Motorola Posts Android 5.1 Lollipop Change-log List for Moto X models; Soak Test to Begin Soon
Motorola Posts Android 5.1 Lollipop Change-log List for Moto X models; Soak Test to Begin SoonThe Official Motorola Blog

Motorola has posted the change-log details of the Android 5.1 Lollipop for flagship Moto X series smartphones.

Last month, Motorola had decided to stall the v5.0.2 Lollipop preview testing and start over the process with v5.1 to Moto X, and Moto E and Moto G (LTE).

[Read More: Motorola to Release Latest Android 5.1 Lollipop Update to 1st Gen Moto E, X, G (LTE)]

Now, just before the company could commence the soak-test for Moto X (both 2013 and 2014 models), it has detailed all the improvements and bug fixes that will be coming in the new Android v5.1 Lollipop.

Motorola has already released v5.0.2 Lollipop to second generation Moto X, so it won't be getting major update as such, but rather a bug-fix and optimisation feature.

As for Moto X (1st Gen) is concerned, it will be upgraded directly to v5.1 from v4.4.4 KitKat OS. So, it will be a big update, probably come with around 1GB in size and bring the new design language- "Material Design", with interactive user interface, lots of animation graphics, lock-screen notification options and the replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime will bring improvement in performance and battery-life enhancement and many more features.

Why Motorola Skipped v5.0.2 update to v5.1 for Moto X?

In March 2015, Motorola had begun Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test for first generation Moto X ( and also to Moto E 1st Gen) in select regions across the world; but later in the month, Google's mobile OS division Android released MR1 (Maintenance Release) to Nexus devices to fix some glaring bugs found in previous software versions (v5.0, v5.0.1 & v5.0.2).

So, Motorola decided to stall the v5.0.2 preview testing and start over the process.

This new v5.1 update 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 crash, deletion of SMSs when SIM memory gets exhausted, and many more.

Here are the official Android v5.1 Lollipop Change-log details of Moto X (1st Gen):

Material Design You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device - from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
Notifications UI & Priorities In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
  • Notifications will appear on the lockscreen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • You double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • You can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • Very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • When you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
  • You can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • You can 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.
New Interruptions & Downtime Settings You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions. You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify. The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify. e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
Recent Apps (Multi-tasking) The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications. For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards. This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
Moto Your Moto phone adapts to you, not the other way around. Moto now incorporates Motorola Assist, Motorola Active Display, Moto Voice (Touchless Control), and Moto Actions.
Moto Display and Ambient Display While your phone's display is off, Moto Display will continue to surface relevant notifications to you using the low-power Contextual Computing Processor. It will also intelligently react when you use the Approach gesture under Moto Actions.Android Lollipop now includes a similar feature, called Ambient Display, that displays notifications like those shown on the lockscreen. If you prefer to try the new Ambient Display feature, you can uncheck the Moto Display setting in the Moto app. Note: Ambient Display does not use Motorola's low-power core and will turn on more of the display, so battery life may be impacted. The Moto Actions Approach gesture will not wake Ambient Display.
Moto Assist and Downtime Moto Assist integrates the new Downtime feature within Android Lollipop to control when you don't want to be disturbed. Moto Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.
Flashlight Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
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.
Share your Device You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone. Guest mode is enabled by default. You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings.Note that the personalized Moto experiences (Moto Assist, Moto Voice, Moto Display, Moto Actions) and Motorola Connect are for the owner account only.The Motorola Camera and Gallery applications support multiple user accounts.
Pin a view/app Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can 'pin' a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
Battery The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging. You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
Smarter Internet Connections With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
Performance Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process. Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
Smart Lock
(Trusted Devices)
Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone. Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

Android 5.1 Lollipop Change-log details for second generation Moto X - AT& T and T-Mobile – models can be found HERE & HERE.