1st Gen Moto X, Moto G and Moto E will all move straight to Android 5.1 Lollipop


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Motorola has been testing Android 5.0 for their 2013/early 2014 phones for a bit now, but there’s a reason they haven’t given the green light for a rollout: they’re planning to leapfrog it. Company man David Schuster confirmed on Google+ that the Moto X 1st Gen, Moto E 1st Gen and Moto G with LTE 1st Gen would all go straight to Android 5.1.

It might not be the most popular choice to learn that more time will be needed to go straight from KitKat to Lollipop, but considering how many issues Android 5.1 addresses you’ll be glad Motorola decided to go this route.

Unfortunately that’s all they had to share at this time. There is no new timeline on when to expect the upgrade, nor do we know if there will be a separate testing period (there usually is). All we know is that you’ll have to deal with KitKat just a while longer to ensure your path to Lollipop is as bump-free as possible.

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Yay! Only six months from now.

    1. that is if u are in AT&T, trust me haha

    2. You should be glad that the are still updating a budget device.

  2. Makes sense. Everyone already complaining about not receiving bug-filled Android 5.0.2 were getting ready to complain about not receiving 5.1.

    It must be tough being an OEM. Working on updating all these different devices, dealing with carriers and then BAM — Google pushes out a brand new update.

    1. It’s OK.. Samsung has the bug filled 5.01 game on lock. We’ll never see the latest version of Android

      1. I never understand the need to update to the next version as soon as you can. Why rush? Not like you’re suffering on Gingerbread waiting for anything after 5.0.

        1. Even though there are minute differences, they are wanted ASAP. On the other side the grass is greener due to quicker updates.

        2. It’s amazing that Apple can push an iOS update to everyone on day one with capable devices. Granted, their ecosystem is rather limited and self contained, but for Nexus devices, it should not be a month or two long roll out. Then you have the delay from Google to manufacturers then delayed again from manufacturers to carriers. This is one of the areas I feel Android is WAY WAY behind.

          1. In fairness Apple only needs to worry about a handful of devices which are all essentially the same. With Android you’re talking dozens and dozens of devices.

          2. That is why I specifically mentioned Nexus devices. The same scenario should work with Google, Nexus and Android updates as it does with Apple and iOS updates.

          3. Apple often doesn’t include many new OS features on older models, so it’s really only a partial uupdate, which makes it significantly easier.

  3. I’m assuming this includes the droid mini, ultra, and maxx as well. I began to expect it for the Droids once I learned that 5.1 had VoLTE baked in and that VZW waited until 5.1 dropped to officially support the N6.

    1. Yea I’m wondering the same for lgg3 on Verizon since it already has the Volte in 5.1 it’s probably significantly less work than implementing it themselves again on 5.0.1. Plus I’d always rather wait for a stable build, it’s say half the apps i have are still doing at least weekly updates fixing lollipop bugs. Based on history off say it takes at least 3-6 months for apps to catch up to a new OS.

      1. I agree about the stable build. My 2013 N7 is still on 4.4.4 because I haven’t wanted to fool around with a buggy build.

  4. I feel like Motorola is given a colossal FU to the 2nd gen Pure Edition owners.

  5. I guess the 5.0.2 soak test did not go as well as hoped.

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