Do you want to update your Moto E to latest Android 5.1 Lollipop OS? If you do, then you need to know that Motorola will start rolling out the compatible OTA quite soon – the exact date hasn’t been yet provided. Anyway, if you want to skip the wait, you can choose to flash a custom ROM firmware, like the new unofficial version of CyanogenMod.
Thus, if you are an advanced Android user who is looking forwards in tweaking his first get. of Motorola Moto E, you need to know that CM 12.1 firmware has been released. The ROM isn’t an official CyanogenMod release, as the current CM12.1 built is being developed and offered by the xda-developers community. Also, this is not an official Android 5.1 Lollipop update rolled out by Motorola for your Moto E, which means that you will have to manually install the ROM on your device – also, if you choose to complete the flashing process, you will apply an unofficial update operation, thus the warranty of your phone will get void.
Now, if you want to download the CM12.1 firmware file for your Moto E, you need to navigate towards this page. Then, for being able to apply the ROM, you first have to ensure that your phone is rooted and installed with a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery – you cannot install a custom ROM in other conditions (you can read more about the advantages, risks and pre requisites involved by a custom ROM platform, by using our dedicated step by step guide).
However, do note that this CM 12.1 OS is only based on stock Android 5.1 Lollipop software – it is still a custom ROM developed by third party devs. Moreover, the ROM is still under development, therefore the Android 5.1 update might come with minor bugs and other software related issues – make a Nandroid backup before doing anything else, as you might have to downgrade your Moto E back to stock.
Well, that was all for now; so, what do you say, are you interested in updating your first gen. of Moto E with this new and unofficial CM 12.1 release?