Owners of the Moto X Pure Edition, ostensibly Motorola's flagship US phone at the moment, should be receiving the over-the-air update to Android 6.0 soon. That's according to Motorola employee David Schuster, who has shed light on upcoming updates many times before. He told his Google+ followers earlier today that the Marshmallow upgrade is currently being sent out to those Moto X Pure Edition phones on Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular. The updates follow shortly after the soak tests from last week.
Recall that the Pure Edition, which is compatible with all five major carriers in the US, is being sold directly from Motorola and isn't being distributed through carriers at all. That means that the software changes between phones on each carrier are negligible - the only real difference in the phones on those three networks is that they're still based on the old CDMA standard, rather than GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile). It shouldn't take Motorola very long at all to extend the rollout to the other two carriers, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it begin before the end of the week. The update is around 650MB, and the notes don't include anything beyond the AOSP upgrades in Android 6.0.
Shuster also said that soak tests (Motorola's closed beta tests for phone firmware) for Marshmallow are beginning in Brazil and India for the Moto X Play and the Moto X Force. He also reiterated the company's commitment to update phones it previously announced in a list, controversially omitting the 2015 Moto E.
- David Schuster (Google+)