Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Update Now Seeding to Moto G (Gen 1 and Gen 2) in India, Confirms Motorola
Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA Update Now Seeding to Moto G (Gen 1 and Gen 2) in India, Confirms MotorolaMotorola India via Twitter

A new crDroid Android 5.0.2 Lollipop has been made available to the Motorola's 2013 flagship mid-range smartphone Moto G aka Falcon models.

This software is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.0 Lollipop. It brings in numerous customisation options, short-cuts for easy access, performance tweaks and lots of improvements to enhance the user experience.

We like to remind readers that this crDroid custom firmware is an unofficial version developed by senior XDA Developer Forum Member, going by the moniker, PeterImme.

This software is an experimental version with some untested bugs in it. So, we advise users to go through the whole tutorial before going ahead with the installation.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • This crDroid Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM has to be installed only on Moto G (aka Falcon) models- XT1031, XT1032, XT1033 and XT1034) and Google Play Edition (XT1032). If tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Users make sure they have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your device (Moto G) will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.

[Disclaimer:This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure of crDroid [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom ROM on Motorola Moto G (aka Falcon) models-

Step 1: Download crDroid [Unofficial] Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom firmware (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE/HERE) in to your PC.

[Note: custom ROM build date: 13/03/2015]

Step 2: Connect Motorola Moto G (aka Falcon) to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Then, place SlimRoms Android 5.0.2 Lollipop custom firmware zip file and Google Apps into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]

Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (Down)' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset'

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Then to go back to Recovery mode, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure again to install the Google Apps. [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Moto G aka Peregrine) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of crDroid Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM.

[Credits: XDA Developers Forum member- PeterImmel)

[Note: If faced with any issues using this custom ROM, leave your feedback, HERE]