Wednesday , May 23 2018

Motorola’s rollout of Android 5.1 for the Moto X (2nd Gen) has a bonus feature

Chop Twice for flashlight

Motorola has begun its rollout of Android 5.1 to the Moto X Gen 2, and they’ve included a new gesture feature which is, frankly, pretty handy. You can shake your phone twice as shown above, to activate the flashlight. I know, it seems a bit odd, but think about it; no fumbling around unlocking the screen and finding the shortcut to turn the light on, just shake your phone and its done!

The rollout, which began with a soak-test in Brazil a little while ago, is spreading more widely, and should be available to Australian users soon, and sooner still if your handset was purchased outright (and not carrier-branded).  Being Android 5.1, it includes plenty of stability enhancements and bug squashings, but Moto is never content to just squash bugs.

Moto Action, which provides the gesture controls, now offers a heap of gestures you can use. You can already twist twice to launch the camera, wave once to silence an incoming call, and pass your hand over the screen to activate the display to see what’s happening. Now, with a double-chop action, you can turn the flashlight on and off.

If you’ve got a Moto x (2nd Gen) keep an eye out and let us know when the update arrives!

Source: Moto Blog.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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