Huge Android 5.1 update heading to the Moto X 2014 soon, changelog available

Huge Android 5.1 update heading to the Moto X 2014 soon, changelog available
So it looks like Motorola is prepping up the 2014 Moto X for a jump to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Sticking to the same game plan that saw the Moto X get Android 5.0 a few weeks after Nexus devices, Moto is already doing a soak test and it even published a lengthy changelog detailing changes in the update.

Notable additions include notification volume control while media is playing, removing heads-up notifications from the screen, pull-down menus on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Quick Settings, improved low-light camera shots and selfie cam responsiveness, Device Protection (lost or stolen devices remain locked until you sign in with your Google account), performance improvements in the ART runtime, bug fixes, and more. Click on the Press Release button below if you want to read the whole thing. It goes without saying that Moto X (2014) users will be enjoying a beastly update!

The official Android 5.1 update should be released OTA to unlocked devices in the coming weeks, while carrier devices will have to wait before the update is tested and approved.


source: Motorola via Android Police

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14 Comments

1. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

What! What about my 2013 Moto X.

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

According to some on XDA, it's currently in a soak test.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's 5.0 not 5.1 Motorola had major issues updating that to 5.0, because of its odd chipset So I don't think we'll see 5.1 for the 2013 Moto X for another 1-2 months

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think that the Android version being soak tested is only speculation at this point... unless you've heard otherwise.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's been in the tech blogs that the soak test for Lollipop is already underway for the 2013 Moto X. It may not be 5.1, but as I said in comment 11, since they're already doing a custom build, they may fix the issues on their own. I doubt they're going to update it to a version that has known bugs and leave it at that, especially for what is one of their flagships.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

And since they have to do a custom build anyway, it's probable that even if they aren't going to update to 5.1, they may fix the issues pre 5.1. It has happened before.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, my brother's Moto G 2013 has Lollipop 5.0.2 and he doesn't get the memory leak The memory leak was the only big issue with 5.0 IMO

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Motorola had major issues updating that to 5.0, because of its odd chipset They only started soak testing 5.0 for the 2013 Moto X recently So I don't think we'll see 5.1 for the 2013 Moto X for another 1-2 months

7. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

And maybe no 5.1 at all if they struggle so much and result gets not really "convincing".

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Looks like Lenovo really doesn't care about us...

6. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Moto X 2014 is so last year. Still costing arm and leg and no SD-card support!

9. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Well, at least it's still getting early software updates compared to the other manufacturers :) Let me remind you that Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have no SD card support either. Though I regret the absence of an uSD slot on the phone, what I'm getting at is that some very relevant phones in 2015 won't be getting a SD slot. I completely agree with you with the "costing an arm and a leg" part, though. Motorola should seriously consider upgrading at least the storage options for the current prices. $400 off-contract for 32GB instead of 16GB would be much more relevant already.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7336; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Micro SD support is so last year, especially since there is so many ways to use micro SD cards in systems that don't offer a micro SD slot. There is a number of small portable WiFi storage devices that users can change the micro SD cards. Also they have the benefit of supporting multiple platforms and simultaneous connections. The best part is they are fairly inexpensive ($50) and they can be left on your key chain, wallet, pocket, bag, briefcase. And the best part is you never have to plug it into your mobile devices. If you don't mind plugging things into your mobile devices, then there is always USB otg cables $2-$5, or even $10 micro USB to micro SD slots. To sum it up its no problem not having a micro SD slot in today's world.

8. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"Notification volume control while media is playing" This was a big issue in 5.0 for me. There's still a bigger problem with the whole Priority Mode thing, but the fact that they are addressing this is already a good thing. Let's hope Priority Mode disappears altogether, though I unfortunately don't think it will happen soon :/

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