AT&T Moto X Lollipop Review

The AT&T Moto X Lollipop release delivered Android 5.0.2 to our 2014 Moto X recently and after testing the update here is what you need to know about Android 5.0 on the new Moto X on AT&T.

Although there are reports of Moto X Lollipop problems from some users on other carriers or earlier version, the Moto X Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update delivers a solid experience after 10 days of regular use.

Here is our in-depth look at the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update, that we hope will answer the question, “Is the AT&T Moto X Lollipop worth installing?”

Here's what you need to know about the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update.
Here’s what you need to know about the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update.

The Android 5.o Lollipop updates started in November, and it is finally available on the AT&T Moto X. The update rolls out slowly to various devices and carriers, and even if you saw issues with earlier updates it is important to know that the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update is Android 5.0.2, which means it contains more fixes.

This is what you need to know about the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update from installation to performance, problems, apps and ultimately if you should install the Android 5.0.2 update on your AT&T Moto X 2014.

Android Lollipop Installation

The AT&T Moto X Lollipop installation was fast and smooth. Occasionally updates like this can stall on the updating apps section, but that wasn’t the case, and within about 20 minutes Android 5.0.2 Lollipop was running on my AT&T Moto  X 2014.

Make sure you back up your photos and other important data before the upgrade because there is always a chance that something could go wrong with the process.

Be sure to set aside 30 minutes to complete the update after you download the file from AT&T. It is unlikely that you will need it all, but it pays to have the time set aside in case it takes longer. You cannot use your phone for 5-10 minutes of the upgrade process.

AT&T Moto X Android Lollipop Review

After using the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update for 10 days it is clear that this software is optimized for the Moto X 2014 and irons out many problems that we heard about from earlier Lollipop Updates. Keep in mind that your experience may vary slightly. It is very unlikely that we use the same apps, accessories and use cases, which can change the performance and stability.

This is a general guide to the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update, that will help you decide if you should upgrade from Android KitKat to Android Lollipop.

Apps

Apps and features work well on the AT&T Moto X Android 5.0.2 update.
Apps and features work well on the AT&T Moto X Android 5.0.2 update.

I keep a wide array of apps installed on the Moto X 2014. All of them work fin after the update, but I did need to restart before Runkeeper worked and showed the icon. Sometimes after the update an icon will show a default Android instead of the real icon, but this issue didn’t last long.

I mainly use the Moto X 2014 for productivity including email, task management and social media. Facebook and Instagram work perfectly after installing the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update and other apps like Chrome and Gmail are great.

Lollipop Battery Life

The Android 5.1 update will reportedly fix some Android Lollipop battery life problems, but so far I don’t need that fix. The AT&T Moto X Lollipop battery life is enough to last for a full day, though I am not talking on the phone heavily, which can impact the overall battery life. I also do not play many games on this device.

WiFi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth

Updates can cause major problems for connectivity on devices, but that is not the case with the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update. After installing this update the AT&T 4G LTE connection remains solid and fast. WiFi connects fine to multiple networks and Bluetooth is functioning perfectly.

Bugs & Issues

After 10 days of use there are no major AT&T Moto X Lollipop problems evident on my phone. Sometimes problems can appear after extended use, so I will continue to monitor for any Lollipop bugs and issues, but so far this is a solid update.

Speed

There is a new flashlight shortcut and many new Android Lollipop features.
There is a new flashlight shortcut and many new Android Lollipop features.

The AT&T Moto X Lollipop performance is amazing. The phone runs very fast with animations that fly and apps that open quickly. Some of this speed may be due to the new Android Runtime, or simply the power of the device and optimizations to tailor this update for the Moto X 2014 model.

Should You Install the AT&T Moto X Lollipop Update?

The AT&T Moto X Lollipop update is worth installing for most users. If you are ready to jump to Lollipop and you don’t run specialized apps for work that need tested to work with the update, go ahead and install the new Android 5.0.2 update on the AT&T Moto X 2014.

There are a lot of new features, bug fixes and a new look in key areas that make this update a winner on the AT&T Moto X. You can check out this chart of what’s new in the AT&T Moto X Lollipop update and see what’s new in Android Lollipop below.

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 Walkthrough: What’s New in Lollipop

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4 - Lockscreen

 With Android 5.0 Lollipop Google has slightly improved the lockscreen. There's now a shortcut to the dialer by swiping left to right, and notifications are more useful and interactive. Shown right on the lockscreen they can be swiped away, slide down to expand, or double tap to instantly unlock right into that app or notification. Everything is simple and smooth, and we still have full-screen album artwork on the lockscreen while playing music.

The quick shortcuts and improved notifications will come in handy for all users.

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