Motorola has confirmed lollipop update and released soak test for our best budget smartphone Moto E, but the soak test is available only for a limited number of users. So if you have missed the soak test registration and curious to get lollipop even before the official OTA update. We will guide you step by step to install the update manually.
Note: If you are a rooted user, you may not receive the official OTA so first make sure you have stock Android (you must be in stock ROM).
By doing, this manual update your Moto E is still staying un-rooted, your warranty may or may not get void, and you are likely to get future OTA updates if released by Motorola. However, do it at your own risk. We do not guarantee as warranty and updates are a matter of Motorola’s internal policy.
Before starting the update process
-Update the Motorola update service App.
-Make sure that your device is charged up to 100% else connect to a charger while updating. But make sure you have 80% or more battery.
-Start with less or no third party Apps in order to reduce the time taken for optimizing the Apps
-Keep at least 600 MB space free space
Download the soak test OTA ZIP file from this link Motorola Soak Test File
Now rename the file as Blur_Version.22.21.32.condor_retaildsds.retaildsdsall.en.03.zip
Copy the ZIP file and paste it in the root directory of internal and external memory (SD 0 and SD 1)
Now go to settings > about phone and tap the system update, you will be delighted to see the notification to Update.
Now tap yes, I’m in and then install now.
Now everything is done all you need is patience until lollipop boots for first time. The update process may take more than 15 minutes.
Now you got lollipop on your Moto E.
We have already tested this update process in Moto E and the device runs smoothly without any problems (may lag for few minutes at first boot) so you can surely do this steps without any hesitation.
After this update, the battery backup of the device is greatly improved, but it lacks the guest mode.
If you have any doubts in these steps, feel free to ask in the comments.
Disclaimer – I am not responsible for any Goof Up you do while installation the process worked for me and several other users. Please hold on for an Official update from Motorola in case you have a concern of warranty or whether you will get future updates from Motorola. Warranty and updates are the matter of company policy and are difficult to comment on it.
Here is what Motorola Replied When Contacted About Future Updates by one of the readers :