The past few months have been filled with updates to Google’s latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software update, and that includes multiple smartphones from Motorola. The company has been busy testing the latest release for all Moto X, G, E and even DROID Turbo owners, and this morning some good news finally arrived.
Motorola pushed out an update to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to the Moto X Pure Edition last year, being one of the first to deliver Android 5.0 to any smartphone that wasn’t a Nexus, and eventually Android 5.1 arrived for select few. The Moto X “Pure Edition” is essentially an unlocked and carrier free (or for T-Mobile) Moto X 2nd Gen from 2014, and it’s now getting Lollipop in the U.S.
The Moto X 2nd Gen was announced and released in September, just before Android 5.0 debuted, but was quickly updated to the latest software. However, carriers in the United States have been slow to adopt all the recent small updates, but if you own the Pure Edition Moto X we have good news.
Last week tons of announcements were made on Google+ about the Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop update. It’s in the final testing phase for both the original Moto X, and the 2nd Gen Moto X from last year, and will bring the device from Android 5.0 to the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop release.
Android 5.1 Lollipop fixes many of the initial problems and issues with Lollipop, improves battery life and performance, introduces a few new features, and much more. Below is a comparison of what’s new, and what’s rolling out to the Moto X starting today.
Today Motorola announced that the Moto X Pure Edition (2014) is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop in the United States. Select devices already have the latest software update, but as of this morning all Pure Edition Moto X units should see the update arrive.
Owners are advised to head into settings > about phone > and check for updates to get the latest software right now. The Pure Edition Moto X is unlocked, developer friendly, and works on T-Mobile, which is the only US carrier who doesn’t offer Motorola’s new phone.
Last weekend Verizon started a soak test for the Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it’s rolling out today as well. Typically software is released within a week of soak tests, so we could see it begin this weekend. Last Friday Motorola pushed multiple software updates, and it looks like we could be seeing something similar today.
According to the changelog the Moto X Android 5.1 Lollipop update rolling out today is loaded with changes and new features. Owners can expect a revamped notification pulldown bar, better quick setting toggles and controls, better heads-up notifications you can swipe up to clear, do-not-disturb mode improvements, chop twice to quick launch the camera, and over 17 bug fixes that users have been reporting on.
This is the first major push of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Moto X in the United States, and we’re expecting Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers to quickly follow suite and release updates of their own in the near future, hopefully within the next week or so. Stay tuned for more updates, and drop a comment below if you’ve received 5.1 on your Moto X, and if it’s running smooth.