November 8, 2014
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If you happen to be the proud owner of a Moto X 2014 Pure Edition, then these two very recent developments might be of interest to you: 1. A member at XDA Developers has managed to capture the Moto X Android 5.0 OTA update (which you can download and install now), and 2. Motorola seems prepped to officially begin the Moto X soak test, meaning software rollouts could be hitting devices soon.

XDA member Patrick Hill (Graffixnyc) managed to capture and zip up the Lollipop update, meaning that owners of the Moto X 2014 Pure Edition can install the update right now if they wish to (link to XDA thread at the bottom of the page). But before you do, there are a few things to consider:

  • Graffixnyc has stated that this update can only be flashed on devices that were never rooted, meaning that the standard root and then unroot to stock procedure for receiving OTA’s doesn’t seem to be working for most users. I have read through the entire thread, and for the majority of users flashing on an unrooted device that was previously rooted, the update is failing. Please keep this in mind, as we certainly don’t want to see anyone with a bricked device.
  • A few users that were rooted have found a way to install the update, but it’s not working for everyone. It involves flashing a custom Motorola recovery and ADB sideloading, but again, it’s not confirmed to be working for everyone.
  • If your device has never been rooted, then you can install it by simply booting into stock recovery, and using ADB to sideload the app. Again, be careful if it’s your first time with ADB, as we don’t want to see any Moto X’s becoming paperweights.

Note that this OTA file is for the unlocked and unbranded Pure Edition of the Moto X (2014), so do not attempt to flash it on devices bought from carriers.

While it’s certainly great news that Moto X users do have the option of installing Android 5.0 right now, device owners that prefer to wait patiently for Motorola to officially push out the update might not have to wait long. Motorola recently unveiled the release notes for the Moto X Pure Edition soak test, but then quickly pulled them down. Combine that with the fact that a user released a shot of the update prompt, and it would appear that Motorola is about to make a move.

The update notes went into more detail in describing the huge amount of changes that arrive with Android L, including Material Design, notifications, downtime settings, multitasking, security, and more.

It’s great to see the Moto X 2014 getting so much attention as of late, and the addition of Lollipop will certainly boost it’s already growing popularity. Will you install the Android 5.0 update on your Moto X now, or will you wait for the official OTA? Let us know in the comments below!

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