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Android 5.1 L Update Release Date for Moto G 1st Generation, Coming Soon to Moto X, Moto E and DROID Models

( [email protected] ) Mar 19, 2015 07:58 PM EDT
When Android 5.0 was announced last year, it was really only a matter of time before the newer Android devices were going to get it.  Unfortunately, that Android 5.0 (also known as Android L or Lollipop) has been very slow.  To make the issue even more complicated, Android 5.1 L is now available, and there is a big question of when it will be released for Motorola devices like the Moto G (1st and 2nd Generation), the Moto X, the Moto E, and other DROID models.
Android 5.1 Lollipop shown running on a second-gen Moto G. Photo: Damian Junior

When Android 5.0 was announced last year, it was really only a matter of time before the newer Android devices were going to get it.  Unfortunately, that Android 5.0 (also known as Android L or Lollipop) has been very slow.  To make the issue even more complicated, Android 5.1 L is now available, and there is a big question of when it will be released for Motorola devices like the Moto G (1st and 2nd Generation), the Moto X, the Moto E, and other DROID models.

When we last reported on the Android 5.1 update coming to the 1st Generation of the Moto G, we stated that Motorola Sources said that first generation Moto G is already running the 5.1 update in internal testing, with a rollout expected soon. 

So far, there really hasn't been any change in that news.  Reality Today has reported that Damian Junior showed photos of an Android 5.1 test done by Motorola on the Moto G handsets.  Damian Junior apparently knows a friend who works at Motorola who sent him some pictures of the phone with that update.  Motorola has posted on Twitter that the "chipset requires more effort".  This could result in a greater delay for the Android 5.1 update on the Motorola Moto G.

So, what does this mean for the Moto X?  The International Business Times states that Luciano Carvalho, a software engineer at Motorola says that a bug-free version of Android 5.1 Lollipop update will come to the Moto X.  Tech Times reports that for the first generation of the Moto X will have a "soak test" for their device, which means that it tests out the impending software updates prior to the official release or announcement.   This allows members of the Motorola Feedback Network to test it out before it hits carriers for the final release. 

As for the Motorola Moto E, PC Advisor reports that the update will be coming "very soon", which pretty much matches the same news that we have heard about the Moto G and Moto X. 

Now would be a good time to talk about other Motorola DROID models.  One thing that I have been hearing about from sources like GSM Arena is that the Motorola DROID Turbo will be getting an update to Android 5.1, completely bypassing version 5.0. 

According to PC Advisor, Android 5.1 is expected to be "a large update, returning the silent mode missing from Android 5.0, improving system stability, RAM management battery management, and fixing sudden app closures, Wi-Fi problems and sound problems". 

The 5.1 update will also include native support for more than on SIM-card, which works very well for phones with dual-SIM card slots.  The user can also join Wi-Fi networks and control paired Bluetooth devices directly from the Quick Settings section of the notification bar. 

We should be expecting the Android 5.1 L update for the Motorola Moto G, Moto X, Moto E, and other DROID models quite soon, so keep searching your Settings for any updates if you are a user of these Motorola handsets.