Lollipop for Moto E (1st Gen) – Its Finally Here!

Its official now, Motorola has started to rollout its Lollipop update for the First Generation Moto E devices in India. And its not Lollipop 5.0.2 but 5.1! Motorola has recently updated the Android Lollipop 5.1 release notes for Moto E (1st Generation) in its customer help site. “Android 5.1, Lollipop, is now rolling out in phases. It is not yet available for pull. Owners will receive a notification on their phones when they are able to update.”, the site read.

Its known that Motorola has been testing Moto E (1st Generation) with Android Lollipop 5.0.2 even before the launch of its successor, Moto E (2015) which runs the same out of box. And it was also reported that the handset maker is testing with also Lollipop 5.1, since the former update was reported to have several bugs in it. And later it was declared that Moto E would upgrade to Lollipop 5.1 straight away from KitKat 4.4.4 (last upgrade version released) without having to install the 5.0.2 OTA. Evidently, the company has released the soak test OTA of Lollipop 5.1 for the same a few days ago.

Acclaimed as the next major thing for the device, the update brings on several UI and functional upgrades for the device and was reported to boost the battery life and network connectivity of the same. The new features include:

  • Material Design
  • Notifications UI & Priorities
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings
  • Multitasking
  • Ambient Display
  • Upgraded Motorola Assistant
  • Flashlight
  • Quick Settings
  • Pinning App
  • Enhanced Battery usage
  • Internet connectivity
  • Performance upgrades
  • SmartLock

For installation, it is recommend to update when the battery in your phone is at least 50% charged and you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Instructions:
If you have received a notification message for this update:

  1. Select “Yes, I’m in”.
  2. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
  3. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
  4. Your phone is now updated with 23.21.15

If you have not received a notification message for this update, follow the steps below to manually update your phone:

  1. Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
  2. Select “About phone”.
  3. Select “System updates”.
  4. Select “Yes, I’m in”. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”.
  5. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
  6. Your phone is now updated to 23.21.15

Also, users need to have an updated version of the ‘Motorola Update Services’ installed in their device to get the update.

Source: Motorola Release Notes

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