Motorola talks Android 6.0 Marshmallow: phone updates, software changes

The first Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates – based on a final, public-ready build, instead of another preview release – start hitting smartphones next week, with Nexus handsets first in line to get the new software. Other manufacturers are already talking about their own Marshmallow update plans, and just the other day we saw HTC sharing a list of its phones confirmed to be receiving updates. Now it’s Motorola’s turn, as the manufacturer publishes a similar list of its own, while also talking about what the arrival of Marshmallow means for Motorola’s own Android enhancements.

The list of devices tapped for Marshmallow isn’t too surprising: this year’s and last year’s Moto X (well, at least the Pure Edition) and Moto G models, the Moto Maxx and Turbo, the Droid Turbo, and obviously the Nexus 6. That leaves behind lower-tier hardware like the Moto E – even this year’s new model.

As for the software, Motorola points to some custom code that it no longer feels is necessary in the presence of Marshmallow, so it will be dropping Moto Assist. Improved system-level cloud backup features also mean that Motorola’s putting Motorola Migrate out to pasture, and the company’s additionally closing the door on Motorola Connect.

Right now there’s no public timetable for any of Motorola’s Marshmallow updates (the Nexus 6 notwithstanding), with the manufacturer instead committing to working fast with the caveat, “we won’t push the upgrades out until we know they’re ready.”

Source: Motorola

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