Android 5.0 Lollipop Rolling out to Verizon’s 2014 Moto X

Verizon’s 2nd generation Moto X is receiving the Lollipop treatment. The update began rolling out yesterday and should be landing on your Moto X if it hasn’t already. The update is pretty large clocking in at 678.6MB so make sure that your device is fully charged and connected to WiFi before initiating the download. Hopefully this means that Lollipop will be rolling out to other U.S. carriers soon.

Check out the changelog below and let us know how you’re liking your sweet Lollipop update.

Material DesignYou will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
Notifications UI & PrioritiesIn order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
New Interruptions & Downtime SettingsYou can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
Recent Apps (Multi-tasking)The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
Moto Display and Ambient DisplayWhile your phone’s display is off, Moto Display will continue to surface relevant notifications to you using the low-power Contextual Computing Processor.  It will also intelligently react when you use the Approach gesture under Moto Actions.Android Lollipop now includes a similar feature, called Ambient Display, that displays notifications like those shown on the lockscreen.  If you prefer to try the new Ambient Display feature, you can uncheck the Moto Display setting in the Moto app. Note: Ambient Display does not use Motorola’s low-power core and will turn on more of the display, so battery life may be impacted. The Moto Actions Approach gesture will not wake Ambient Display.
Moto Assist and DowntimeMoto Assist integrates the new Downtime feature within Android Lollipop to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Moto Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.
FlashlightLollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
Share your DeviceYou can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone.  Guest mode is enabled by default.  You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.Note that the personalized Moto experiences (Moto Assist, Moto Voice, Moto Display, Moto Actions) and Motorola Connect are for the owner account only.The Motorola Camera and Gallery applications support multiple user accounts.
Pin a view/appScreen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view.  For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
BatteryThe Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or 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.
Smarter Internet ConnectionsWith Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
PerformanceYour phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
Smart Lock
(Trusted Devices)
Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

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