Motorola users know all too well about the Stagefright bug that has been attacking more and more smartphones lately. This is why users of Motorola’s Moto G or Moto E devices have been eager to receive an update from Google on their Android Lollipop OS. Now, all the devices under the ‘umbrella’ of the Moto E and Moto G names (Moto E 2013, Moto E 2014, Moto G 1st Gen, Moto G 2nd Gen, Moto G 3rd Gen) are receiving the 5.1.1 version of Android Lollipop so they can sort out the bug issue. As for the network carriers that will be receiving the update we have AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
The Google team has been working on a fix for this new malicious bug, especially so that they can implement an upgrade to the OS on their own Nexus devices. If you haven’t heard of this new bug making their way on every modern-day smartphone, then you are in luck. Stagefright is a hacker’s dream: it gives him control on all your device’s data in just one tap of your finger. The bug infiltrates itself in the phone via a MMS message which includes a video. If you tap on the video to open it, then your phone will immediately be invaded by the bug.
If you have a Moto G 1st generation or the Moto E 2013, we have some concerning news. Motorola’s website does not list these two devices to be available for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop upgrade, but everyone in the tech world believes the gadgets will be able to get the upgrade as well. Apparently, the upgrade was available to newer devices (Moto G 2014 and 2015) since the month of June, but phone carriers (particularly Verizon) haven’t been able to send the upgrade to these smartphones until now.
Motorola GitHub, a fellow tech website focusing on Motorola devices, says that the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system is still in testing for the Moto G LTE and the Moto E. However, Moto E still has the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade available, courtesy of Verizon and US Cellular.
If you have a device that is not mentioned here to receive the 5.1.1 version of the Android L OS and you’re worried you might stumble upon the Stagefright bug, don’t worry too much. Google will be releasing the new 6.0 Marshmallow version of Android and it is very possible for the devices that aren’t getting this upgrade to go directly to having the 6.0 version.