Another day, another expanded soak test of a Motorola software upgrade. This time, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the 1st and 2nd-generation Moto X in a bevy of countries.
Now I know what you might be thinking – yes, we already announced that 5.1 was rolling out to the Moto X on some carriers in the US and abroad. It seems that those posts were premature. Most carrier release notes on the update have been pulled and we haven’t seen many reports of Moto X owners actually receiving 5.1.1, save for Pure Edition (the unlocked, carrier-free Moto X variant) customers.
Today, however, David Schuster of Motorola has posted to Google+ yet again to inform us of new soak tests of the Moto X’s 5.1.1 upgrade. Soak testing is essentially Motorola releasing the update to a select group of customers who have agreed to try the update and report bugs as they come across or find them.
Soak testing for the carrier-locked variant of 2nd-generation Moto X began today in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Singapore and Sweden.
And soak testing for carrier-locked variant the 1st-generation Moto X began today in these countries: Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
As always, Schuster says that if all goes well, “we would expect full deployments to start next week.” That doesn’t mean you’ll get the update next week, though, as it still needs to go through carrier modifications (you know, to make sure their bloatware works) approvals region by region. In other words, expect more waiting.