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Moto X (2014) gets a cool new feature with Android 5.1 update

Motorola started testing Android 5.1 Lollipop on the second-gen Moto X over the weekend. The update packs in a ton of useful improvements, but it turns out the company also slipped in one clever new feature.

The updated Moto X (2014) includes the ability to quickly launch your flashlight with a “chop twice” action. Just chop twice to turn on the lights, then chop twice again to turn them off. It looks pretty similar to the twist-to-launch camera feature introduced with the original Moto X, which actually turned out to work pretty great. Hopefully this new one is just as useful.

For now the update is limited to the Pure Edition handset sold straight from Motorola, but we’re expecting other Moto X models to get the same improvements before too long. The new chop gesture might even make the jump to lesser Moto smartphones as well, though for now we’re looking forward to trying it out on the flagship Moto X.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...