Phone manufacturers are slowly rolling out Lollipop updates for some of their devices. Next to get a taste of the sweet Android version is the 2nd Gen Moto X from Verizon. The mobile carrier just announced the new software update that brings Android 5.0 Lollipop to the smartphone together with other device enhancements.
The update brings many changes to the Moto X phone including the Material Design theme. You’ll see a different feel and colorful look. Expect to see new app and system themes, widgets, colors, and more fluid animations.
Behavior and format of notifications have also changed. Once you update the Moto X, you’ll notice the notifications will appear on the lock screen. The device itself will rank the notifications according to the sender and type. To open an item, double-tap on a notification or swipe left or right to clear one. It’s up to you to set the privacy and priority of app notifications. You can even set high priority notifications for the more important apps or functions.
There’s also the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings that let you customize how notifications would be shown. You can allow all, none, or only priority interruptions according to Motorola. You can set the priority interruptions you need from messages to calls, events, and reminders. Meanwhile, the new Downtime setting can allow priority interruptions during a schedule you will set.
The Recents section has been changed to Overview. The redesign now includes actitivities and applications within those apps for easier switching among the tasks. When phone display is off, Moto Display can still show notifications made possible by a low-power Contextual Computing Processor. You can still use the Approach gesture and set it under Moto Actions.
This Moto X Android Lollipop released by Verizon is a bit larger than other OS updates. File size is 678.6 MB so it’s a bit slower to download. Some Moto X owners reported it took them more than one hour to finish downloading.
Our friends over at SlashGear tried to benchmark the 2nd gen Moto X using Geekbench, AnTutu, and Quadrant. Before upgrading to Lollipop, the phone ran Android KitKat and here are the benchmark results:
Same benchmarks have been conducted on the same phone but now running Android Lollipop. Check out the results below:
Geekbench and Antutu scores went up but surprisingly, Quadrant score went down.