First-generation Moto X, Moto E and Moto G LTE to be updated to Android 5.1 from KitKat

Sometimes it’s hard to remember which Motorola devices from the past year or so have received updates. They all look pretty similar, and run similar versions of near-stock Android.

Fear not, Motorola understands your pain. While some versions of its more recent devices, like the second-gen Moto X, have already been updated to Android 5.0, along with some variants of the first-generation Moto G, the rest of the company’s growing lineup still lingers on KitKat.

Today, David Schuster, Motorola’s senior director of software product management, reported that update delays have been caused by the company’s desire to update all of its older devices straight to Android 5.1.

“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,” he wrote.

It’s unclear how much longer the update process will take, but users of the first-generation Moto X are getting impatient. Trust me, I’m one of them.


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