Moto E 2015 open source files released today

Motorola is working on its current products and their software programs as it is attempting to update all of them. This ultimately means releasing kernel sources to the public as well. This time, the device getting this treatment is the 2015 Moto E, its low-cost smartphone. The device was updated to Android 5.1.1 in May and now its kernel source files are being published.       This will probably interest you developers out there and, if you are intrigued and eager, you can head over to Motorola GitHub (link in source) to find and download this package or any other Moto package that interests you (and is available at this time). After downloading the files, you can start tinkering with the source code to create beautiful ROMs, better recoveries and apps for instance.   Attention: this is not the package for the AT&T Go phone or the Verizon prepaid Moto E.   Source: Motorola GitHub

Verizon updates Motorola Moto E second gen to Android 5.1

Verizon’s less fortunate Moto line devices are getting an update today, and if you have a Moto E second gen you can definitely check that Update button now. The Motorola Moto E is the runt of the Moto line and it is sold to pre-paid Verizon customers; unlike the DROID Turbo which has been running on Android 4.4 ever since it launched. Well now it’s time for a change.     The US carrier is updating the E to Android 5.1 and you don’t get much different stuff from the usual Android stock. The most important changes are the factory reset protection, increased minimum swipe distance which lowers the accidental interaction rate with an activated Ambient Display and the pull-down controls where you can easily select WiFi and Bluetooth settings. The update brings Moto E to version number 23.11.17.surnia_verizon.verizon.en.US vzw. We do not know how big the update is, but expect a large file and connect to a WiFi network to download it in order to not kill your data plan. If you made any modifications to Android 5.0, expect the flash to fail. It may take up to a week for the update to reach your phone at the moment, so you need some patience. Source: Verizon via AndroidPolice  

Motorola Moto X line and Moto E get Android 5.1 release notes

The Moto X line is the perfect answer to people who don’t like the Nexus devices or who don’t want to be the second testers to everything Google related. Motorola remains devoted to updating its devices and it seems that Android 5.1 will soon come to both Moto X versions AND to Moto E.     The release notes were already posted and you now know what to expect from the 5.1 OTA. Below you can see the 1st generation Moto X changes.     Here you can see what the changes for Motorola Moto E are:     The most important fact about these updates in not that they are happening but that they were made public. The original Moto X versions are accompanied by the AT&T and T Mobile and Pure editions. The update should roll out soon and Moto X and Moto E users will be joining the 1st gen Moto X lovers out there. Source: DroidLife

CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies rolling out to most devices

CyanogenMod 12.1 nightlies are rolling out for a few days now and it may take a while for most devices to get official support. Either way, remember this is nightly builds we are talking about, which means there could be lots of bugs on the horizon.     CM12.1 is based on Android 5.1 and it will install on top of CM 12. Any and all third-party add-on ZIPs will have to be updated manually if you find versions compatible to Android 5.1. The CyanogenMod 12.1 build is already available for devices such as Moto G, OnePlus One, 2013 LTE Nexus 7, and Moto E. These nightlies will keep coming until most devices are cleared out. A milestone CM build will show up soon, and that will make things more stable, if you wish to wait for one. Source: CyanogenMod

Motorola deal of the week: buy a Moto X 2014 Pure edition and you get a 3G Moto E until March 24th

Motorola is doing good trying to get more customers and now, for every Moto X 2014 Pure Edition you buy, you get a complimentary 3G Moto E. Hurry up though, the deal only stands until March 24th. 3G Moto E is a great phone to give to someone, especially to family members or friends who need a starter phone or a secondary phone, if that’s still a thing.     This deal brings you $119.99 in savings, as you would only pay $499.99 for the Moto X Pure edition. You will have to buy the phone off-contract though, as no carrier version is eligible for this deal. The savings appear when you add both devices to your cart. This deal stands until 10:59 CT on March 24th, so hurry up before Motorola pulls the plug. Source: Motorola

Motorola Moto E 2nd edition now available for $150 with LTE, 3G-only option also coming soon

The new second gen Moto E is now live and you will be able to get it in the US with $149.99 with LTE. The 3G-only option will be sold for $119.99 and it will be available soon. This version is the GSM one, and not the Verizon locked one.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBECQPGKuMk   This “new” device has a better processor, a Snapdragon 410 upgrade from the Snapdragon 200 (the 3G model will retain the slower processor though). The device has a 4.5” 540×960 display and is just 0.2” bigger than the previous model, whereas the RAM remains the same at 1GB with doubled internal storage to 8GB. The new battery is a bit bigger, a 2390mAh cell, and you will also get a secondary VGA camera with that pre-existing 5MP snapper. This time you can customize your phone with bands that fit around the frame and you can buy them in bundles with pre-exiting colors: turquoise, raspberry and purple or yellow, blue and red. Each set will cost $19.99.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJJu46Gnc8   Motorola Moto E second edition is rolling out to more than 50 countries all over Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe. Source: Motorola