Moto X 2nd Gen
Motorola Moto X 2014 on US Cellular now receiving Android 5.1Motorola

Google's more recent Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS upgrade is available for second-gen Motorola Moto X users having subscribed to US Cellular and AT&T's wireless services.

Motorola's senior director of software product management David Schuster has officially announced the roll-out of Android 5.1 to users on the two networks. Users can check for an over-the-air (OTA) notification indicating the update.

What's new with Android 5.1

  • Notifications and Interruptions: 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 along with adding icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar.
  • 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.
  • Chop twice for flashlight: To turn on the flashlight, second-gen Moto X users need to hold the handset and flick the phone twice and the flashlight comes on. To switch off the flashlight, users need to repeat the gesture.
  • Device Protection: Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings.
  • 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.

Bug fixes:

  • Clock in the status bar isn't updating and alarms are 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 on launch
  • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
  • Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your 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
  • Can't unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
  • Can't play 'pinned' content
  • General stability improvements

Android 5.1 is already seeding to Verizon's second-gen Moto X users in US and to LTE variants of Cricket-driven Moto E devices across the country.

Moreover, the Moto X can now be customised by buyers (using Moto Maker) for an off-contract price of $299.