Its pretty well known that Motorola has been very fast in bringing up updates for its Android devices. Beginning with Moto X (2nd Gen) that received the latest update of Lollipop (Android 5.0.2) in December 2014, Moto has announced that all of its first Generation Android devices including the low budget Moto E (2014) will be receiving the Android update.
Now that another major update for Android Lollipop has been released by Google which is Android 5.1, Moto has even started to roll out updates on the same for its devices. Motorola has recently begun rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Moto G Google Play Edition (GPE), and it is possible that other versions of the phone could receive the update anytime soon.
Now that the next version of Android is out for testing, it seems that the Company is planning to upgrade its devices from Kitkat to Android 5.1 straightaway without any intermediate updates. The same has been posted by the company’s Product Manager, David Schuster in his Google Plus account.
As some of you might know, we’ve been testing Lollipop 5.0.2 upgrades on Moto X (1st Gen), Moto E (1st Gen) and Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen) in several regions. In parallel we have started testing Lollipop 5.1 which was recently released by Google. Given the improvements in Lollipop 5.1, we have decided to move all efforts to upgrade these devices directly from KitKat to Lollipop 5.1.
– David Schuster, Motorola Mobility
The update for the Moto G GPE is released over the air, so users don’t need to find a factory image to flash on their smartphones. Simply go to the phone’s Settings, open About phone, and check if the system update is already there. If it’s not, gather up more patience and give Motorola time to roll out the update. The reason why Google and device manufacturers release staggered updates is to make sure the updates get delivered in full. Its not yet clear when the First Generation Moto E, X and G (4G LTE) phones would actually receive the next big thing from Android. Moto users, Happy waiting!