Motorola (kind of) beats Google to the first Android 5.0 phone with the Moto X

Motorola (kind of) beats Google to the first Android 5.0 phone with the Moto X
We all know that Motorola is very fast at bringing Android updates to its devices. Last year, it was able to push the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its Moto X before Google got the update out to the Nexus 4. This year, Motorola has (kind of) beaten Google completely to be the first manufacturer with Android 5.0 Lollipop on a smartphone with the new Moto X.

Obviously, that "kind of" is the main issue to tackle here. The thing is that Motorola began the soak test for Android 5.0 on the 2014 Moto X earlier today. That doesn't count, but it seems as though some users who weren't signed up for Motorola's beta program are also getting the update. And, the OTA file for the soak test has been posted, so anyone with an unrooted new Moto X can get Android 5.0 on their device. Right now, the update is only for the "Pure Edition" unlocked version of the new Moto X. 

We'd assume that it was simply a mistake that Lollipop went out to those who weren't signed up for the soak test, though. Motorola may not be a Google company anymore, but the flagship Nexus is always the first device to run the newest version of Android. The Moto X may have beaten the Nexus 4 last year, but the Nexus 5 was still the first phone to run KitKat. The Nexus 6 is expected to be released on November 12th, so we'd assume Motorola is aiming to have the Android 5.0 update out for the new Moto X around then. 

Of course, Motorola might have wider plans. The post has already been pulled, but Motorola also jumped the gun by putting up the Android 5.0 release notes for the 2014 Moto G as well. 

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



30. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Hopefully it comes to 2013 Moto X soon! Also every time I have been part of the soak test I never have an update following it and never have had problems.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Same here. I was in the 4.4.4 soak test and it was smooth sailing for me up to this point.

29. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Something is going on with Google this time.

28. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Someone must of really been on a deadline to publish something. Anything.

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

amazing. i hope the Verizon version gets a soak test soon.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Ota update moron who wrote this crap not build in buy a phone to get update

18. DroidMystic

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Why to buy Samsung if Motorola can even beat Google to release the latest update? This is for the second time. First with KitKat and know with Lollipop. I love Motorola.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wow this article is straight rip-off from pocketnow, even the title!

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They didn't even bother ironing the typos. PA sucks hard time at editorials. Click bait posters.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This appears to be some level of validation that Google owning Motorola was not a good thing for the other Android manufacturers, was giving Motorola the inside track on Android development. Android L has enough bugs that I'm in no rush to be in the infantry in the front line. Jan/Feb 2015 there should be a better build available.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"This appears to be some level of validation that Google owning Motorola was not a good thing for the other Android manufacturers, was giving Motorola the inside track on Android development." ...Or maybe it's a good thing because Google's influence helped Motorola start shaming other manufacturers into getting their bleeding updates out faster, because now OEMs are starting to promise much quicker turnarounds on updates to their devices after Motorola has kept making them look like lazy assholes with their quick updates.

16. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Maybe but most likely it's so fast because they are building the nexus and would have most likely had the software before anyone else anyways because of that.

19. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So when LG was making the nexus Last year they had the G2 with fast updates as you suggest moto is doing now? Joke right? LG has the slowest updates when compared to any major OEM and they have been building nexus phones for over 2 years now. Nothing to do with google and nexus. It has to do with not having skins on moto's and actually being a company that cares for updates unlike LG.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1987; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Motorola can't be compared to other manufacturers because Moto is using nearly a stock build of Android. All they need to do is update the drivers and it's up and running. Nvidia is in the same boat and their update will be coming later this month. Because other manufacturers put a skin on top they need to tinker around with the software. I'm using the preview build of L on my Nexus 5 as my daily driver and I haven't found anything that would warrant it not being released. There are a few minor bugs but they can be ironed out later on.

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

All handset manufacturers receive the OS at varying stages of development to implement their custom features into the update. Everyone gets those OS builds at the same time. If Google played favorites and gave Motorola the "inside track" then there would be lawsuits being thrown at Google right and left for unfair practices. If anything came from Google owning Motorola it was Motorola's adopting Google's stance on Simplicity is the way to go when it comes to OS customizations and that is how Motorola is able to push out Android updates faster than anyone else. Thankfully, Motorola has been receiving nothing but praise from the mobile industry and I suspect that as they reclaim their place as a top phone manufacturer, others will adopt their practices and the mobile community will be better as a result.

1. nomancool unregistered

are you stupid or what ? i have been using lollipop from months , ever since it first developer preview came out for nexus 5 . so how moto x is the first phone to run lollipop . and you are counting soak test mistake as an official roll out . BS , make your facts right .i have noticed this BS on every tech news website

4. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

uhm technically Android L is not (yet) Android Lollipop imo it's just a beta version of the real thing it's like an egg is just an egg, not a chicken

6. nomancool unregistered

And also the updated preview which is almost final build and it came out 20 + days ago . and the soak test is not a final build either .

9. thegandalf

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

does the Lollipop final preview version count as (kind of) soak test? So Google (kind of) beats Motorola to this "kind of" early release , right? I because I've been using Lollipop Final Preview on my Nexus 5 for (kind of) a month.

11. nomancool unregistered

"kind of"

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

WHAO people, calm down, this is a good thing. Manufacturers stepping up to beat the Google machine itself to updating is good for all of us. Stop fighting like this is some sort of competition.

36. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

It's good for us, but the issue here isn't just that manufacturers are moving quickly, it's that Google has been painfully slow with releasing Lollipop. The Nexus 5 should've been on its official release two weeks ago.

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Motorola's soak tests are almost always final builds.

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I was in the 4.4.4 soak test, and the OS functioned flawlessly... with the exception of Motorola never configuring the "Cast Screen" feature which kind of sucks. But that's the case with all 4.4.4 builds on the Moto X, not just soak test versions.

33. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Soak testing involves testing a system with a SIGNIFICANT LOAD extended over a significant period of time. This isn't the same as what a Beta Test is. Please stop confusing the 2.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1825; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

If you can't tell the difference between a developer preview and final release, then you're the dumb one.

8. nomancool unregistered

Me ? FYI its technically a beta version same as the soak test. Kindly STFU

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The soak test is for the final build, barring any major issues. It is most certainly not a beta version.

12. nomancool unregistered

just forget the beta / soak test / developer preview . its not an official roll out for moto x . and nexus 5 dont have the final build either . but it will on 12th . so there is no chance motorola gonna roll out the update that soon . so they didnt 'kind of" beat google in any way

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Soak tests usually only last over a weekend. So it'll probably start an official roll out on the 10th or 11th. For someone arguing against it, you sure don't know a lot about Motorola's soak tests...

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