Verizon Moto X (2nd gen) may never get Marshmallow, but bootloader unlock is allowed

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The second-generation Motorola Moto X was a measly year old when Android’s 6.0 iteration started making its way to Nexus devices, and considering the close relationship between Google and the now Lenovo-owned company until not long ago, we were certain an official update was brewing.

While that’s obviously the case for the unlocked, “Pure” edition, both Verizon and AT&T-branded models are unexpectedly left in the lurch. Clearly, the blame must be shared by the phone manufacturer and the two US-leading carriers, but something tells us the latter’s drawn-out, often unneeded approval process is the main culprit here.

In a (subtle) way, Motorola seems to be confirming our suspicions now, by getting Big Red to green-light the 2014 X’s bootloader unlock. That’s official, mind you, and it can be done relatively swiftly and effortlessly by following a few steps on the OEM’s global customer support portal.

Once your bootloader is freed of external software modification shackles, optimizing and customizing Marshmallow goodies for Verizon’s Moto X (second-gen) should be a walk in the park for the independent developer community, so you’ll want to keep in touch with CyanogenMod 13’s progress, among others.

The Moto X Pure Edition, codename Victara, got its first CM13 nightly build way back in November, no doubt drawing close to a move to the semi-stable release channel with M Snapshot software. We won’t be saying the same as far as VZW’s version is concerned for several months, clearly, but professional and amateur tinkerers have to start somewhere.

Sources: Motorola ForumsMotorola Bootloader Unlock
Via: Phandroid

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