Android 5.1 Lollipop is now rolling out for original Motorola Moto X and Moto X (2014)

Android 5.1 Lollipop is now rolling out for original Motorola Moto X and Moto X (2014)
Last week, Motorola's David Schuster announced via Google+ that the company's original Moto X would, along with the second-generation model, see Android 5.1 Lollipop as of this week. With soak testing having already begun at the point of Schuster's announcement, the first-gen Moto X was updated to Android 5.1 late last week in the U.S., Brazil, and Canada to those carried by Rogers. Now, Motorola has announced the update for both the original Moto X and the Moto X (2014), so if you're running either of these variants, an OTA should be on its way through cyberspace. 

While the Moto X (2014) got Android 5.0 Lollipop, the original Moto X has yet to taste the latest flavor of Google's software in any capacity. Making the jump all the way from Android 4.4.4 KitKat, there'll surely be many happy recipients of this much-needed update. 

Android 5.1 Lollipop adds a number of features and enhancements, including notification tweaks, new drop-down menus for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi within quick settings, and myriad unseen adjustments that will contribute to the smooth running of your Moto X. 

Per Motorola:


If you own the retail model of either the first or second-gen variants of the Moto X, then your parcel is in the post, so keep checking for updates if you've not yet been blessed with that all-important notification. 

source: Motorola via 9to5Google

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh
Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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26 Comments

1. DurTeeDee

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

og moto x user here Got the lolipop and liking her so far

6. waddup121 unregistered

good to hear

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

If Motorola updates the 1st Gen X one more time (to M), I'm totally embracing the company as the one true Android phone company who is on par with Apple when it comes to software updates.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They'd need to update them sooner. Not bad though.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

We would all like timely updates, but in reality I would rather have to wait for a quality product than get an early release for something that's flawed. This is a jab at both Apple and Google. iOS 8 and Lollipop both had their fair share of issues, I'm confident that Motorola beat a good number of any remaining bugs out of 5.1.1, and if it means that I have to wait a bit longer to keep the superior user experience I've had thus far with the 2013 Moto X, I would gladly do so.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blame a custom chipset and a flaw heavy lollipop release.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And also be grateful to Motorola for going above and beyond other OEMs for supporting their hardware beyond the 18 month Android standard window. But I guess when you have hardware that still performs exceptionally well after two years it just makes sense to continue the updates. Apple can learn a few things from Motorola about future proofing their phones. Wouldn't you agree Mxyzptlk?

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The release of Android 5.1 was still in the 18 month window for the 2013 Moto X. The Moto X was available in late August 2013, Android 5.1 was released February 2015 on Android One devices. Just because it took them an extra 4 months to release the software doesn't mean they're supporting it past 18 months. The hardware is 22 months old, but the software is still only 18 months old at this point. Regardless, I'm glad Motorola finally released a good update for the 2013 Moto X, especially considering other 2013 flagships like the Galaxy S4 haven't gotten 5.1 yet and the M7 was confirmed to not be getting the update at all (although they said most of the fixes in 5.1 were already in their build of 5.0 + Sense).

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I would like to point out that the Moto X is getting Android 5.1.1, which was released after the 18 month mark that the 2013 Moto X hit the market. I cannot find an exact day of release, but I have a link below that states that Google confirmed the 5.1.1 update in April (The confirmation date alone was 20 months after August 2013). http://www.gottabemobile.com/2015/05/31/nexus-5-android-5-1-1-review/

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yet an older iphone has far more value than the Moto X 2013 that seems to have been forgotten.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's why updates have always made older iPhones worse...

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The 4 and 4S are several years old.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well no sh*t Sherlock. I'm so happy that you understand the concept of time. You might actually be only half as dumb as I've assumed you to be (Which would even still make you the dumbest person I've ever met by an insanely wide margin). But getting on topic, the point of my post is that my phone which is now nearly two year old still performs just as well now as it did when I first got it... better even with the various updates it's received in that time. And if early reports are to be believed, Android Lollipop 5.1.1 even further improves on an already great user experience. Apple on the other hand has a record of hindering user experience of past models with its updates. You can try to argue that but if that weren't the case then no one would really give a damn about their recent announcement that they will be releasing an alternate version of iOS 9 which is specifically for older iDevices. The alternate version of iOS 9 is a direct result of the general consumer's past experiences with their iPhone's poor performances after OS updates.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung is still updating their S4 to 5.1 and it's over two years old.

10. hmdqyg

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hope this one is true since another article posted last month is faked.

12. kabel

Posts: 144; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Not sure what are you saying Ben R. from Phonearena. Motorola he's yet to announce the rollout for 5.1. What they are rolling now is the restart of the soak test for the pure edition. The link you have in your source section is nothing new, Motorola published it last March, so the link has been up for some time now. Nothing is rolling out for Moto X 2014 pure edition. Motorola has been ultimate tease since March. Not sure why they have published it when their software is still not ready. Amateurs.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I cannot speak for the 2014 Moto X, but I've received confirmation from various users online that the 2013 model is now getting the updates. Unfortunately, Verizon is back to dragging their feet again and I have yet to get the update. Checking daily to see if that changes...

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Anyone with the Verizon version get the update yet?

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Nope... I have the status that a new update is available, but then it says my phone is up to date, and then shows a status of install deferred. Verizon is trolling.

18. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Nope... I'm still waiting.... I figure it will be a while before VZW gets a taste of Lollipop on the OG Moto X...

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nope. I'll put a big fat sign once it's available.

19. Goody71

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2015

When is it coming to the UK I've heard nothing and I have the xt1058 at&t version

23. slev_ad

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Just got my 5.1 update last night for my Moto X 2014 :) went to about phone, system updates, clicked once and VIOLA :D seems good so far :)

24. whiddles

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

My Moto X is not updated yet. I just got 4.4.4 not to long ago..

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6019; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude... what network are you on? I got 4.4.4 in August of 2014 as part of Verizon's soak test.

26. whiddles

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

I'm on Verizon as well. Looking to buy a refurbished S5 though. I cannot wait for ever for this update and still have a crappy camera

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