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Motorola Moto X 2015 3rd Generation Release Date; Android 5.1 Lollipop Update for Moto X 1st, 2nd Gen

( [email protected] ) May 14, 2015 06:21 PM EDT
While Moto X 3rd Gen specs remain a mystery, there is speculation that the new device will be getting a much larger and improved camera. Though the exact release date has not been given, the Moto X 3rd Gen is expected to arrive this coming fall.

While Moto X 3rd Gen specs remain a mystery, there is speculation that the new device will be getting a much larger and improved camera. Though the exact release date has not been given, the Moto X 3rd Gen is expected to arrive this coming fall. Meanwhile, Android 5.1 Lollipop is rolling out to the Moto X 2nd Gen. Unfortunately, Moto X 1st Gen users are still waiting for the Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

Motorola Moto X (2015) May Get 16MP Camera

It is more than likely that the third generation Moto X will be getting a camera upgrade. However, the only mystery is how large that camera will be.

The latest leak from STJS alleges that the Moto X 3rd Gen will be getting a 16 megapixel rear camera. Besides being capable of 1080p recording, the camera may have optical image stabilization (OIS) support. Comparatively, the original Moto X had a 10MP camera while the Moto X 2nd Gen's camera was updated to 13MP.

Hypothetically, Moto X (2015) camera may have a similar performance as that on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Only time will tell if STJS's unconfirmed information comes true.

Back in March, Motorola's president Rick Osterloch tweeted that his company will follow the same release cycle as previous Moto X devices. That means the Moto X 3rd Gen might be ready sometime between August and October 2015.

Though Motorola has not made formal announcements for their newest device, the existence of the Moto X (3rd Generation) is widely accepted throughout most tech circles.

Moto X 2nd Gen Receives Android 5.1 Lollipop Update

Motorola has just begun rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Moto X 2nd Gen. The company urged users to download the update over-the-air. Naturally, most consumers will need to wait for their wireless carriers to start rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop. Those service providers include AT&T, US Cellular, and Verizon.

To see Motorola's release notes, visit their official support site.

Original Moto X Still Stuck on Android KitKat

In early April, Motorola spokesman David Shuster confirmed that the expected Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rollout for the Moto X (2013) was indeed cancelled. Instead, the first-generation Moto X will be jumping forward to the Android 5.1 Lollipop Update.

Unfortunately, the Android 5.1 Lollipop update Moto X (2013) is only available in Brazil via a soak test. It is not clear when Motorola will start making Android 5.1 Lollipop available to major U.S. wireless service providers.

One reason why Lollipop has been delayed for the Moto X (2013) is due to the device's dated Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. In March, Motorola conducted a limited Android 5.0 soak test in the U.S. for the Moto X (2013).  Test results were never publicized, and the Moto X (2013) did not receive the promised Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update.

Until the Android 5.1 Lollipop Update arrives, all Moto X (2013) devices are stuck on the older Android KitKat. The official announcement on the Motorola site simply states, "This device will be upgraded to Android 5 Lollipop release of Android, pending partner support."