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.
- 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.