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If you are a Motorola Moto X (2014) smartphone user and have subscribed to Verizon's wireless network, then do check for the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update that is now seeding for the devices.

According to an official news release by Verizon, the carrier has started rolling out Google's Android 5.0 OS update, to users of second-gen Moto X smartphones across the United States.

"Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV's, cars and wearables," the carrier says.

Motorola has posted release notes that confirm the rollout of Android 5.0 OS upgrade, for second-gen Moto X smartphones.

Earlier this month, Motorola had officially started seeding the Android 5.0 update, to users of its Pure Edition Moto X (2014) smartphones.

What's new in Android 5.0?

Verizon Moto X (2014) users can expect functionality similar to that of Google's Nexus 6 smartphones that run Android 5.0 Stock Android platform straight out of the box.

However, additional functionality that Motorola users get, with Android 5.0, are features like Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Actions and Moto Display along with Motorola Connect.

Conventional functionality brought along by Google's Android 5.0 update:

  • Material Design UI: Perhaps the most important new feature, the Material Design user interface brings a new look and feel to Moto smartphones. This new look and feel lets users enable better, more natural touch screen interaction and adds new colours, typography and edge-to-edge imagery features.
  • New notification control: Users can view and even dismiss notifications on lockscreen without unlocking their smartphones.There are new 'Downtime' and 'Interruption' settings that let users control notifications.
  • Multi-user modes: Another important feature of Android Lollipop is that it lets users create multiple accounts so as to share the device between multiple users without having to create customised settings each time.
  • New Flashlight: The new flashlight can be activated by just swiping down with two fingers from the status bar. Settings for this particular feature can be viewed in the 'Quick Settings' sub section.
  • Battery Saver: Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection of the remaining time while discharging or charging. A new battery saver mode can also be enabled by users, to save power by reducing performance and certain background data functions to extend battery life considerably.
  • Smart Lock: Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked.

How to install Android 5.0 OS update on your Moto X smartphones?

Size of the update file should be 600 MB, and the firmware should be available to you via over-the-air (OTA) mechanism.

Before installing Android 5.0, do ensure that your smartphone battery is at least 50% charged and remember to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

If you have received an automatic notification message for this update:

  1. Select "Yes, I'm in".
  2. After the software is downloaded, select "Install now".
  3. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
  4. Your phone is now updated with 22.21.11

How to manually download and install Android 5.0?

  • Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
  • Select "About phone".
  • Select "System updates".
  • Select "Yes, I'm in". After the software is downloaded, select "Install now".
  • After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
  • Your phone is now updated to 22.21.11

Android 5.0 hit by bugs?

With Android 5.0 reportedly hit by bugs, Verizon's Moto X (2014) users can check out, all the features of Android 5.0 after installing the update. Do let us know if any bugs/issues were detected after the download.