Early last month we found out certain Motorola device models would be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow while other models were not. Owners of the phones that were not getting Android 6.0 weren’t the happiest considering that the excluded model was only one to two years old. It doesn’t look like Motorola is going to change their decision any time soon, but David Schuster from Motorola said they are starting the initial deployment for two of their flagship models – the 2015 Moto X Style (for Brazil and India retail) and the 2014 Moto X 2nd gen for Brazil retail consumers.
What Schuster means by initial development is that it’s the final step after a TestDrive and a soak test. Schuster did go on and explain the difference on all three phases and said:
“TestDrive is an early phase of validation with a small (typically 20 to 200) individuals that can span weeks to months depending on the results. Soak testing is started once we have a “final” release candidate and typically will be 2 to 7 days in duration depending on the carrier/channel requirements. Finally, full deployment is after the soak period and all result are good, we make the release available to all appropriate devices for that release.”
Now that you’ve understood what this all means, the initial development will start rolling out over the next few weeks. The 2015 Moto X Pure Edition will also be pushed out the update in the next few weeks.
New improvements and features in Android 6.0 for these Motorola devices include:
- Doze – helps to preserve your phone’s battery life: it recognizes when your device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state.
- Memory Manager – lets you check memory usage of all your installed apps.
- Volume controls – improvements
- System UI Tuner – will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom once enabled. It provides a few simple UI tweaks.
- Google Now on Tap – allows contextual information to be delivered based on content on your screen with a long press of the home key.
- App standby – reduces the battery drain of your phone by putting your seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state.
- Expandable storage support – enables your SD card to fully extend device internal storage rather than just being used for media files.
- RAM manager – allows a consumer to view memory used by the system or an individual app over different time frames.
- Automatic app backup – backs up your apps but their associated data so when restored they will be the same as they were before.
- Text selection – improvements
- Do Not Disturb – added to quick settings
If you live in Brazil or India and own either the Moto X Style or the Moto X 2nd gen, expect an update to your devices soon.Source: Google+