Motorola Mobility has reportedly initiated Android Lollipop OS soak test on the former flagship smartphone Moto X (2013).
Earlier in the week, a rumour broke out that the American company has begun releasing Google's new mobile OS to the Moto X (1 Gen). Now, Motorola's software engineer has officially confirmed that the company has indeed commenced the soak test on 2013 flagship smartphone.
"Well, that was supposed to be a secret (Moto X soak test), but who am I kidding, this is the internet, and as per the screenshots and articles out already, you know it's true," said Luciano Carvalho, during the Q&A on Google+ page.
For the uninitiated, soak test is a process of previewing the software. It is conducted by releasing the firmware to select device owners registered to Motorola Owners forum. These people after using the phone with new OS will give feedback to the company. Once it is ascertained that the software has no bugs or glitches, it will be rolled out en masse to the public.
He also confirmed the Moto X is tested on Android 5.0.2, not the latest 5.1 which is currently being released to the Nexus series devices.
So far, the company has released new Android OS update only to Moto G (Gen 1 and Gen 2) and Moto X (Gen 2), and is slated to roll out the new Google mobile OS soon to Moto E (Gen 1) and later to Moto X (Gen 1).
Motorola device owners can track Android 5.0 Lollipop update for their smartphones [HERE].
Here are the official change-log details of Android 5.0 Lollipop for Moto series devices:
|Material Design||You 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 & Priorities||In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
|New Interruptions & Downtime Settings||You 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.|
|Ambient Display||While your phone's display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen. You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.|
|Motorola Assist and Downtime||Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don't want to be disturbed. Motorola 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.|
|Flashlight||Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).|
|Share your Device||You 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 Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect) are for the owner account only.The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.|
|Pin a view/app||Screen 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.|
|Battery||The 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 Connections||With 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.|
|Performance||Your 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.|
|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.|
|Security||Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data. Note that the stronger key will only be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop. Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key. You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu|