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Motorola rolls out Android 5.1 Lollipop to original Moto X

Motorola has begun rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the original Moto X, finally giving owners the opportunity to experience Material Design, improved multitasking, lock screen notifications, and lots, lots more.

As Motorola points out, the Lollipop update “is one of the most significant in recent Android history,” and those with the original Moto X have been waiting a long time for it. The software made its debut with the Nexus 6 last November, and rolled out on other Nexus devices soon after.

But now that the update has finally arrived, users are going to get their hands on Google’s Material Design overhaul, and a long list of new features and improvements. The full list can be found on Motorola’s update page via the source link below, but here are some highlights:

  • Lock screen notifications
  • Ability to block interruptions until next alarm
  • Better volume controls for notifications and media
  • Redesigned recent apps menu
  • Flashlight toggle in Quick Settings
  • Ability to switch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections in Quick Settings
  • Guest user mode
  • Smart Lock

Lollipop also brings significant improvements to performance and battery life, thanks to Google’s switch to the ART runtime.

If you own an original Moto X and you haven’t already received an update notification, you can expect to get one soon. You’ll need at least 50% battery life to install it, and you’ll want to ensure you’re connected to Wi-Fi, because it’s a big update to download.

Bear in mind that it will take weeks, if not months, for Lollipop to reach all Moto X users in all markets — especially those with locked devices that require carrier approval — so don’t be too concerned if you don’t see it over the coming days.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...