There are a lot of things to like about about Motorola's bargain wonder the Moto G, but the animated boot logo probably isn't at the top of the list. The boot animation which it shares with the Moto X is admittedly cool, and at least someone at Motorola is paying attention to it, even after launching both phones. The Motorola Boot Services app was published in the Google Play Store today, downloadable only on the Moto G. Apparently the app is already installed and updated on the Moto X.

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So what does it do? According to some exploring Moto X and Moto G users, it enables a seasonal change for the aforesaid boot animation. One YouTube user who manually changed the date on his or her Moto X discovered the winter-themed boot animation early:

Cute. For whatever reason the altered boot animation is already present on the Moto X, while the Moto G needs to download it as a separate app, technically making it optional. The switch-over date is reportedly Monday, December 9th.

Making separate seasonal themes for something that a user is only going to see once in a blue moon seems like an odd design choice, but it could be a popular one. Maybe Moto will take a page out of Google's book and update the boot animations for holidays or notable historical dates.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Narciso Neto

    Little thing that makes diference... My next phone: Moto G :D

    • PopeTackler

      You won't be disappointed; it's a great little phone :D

    • Balaal Ashraf

      got mine yesterday, this thing is as fast as my HTC one in general use, definately better than the Nexus 4

      • Pear

        Because of what its better than N4, 1GB ram or half slower GPU? :D

        • Balaal Ashraf

          By general use, and you know... the thing the phone is designed for. Making calls, browsing web. day to day performance is the same if not better than the N4

          • evertjr

            My sister bought one and while its really fast and fluid it's not even close to the nexus 4.

          • Balaal Ashraf

            Fine it might be slightly faster, but i paid £101 for the 16gb model (after some stafff discounts) and for that there is no other phone that can get close. Id highly recommend it

  • Brian Menius

    I could see Google doing this, much like they do for the Search landing page on the desktop layout.

    It'd be mostly pointless, sure, but I'd probably reboot each morning just to see what surprise Google has deployed for the day. I like their amusing tweaks... like when Mr. Jingles ate too much pie on Thanksgiving.

    • Bob G

      Google will need to have the reboot option put into Android first.

      • Brian Menius

        Isn't that the damn truth. I miss it, coming from a Note II.

        • TY

          I think the philosophy behind is that (ideally) the OS does not need to reboot to fix problems.
          Reasons for reboots:
          1. Fix bugs which fixes themselves after a reboot (the best solution is for Google to fix the bug altogether)
          2. Root functions which only apply after a reboot (with root you can get the reboot menu anyway)
          3. Users thinking that Android is Windows and rebooting will speed up the device (mostly not true, Android does a great job at handling resources)

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Rebooting to get rid of wonk, aka point 1, is a good enough reason. It's very frustrating that they aren't adding it.

          • Mike Reid

            Yeah, there are plenty of wonky apps and ROMs; the real world is full of wonk.

            And those of us who are devs create our own wonk, especially doing root and system level stuff.

            On stock ROMs that do warm boots by default, I always disable that so I can be sure a reboot clears stuff.

          • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

            And the ever so requested battery %. Why's that so hard for them

      • jonathan3579

        Amen, brother.

  • Anu6is

    Seems like an odd design choice, but looking at feedback from many custom ROMs, it's crazy how much people actually pay attention to boot animations and crave updates.

    • NexusKoolaid

      Android is so stable now I can't remember the last time I booted my phone, so for me this is a lot of work for something I would hardly see.

      But the custom ROM crowd would encounter boot animations more often so I can understand how they could appreciate this more than I.

      • anzensepp1987

        True. Have uptimes up to 1000 hours on both, my N5 and N7 (2013) without rebooting...

        • BrianLipp

          yea, not much need to reboot that often any more, but like any computer its good to give it a good fresh boot every now and then just to clear a bunch of old things from memory and cache, etc.

        • sadsad

          So you NEVER switched off your nexus 5, event to update it?
          Because nexus 5 was relase about 1000h ago...

          • anzensepp1987

            Had around 900 hrs with my N4. With my N7 had 1000 hrs until I flashed 4.4. Don't see why that shouldn't work with the N5.

          • jonathan3579

            Hahaha, nice backpedaling there, buddy.

          • Kcls

            And apparently never run out of battery.

  • contourman

    It's a shame that it needs to be downloaded. My mum would have been more amazed with the phone if it was the first thing she saw it do this Christmas.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Humm, I don't reboot my phone everyday... Do any of you?

    • Tyler

      I don't reboot, but i turn off my phone every night while I'm sleeping to save battery and to speed up the morning charge.

      • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

        umm but I use it as an alarm so, I never turn it off.

        • Tyler

          I use my tablet as an alarm clock so I guess if I didn't have that I wouldn't be turning off my phone.

  • usaff22

    I got the MP4 files for both the initial play and the end looping animation, but I have no idea how to convert it to a series of PNGs/boot animation.

  • Stefan PetitFreres

    If you want the bootanimation.zip, I've compiled it for you.

  • OhYeah!

    Saw it this morning when I woke up and was pretty surprised. Pretty cool though

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Boot animation definitely has not changed on my Moto X... despite what the story states about Dec 9th.

  • Mohan

    I saw this when my phone (Moto X) rebooted after getting Android 4.4 update.