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Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update: Open Source Kernel for Motorola’s 2015 Moto E

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August 12
12:09 PM 2015

Motorola is slowly keeping up with the known titans in the smartphone and tablet industry as its latest flagship device 2015 Moto E already receiving the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update via open source kernel based on the stock firmware.

The 2015 version of Moto E smartphone is the first device from Motorola to receive Google's latest (and perhaps final) Android Lollipop update. According to reports, the phone manufacturer's owner Lenovo is struggling with Motorola devices' smartphone and tablet sales.

This is the major reason why Motorola is keeping up with the other competitive brands in the battle front such as Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC.

Although the update is not done through an official over-the-air installation, Motorola is making ways to suffice the Android hunger of its patrons bringing in the open source kernel files based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the 2015 Moto E.

It was in May 2015 that Moto E was last updated with Android Lollipop via over the air. To proceed with the installation, here's a good way to go:

1.     Go to Motorola's GitHub page here.

2.     Download 2015 Moto E's open source package.

3.     Check the source code.

Developers can take the source kernel in both tag.gz file format or zip file. They can customize or rearrange the open source file's properties to make it more personal. This has been a dream of Motorola to allow developers be flexible in their work for Android phones.

Note however that the source code should not be the same with any mobile carrier's prepaid versions. The kernel's developers warned users that opening the source might be time consuming.

By downloading the open source kernel, interested 2015 Moto E owners can create out of it custom ROMs, improve apps, and play with customizations related to the software including an improved user interface.

In another news, Motorola is slated to release three new phones named Moto X Play, Moto G 2015, and Moto X Pure Edition.

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