With Android 6.0 Marshallow coming as soon as next week to Nexus devices, other companies are going to be hard at work bringing the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system to their own hardware. Among the fast-moving companies to update their devices is Motorola. Today, Motorola shared which devices will receive the Marshmallow software update.
Motorola first explained its software approach:
We believe your phone should look and behave like you want it to. That means our approach to software is ‘less is more’, so you can focus on the choices that are right for you. In fact, we’ve made it a priority to avoid bloatware and skins, and focus on identifying and tackling areas where we can enable more meaningful exchanges between you and your phone, such as simple voice controls and notifications that you can interact with even when your phone is asleep.
Here are the phones that Motorola says it will bring Marshmallow to:
- 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
- 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
- 2015 Moto X Play
- 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
- 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE (2nd gen)
- DROID Turbo
- 2014 Moto MAXX
- Nexus 6
Is your device missing from the list above? It looks like the original Moto X from 2013 is not included; that also seems to be the case for the Verizon and AT&T variants of last year’s Moto X (2014). For the latter, let’s just hope that is has something to do with the carriers holding up the process of getting device owners Marshmallow. Oh, the Moto E — a phone from earlier this year — is also missing, let alone any of the entry-level series’ predecessors.
Motorola does not yet have a schedule for any software updates but the company does plan to issue those details in the coming weeks.
The company also announced that it is using the release of Marshmallow as an opportunity to reorganize its own apps and services. Since Marshmallow has a plethora of sound and notification settings, Moto Assist is no longer necessary and will be removed. The same goes for Motorola Migrate as Google has really improved data backup. And Motorola will also shutdown the Chrome extension within Motorola Connect — a way to text from a computer with Google’s Chrome browser — with the rise of other alternatives and instant messaging services.