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The second generation Moto X, marketed as moto X and referred to in the media as Moto X (2014), is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility. Released on September 5, 2014, it is the successor to the original Moto X released in 2013. It was preceded by the Moto X (1st generation) and succeeded by the third generation Moto X Style andPlay family, announced on July 29, 2015.

The second generation model improves on the original model with a higher quality design incorporating a metal frame and optional leather orwood rear covers, along with improved internal specifications such as a quad-core processor and 1080p display.

Specifications Edit

Hardware Edit

The second generation Moto X has a design similar to the previous model with a curved rear, but now features an aluminium frame, a front-facing mono speaker, and a set of infrared motion sensors. Its internal hardware was also upgraded, incorporating a 5.2 inch (13 cm) 1080pSuper AMOLED pentile[4] display, a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip with 2 GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera with support for recording 4K resolution video and as well as Slow motion Video, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.[5][6] The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is encircled with a clear ring that houses its pair of LED flashes; the ring generates light refraction, which is intended to improve flash performance.[5]

A Motorola Moto X Second Generation launched and on sale inClaro Colombia. With Android 5.0Lollipop.

As with the previous model, users will be able to custom-order a Moto X with their choice of colors for the front cover glass (black or white), speaker/microphone grilles, and the rear cover—including plastic, wood, and, new for the second generation model, leather materials provided by the Horween Leather Company via Motorola's Motomaker website.[5][6] in May 2014, Motorola announced it would close the Fort Worth plant it had used to construct Moto X smartphones domestically due to high operational costs.[7]Similarly to the iPhone 4 andiPhone 4s, the frame of the phone serves as its antenna; the device optimizes antenna usage to ensure that it does not lose cellular reception if it is held in certain ways.[5]

Software Edit

The second generation Moto X ships with Android 4.4.4 "KitKat", using a mostly stock user experience with additional, proprietary software features; the voice-activated personal assistant Moto Voice (formerly Touchless Control) now includes additional commands (such as those for launching selected apps, providing instructions for navigating to a location, toggling sleep mode by saying "Good morning", taking selfies, etc.) and the ability to change the spoken phrase used to open the assistant. The device's infrared sensors can be used for motion-activated gestures, such as invoking Moto Display (formerly Active Notifications) when the phone is sleeping, and for dismissing alarms and incoming calls.[5][6][8] The camera software incorporates a "best shot" mode, a voice-activated shutter, along with a "Highlight Reel" generator.[5][6]

An update to Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was released in November 2014.[9]Android 5.0 Lollipop was released on November 3, 2014 to a somewhat rocky launch. Several bugs involving cell connection issues, wi-fi connection issues, premature battery drain, and severe app lag plagued the early adopters on Nexus, LG, and Motorola devices. Google quickly released a patch to fix what was thought to be the most pressing issues, bringing Lollipop to version 5.0.1. A new patch update (5.0.2) was later released to the Moto X.[10]

In April 2015 an update to Android 5.1 was announced for XT1095 models.[11] On November 12, 2015, Motorola started the rollout of its firstAndroid 6.0 "Marshmallow" update for Moto X (2nd Gen) units in Brazil andIndia, following which OTA began rolling out in other countries.[12]

Reception Edit

The second generation Moto X has been critically praised by many reviewers. Dan Seifert of The Verge called the second generation Moto X “The best Android smartphone ever made”.[13] Many reviewers also lauded the improved build and design of the phone in comparison to the first generation Moto X. Chris Velazco of Engadget writes that “The new Moto X feels a thousand times better than last year's model, and is easily the most comfortable phone current-gen smartphone I've picked up yet.” [14] The phone’s improved specifications in comparison to its predecessor, most notably the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC and its 1080p FHDSuper AMOLED panel (in contrast to the 2013 Moto X’s 720p HD display) addressing the previous criticisms that the Moto X was under-powered compared to other 2013 flagship devices.

Many reviews also commended the Moto X’s software for speedy performance and useful additions to Google’s stock Android operating system.[15]

Criticisms of the phone primarily focused on the phone’s mediocre camera image quality and battery life when compared to other 2014 flagship smartphones.[16]

Variants Edit

The 2nd Gen Moto X has several variants to support 3G and 4G networks of different carriers:[17]

Model FCC ID Carriers/Regions CDMA bands GSM bands UMTS bands LTE bands Notes
XT1085 China[18] 800 Quad 850/900/1900/2100 1/3/7/20/38/39/40/41 Unlocked for Chinese Carriers
XT1092 IHDT56QA3[19] Europe,[20] Asia[21] N/A Quad 850/900/1800/1900/2100 1/3/7/8/20 SIM unlocked
XT1093 U.S. CellularU.S.[22] 800/850/1900 Quad 850/900/1800/1900/2100 2/4/5/12/17/25 SIM locked
XT1094 IHDT56QA3 Republic Wireless 800/850/1900[23] Quad 850/900/1800/1900/2100 2/4/5/12/17/25/26/41[23][24] Carrier locked; SIM locked; ROM incompatible with other carriers
XT1095 IHDT56QA1[25] GSM unlocked U.S. "Pure Edition" N/A Quad 850/900/1700/1900/2100 2/3/4/5/7/17 SIM unlockedand compatible with most GSM networks includingAT&T and T-Mobile US; LTE bands software restricted to 2/4/17, 3/5/7 enabled with Lollipop OTA;[26]Ships with aT-Mobile USSIM
XT1096 IHDT56QA2[27] Verizon U.S. 850/1900[28] Quad 850/900/1900/2100 2/3/4/7/13
XT1097 IHDT56QA1[25] AT&T U.S., Retail Canada, TelusCanada, Retail Brazil, Nextel Brazil and most Latin American carriers[22] N/A Quad 850/900/1700/1900/2100 2/3/4/5/7/17/29[29] The AT&T variant doesn't support LTE band 29 (software restricted)[26]and is SIM lockedwhereas the non-U.S. variants areSIM unlocked

All variants support the four 2G GSM bands 850/900/1800/1900.

Motorola has stated that there will not be a version for Sprint in the U.S.[30]

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