Motorola Outlines Android Marshmallow Update Plans
Motorola plans to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update for its devices, and will add a few Moto Enhancements to improve the overall functionality of the new OS. There are some sweet enhancements with Marshmallow. For example, the 'Doze Mode' monitors your phone and puts it into a deep sleep when it’s not being used, which can extend battery life substantially. Android Pay, Direct Share, and simpler volume controls are some other improvements.
But Motorola's take on Android 6.0 will include some changes as well as the company's signature Moto Enhancements. For example, you’ll find an option for 'Do not disturb' under the 'Sound and notification' settings to make sure you’re not interrupted during meetings or while sleeping. That’s similar to Moto Assist, so Motorola is removing Moto Assist as part of the upgrade to M.
Android M also enhances support for backing up user data. These improvements duplicate most of what Motorola Migrate provides. Consequently, Motorola will retire Motorola Migrate and no longer preload it going forward. The company will also retire the Google Chrome extension found in Motorola Connect.
Since Motorola created Motorola Connect, several similar services have shown up on Google Play and many consumers have moved from SMS to other over-the-top messaging services. Both of these products were valuable in their time but the world has moved on and they no longer add enough value to justify taking up space in your device.
Motorola has plans to upgrade the following Motorola devices:
- 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 Asia2 (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
- DROID Turbo
- 2014 Moto MAXX
- 2014 Moto Turbo
- Nexus 6