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Start up your Moto X or Moto G today and you may find you have a festive surprise waiting for you. Motorola has updated both devices' boot animations with a special holiday version, which according to a quick analysis of the APK involved will run from today until Jan. 6.

If you're running a Moto X you'll need to be on the latest KitKat update to see the animation. Moto G owners can update their Motorola Boot Services to the version with the new animation using the Play Store link above. Enjoy!

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Ry says:

Nice.

MERCDROID says:

That's cool!

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brendilon says:

Very Google of them.

MERCDROID says:

*Googly

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NoNexus says:

Pretty nice, especially moving device specific stuff to the playstore. I wonder how long it will be until each device has its own section

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MERCDROID says:

Maybe Samsung will do something similar, by moving parts of Touchwiz to the Samsung App Store. Just a thought.

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SEGROUKIN says:

Doubt that's ever gonna happen but that would be great. Would like to see TouchWiz as a separate downloadable launcher which isn't pre installed :)

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sakasune says:

"Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake."

That would be a good "M" name for the next version of Android. I can see the ad now..."My Android brings all the geeks to the yard"

BldyIdt says:

Nice one :D

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SEGROUKIN says:

Lol

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NoNexus says:

I am not saying they cannot be separated, but it is a pita to remove the tw core and apps. They rely on each other so much.

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SEGROUKIN says:

True but its so sad how ugly it is. Thank heavens for launchers like Nova, apex etc

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mcgowan398 says:

LOL...you stole my signature. :D

Merry Christmas! ~Sent from my iPhone 6 via iOS 8

SEGROUKIN says:

Nah, you stole my signature

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jdevenberg says:

Very fun. It is the little things like this that build brand loyalty

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aergern says:

Actually, them pushing this will out permission would make me sell the handset .. not make me feel warm and cuddly. It's not theirs they sold it so I can do what I want.

aergern says:

Actually, them pushing this will out permission would make me sell the handset .. not make me feel warm and cuddly. It's not theirs they sold it so I can do what I want.

mattjopete says:

That's like complaining about the Google doodles

flychinook says:

In what way would this prevent you from doing what you want with the phone?

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Angry people have to be angry.

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ScottJ says:

They will be fine "will out" your business.

MERCDROID says:

Haha, well played, lol.

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jdevenberg says:

Oh nos! They changed my boot animation! My whole phone is different and I cannot do what I want any more!

Also, when you agree to Motorola's TOS, you are giving them permission to update their software. Since this was part of an update, you would have given permission.

return_0 says:

I suppose you don't have app sync on. Wouldn't want to check for new emails without your permission, would you?

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mooreyouwant says:

Ha! I love this phone! It's the little things...

moto x its so densely pixels!

quailallstar says:

Very nice work Motorola....

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Sean Burns1 says:

Just checked mine it's changed to the Christmas one

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Gekko says:

i hate to sound like Scrooge but i wouldn't want them constantly F'ing with my boot up screen.

Because that few seconds of your life will obviously just ruin your plans and change EVERYTHING!!

MERCDROID says:

Haha, I don't even look at my phone, when I turn it on. I usually wait for "Google" to show, then I go and do something else.

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Jamaar White says:

How often do you reboot your phone though?

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Gekko says:

my point is - focus on productive things rather than things that might annoy me.

A895 says:

It's not that serious.

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jimbo says:

Bah Humbug!

FleetAdmiral says:

+1

MERCDROID says:

+2 lol

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NoNexus says:

Designers and programmers are two different animals.

It's not like the designers are doing much, they are using mostly vanilla aren't they?

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Rigelian says:

Seemingly most people seem to like it. Given that, it might have been a wise decison on their part.

Gekko says:

i like plain vanilla!

MERCDROID says:

Me three!!

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mech1164 says:

More productive things like having fixed active notifications lag, done. First oem ui to have KK, check. Add new boot animation for kicks, double check.

Grab some egg nog and chill. This boot anime will pass soon enough.

Now if Moto could send my custom X. I'd be all set. Dang ice storm.

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codiusprime says:

I'm sure they'll get in touch next time they move on to a new project, to make sure it won't annoy you. Or, they're a damn company that employees and can do fun stuff like this AND work on cool new features. It's not like Motorola is one dude slaving away at his house.

I agree with you... that is something that they need to seek permission to do, IMHO. I's surprised there isn't more outrage.

Wow...ya'll are an uptight bunch.

radgatt says:

It says that my moto x isnt compatible

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sequoia462 says:

Kit Kat only.

Mine either, because Rogers and Motorola are neglecting the Moto X update til January or something. Same build as AT&T though!! Get on it and gimme Kit Kat!

codiusprime says:

If it's the same build then it's probably Rogers holding it up.

davidnc says:

I think the app in the playstore is just for the Moto G is why it shows its not compatible.I did not install an app to get the animation,but had changed to the christmas scenes when I checked by rebooting

The company is hitting all the right chords ! Motorola was a big name one time and im happy to see how they are bouncing back and that too real hard!
Ftw! Cudos Moto

i like to move it move it

davidnc says:

I havent seen it since animation was changed but I will.They should change it for all the holidays.
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On the Moto X there is nothing to install just rebooted and saw it

gene26 says:

This is really neat. Like a Google Doodle for your phone.

If only my moto x had kitkat .. Oh wait!!! Sprint is super slow with the update! Thanks alot sprint smh!!!!

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01011000 says:

Exactly. I wish my dad would move to another carrier; I absolutely LOATHE Sprint.

TheMimic12 says:

Wait, you guys don't have the update? Usually Sprint is pretty swift when it comes to updates

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Rigelian says:

I noticed this morning when I rebooted my Moto X. It took me by surprise. However, I like it.

mattjopete says:

It would be awesome if all Android phones did this for every Google Doodle

MERCDROID says:

Now, THAT would be cool.

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NoNexus says:

No. Only because of data rates to change it almost daily anymore. Doodles were neat when they did them once in a blue moon.

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TeknoBug says:

LOL that's so cute.

rob_ashsu says:

at the end of the day its just pointless/unnecessary...they could have spent their time/effort in some other area

mech1164 says:

I swear people stress over some minor stuff. It's boot anime that took them what 20 minutes to put together. Atm, there isn't anything that pressing for the X. Just sit back and enjoy.

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codiusprime says:

They have more than one employee you know.

Saneless says:

No way.. there's only a single guy and they pulled him off of real projects and forced him to do this change until he was done. Everything else was set aside in the entire company.

zrxoa1 says:

I can see both sides of this. My first thought when I read this was "That is really cool of Motorola!". I still feel that way. I have the HTC One and Samsung S3, and this Nexus 7. I'm jealous! LOL

But I can see folks not liking something, anything, forced to their device without permission. That said, this time is no big deal. Set back and enjoy it. Not worth stressing over!

Go Motorola!!

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Saneless says:

I personally like what Motorola is doing. I loved Windy Day, not as much as my daughter does though. This would be cool, if I could actually see it.. still on 4.2 (Thanks Sprint).

People getting up in arms.. I'm surprised they even bought this phone in the first place. I figured they were rubbing their neck beards while they yelled at their cats that they'd never buy a phone that was listening all the time.

JobiWan144 says:

Cute. Also a neat trick in updating a core system function.

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kolyan2k says:

Nice touch but I would focus all devs on CAMERA instead !

sarius07 says:

I was amazed at how quickly Kit Kat rolled out for the Moto X. Yet somehow, Sprint still doesn't have it. It completely blows my mind that all the other major carriers and even US Cellular have the update. *sobs quietly in the corner*

Qwkslvrmz says:

I think this is pretty cool of Motorola!! They're bringing themselves back in a big way!!!

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jcg5862 says:

Seriously, all you Scrooges need to chill. This is pretty cool. I rebooted and voilà, neat little animation. OMG, what's next? Cupid, the Easter Bunny? Thanks Moto.

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eahinrichsen says:

That'd be fun. Kind of like a Moto-specific Google doodle.

Just wait until they push out an animation for a holiday that isn't widely celebrated by Americans (I know this isn't technically a Christmas thing, but it's pretty Christmasy) and watch people flip out, though.

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jcg5862 says:

Sad but true. After all, we do live in the land of the "offended".

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, sad but true.

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NoNexus says:

Your statement pisses me off..

I, sir, am deeply offended.

/s

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I agree Motorola has really stepped it up cool surprise. They got work to do to catch up but from what I'm seeing I think they will.

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morpheusxp says:

Thats really cool. So glad to see a big company like Motorola take a few moments out of their day to put smiles on some of their customers faces.

flipponater says:

Ooh pretty

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Halofury says:

Motorola is slowly creeping back up...I hope they bring it ...time to dethrone Samsung...and who else than Google's own company.

rap1 says:

Cool but probably better if they prompt you or give you the option not to get the auto updates.

GilBB says:

Nice! Sometimes, it truly is about the little things! I'm one of those persons who normally allows their phone to completely die before recharging the battery... well I get time of the same boot animation and sound. This is truly a nice touch from Motorola.

XavierMatt says:

Wow now that's really nice. And I see they kept it neutral.

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