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First-gen Moto X on Verizon finally gets Android 5.1

Verizon Moto X first-gen Android smartphone gets 5.1 Lollipop update
Verizon Moto X (2013)
The update is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and might bring the Stagefright fix as well, although Verizon only mentioned "security patches," without any other details.

Motorola launched the first-gen Moto X smartphone back in August 2013, loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. However, its hardware is still capable of running the latest Android version without any issues and most carriers already released Lollipop updates for these handsets connected to their networks. After a long wait, Verizon now joins the crowd and brings the first-gen Moto X smartphones on its network up to date.

According to the official update notes, the software version of this update is 222.21.39.ghost_verizon.Verizon.en.USvzw. Unfortunately, Verizon Wireless did not mention if the Stagefright patch has been included in the Android 5.1 Lollipop-based firmware or not. "The following enhancement has been made: Android security patches," reads the document detailing the update.

The rest of the changes leave no room for surprises, including 64-bit ABI support, Material Design elements, improved runtime, as well as access to Android apps and services on various devices like TVs, wearables, and even cars. As usual, this update can be installed automatically as soon as the user gets notified, or after a manual check.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-09-16 (Update: 2015-09-16)