How to flash the Android 5.0 Lollipop leaked soak test on the Moto X 2014



Android fans around the globe were shocked yesterday when Motorola posted their official Android 5.0 Lollipop release notes for the Moto X 2014 and Moto G 2014 – which they later pulled. And as far as we know, one lucky Moto X Pure Edition owner received an over the air update to Android’s latest offering. The Motorola system build is 22.11.5 and is most likely an internal build that is planned or was planned to be released to Motorola’s Feedback Network. The over the air update file was pulled and is now available for your flashing pleasure.

The update is very responsive, fast, and down right gorgeous. At the time of this writing, I’ve been running the update without issue for about 24 hours. That said, if you’re planning on flashing this update, you’re going to want to proceed with extreme caution as this is not a finished build and bugs are likely to exist. If you’re used to flashing custom ROMs and running nightly builds, this is probably going to be right up your alley. If Android tinkering is not something you’re comfortable with, you might want to hold off just a short while longer until Motorola rolls this bad boy out to the masses.

Please note that there is no guarantee that this build will be updated to the next soak test build or even updated to the final release build. You will need a fully stock, unmodified Moto X 2014 Pure Edition to proceed. If your device has been rooted, do not proceed. Phandroid will not be held responsible if you brick your device.

  1. Download build Blur_Version.21.21.42.victara_tmo.tmo.en.US (652MB) and copy it onto your phone.
  2. Reboot your phone into recovery.
    1. Power your phone off, hold vol down and press power, use vol down to scroll to recovery and press vol up to enter recovery.
    2. Additionally you can use ADB – adb reboot recovery (you must have working ADB).
  3. At the Android in distress logo, press and hold vol up for 5-10 seconds, then press power.
  4. At the menu, use the vol down button to scroll down to ‘apply update from sdcard’, then press power to select that option.
  5. Use the vol down button to scroll down to the directory where you saved the zip file from step 1. Once you find the OTA zip file press power to select it.
  6. Proceed to install the OTA update.

That’s it. It’s honestly that simple. Let us know in the comments what you think of the update.


Derek Ross
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  1. Thanks that worked fine!

  2. Is this the same method to update the one plus one with the latest update? The last update took weeks to get OTA’d to my phone, so I wouldn’t mind getting it in there now.

    1. Most likely, this is how you update any Android phone if you have access to the OTA zip file. You can either apply the update from sdcard or adb sideload it.

      1. Thanks! Any risks involved with doing it that way?

        1. No risk at all if you have not altered anything at system level. Like recovery boot loader or root.. Otherwise its not safe

  3. Before my N5…grrrr

  4. I don’t see the actual download link!

  5. I find it amusing they still refer to the builds as Blur.

  6. Everything works perfectly. Two games wouldn’t load, Angry Birds Transformers and another, but Lollipop is fantastic.

    1. Confirmed here, Angry Birds fails too. Most likely they haven’t updated for ART.

  7. Not working on my moto x xt1092

    1. The model number for the pure edition is xt1095.

  8. Any chance this might work on a pure edition rooted using fastboot boot method?

    1. Many, many people had failures trying to do this with a rooted phone, even after they unrooted.

  9. The install was simple and Lollipop is working great for me. Android seems perfectly stable and only two of my apps (Amazon Music and Microsoft Office) do not work.

  10. Thanks Derek, worked great!

  11. Bootloader gotta be unlocked? :/ also, will it work on XT1092?

  12. Its been running great for my first full day, only one small bug so far that is when listening to podcast(2hrs per day) in the car via Bluetooth streaming and an incoming text is read out with MOTO Assist- Driving it cuts the Bluetooth connection and uses the phone speaker, and after the message is read it doesn’t pickup the Bluetooth- Its a small thing MOTO will probably fix shortly. Otherwise no problems at all.

    1. Did you unlock the bootloader of the phone? :(

      1. Nope, just followed the instructions

        1. Great! Thanks bro..which model you running?

          1. Moto x 2014

          2. Lol, uh XT109*? which is your ‘*’? :P

          3. Build number LXE22.39-5.

          4. XT1095 pure

          5. Great. thanks.

          6. 2014 Pure

  13. I really find the moto x to be a sexy phone

  14. Would this worknon my HTC one X ?

    1. no, its for the moto x

  15. This version has all the Motorola features(Moto connect, Moto Assist, etc)??? Does anyone knows if works on a XT1097???

  16. Worked fine for me.

  17. Worked fine for me too. Thanks for sharing. :)

  18. I wonder if it has an integrated phone on-hold app that allows a small business owner to place a caller on hold and advertise to them using https://www.onholdrevolution.com


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