A few days ago, it was confirmed that Google had started asking manufacturers to brand boot animations with a specific "Powered by Android" lockup as part of Google's Mobile Services license. Samsung's Galaxy S5 and HTC's new One M8 both carry the branding, and today Motorola's Moto X and Moto G have joined the party, but Motorola has something else in store as well - a new boot animation just in time for April Fools Day. The animation features a UFO, bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster, all exposed by Motorola's spotlight. Check out the full sequence below.

The updated animation sequence comes in an update to Moto's Boot Services app on the Play Store. We took a quick peek inside and found that the new animation is in a folder called "aprilfool" though it isn't clear whether the an update will revert the animation after April Fools Day. The original "globe" animation is not present inside the APK, but an intro screen with the "Powered by Android" branding is.

The "Powered by Android" screen will also appear when the phone is plugged in while turned off, before switching to the typical battery status screen.


Motorola's decision to use the Boot Services app to control boot animations is a win for users, as it gives Moto the flexibility to push out little treats like this (and Google-mandated branding updates) in the most expeditious manner possible. If you're a Moto X or Moto G user, grab the updated app through the widget below.

Thanks, Claudio!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

    I want it lol

  • led_derplin

    Meanwhile, I'm crying over the HIMYM ending

    • Taylor

      I can't believe people watched that show for 9 seasons.

      • Mars

        Stopped at 4.

      • EH101

        When the other choices include crap like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it isn't quite so unbelievable.

      • Badouken

        Would have been ideal if it ended on season 7, the show is easily going on for too long.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I know. The part where Walder Frey kills the Mother at her son's wedding so that Ted can get back together with Robin was particularly heart wrenching.

      Also Snape kills Dumbledore.

      • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

        Good comment is good. *Slow Clap*

    • dextersgenius

      So.. is it a good ending or a bad one? I'm guessing they finally reveal who the mother is? Is it someone they've introduced in the show before, or just some random chick?

      • Taylor

        Plot twist: they were adopted.

      • navjot

        The revealed the mother last year. I don't want to ruin the ending for others, but I thought that it was great. It felt a bit rushed though, and that's probably why many people are upset.

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

          Or it may be the fact that they worked really hard to make the audience care about the mom in the last season, only to kill her off? Or it may be that they spent AN ENTIRE SEASON building up to Barney and Robin's wedding, only to have them get divorced in the final episode? Or the fact that we've seen an entire 9 seasons about how Ted and Robin don't work together, only to pull a switcheroo and have the whole concept of the show be centered around Ted finally asking his kids permission to date Robin now that their mom is dead? It's just lazy writing by people trying too hard to end it on a "clever" note.

          I'm not a big fan of the show though, but my wife is and I watched the last episode thinking "Am I stoned out of my mind (I wasn't) or is this really happening? (It was)"

          Oh, and that boot animation is awesome btw.

          • navjot

            It's not like they decided to do this last minute though. They filmed that last scene with the kids back in 2006.

          • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

            Yeah, but when the shot it is irrelevant if they show it to the audience at the end, still having every intention of pulling a switcheroo. In fact, it's even more annoying that they went out of their way the entire series to dupe the audience for the sake of an uber-clever ending.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      The same here. I can't understand why they would screw it this magnificently.

    • Oobiewan

      is it that bad?

    • kekkojoker90

      they screw 9 season in just one episode. -.-

  • LiamBryant

    Android really needs a different logo. That logo was from the Gingerbread age and fails to capture the sleek and elegant design of modern Android. It really ought to just be a thin font with a light gray color.

    • NemaCystX

      umm, that logo was from the very beginning of android, so its older than Gingerbread

    • Emexci Life

      Which version do u mean? android kk still looks like ics.

    • gmaninvan

      I like the logo

  • EH101

    Coolest boot animation I've seen in a long while.

  • moto

    this is why I'm thinking about getting a Moto G. & joining the Motorola team. it's the best $99 phone out rite now.

    • wtfsss

      I have one while my girlfriend uses my Nexus 5, get it. It's wonderful, especially for $99

      • Kostas

        where do they sell it for 99 bucks?

        • wtfsss

          Walmart, and Verizon. Only the Verizon version is $99, and I'd get it from Walmart because Walmart has full refund returns while Verizon has a $35 restocking fee so if you don't like it you lose out on like half the price of the phone

          • Kostas

            So Walmart has the international GSM unlocked version?

          • wtfsss

            No, just the verizon version. I think best buy has the GSM version

          • Rickin

            It's $290 down here in Brazil. Oh man, gotta love my country's taxes

          • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

            Some other locked ones are on different low cost carriers. Aio has one for $150

    • Kostas

      where do they sell it for 99$?

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    There's also this weird different shade of gray around the Android lockup. This is the April Fools joke, right?

    • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

      *sheds a single tear*

    • MeCampbell30

      Copy . . . paste. *reclines chair, pushes out update"

  • Nicklas

    I don't get the hype with boot animations. How often do you people reboot your phones?

    • David Peterson

      I did. Just now.

      ...to see the boot animation ;(

    • LE Sacks

      almost never...
      ... till I read this post :)

    • Mike Reid

      It's to impress your friends while they're waiting for you to reboot.

      And anyone else nearby... Not unlike custom lighting on cars, in car cultures such as the US...

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I liked the older boot screen more but considering they are now not really "A Google Company" I can understand the change.

  • Matthew Fry

    Are you able to select the boot animation? I'd want this always.

  • gmaninvan

    Love what Moto is doing these days. Everything they do is solid and pleasing to the user

  • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

    It's still there, just rebooted my Moto G. I hope it's stays like this, like it :)

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