Second-gen Moto E
Android 5.1 for second-gen Moto EMotorola

Motorola has officially announced the roll-out of the Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS update for Moto E (2015) users around the world.

The US-based company has put up a list of features that users of the Moto E (2015) smartphone can look forward to, post installation of the latest firmware.

According to a Droid Life report, multiple second-gen Moto E users have already received the update, hence, owners of the device around the world can check for a newer over-the-air (OTA) notification bearing build number 23.11.15.

It seems like the Android 5.1 roll-out is being done in a phased manner and it may take sometime for some Moto E (2015) users to receive the OTA notification.

New features to look out for post installing the Android 5.1 update

  • Notifications and improvements: Blocks interruptions until the next alarm. You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. Add icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show on the status bar. You can also 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.
  • Heads-up notifications: In addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.
  • Quick notifications: 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 Colours" or "Hotspot" - can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.
  • Device Protection feature: 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 Colours" or "Hotspot" - can now be hidden.
  • New lockscreen: If you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.

Bug fixes:

Apart from the above new features, Android 5.1 also fixes the following bugs inherent in the Android 5.0 update:

  • Clock in the status bar isn't updating and alarms not going off
  • Can't delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
  • No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
  • Calculator floating point calculations
  • Chrome crashes when launched
  • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
  • Wi-Fi not automatically reconnecting to home Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
  • Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
  • Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
  • CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
  • Connection and synchronisation issues with MS Exchange servers
  • Incorrect default APN
  • Cannot unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
  • Cannot play 'pinned' content

How to manually search for Android 5.1 and install?

Before manually searching for the Android 5.1 and installing it, users need to connect to a Wi-Fi network; also ensure that the battery of the device has at least 50% charge.

  • Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
  • Select "About phone".
  • Select "System updates".
  • Select "Yes, I'm in". After the software is downloaded, select "Install now".
  • After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
  • Your phone is now updated to 23.11.15.