Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, is finally releasing Android 5.1 to the Moto X (1st and 2nd gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd gen), and the Moto E (2nd gen) 4G/LTE variant.
Though Android M was recently announced and most likely not releasing until the October/November range, Motorola is trying to keep it’s phones current on the latest Android OS. No doubt their phones will be receiving Android M, but it’s always good to be up-to-date in the meantime.
What’s included in this update is the return of silent mode, better RAM management, fixes to apps force closing, WiFi issues, sound problems, HD voice calling, battery drain, and other bug fixes and security enhancements. This update will be over-the-air, so feel free to check that “System Updates” button to see if you have received it. I’m sure most know how to get there, but if you’ve never updated your phone other than choosing the notification, you can get there by going to Settings > About > “System Updates”.
The Moto X and Moto G (both gen) owners that are currently in the U.S. are receiving this update now while those outside the country will be waiting for the coming weeks for the update to hit their device. Be sure to use WiFi for the update so you’re not using your data allotment (you’re welcome). If you are using a carrier version of the phone, you are going to have to wait for the update to roll out – as to when it could be, that is yet to be determined by your carrier.
I have left the release notes below for the devices mentioned above, with further details about the update, but I was unable to find any release notes for both generations of the Moto G.
Those who do have any of these phones, are you excited for Android 5.1 finally being released? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.