Android 5.1 rolling out to unlocked Moto X Pure Edition to lead our update roundup

It's odd to see a Motorola phone get an Android update so far behind others, but at least it has caught up.

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Motorola is one of the better Android manufacturers when it comes to steady software updates. So in keeping with that distinction, it’s the Moto X Pure Edition that’s up next with the most recent major Android release, 5.1.

There are a few other minor updates, as hardware makers focus on software tweaks now that most flagship phones have already moved ahead to Lollipop.

Each week we compile all the major software updates to hit the ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android Wear smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and gaping security holes.


Moto X (Pure Edition): Motorola’s David Schuster announced on his Google+ page the deployment of Android 5.1. The software has a lot of nice tweaks, so look for an over-the-air update to hit your device soon.

Moto X 2013: The original Moto X isn’t left out of the Android 5.1 party. Motorola says you should see an update soon for Android 5.1, which brings improved Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth controls.


Galaxy S5: Add another Samsung phone to the Android 5.1.1 list. This time it’s the Galaxy S5, which will get the over-the-air update directly from T-Mobile. If you don’t want to wait, you can download it yourself from SamMobile, but be sure you know how to use Samsung’s Kies software.


LG G3: A rather minor update here. Sprint says this enables factory reset protection, which should have come with Android Lollipop 5.0 but for some reason got skipped. 

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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge: Just like on T-Mobile, you’re going all the way up to the latest build of Android. See the product pages from U.S. Cellular for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge for details.

Moto X 2014: A soak test is underway for Android 5.1, which means it won’t be too much longer before it catches up to the Pure Edition. Motorola’s David Schuster made this announcement also, so he may be one to follow if you want the latest about Motorola updates.

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