Owners of the original Moto X have been waiting and waiting for a taste of Lollipop. While they won’t get a taste of Android 5.0, they will get Android 5.1 very shortly. Motorola started a soak test earlier this week in Brazil for the original Moto X and has already begun rolling out the update to those not in the soak test. So those lucky Moto X (2013) users in Brazil should be getting their Android 5.1 update very soon, if they don’t have it already. Now that it’s out in Brazil, we should start to see it coming to other countries, like the US, fairly soon. We’ll have to keep an eye out to see when that happens.
As far as what’s new in this update to the Moto X (2013), we have quite a few new goodies available:
“Material Design. Improved lockscreen and homescreen notifications with support for priority notifications. New Overview mode for multitasking with card view. New Moto Assist features, including Moto smart screen, Moto Voice, and Moto Shares. Moto Screen feature that shows notifications on lockscreen without waking entire display and uses the low-power processor. Smart Lock (Trusted Devices) that keeps the phone unlocked when paired with a smartwatch or in a particular area.”
Motorola started out their Lollipop updates pretty quickly with the Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014), but that quickly died down. Likely due to a number of bugs in Google’s code. Which is why we’ve seen so many updates to Lollipop already, including 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, and we’ve even seen 5.1.1 surface and is actually available for the Nexus Player right now. With the Moto X being a little over 18 months old, it’s nice to see that Motorola hasn’t forgotten about it, and is still committing to updating it to the latest version of Android. That’s more than what we would have gotten under the old Motorola, before Google bought them a few years ago.
It’s a pretty nice update for Moto X (2013) users out there, and we should be seeing more of these updates appearing soon from Motorola. So we’ll keep our eyes open to see what other devices Motorola updates next.