Within hours of posting the change-log details of Android 5.1 Lollipop, Motorola has begun the software soak-test on the company's flagship smartphone, Moto X (2 Gen), in Brazil.
"We began rolling out the update in a soak test to those of you who bought your Moto X (2nd Gen.) at select retail partners in Brazil. We have been working on software through carrier and regional testing in other countries and for other devices, so please stay tuned for more," said the company on the official blog post.
The new update will be released to a few select Moto X device users, who have enrolled in the Moto device owners' feedback network platform. This soak test will go for another week or two and once Motorola is convinced that the new Android 5.1 Lollipop is bug-free, only then the firmware will be released to the public en masse, probably by May-end or early June.
The new Android v5.1 Lollipop firmware is a very important update of the Android Lollipop OS series as it is said to fix some of the most nagging bugs, such as Wi-Fi tethering issue, Bluetooth connectivity, CPU wake-locks, which result in heavy draining of battery, Chrome crash during launch, deletion of SMSs when SIM memory gets exhausted and many more.
Other key improvements exclusive to the Moto X device is the gesture-controlled flash light launcher via Moto Action app. Once Moto X user gets updated to new Android 5.1 Lollipop, they can just swing the phone twice to activate the flash light, thus reducing the time for going through mobile phone apps.
For the uninitiated, Moto X (2014) already boasts of an array of gesture-control features like camera launcher (just need twist the phone twice to launch camera), waving once to silence an incoming call, or passing your hand above the screen for Moto Display and now the new flash light launcher will further enhance the user-experience.
How to install update via OTA (Over-The-Air) on Moto X:
If you have received a notification message for this update:
- Select "Yes, I accept".
- After you finish downloading the software, select "Install Now".
- When the software is installed, the phone will automatically restart.
- Now, your phone is updated with the version 23.32-14.
Or else check manually by going to Settings >> About Phone >> System Updates >> Download
Once downloaded, the phone will automatically restart and get upgraded to new firmware.
Here are the official change-log list details of Android 5.1 Lollipop for Moto X (2014):
|Notifications and interruptions||Improvements include use of:
|Alert notifications||In addition to ignore an alert notification, you can slide up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in the tray notifications and you can ignore it later.|
|Quick Sets||You can select different Wi-Fi access points or other Bluetooth devices paired with a new drop-down menu with the most frequently used icons. Conditional settings appear if you use the one-time, as "Invert Colors" or "Wi-Fi Router," can now be hidden by pressing the icon for an extended time.|
|Device Protection||Lost or stolen devices remain locked until you log in with your Google account even if restored to factory settings. To automatically activate this feature and set a PIN, a password or a screen lock pattern, you must register a Google account on your device.|
|Performance||Improvements in Android Runtime (ART), resulting in faster startup times for applications.|
|Lock screen||If you enabled the setting screen, the distance to slide further increased to reduce interactions.|
|Bug fixes||Problems fixed in this version include: