Motorola confirms devices planned for Android 6.0 updates
Android Marshmallow has remained a developer preview for Nexus devices for some months now, but given the complete build of Android 6.0 will rollout to Nexus devices some time next week, Motorola thought to announce which of its handsets they’ll be working on, as well as those that’ll be left behind.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow of course brings the latest features and innovations to the Android platform, including key features like Google Now on Tap for contextually aware info for just about anything you’re viewing on your device, Doze for enhanced power saving while a handset is in standby, Android Pay — which with any luck should arrive some time next year — as well as direct sharing and volume controls that have been simplified, coming from Lollipop’s unpopular approach.
While there’s no timing set in place for when Motorola intends to have Android 6.0 pushed out to any of its devices, the OEM can confirm each of the following are in the works to receive the update at some point.
- 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
- 2015 Moto X Play
- 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
- 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
- Nexus 6
Obviously the Nexus 6 was expected to receive Marshmallow and almost certainly it’ll receive it first out of this lot. We have filtered this list according to Motorola handsets that either are or have been available locally. If you own any US variants of the above mentioned, it’s likely you can expect an update as well. That goes for the DROID Turbo and Moto Maxx, but only Pure Editions of the 2014 Moto X will have a taste of Marshmallow, not any of the 2014 Moto X US carrier versions.
From this list we can see Motorola has dropped support for the still relatively new 2015 Moto E and 2014 Moto E, which are nowhere near their two years of expected support, and in the case of the 2015 Moto E, is a handset only a few months old. The 2013 Moto X, which has exceeded its two years on the usual OEM update path will remain on Lollipop and the same goes for the extremely popular 2013 Moto G, which still has a couple of months before it hits its official end of life. We figure Motorola didn’t want to anger any Moto X owners by favouring the 2013 Moto G instead.
Additionally, Motorola has announced it will cease development on some of their own apps and services which either conflict or overlap with some of Android Marshmallow’s latest features, in efforts to minimise bloat. The ‘Do not disturb’ mode for meetings conflicts with Motorola’s own implementation which is part of Moto Assist, so it will no longer exist on Android 6.0. Motorola Migrate will also see the chop, seeing as Marshmallow includes some pretty nifty support for backup and restoring of content on new devices from old. Lastly — for now at least — the Google Chrome extension found within the Motorola Connect app will be dropped in light of a number of new services showing up on the Play Store which support other over-the-top messaging services beyond SMS, as it’s currently limited to in Motorola Connect.
What do you make of this list? Is one or more of your devices set to receive Marshmallow, or was one or more left out?
Source: Motorola Blog