Verizon's Motorola Moto X receiving Android 5.0 now

Verizon's Motorola Moto X receiving Android 5.0 now
A hefty 678.6MB update is being sent out OTA now to the Verizon version of the latest Motorola Moto X handset. The update, as you might have guessed, contains Android 5.0 for the device. Interestingly, there is no VoLTE or Advanced Calling 1.0 found on the changelist. What the update does include is the new Material Design look, which adds "complex views and fluid animation." It also brings real-time shadows, ripples and 3-D images to the phone. Bold colors and bright contrast are part of the Material Design changes, as is improved visibility.

The calendar has been updated, with a new "schedule view," and notifications have been made easier to access. They will now appear on the lock screen, and high priority notifications pop up immediately. A transient view gives you a "heads up" about a certain notification. Dismiss a notification, and it disappears from all of your Android devices. Additionally, a new "Recent" screen shows you all of your recently opened apps.

On the home screen, app folders are now vertically stacked, and the search bar and app drawer are opaque. Quick Settings are now quicker to use. They drop down, along with notifications, with the use of a single finger. Also, the UI for the dialer has been changed. Recents, All Contacts and Speed Dial are in the Navigation Tab.

There are some handy new features, including an estimate of how much battery life is remaining until your phone needs to be charged. Guest Mode allows you to share your phone with another person without having to worry about someone accessing private information. Battery Saver Mode extends battery life, and Android Runtime allows for faster and smoother app performance.

There are some updates unique to Motorola devices, such as the ability to view notifications with the display off. A new flashlight is being made available, and there are changes to Motorola Assist. Check out the slideshow to see the complete Verizon changelist.

Your best bet with such a hefty update is to make sure that you have a Wi-Fi connection at the time you are downloading it. And make sure that you have more than sufficient battery life. In this case, perhaps you should be 75% charged. Since the update is pushed out on a staggered basis, if it doesn't come today. perhaps it will tomorrow. Be patient. This is a major update and we know that you want to start using the new features right away.

source: Verizon via DroidLife

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh



1. Busyboy unregistered

Looks really nice

2. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Been thinking of getting on Verizon, but was worried about whether or not their current phones would take a long time to get the 5.0 update. Good to see the Moto X getting it.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Wow good job Verizon

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Next the Turbo, then the '13 Moto X and Droids. Please!

11. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

'13 moto x and droids before '14 LG G3????I'm getting pissed just thinking about it

5. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

A carrier actually delivering speedy updates? What sorcery is this?

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Same thing happened last year with Verizon's Moto X. It was the first device to get updated to KK, even before Nexus and GPE devices. Verizon's Droid line followed 3-4 weeks after.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And there lies the difference between Material design on Lollipop, and Windows flat UI. As far as I've seen on W8, there is no shadows, ripples, or 3-D images on there like there is here.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

isn't this amazing? i got it on my Moto X and this vindicates one of the reasons i stuck with the new Moto X over the Turbo.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I doubt the Turbo will he far behind, if last year is any indication. And anymore I'd rather wait until they get rid of any bugs before installing the update.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if the Turbo isn't far behind then it will be based on Android 5.0 just like the Moto X and i doubt that Moto will do anything particuarly special for it other than maybe try to fit in an existing bug patch. for the Turbo to get an update free of the bugs that are a part of AOSP then Moto would have to wait for an updated build to be posted by Google and then prepare an update based on that which would put an OTA date pretty far out there. i went with the Moto X for the more Nexus-Like experience. the Turbo is a phone designed from the ground up to have Verizon influence which isn't a bad thing but not what i want at this time. the Verge's review of the Turbo almost sums up my feelings about it.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How is it influenced by Verizon anymore than the Droid Maxx was last year? The only things that would affect the update time that are really different between the new X and the Turbo is on screen buttons and Verizon apps preinstalled. Those apps can be disabled if you want, then all they do is take up space. Maybe their might also be a difference in the dialer, but really what else? If you're talking about design, how would that affect an update? By what you're saying the same thing should've happened with last year's Droid line as well. Their update to KK was right at a month after the X got it's update. And that Verge review was horrible, he could've at least tried to hide his bias. A downside was that it looked like a phone? OK then.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Turbo also has little (useless, IMO) add-ons like Droid Zap, just like the Maxx last year. I agree with the King. I'm not saying it's better than the Turbo. The Turbo has double the battery life, more storage, and a better camera. But the X is the cleanest, simplest, most Nexus (5)-like phone on Verizon.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Droid zap isn't part of the OS, it can also be disabled as well. I agree they could've gone 1080 for the screen and been fine, but I'm getting similar battery life to my Maxx but with higher specs that it didn't have. Design is subjective, IMHO I would rate the design as BN Turbo > Moto X 2014 > MGF Turbo. You obviously see it another way. But that shouldn't be something a reviewer should really use to determine a devices score, because it is subjective. When something is subjective, that's where reviewers should be unbiased more than anywhere. That's where they need to just give us the facts, with no opinions on it. But what does that have to do with updates? Nothing. The Turbo is no more different software wise from the Moto X 2014, than the 2013 Droid line was from the 2013 Moto X. So there's no reason to believe that the Turbo will take significantly more time to update than last year's Droids did. If anything Verizon has a stake in this, with updates being a big deal as of late.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

No, I don't think the Turbo will take significantly longer to update than the '14 X. But even a month difference is something. I wouldn't call it significant though, especially in the realm of Android updates. I still love my Maxx, but I knew going in that it would be a little shower with updates than the X. I was willing to accept that for added capabilities. And while I prefer the design of the X over the Turbo, I think battery life and storage trump.

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's not influenced any more than the MAXX was other than maybe some more slightly skinned apps like the email for instance but if you want a truer to stock experience it's not as desirable as the X. i'm not saying Verizon went hog wild with it but it's still there and is not what i want to see. yeah, it's a month that i simply don't want to wait and you're not getting anything in exchange for waiting that month because the initial KK updates for the X and the Droid line were based on the same version of Android and then the wait for 4.4.4 for the Droid line was exceptionally long to boot. opinions, opinions, what i wanted to point out about that review is how he stacked it up next to the Moto X.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Come on Motorola, update the 2013 Moto X too...

13. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Ditto. Come oooon. Dang! "your device software is up to date"(16th time). I'll try powering it off again. :)

15. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

In their (meagre) defense, the 2013 X is a different beast. Gotta get it to play nicely with the X8 processors.

12. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Please Galaxy note 3 lollipop update.

14. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Did anyone see the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 just got updated to 4.4.4!

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sweet! I got it like three or four months ago.

16. Killaice

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 08, 2014

What gives I got the pure and I still don't have it.

22. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Very good job Verizon.

24. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

OMG this is so awesome. Moto X is my work phone and Note 4 is personal. I knew this was gonna be the 1st of my 2 to get upgraded. Can't wait... downloading now.

25. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Installing now

26. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

phone gets warm @ 3/4th progress

27. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Done and booting.

28. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Booted after Android is upgrading (Optimizing Apps)

29. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I am amazed! Apex is still my launcher, and nothing is changed with it.

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