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New Moto X Boot Animation Features Sci-Fi All-Stars, “Powered by Android” Branding

Remember over the holidays when Motorola surprised Moto X owners with a new holiday-themed boot animation? Well, they have updated the animation again as of today with a clip that features some of your favorite sci-fi characters. In the video below, you’ll see the Loch Ness Monster, a UFO, and what appears to be a yeti (or Sasquatch or some other type of walking man-like harry thing).

Oh, the boot animation also shows a “Powered by Android” note at the bottom at initial boot, because Google has reportedly mandated such a move. That’s apparently a big deal to Android news sites. Because, well, you must not have known that your phone was powered by Android. Or maybe it’s a slow news week. Or maybe…I don’t know. But hey, the Moto X, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8) all say it.


Cheers Kover!
  • NicK-o

    The sasquatch i think is Bumble, the abominable snowman from the old Rudolph movie.

  • GBRunner24

    I’ve been restarting my phone all day to see the new boot animation and I haven’t gotten anything 🙁 could it be because I have a Moto Maker one?

  • libis54

    One kind of sad thing is that the, “Motorola, a Google Company” text at the bottom of the boot animation are gone. It was there a few days ago when I booted up the phone and now it’s not. Sort of brings a finality to the whole thing. 🙁

  • Mark

    Bumble before he was humble?

  • AbbyZFresh

    No more “Android = Samsung Galaxy” anymore.

  • haaha, thats awesome. i so rarely restart my moto x i would have never seen that.

  • omgitzjose

    Isn’t that the abominable snowman from Rudolph the red nosed reindeer??

    • Daistaar

      I thought it was the Wampa from Hoth lol.

  • I want this boot animation for my phone. Non Motorola phone.

  • Keith Lam

    Same boot animation also available on Moto G – after updating “Motorola Boot Services” and reboot.

  • Mine didnt change :(….prob bc im verizon motomaker rooted 4.4 ?

    • JoshGroff

      The update is installed via play store, must just be a staged rollout. (Unless you have apps set to not auto update)

  • Jeff

    Huh, looks like I’m glad I have the AT&T version over Verizon, as mine keeps the spotlight on until it boots up instead of cutting to a carrier logo.

  • Looks like if you have an unlocked boot loader, you still just get the “DEVICE UNLOCKED” splash instead of the “Powered by Android”

  • Clancy3434

    That’s the abominable snowman from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Duh.

  • Wolfpack93

    That’s nice except I never need to reboot my X so what’s the point?

    • Jeff

      I have that problem too. I reboot it only at times I want to see new boot animations.

      • JoshGroff

        Or in the very rare event something manages to freeze it, which I believe happened once or twice to me in the last 5 months.

    • pizzaparties

      I reboot every morning. I find it gives me better battery life.

    • kunit

      Every phone should be rebooted every few days if you want it running in top shape

  • andres barroeta

    nice love it

  • Gilbert Estrada

    Blech. Might have to finally root my MotoX just to get rid if it.

    • evltwn

      You can uninstall it. Just go into your apps in the Play Store.

      • JoshGroff

        Or just not watch the boot animation. It’s seriously not that hard to ignore something that doesn’t matter more than once every few weeks anyway.

        • seriously lol this dude serious…worst comment ever ima spend 9 hours rooting so i can change my dreaded cute bootanimation that moto put up MEH!!@%!@…smh

    • dude…shave…hit the gym…2 things that are way more valuable use of your time then rooting to get rid of a boot animation youll never see

      • guest

        dude you’re animated so you have way more problems than the other guy. maybe stop telling lies so you can become a real boy? that’s all i got

  • fishy

    Oh what holidays was that?

  • NexusMan

    Not crazy about this one.

  • michael steinmetz

    my m8 doesnt say that wonder if thatll come through with the next update also im on verizon so they probably had something to do with it

    • NexusMan

      Yea…I heard the Verizon version doesn’t say it.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Lol. My Nexus 7 and 4 don’t say it at all.

  • Ryan

    *Hairy not Harry LOL.

    (or Sasquatch or some other type of walking man-like harry thing).

  • Chris

    stupid…… might give you nerds a erection… but for the rest of us humans, the only time the phone will reboot is by a dead battery, software update or the small chance of s frezze….

    • calculatorwatch

      It was Bigfoot that did it for me, that is one sexy ape-man

  • TankerTuff

    It’s an abominable snowman in the bootloader.

  • tyguy829

    Updated my boot services app, and it now shows version 2.0.3, but I still have the old boot animation. Vzw dev edition.

  • EC8CH

    I asked Yukon Cornelius and he says it’s a Bumble.

    • KingofPing

      Saw that image and “Bumble” was the first word that came to mind. Glad I’m not the only one. 😉

  • Al-Burrit0

    Pretty neat I was getting tired of the other one.

  • Colin Huber

    The “Powered by Android” thing has to be purely a brand move. I swear every other person I talk to about phones still call Android devices “DROIDs.” Peons.

    • This^^
      When people ask me questions about mobile devices (be it tablets or phones) they always refer to Android as Droid and I’ve honestly gotten tired of trying to explain the difference…at this point I just go with it! lol

      • Chris

        is it worth getting so upset over>

    • Al-Burrit0

      Yea or like when they ask what phone I have I say the Moto X and sometimes people are like: “Oh its not a Galaxy.” (With a dissapointed face). NO DOES MY PHONE LOOK LIKE A BANDAID?

      • Colin Huber

        Nice, bro.

        • guest

          right bro, or maybe people are just smart enough to realize that calling their phone a ‘droid is an acceptable alternative (slang if you will) to saying their device is “powered by android” and aren’t conflating verizon DROIDS and other ‘droids at all. And in that case you’d be the actual peon. peon

          • Colin Huber


      • PoisonApple31

        A black Moto X could definitely pass as a Galaxy Nexus in looks, clearly where the inspiration came from.

        • Arnold

          The front maybe… the back? Not so much.

          • PoisonApple31

            You are definitely right there – I do like the back on the Moto X – it looks and feels great.

        • AbbyZFresh

          No it doesn’t. The Galaxy Nexus was much more round shaped compared to the X’s more retangular. figure.

          • PoisonApple31

            You must have missed the keyword “inspiration.”

        • Al-Burrit0

          Yeah I see your point and I hope the 2nd gen Moto X keeps the same design! 🙂

          • PoisonApple31

            It is a very nice design!

          • Al-Burrit0

            Yeah and hopefully more customization options!

      • Justin Larmay

        Tried hard to squeeze that one in there, hua?

      • Raven

        I think the only phone I have ever been asked about was my Droid 4 when I would slide the keyboard out. People were like Woah! what is that? I haven’t really gotten a single comment on my Moto X. I find that smart phones are so common these days, no one really cares what you have because they are too busy looking at theirs.

        • Al-Burrit0

          I usually get it it from family members but a few friends have asked.

    • The Narrator

      Well yeah, when you buy a Galaxy device it doesn’t even look like Android 😉

      • MicroNix

        Troll comment

    • Lucky Armpit

      Speaking of, I’m tired of my Droid Maxx being the red-headed stepchild of the Moto X. It’s basically the same phone. I want a cool boot animation too, dammit!!!

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        Its a droid. Verizon is purposely paying Lucas. A) you knew what you were getting into when you bought it. B) Its verizon, of course they want you NOT to have nice things.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Red-headed Stepchild?

        Droid Maxx still got KitKat relatively quickly before most other Android phones and has ALL the features of the Moto X with the additon of a very long battery. What’s the problem again?

    • Chris

      so? its not that big of deal. besides branding or not people will still call it a droid. Just like how people tend to call all sodas pop or coke….

    • hkklife

      Same here. Like it or not, that was a truly monumental and successful marketing push by Moto and VZW from 2009-2011 to get “Droid” out there into the collective consciousness in such a short amount of time.

      • And it was truly monumental and disastrously sad that they took it that far into the toilet from 2011 to 2013.

    • TowelieMeBanana

      I agree but no one here visits android-life.com.

      • Patrick Crumpler


    • i still call it droid…bc droid just sounds so damn cool…and i will always be in love with my og droid…and im a star wars fan…so yeah…love live the droid

      • i even put DR0ID on the back my moto x lol…mainly bc i didnt know what else to put…but i shoulda prob put giggity like on my lisence plate…oh well

    • AbbyZFresh

      That’s Verizon’s fault since their phones put Android’s reputation on the map before Samsung came in with the Galaxy S2.

  • chase1963

    Just updated! (Moto X) Thanks.. Pretty neat.

  • moosc

    Why doesn’t the vzw HTC One M8 have the android logo?

  • MikeSaver

    Its a samsquanch

    • Ry Sav


  • Michael

    I watched this with the audio off. Totally thought you were having problem turning it on.

  • DJ SPY

    Droid Life is in a bitchy mood today. Don’t worry guys, Monday is almost over.

  • Robzw

    Works for the Moto G as well.

  • Narflar

    They had to change it because it used to say “Motorola, a Google company”

    • The Narrator

      They aren’t owned by Lenovo yet.

      • AbbyZFresh

        But they are no longer part of Google. Moto is in purgatory land at the current moment.

  • ChuckDz3

    It was an update in the play store. Check it out. It would be nice to have an option to select from all of these boot animations that they have come up with.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    It works if you guys update your phone.

  • Silver Veloz

    Worked for me. Kinda cool

  • Lonnie Brownell

    Mine doesn’t do that. I think you’re making this up.

    • Not making this up, it’s not April 1 on the west coast quite yet.

      If you have an X, go ahead and update Boot Services (I think that’s what it’s called) through Play and it should show up for you.

      • FYI, 4.2.2 does not update Boot Services through the play store.

      • Lonnie Brownell

        Well, I was just kidding about the making it up part, but I didn’t have it yet.

        When I got the notification about your post, I saw that some apps had updated. Boot Services from Motorola was one of them. And voila, there it is.

    • Trickie Tom

      I rebooted mine thinking it prob already had updated.. But no new boot.. When it came back up, I unlocked my phone and hmm.. Somethings downloading… It was the boot services.. LOL.. Damn this MotoX is smart.. Just a lil slow.. 😉

  • Dirge

    Does it update automatically?

  • If it were possible, I’d keep this boot animation.

    • You mean the old one? I think the new one is here to stay

    • Droid Ronin

      I believe it is possible if you have root.

      • Anything is possible with root

        • Ghgore

          Not screen recording apparently :/

      • BrianLipp

        I think its possible without root too. The guy over on XDA who’s doing all the Moto X root methods put a post up around its launch about changing the boot animation by replacing the boot animation file, and it’s not in the files that require root. At least there was a way the last time i looked. 4.4.2 or this Boot Services app might have changed that.

    • fvqu

      It is possible, isn’t it? You can just skip updating the Motorola Boot Services app through the Play Store, right?

      • Jason

        Correct. I installed it at first.. Checked out the new boot animation. Didn’t like it. Uninstalled it. Now I’m back to the morphing earth boot logo. Just uncheck “auto-update” and you won’t have to deal with it again, as far as I know.

  • Maxim∑

    Lenovo working its magic already? destroyed the nice boot logo

    • tu3218

      You could say that but at least it’s not some boring one, traditional boot image. Still a fun, unique one. So I’m okay with it.

    • Chris

      they are not owned by them yet….

    • PoisonApple31

      Motorola is a company that is well documented for its own self destruction.

      • AbbyZFresh

        This. They were going into a patent war with nearly every OEM in the game while losing sales at the time before being Googlfied. They were too arrogant for their own good.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Psh Kellen. This is such a gimmick.


      • Anyone know how to force this? Mine still hasn’t updated?