Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Moto G series
Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow on September 29th and pushed out to AOSP on October 5th. Motorola updated Moto G 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Mobiles to Android 5.0 Lollipop a few months back. Currently Motorola is also working on pushing out the Android 5.1.1 update to Moto G 1st Gen and Moto G 2nd Gen. Motorola recently released Moto G 3rd Gen flagship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS. Motorola already confirmed that Moto G3 and Moto G2 devices will receive the Marshmallow update. But Moto G 1st Gen is not there in the official Marshmallow upgrade list. Some users expecting that Motorola may add Moto G1 later to this list. But custom roms based on Marshmallow will be available soon for Moto G1. Previously Motorola pushed out Lollipop update for Moto G smartphones later than expected release dates. But this time Motorola may release Android Marshmallow for Moto G smartphones on time. According to tech analysts, Motorola will update the Moto G 3rd Gen first to the Android Marshmallow OS. Then Moto G2 may receive the Android Marshmallow update. Motorola may release the new android version for Moto G 3rd Gen in November and for Moto G 2nd Gen in December
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according to this report. It seems to be a long waiting time but custom roms based on Android Marshmallow will be available for Moto G3 and G2 mobiles in November. Moto G 2nd Gen Google Play editions may receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update by the end of October like Google Nexus devices.
Android Marshmallow Exclusive Features
At the Google I/O 2015, VP of Engineering David Burke explained some of the key features of the Android Marshmallow Operating System. Now full key features of Marshmallow are out after it’s release.
1. App Permissions :
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This Feature of Android Marshmallow has been speculating for many days and now the full details revealed. With Android M users can use individual permissions to allow or deny apps. Google has simplified the permissions feature in Android M. In Android Marshmallow, permission request will appear when the app requires that particular permission and not at the time of installation. For Example, Whatsapp will request one time permission request to use mic, when we tap on record voice message icon. So users can decide to give permission to use it or not while using apps. When users want to change or view the permission setting for any app later, they can do that in the Settings. So android 6.0 is giving full control over apps to users through permissions. This is a noble feature of Android Marshmallow. Google may further develop this feature in future android versions.
2. Web Experience:Google improved the way of displaying web sites to users in order to provide better web experience while using apps and internet. A new feature named as Chrome Custom Tabs introduced in Android Marshmallow. When users tough a link in an app, the link will open in customized chrome tab at top of window without opening the chrome app separately. So users can interact in a better way between apps and websites with Custom chrome tabs. Chrome Custom Tabs supports the features automatic sign-in, saved passwords, auto fill, and multi-process security also to deliver integration of the app and web experience.
3. Fingerprint support :High-end smart phones like Galaxy S6 have Fingerprint sensor in them without requiring any external hardware. But till now fingerprint sensor is only useful to unlock the device. Google now extended the use of Fingerprint sensor in Android Marshmallow to make purchases through online shopping and playstore. Currently these features are only useful in high-end devices but in future more mobiles come with fingerprint sensor and at that time these features will be more useful.
4. Android Pay Mobile Payments :Google is going introduce Android Pay service in Android M OS. Android Pay allows users to make purchases with credit cards more than 700,000 stores in the US. Android Pay is compatible with any device which has NFS capabilities. The Android Pay already being supported by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, as well as carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Google aimed to make Android Pay better than Apple Pay. So we will see further improvements in Android Pay in near future.
5. Better App link management :In all Android operating systems before Android M, when users clicks on a link in an app, dialog box opens and asks to open via browser or other supported app. For example, when users click on YouTube link, a prompt will appear to open it through YouTube app or Web browser. In Android M, Google improved the management of app links to provide better user experience while using apps. In Android M, app links open through appropriate apps without again prompting users. In the above example YouTube link will open through YouTube app directly in Android M when users click on YouTube link. So, users can feel more comfortable and friendly with better app link management in Android M.
6. More Stand by Time and Fast Charging :
In Android M, the tech giant introduced a new battery saving function named as Doze. With motion sensors, Doze recognizes automatically position of device and usage of device. So Doze recognizes whether the user asleep or kept in a table and saves battery according to the needs. In Doze mode also, alarms will work and priority notifications will appear. According to Burke, they have tested two Nexus 9 devices, one running on Android M preview and one running on Lollipop. The device running on Android M preview gives two times more standby time than the device running on Lollipop. Android M also supports new USB Type-C ports which allow greater amperage and fast charge the device. Users can also charge other device with these USB Type-C ports. Android M manage better these ports.
Update on 17/08/2015 :
Today, Google has been announced the codename of Android M as Marshmallow and version 6.0. Google has also been released Developer Preview 3 or Final Preview of Android Marshmallow.
7. Automatic Backup and Restore :
All previous android versions have no support for automatic backup and restore of apps and app data. Now Google implemented this useful feature in the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Marshmallow will automatically backup the apps and app data to Google drive. There is a limit of 25MB per app and the backups won’t count against Drive space limits and are encrypted also. Users can restore these backups when factory reset the device or to a new device. More details about automatic app backup and restore will be revealed in coming days.
8. System UI Tuner :
Marshmallow has another exclusive feature to better manage quick settings toggles and status bar icons. With this new System UI Tuner feature users can show battery percentage embedded in the battery icon in the status bar. Users can also remove and add tiles in Quick Settings menu. It also facilitates to manage Status bar notifications better. More details about this useful feature will be revealed in coming days.
9. Direct Share :
This is another bright feature of Marshmallow. With Android 6.0, users can share any link, app link from play store, map location and any thing else directly to persons. Users have to hit share button, click on app in the share list and then click on contract in the list of contracts. So users now can share anything without much clicks and more easily than on Android Lollipop. It can be understood much easily from the above image.
10. New App Menu and App Search Bar
Android 6.0 Marshmallow brought new app menu design which deviates from previous Android version. Upto Android Lollipop all Android versions feature horizontally scrollable app menu. But in Marshmallow Google introduced vertical app menu. The App Menu appears much smooth and fast than previous app menus. Search bar also comes with new app menu. So users can type in the search bar at the top of app menu to find required app. Users can easily find the required with search function in the new app menu. The Marshmallow app menu also provides the list of recent of on the top of the menu. So users can easily launch recently used apps. Google may improve this new app menu in the next update to Marshmallow.
11. App Standby :
Previously with Android Lollipop, Google brought an amazing feature to disable inbuilt apps. Now a new intelligent app standby feature comes with Android Marshmallow. App standby feature identifies ideal apps which haven’t been used for a long time and automatically disables them. So apps in standby mode don’t use network data for automatic syncs. They also don’t drink battery juice and don’t show any notifications. But if user plugged in the charger for charging then they will run in background and complete data syncs. Marshmallow users can view which apps under standby mode by going to Settings>Developer Options> Inactive Apps. Users can also customize the app standby feature in this screen. Users can disable app standby mode for any apps and can enable it.
12. Flex Storage :
Latest flagship phones from tech giants don’t feature microSD slot. It seems that tech giants like Samsung are following the Apple iphone and Google Nexus way. So only some mid-range devices, some old flagships and Sony flagships have microSD slot. Android Marshmallow has a new feature for phones which have microSD slot. Marshmallow can format external memory card and combine to internal storage so that users can use it to install apps and app data. Previous Android versions support this with only on rooting but Marshmallow can combine internal storage and external storage natively with out rooting. This combined storage is termed as Flex storage. But slower memory cards may trigger a low speed warning. Only UHS memory cards may compatible fully with internal storage.
13. Improved Android Run Time (ART)
Previously Google introduced the Android Run Time Feature for first time in Android 4.4 KitKat as optional in developer options. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android Run Time comes as Default setting instead of Dalvik cache to improve performance and reduce Ram usage. Google claims that they have improved the ART feature much in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. They said that they have optimized the power consumption of device and Ram use through Android Run Time. Overall improved ART of Marshmallow will improve the performance of the device and also decreases battery consumption. Google may improve this remarkable feature much in further updates to Marshmallow like Android 6.1.
14. Verified Boot :
Verified Boot is a security feature which was introduced back in Android 4.4 KitKat. It is used to protect the device through dm-verity against persistent rootkits. Google improved it in previous Android 5.0 Lollipop and current Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The latest Nexus 5X and 6P devices which are running on Marshmallow are showing some warning at the time of boot, if user unlocked the boot loader. According to Google, the Yellow warning refers that the devices is using operating system other than the one which came with device originally. Orange Warning comes up when user unlocked the boot loader. Read warning will come when the device using another operating system or it corrupted and when not safe to use. So user can know about the risk before the phone completing the boot process.
14. New Volume Controls :
Google improved the volume controls in Marshmallow better than Lollipop. So when user click on volume up or down buttons, a volume settings box will appear on screen. This box let users to change media volume, ring volume and alarm volume independently. To set in vibrate user have to tap on the Bell icon in this screen. So Android 6.0 Marshmallow volume controls are much better than Android 5.0 Lollipop. In Marshmallow there is no need to go into Settings menu to change volume controls independently. As said above the customized Volume control screen will appear as soon as user touches Volume up or down buttons. Actually Windows Phone adapted this setting a few generations ago and now Android got this.
15. Do Not Disturb Mode :
Google introduced priority notifications in Lollipop and now introduced a special feature named as Do Not Disturb in Marshmallow. Do not disturb is an improvement to Android 5.0 Lollipop priority Notifications. Through Do Not Disturb, users can set different silent modes according to their need. Users can access Do Not Disturb feature in Quick Settings toggles directly from the Marshmallow home screen. In that three modes will appear : Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority only. Users can set any mode for a few hours. More customization will be available for Do Not Disturb through the More Settings button at the bottom. Google may improve Do Not Disturb feature in the next updates.
Update on 3/9/2015 :
According to latest reports, it has been confirmed that Google will release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow on September 29th. So Motorola may start the rollout to Moto G 3rd Gen in the US in October. Moto G 2nd Gen Google play editions will also receive the Android 6.0 update in October or November. We will update this article with the timeline of rollout of the Marshmallow updates to Moto G series soon.
Update on 10/9/2015 :
According to a latest report, Android Marshmallow won’t feature dark User Interface theme in the final release. This dark theme was available in early preview of Android 6.0 but absent in later previews. Now it will be absent in final build too. But Google said that in building future updates they will consider the dark UI option. So further updates after Android 6.0 may feature the dark UI feature.
Update on 19/9/2015 :
Google invited press for the event on September 29th to unveil the Marshmallow operating system and two new Nexus devices. It has already been confirmed that the version number of Android Marshmallow is 6.0. The event will begin at 9 A.M. Pacific time in San Francisco. Some analysts are saying that Google may unveil an update to chromecast also. So more interesting details about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow opersting system will be revealed n September 29th.
Update on 30/9/2015 :
Google unveiled the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system yesterday. According to some officials, the Marshmallow flavour of Android will be uploaded to AOSP on October 5th. So after October 5th, tech giants other than Google will start building the update to their flagships. According to latest news, there is no change in the expected time line of Moto G series Marshmallow update. Motorola will start the building of update in a few days.
A new feature of Marshmallow has revealed just now. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is coming with the security patch level feature also. Users can check their phone’s security level by Going into Settings>About>Android Security Patch Level. It shows when was the last time device has received security update. Most devices may show a date of last month because, most tech giants recently started the rollout of security updates monthly due to Stage fright issue. More details about this remarkable feature will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 3/10/2015 : No Marshmallow for Moto G1 and Moto X1
At last Motorola officially announced which devices will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. According to the officials, in the smartphones released in Moto series in 2015, only Moto X Play, Moto X Style (Pure) and Moto G 3rd Gen will be upgraded to Marshmallow. Moto E2 will not be upgraded to Marshmallow. In 2014 Moto series, Moto G 2nd Gen, Moto X2 Pure Edition (US only) and Moto X 2nd Gen will be upgraded to Android 6.0. Carrier editions of Moto X2 in the US like AT&T Moto X2 will not receive Marshmallow update. In 2013 Moto series, none of the smartphones will get Marshmallow. So Moto E 1st Gen, Moto G 1st Gen and Moto X 1st Gen won’t be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But in future Motorola might add Moto G 1st Gen and Moto X 1st Gen devices to Marshmallow upgrade list.
Update on 8/10/2015 :
Google uploaded the Marshmallow Source code to AOSP on October 5th. Motorola may already have started the building of Marshmallow for eligible Moto G devices. So in a few days Motorola will invite some selected Moto G3 and G2 users in some regions for the soak test of Marshmallow. In a few days full details about Marshmallow soak test will be revealed.
Update on 19/10/2015 :
According to latest reports, Motorola has started the test drive of Marshmallow for Moto X Pure Edtion (2015). So it seems that in a few days Motorola is starting the soak test of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Moto X Pure (2015). So Moto G3 and Moto G2 users may also receive invitations for the soak test of Marshmallow after Moto X Pure (2015) soak test. Full details about the soak test of Marshmallow for Moto G 3rd Gen and 2nd Gen devices will be revealed soon.
Update on 5/11/2015 :
According to Phandroid, it seems that Motorola has started the soak test of Marshmallow for Moto G 3rd Gen. An Indian Moto G3 user already received the official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update notification and also installed it. The update notification is showing that update build number as 24.11.3.en.03. The Moto G3 user who has received the Marshmallow update said that he hasn’t noticed any bugs yet. The System properties in the Settings Menu is showing that Android Security Patch level is on 1st November 2015. It is really surprising that Motorola is running soak test for Moto G 3rd Gen before Moto X Pure (2015). Motorola may also start soak tests of Android 6.0 for Moto X Pure (2015) and Moto X Play devices soon. More details about the soak tests of Marshmallow for Moto G series and Moto X series devices will be revealed soon.
Update on 14/11/2015 :
A Motorola Executive, David Schuster posted in Google+ that they are starting the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Moto X Style (3rd Gen.) and Moto X 2nd Gen. devices. Currently Motorola is rolling out Marshmallow for Moto X Style in India and Brazil countries and Moto X 2nd Gen Retail edition is getting the update in Brazil. As this rollout occurs in phases, some users may not get the notification till now, but they will get soon. Users can also check for updates by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check Now.
David Schuster also told that Marshmallow update for Moto X Pure (3rd Gen.) flagship is currently under approval process and they will start the rollout in a few weeks. But the Motorola Executive said no word about the rollout of Moto G series Marshmallow update. According to some reports, currently Motorola is finalizing the Android 6.0 update for Moto G 3rd Gen and 2nd Gen devices. So Motorola may announce about the Marshmallow rollout Moto G 3rd Gen and 2nd Gen devices shortly. More details about the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Moto G series devices will be revealed soon.
Update on 22/11/2015 :
Some Moto G 2nd Gen users reported that they have received the Android 6.0 soak test notification. According to users, the update size is about 460MB. So it seems that Motorola has started the soak test of Android Marshmallow for Moto G 2nd Gen. Sources are saying that user experience has been improved considerably in this update. The About Phone in the Settings Menu is showing that the Android Security Patch level as on 1st November 2015.
According to the received users, Motorola Assists is not working on Marshmallow. But as this is a soak test only, Motorola may fix this in the final rollout. Google Now on Tap is working perfectly in the Moto G 2nd Gen devices which are running on Marshmallow. Above screenshots are showing that Motorola used stock Marshmallow UI in this update without any changes. As Motorola started the soak test just now, the full rollout of Android 6.0 for Moto G2 may begin in December only in some regions. More details about the Marshmallow rollout for Moto G 2nd Gen devices will be revealed soon. Motorola already started the soak test of Android 6.0 for some selected Moto G 3rd Gen devices according to rumours. So more details about the the update for Moto G3 also revealed soon.
Update on 2/12/2015 :
A Motorola’s Executive, David Schuster posted in Google+ that they are starting the soak test of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen). He also said that in a few weeks, the soak test will be completed and full rollout of Android 6.0 for Moto X Pure (2015) will start. But still there is no word on the final rollout dates of Android 6.0 for Moto X Style and Moto X 2nd Gen devices which are currently under soak test in a few regions. Users are expecting that Motorola may start the full rollout of Android 6.0 for Moto X Pure (3rd Gen), Moto X Style and Moto X 2nd Gen devices by the end of this month.
So in a few days, full rollout of Marshmallow might be started for Moto G3 and G2 devices. Currently Motorola is running soak tests of Android 6.0 for Moto G 2nd Gen and Moto G 3rd Gen devices. By the end of this month, Motorola may begin the rollout for Moto G3 and G2 devices along with some Moto X series devices. Full details about the Marshmallow rollout for Moto G3 and G2 devices will be revealed in a few days.
Update on 7/12/2015 :
Google released the factory images of Android 6.0.1 update for some Nexus devices. The Official Nexus factory Images page is showing that Android 6.0.1 is now available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices. Some users already started receiving the update through OTA also. As the OTA rollout proceeds in phases, some users may have to wait some time to download the Android 6.0.1 update. This update carries new emoji icons for Nexus devices as revealed some earlier leaks. Android 6.0.1 brings quick Camera launch for Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Player devices. With this feature users can launch Camera app just by clicking the power button twice. This feature already available in the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update also includes some bug fixes and minor improvements. Actually Google released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Android One devices in November.
Motorola is still running soak tests of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for some Moto G devices in some regions. As the final rollout hasn’t started yet, Motorola may add Android 6.0.1 improvements and bug fixes to the final update. Previously Motorola skipped Android 5.0 Lollipop and rolled out the Android 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 updates to Moto G 2nd Gen devices in some regions. But Motorola hasn’t confirmed about Android 6.0.1 yet, we have to wait until Motorola confirmed it.
Update on 13/12/2015 :
The clock in the devices which have installed Android 6.0 is running slowly according to some users. On some Nexus devices, the clock is running slowly by about 30 mins. This time difference shows large effect on Alarms and event reminders from Calender. But Google has fixed this bug in the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. So after updating to Android 6.0.1, the clock in the Nexus devices is running correctly. So Motorola may include this fix in the Marshmallow updates before the rollout.
Motorola has started the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to some Moto X Style devices in Europe as a part of soak test. David Schuster posted in Google+ that they have started the soak test of Marshmallow for Moto X Style in these countries : Italy, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, France, UK. Actually Moto X Style is the international version Moto X Pure Edition (2015) of the US. We have already told that Moto X Pure is receiving the update in the US. Previously in India and Brazil, Motorola deployed the Marshmallow update for Moto X Style flagship.
Previously, Motorola started the soak test of Marshmallow for Moto X 2nd gen devices in Brazil. Now David also told that the soak test for Moto X 2nd Gen Retail devices has been spread to these countries : India,Germany, UK, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, France along with carrier channels of Nextel Colombia, Claro Brazil, TIM Brazil, Telcel Mexico, Oi Brazil, Claro PR, Claro Colombia. So it seems that by the end of this year, Motorola is going to rollout the Marshmallow update for Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto X 2nd Gen Retail editions. But still there is no word about the Android 6.0 update for Moto G2 and Moto G3 devices. Probably Motorola announces about it by the end of this month.