Motorola posts Android 5.1 release notes for first and second-gen Moto X and Pure Edition model

Motorola posts Android 5.1 release notes for first and second-gen Moto X and Pure Edition model
While Android 5.1 has yet to be pushed out to the first-generation and second-generation Motorola Moto X, the manufacturer has posted release notes for the update. The models covered by these notes not only include the first two generations of the Moto X, it also includes the Moto X Pure Edition. This is the unlocked version of the second-gen Moto X.

Since the first-generation Motorola Moto X is still at Android 4.4.4, the update to Android 5.1 is also going to include many of the features that other phones received with the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Material Design look, Lock Screen notifications, the new Recent Apps page, a new flashlight which is part of the quick settings menu, support for multiple users, data showing estimated battery life remaining, and a new battery saver mode that will reduce performance and shutdown background processes in order to extend battery life. With Smart Lock, you can have your phone unlock when paired with a trusted device, like a smartwatch running Android Wear.

The second-gen Moto X and the Pure Edition model will both receive the same Android 5.1 update since both of these models already have Android 5.0 running the show. With Android 5.1, a lost or stolen phone will remain locked until the rightful owner signs in with his Google account password, even if the phone is factory reset. Noise is reduced in shots taken under low-light conditions and the viewfinder is more responsive when taking selfies. That is only a few of the features coming with that update.

Motorola has done an admirable job updating its Moto line-up outside of the first-generation Moto X. Back in February, Motorola blamed the older dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU for causing the first version of the Moto X to miss Android 5.0. An older chip isn't the reason why the Motorola DROID Turbo is skipping Android 5.0 and is going straight to Android 5.1. That handset has a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 under the hood which is far from being obsolete. Instead, the finger could be pointed at Verizon's usual lagging efforts at testing an Android update. When it comes to the DROID Turbo, so much time has passed since Android 5.0 was originally rolled out to other manufacturer's flagship phones, that it makes more sense to combine both updates for the beastly Verizon exclusive.

Check out the features that are coming with the update to your specific Motorola Moto X model by clicking on the sourcelinks. Motorola says that when the updates do come, make sure that your battery is charged to at least 50%. You can try to manually update your phone by going to:
Settings > About Phone > System updates

source: Motorola (1), (2), (3) via AndroidCentral

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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(13h talk time)
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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11 Comments

1. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Motorola :)

2. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Nice, looking forward to it :)

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Decided to unlock and install a copy from a brasil soak test, works great so far. Used twrp to not upgrade the bootloader to safely downgrade if I want. Also briefly tested CM12 on 5.1.1. Too bad NFC can't work on that. It is blazing fast and clean w/o gapps.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Maybe... hopefully I'll get a soak test in the next couple weeks. I remember when 4.4.4 came out, everyone was shocked when the update started to roll out on Verizon networks first. Maybe lightening will strike twice. :)

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, but my question is: does this actually cover the individual carrier versions of the first gen Moto X? I'm finding it hard to be too excited until this is confirmed.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't see why it wouldn't...

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because carriers like to jerk around with the updates?

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I cannot argue with that, but have there been times when a carrier completely says no to an update where all others have said yes? I ask because I simply do not know if that's something that happens.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, I didn't mean to imply that I don't think the update is happening at all for the Verizon Moto X. I was just saying that I'm not expecting that the Verizon version of the phone will get the 5.1 update at nearly the same speed that the carrier unlocked version will.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey you never know... I got my 4.4.4 soak test on Verizon long before any other model. But I'll admit that it must have been a very cold day in hell when I get the update.

11. Naepxpulse

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Can't wait to get this update on my moto X pure edition :)

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