underbelly with scanners to provide the most up-to-date trophy lists, sometimes dangerously. TrueTrophies posted Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s trophy list weeks ago, with spoiler titles.
No worries, PS5 Slim SSD upgrades are possible
Next month, the PS5 Slim will replace the original PS5. Its main selling point is its detachable disc drive. Sony’s design change will streamline manufacturing, but consumers will have more flexibility. The refreshed machine will be 30% smaller than its predecessor, reducing its footprint.
But since the manufacturer hadn’t mentioned it, some worried you couldn’t install another SSD. A spokesperson told IGN that “there are no changes with the new model”—you can still install a compatible hard drive to expand the console’s storage.
Note that the new model increases on-board storage from 825GB to 1TB, so you get more space out of the box. However, some games are now so large that you may need a new PS5 SSD.
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