Earlier this week we confirmed the Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop update was in the final rounds of the testing phase and being prepared for delivery to multiple owners of the new Moto X 2014 (2nd Gen) in the United States, and last night it officially started.
One of the first smartphones to receive the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop update that isn’t a Nexus device was the pure edition unlocked Moto X from Motorola.com, but today Moto X owners will be happy to know the updates have started for carrier models as well. Yesterday we heard the Verizon Moto X soak test had started, and before the end of the day Verizon themselves confirmed it’s available now.
The original Moto X last year was among the first devices to see Android 4.4 KitKat, and this year Motorola has done it again and is one of the first manufacturers to deliver the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop to its flagship smartphone. Beating Samsung, HTC, LG and many more in the United States. Read on for all the details.
One of Verizon’s lead reps posted to Twitter and confirmed the Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen) will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop before Thanksgiving as an early holiday treat, and this morning it should start arriving for an array of smartphone owners.
To make things even more official, Verizon has posted the full official Android 5.0 update changelog on its support forums. The Moto X Android 5.0 Lollipop update started late last night, and we’ve already received word from multiple owners that they’ve already received the upgrade. For those expecting it today, here’s what you need to know.
Verizon’s Moto X was running the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat software released last year and updated this summer, and thanks to Motorola offering a near stock (vanilla) Android experience the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop was rather easy. Above is a quick comparison between Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 5.0 Lollipop, and we have a hands-on of the Moto X running the latest software at the top of the page.
Users can expect a brand new yet familiar look and feel to the Moto X. All your favorite voice commands, hands-free features, Moto Display notifications and more are all still included, as well as many Android 5.0 tweaks. You’ll notice a redesigned notification pulldown bar, improved lockscreen notifications, a better multi-tasking experience, and much much more.
Motorola and Verizon took to Twitter to remind users that this is an over the air update, and it will arrive in the next 24-48 hours on your device and be a quick and painless update. Of course, you can also head into settings > about phone > and tap check for updates to get it right now.
The Moto X Android 5.0 update is quite large, so it’s recommended that users download and install the software upgrade over WiFi, to save their data. This is one of the first smartphones in the United States to see the update, so enjoy it.
We’re still waiting on more news from AT&T and others who are carrying the new Moto X 2014 edition, and should be hearing more soon. AT&T was quick to deliver it last year, so expect something within the next few weeks.