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Motorola bumping 1st gen Moto E, Moto G 4G and Moto X straight to Android 5.1

If you’ve been patiently awaiting the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop on your first gen Motorola Moto E, Moto X and Moto G 4G, the wait is most likely going to be much longer. And there’s a good reason for that as the company has decided to bump these handsets straight to version 5.1 which is the latest release from Google.

David Schuster, Motorola’s senior director of software product management, has disclosed this information on Google+. As you probably know, Android 5.0 Lollipop is already in testing for the aforementioned devices and the company has delayed the roll out multiple times citing complications in getting things working perfectly.


Schuster notes that Motorola has also started testing Android 5.1 and given that there are many improvements onboard, the entire focus has been shifted to the newer release. This means that the said handsets will get bumped straight from KitKat to the latest build. The biggest issue is that there’s no timeframe or ETA for the update.

And it looks like it could take quite a while. So you’re going to have to deal with KitKat for a bit longer. But look on the bright side – A lot of devices including flagships are currently on version 5.0 and your old yet capable phone will most likely hit 5.1 before the newer ones.

Also read: Motorola Moto X (Gen 3) to be launched sometime around September

In other news, the Droid Turbo on Verizon will also be bumped straight to the latest Lollipop release from KitKat. Android 5.1 tags along various improvements such as HD voice calling, native multi SIM support and Device Protection which acts as a kill switch in case of theft, amongst others.

Motorola will most likely deliver Android 5.1 Lollipop to its new lineup first then to the 1st gen Moto E, Moto G 4G and Moto X smartphones. So be prepared for a long wait.