Huge Android 5.1 update heading to the Moto X 2014 soon, changelog available
posted by Luis D. / Mar 20, 2015, 9:37 PM
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.
Moto X (2nd Gen.) - Android™ 5.1 Lollipop Release Notes
INTRODUCTION We are excited to announce a new software update for XT1095 by Motorola. This update brings Android™ 5.1 Lollipop to your phone along with other improvements. For more information on Motorola updates and repairs, visit us at www.motorola.com/mymotox.
ENHANCEMENTS Android™ 5.1 Lollipop improves stability and provides better control over notifications. After installing the software update you may notice changes that include Notifications and Usability Improvements:
Block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours. It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”. This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.
Heads-up Notifications: in addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.
Quick Settings: you can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature - like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” - can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.
Camera: reduced noise in low-light shots and improves responsiveness of the viewfinder with the front-facing camera (selfie).
Device Protection; Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings. Note that you must have a Google account on the device to automatically enable this feature and set a PIN, password or pattern screen lock.
Performance Improvements in the Android Runtime (ART) lead to faster application launch times.
Lockscreen; if you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.
Bug Fixes Issues fixed in this release include:
Clock in the status bar isn’t updating and alarms are not going off
Can’t delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
Calculator floating point calculations
Chrome crashes on launch
Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your home Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
Connection and synchronization issues with MS Exchange servers
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.
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
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.
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.
"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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