Nov 5th, 2014

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This time last year, the 2013 Motorola Moto X was the very first phone to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update, which just so happened to beat Google’s own Nexus 4. Thanks to images and information we’ve obtained, it seems highly likely that Motorola is on track for another speedy upgrade, this time with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

While heavily redacted by us to protect our sources anonymity, we can still see from the Moto X’s 2014 About phone page that it is indeed a Moto X running Android 5.0. While we can’t publish which carrier these screenshot came from, the baseband version, or the full kernel information, we are able to reveal that the build running on this phone was completed about a week ago and has been making the rounds on test devices since then.

You’ll notice that at least on this build, the Moto X still sports the KitKat mobile connection bars instead of a solid icon displayed on Lollipop builds for the Nexus 5 or on the Nexus 6. That’s slightly disappointing that Motorola or possibly this variant decided to forgo the updated iconography, however this isn’t uncharacteristic of Motorola. Last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat update included the old styled GPS icon at first, which was eventually updated to use the newer location icon in a later OTA. That said, this is still an internal test build and changes can always be made.

As for the drop down toggles, Chromecast owners rejoice, you’ll soon be able to cast your phones screen directly onto your television. There’s also a flashlight toggle, which is wonderful news seeing as all the rage today just so happens to be centered around flashlight applications with an insane amount of unneeded permissions.

If you’re curious whether or not Motorola opted to use Android 5.0 Lollipop’s built in ambient display and voice actions instead of their own software, you’ll be happy to know that the information provided to us points to Motorola still using their own customized software that you’ve all come to know and love.

Motorola’s camera software seems to have added some minor changes and at least one additional feature. Absent from both the Moto X 2013 and Moto X 2014 is the ability to set a camera shutter timer. The Android 5.0 update seems to add a timer that can be configured for 3 or 10 seconds. And last but not least, those with hawk like eyes might have noticed that the camera icons have been tweaked ever so slightly from their KitKat versions. There’s no word on improved camera quality, however we’re hopeful after learning what Lollipop’s camera API’s can do.

Our sources weren’t able to confirm a release date as the build is still being tested internally, but if you’re a member of the Motorola Feedback Network, we suggest your keep your eyes on your Inbox.