After the soak test version of Android 5.1 (Lollipop) was made live to second-gen Motorola Moto X in the US, the full version of the OS update is now live for Moto X (2014) phones running on Verizon's wireless network.
Announcing the rollout of Android 5.1 officially to its second-gen Moto X users, Verizon said owners of the smartphone can verify the newer Lollipop build bearing version number 23.16.3.
The latest rollout is a phased one and therefore, could take a while before all Verizon-driven Moto X (2014) devices in the US are covered.
Verizon-driven second-gen Moto X users can check their handsets for new automatic over-the-air (OTA) notifications.
What's new with Android 5.1
Owners of the Moto X (2014) handsets on Verizon can check for the following newer enhancements after installation of Android 5.1:
- Notifications and Interruptions: You can now alter notification volume controls while the media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls, along with added 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 for the flashlight. To switch off the flashlight, users need to repeat the gesture.
- Device Protection aka Factory Reset 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 up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.
Fixes to multiple known issues:
Apart from the newer enhancements, Android 5.1 also incorporates fixes to the following known issues:
- 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
Besides updating via automatic OTA notifications, users of Verizon-driven Moto X (2014) handsets can also manually search for Android 5.1 and download/install:
- 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.
Apart from second-gen Moto X smartphones on Verizon, a rollout of Android 5.1 is also imminent for Verizon-driven Motorola Droid Turbo in US as these users have already been seeded the soak test version of Android 5.1.