Official: Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition beginning to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade



Throw out the paperwork on soak tests, leaks and preview builds — Lollipop has officially arrived for the Pure Edition of the 2nd gen Moto X. It was only this morning that owners of Motorola’s Moto G began receiving the upgrade, but now owners of all of Motorola’s 2014 phones (some variants, anyway) can bask in the glory of Android 5.0. The changelog for the upgrade is nearly the same for both, but in case you missed it here’s a quick refresher:

  • A new look and feel. Google brings its all-new Material Design to life with a bold, new visual style. The new user interface is designed to enable better, more natural touch screen interactions and introduces vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery to make using your phone more fluid.
  • Your device, your rules. Catch up with notifications on your lock screen and even dismiss them without unlocking. New “Downtime” and “Interruption” settings also allow you to decide what people and what notifications get through at times that you choose.
  • Share your device. You know that moment when your kid plays with your phone or a friend needs to borrow it? Use “Guest” mode or another account you’ve set up to share your device. You can also pin a view to limit the user to a particular application.
  • Let there be light. Shine a light by using the new flashlight in Quick Settings. Just swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it.
  • Battery saver. The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left even while you’re charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.

The full changelog can be found right here. Of course, this doesn’t apply to any carrier-specific variants just yet. Those of you who got the Moto X directly through your carrier will have to wait for the typical rounds of testing and certification before the upgrade arrives, but if last year’s DROID phones and the Moto X are anything to go by it shouldn’t be long before carriers give the green light.

As for folks on the Pure Edition, make sure to get a decent charge on your battery, hop on WiFi and head to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to pull the new firmware down. You’ll be looking for build 22.11.6. Go go go!

[via Motorola]

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  1. Any word on when the Droids will get it? I’m hoping Motorola doesn’t forget about us.

    1. The DROID models need to clear Verizon QA first. That can add a couple days to a couple of weeks, depending. (Or never, if your name is Galaxy Nexus.)

      These are unlocked/carrier-free models getting it today.

    2. They will not, you got update pretty fast as well

      1. Your comment makes no sense lol

  2. Can’t wait to try this out on my Nexus 5. It’s a bit disappointing that it’s been officially released for the Moto X before the Nexus 5, but on the plus side, it’s nice to see that Motorola is being so quick about updating their device, which encourages me to upgrade to the Moto X very soon.

    1. Yep, much more likely to buy a Motorola in future if the updates stay fast. Flip side is I’m much less likely to buy a Nexus. Feel sorry for the suckers who’ve ordered a Nexus 6. They could have bought a Moto X and a magnifying glass!

    2. Motorola is the best. The king of all smartphone.

  3. i’d like to know how good battery life is now…also did they ever enable the extra LTE bands on the pure edition?

  4. Nice to see Motorola keeping up with fast updates and the nexus 5 is getting the update as well. I just hope the og moto x gets updated before my nexus 6 comes in so I can pass off an updated phone to the wife.

  5. Motorola does it AGAIN, two years in a row, beating Nexus devices to the OTA. Motorola is simply amazing and so hot right now. Everyone wants to be them or have them inside of them.

    1. That went dark pretty quickly. But I agree.

    2. HAHA. If I was sipping my coffee while I read that my computer would now be dead.

    3. Motorola is becoming the king of cellphone once again.

  6. So happy to be a Motorola phone owner right now!

  7. Although I only have the moto g 2013 model but hopefully soon

    1. Did they say that they were going to release for the first gen Moto X??

  8. I want this on my UK pure edition. Hate waiting for this.

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