Motorola announces which of its smartphones will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Motorola announces which of its smartphones will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
With Android 6.0 Marshmallow scheduled to roll out to the Google Nexus device lineup next week, we're now scrambling to get update information from various manufacturers. Motorola has spared us the trouble of dealing with unofficial sources and has published a list of the smartphones that it plans to update to the most recent version of Android. Unfortunately, it's not all good news.

Most of the company's 2015 smartphones will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including here the Moto X Pure Edition, the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play, and the Moto G (3rd gen). The official Motorola blog post moves on to mention a range of 2014 smartphones, such as the US-bound Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen), the Motorola DROID Turbo, the Moto MAXX, the Moto X (2nd gen) in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the second-generation Moto G and the Moto G LTE.

If you've noticed, the manufacturer only lists the Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen) in the US, which is the unlocked version of the handset. This prompted a Motorola smartphone owner to inquire about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Verizon and AT&T versions of the Moto X (2nd gen). Unfortunately, a Motorola spokesperson said that these phones will not be updated to Android 6.0, which surely comes as unfortunate news for those who have purchased a carrier-specific version of Motorola's 2014 flagship smartphone.

Also missing from the list are the original Moto G and Moto X, which is understandable given that these are two-year-old phones. Unfortunately, none of Motorola's Moto E smartphones will get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, which is a bit odd given that the 2nd-gen Moto E was launched earlier this year.

At the moment, Motorola was unable to provide timeframes for the updates, but the company said that more information will be offered in the upcoming weeks. What do you guys think of Motorola's decision not to update some of its recent devices to the new Android version?

source: Motorola

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38 Comments

35. syed_itsa

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

ATT is always behind in terms of software updates

34. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Good, because, I, disappointed with the Nexus 5X, just ordered a Moto X to replace my decaying Nexus 5. Being made by a manufacturer that does not add useless bloat and updates the OS rather often was a major factor for my decision. This and that, though not leading edge anymore, is quite a good value for $300.

33. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So back to iOS for me. Proper updates and no carrier bloat ware.

32. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

My note 4 is my last samsung device

29. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

There's no 3re gen Moto E...Edit the article pls

28. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Motorola should update Moto G&X (2013) & Moto E (LTE) at least. SD200 might not handle 'Marshmallow' so no update needed for Moto EE (2014) & Moto E (2nd Gen 2014)

27. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Motorola should update Moto G&X (2013) & Moto E (LTE) at least. SD200 might not handle 'Marshmallow' so no update needed for Moto EE (2014) & Moto E (2nd Gen 2014)

26. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Motorola should give more attention to Moto G phone which being one of thier best selling phones.

24. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

3rd gen moto e? that phone does not exist

22. Dale14

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

The Moto G LTE was misleading. I thought it was the 2013 version of moto g lte but it;s not. So, yeah, my moto g won't be updated. Sucks

20. GoogleUser101 unregistered

Wtf? No Moto E 2nd Gen? I bought it because I thought it would get updated.

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I didn't notice that the first time I read this article, I actually found out about it on another website. The fact that they marketed that device under the guise of updates, and then after one update, they stop support for it before it's even year old is BS. I'm starting to think that maybe Lenovo is just using Motorola for image alone and they're devices will be just Lenovo devices in Motorola clothing. I think I'm going to go Nexus this year. At this point there's just too many questions with Moto to give them my money. I've got until the 25th to preorder a Nexus and still get the Google Play credit, so I'll see if Motorola makes the situation right or not before making a final decision.

11. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Carriers should NOT be selling devices.

14. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Agreed. And with subsidies being phased out, why in the world would we want to buy a device from a carrier at full price (or more) all bloated out? While it is a big bummer that the moto x carrier versions won't get an update, I hope this is another sign of a possible trend to take devices out of carrier's hands. The delayed updates and prolonged security vulnerabilities (and bugs) are extremely frustrating to say the least. I'm tired of the bugs in L 5.0.1 on my Verizon handset, and have no plans in the future to buy a device from VZW. In my mind, solving the update issue is the single most important concern right now with Android, and I'm glad to see some hope in this department.

16. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Because carriers let you pay in installments w/ 0% financing. Not everybody can pay he full cost of a Samsung, Apple, LG, HTC, Sony, etc flagship up front and buying directly from them doesn't always allow for payment plans. Apply recently started payment plans, but the other companies don't. Maybe they will, but who knows.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Motorola was offering 0% financing on their phones since at least 2013, it was available when they launched the first Moto X. And you can still do it on this year's Moto lineup.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung is to offer it

10. Elfmonster unregistered

Who are you people who have such a case of Stockholm syndrome with Android that you favor giant corporations' abuse of customers' requests for updated software? Are you a publicist for Motorola? Because that's how it seems.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See post 12.

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I had my Moto G 2013 repaired just a few days ago assuming I'd be covered to get the Marshmallow update, but all I got was 5.1 (and Motorola is currently rolling out the 5.1.1) sad story.. RIP

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

Are you really expecting a software update on a 2.5 year old midrange phone and calling it sad story.

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It does suck. The 2013 model isn't much different than the 2014 model. Nothing in 6.0 will make this any harder than 5.1 which it now has. Nothing. Google even said themselves it was to polish the turd of 5.x. This looks like Lenovo saving money by not doing updates, which actually has the opposite effect of driving away customers and losing even more money. Dumb asses.

18. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I agree with 2 of your points, it does suck and 2013 & 2014 Moto Gs aren't having many differences, Honestly 5.1 is more polished than what I have experienced with 5.0.2 especially the task switcher panel, at 1st I thought this phone is brand new again haha! Almost everything is smooth now, only just some occasional stutters here and there...

17. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

It's not 2.5 year old, it's 2 years old come November, that's why I'm sad Moto G isn't covered anymore. Call me pathetic, but you're so arrogant.

36. shahed

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

This is a sad story indeed. Considering both 1st gen & 2nd gen moto g has same cpu, gpu & ram. Software update should be decided based on devices capability, not by some not so long 18 month time frame. * I won moto g 1st gen.. and I'm not happy about the exclusion.

37. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Apparently, the saying "Age doesn't matter" doesn't apply on Android :( lemme just hug you

6. Elfmonster unregistered

Android's inability to safely update software beyond two years is the tragic flaw that will eventually lead to its demise when a new company comes along with a better OS within the next decade. Compare Android to TV, since the price is similar. I have two TVs older than my Galaxy S2. Those TVs still work, still zip by, still do everything they were designed to do, quickly and unfailingly. (My old Xboxes and Playstations also work perfectly.) The S2 (like my 2013 Samsung 10.1) is decrepit and usable only for basic functions. My original Nexus 7 is molasses (I have even had to restore it via Android Device Manager once because it was the only way to unbrick it.) My 2013 Nexus 7 crashes and moves slower now than when I bought it (I've had to hard reset it twice). I've had to hard reset my Note 3, which occasionally kills new batteries with faulty Google app updates. The OS made my Moto X and LG tablet so hot, I sold them. I love the flow of Android. I'll never go back to Apple, which sucks even worse with every single device. But some smart designers will come out with a better OS in the next few years, and I'll leave Android with no qualms.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I would say this has more to do with the carriers (AT&T and Verizon) than with Motorola. One of the devices they ARE shown as updating is the Moto X Pure 2014, which is the exact same phone. The only difference is it doesn't have carrier branding or bloat, and bands that are considered international (GSM). So if they ARE updating that one and NOT updating Verizon or AT&T's version, that means there's a dispute with the carriers, otherwise the ROM would be exactly the same except for the bloatware the carriers would want to add/update. Since the carriers have the final say on if carrier phones get updated or not, then it's out of Motorola's hands. I'm thinking this is why they've taken the route they did this year by bypassing the carriers altogether and releasing direct to consumers and pushing updates directly without any carrier involvement. That's the same way they did it with the 2014 Moto X Pure, and its getting it's update.

31. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I totally agree. What's worse is I have a Cricket branded 2014 Moto G 4G which is still stuck on KK despite it already being updated to Lollipop. It's Cricket not updating the phone and I doubt it'll get Marshmallow because of Cricket (although I do hope). Honestly though I got the phone for $25 during a promo late last year so for the price I paid it does more than I ever expected but still.

5. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

No Moto E!?

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