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Motorola begins Lollipop soak test for original Moto X

Moto X - Lock Screen

While Motorola’s focus for Lollipop updates has understandably been on its latest devices, the company hasn’t forgotten the original Moto X. In fact, it just kicked off its first Android 5.0.2 soak test for the device ahead of a wider public rollout.

“Is it true that the user test phase started for the¬†original Moto X?” wrote Motorola’s Luciano Carvalho on Google+. “Well, that was supposed to be a secret, but who am I kidding, this is the internet, and as per the screenshots and articles out already, you know it’s true.”

Like all Motorola soak tests, this one will be available to select users only. It has been seeded to a small group in an effort to uncover any bugs or instabilities that need to be fixed ahead of an official release. But if all goes well, Motorola could make the update available to others very soon. In the past, official releases have come as soon as one week after a soak test, but others have taken up to six weeks.

Lollipop for the original Moto X brings all of the new features and improvements that are already being enjoyed by those with a second-generation Moto X. That includes lock screen notifications, improved multitasking, Smart Lock, and significant improvements to performance and battery life.

And because this is a Motorola handset free from third-party user interfaces, users also get Google’s Material Design overhaul in all its glory. It’s well worth looking forward to, then.

As soon as Android 5.0.2 leaves the soak test phase and begins making its way to more Moto X handsets, we’ll be sure to update you.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...