As the title says, Motorola has officially announced which of its smartphones will be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list isn't small, but it does have some notable omissions, so here it is:
- 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
This list is complete based on Motorola's current plans. Read More
The CyanogenMod team continues to develop builds for new phones, and today we get support for two budget-oriented options that are popular with the unlocked crowd. The Moto E 2015, a phone with a relatively small screen and a tiny price, and the Huawei Mate 2, a phone with a relatively enormous screen and a price that's still pretty small, both have CyanogenMod 12.1 (Android 5.1) ROMs waiting for them on the official download site.
The Mate 2 is under the "mt2" codename, currently with three nightly builds available, and the Moto E 2015 is (for no obvious reason) labeled "otus" with two builds available at the time of writing. Read More
Google and the various major Android device vendors and carriers are scrambling to patch the recently-discovered Stagefright exploit, a weakness in Android's multimedia processing that can allow remote access via a simple MMS message. Google has already begun patching Nexus devices, and Samsung is working its way through its extensive product range starting with flagships. Yesterday Motorola released its plans to update its phones.
So which devices will get the fix? Basically everything Motorola has made since 2013, including carrier variants and DROID models for Verizon in the US. Here's the full list:
- Moto X Style (patched from launch)
- Moto X Play (patched from launch)
- Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto X Pro
- Moto Maxx/Turbo
- Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
- Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto E (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto E with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
- DROID Turbo
- DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx
Some third-gen Moto G phones (released late last month) have been patched from launch, but others will need an over-the-air update. Read More
Republic Wireless is a good option if you really want to save some cash on your monthly bill. The MVNO's hybrid WiFi-cellular plans cost between $5 and $55, depending on what you want. However, you need to buy phones directly from the carrier. Now you've got another phone option on Republic—the 2nd Gen Moto E with LTE.
The 2nd Moto E is Motorola's cheap phone, but it's really not that bad for less demanding use. Normally it goes for $120 - $150 depending on whether you want LTE. Today Amazon is apparently selling them for significantly less. Global and US GSM models are going for just $90. LTE models are selling for only $10 more.
You get a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5MP camera, and a 2390mAh battery. 3G models get a Snapdragon 200 processor, while the LTE option comes with the 410 instead. Either way, you have your choice of black or white.
These units are GSM-only, so don't pick one up if you're looking to use your Moto E on Verizon or Sprint. Read More
On Google+ today, Motorola's David Schuster announced that the AT&T version of the 2nd generation Moto E would be receiving its Android 5.1 soak test today, meaning a general OTA shouldn't be far away.
Global versions of the Moto E 2nd Gen have generally already received this update, so if you want a changelog, it's right here. Android 5.1 brings new notification and interrupt settings, an enhanced quick settings panel, Android's Device Protection feature (with factory reset protection), and more. Of course, this will also bring a litany of bug fixes (and probably new bugs!) specific to Moto E owners. Read More
Hey Verizon, you do know that your flagship and completely exclusive DROID Turbo is still running on Android 4.4, right? Right? That being the case, does it seem a little odd that the cheapest of the Moto line, the Moto E, which is only sold to pre-paid Verizon customers, now runs the latest version of Android? No? Well OK, then. If you have the second-gen version of the Moto E, expect an update sometime in the next few days. If you have a DROID Turbo, buy a Moto E.
Verizon's notes on Lollipop 5.1 don't mention anything out of the ordinary for the update, which shouldn't surprise you, since Motorola's cheaper phones run a version of Android that's almost completely stock. Read More
Just about a week after Motorola released update notes for the second version of its Moto E budget handset, it looks like the Lollipop 5.1 update is indeed hitting the airwaves. Multiple posters on XDA have alerted their fellow users that the update (version XT1527, if you're wondering) has reached their phones. Thanks to the Moto E's off-contract nature, it should hit users on all carriers at the same time.
Screenshot credit: XDA user talbe009
According to screenshots posted on the forum, the update is a bit over 250MB in size, which is practically tiny for over-the-air updates these days. (You can thank Motorola's "I Can't Believe It's Not Nexus" software approach - Samsung updates are pushing a gigabyte or more.) Even so, you might want to hit your nearest Wi-Fi hotspot for the sake of convenience or your mobile data limit. Read More
Motorola figures that if you're buying a brand new Moto X Pure Edition, you could probably find a use for a 3G Moto E as well. It's a great phone to give to a family member, especially as a starter phone. If nothing else, you could use it as a test device or keep it lying in a drawer somewhere as a backup.
So the company is currently offering a free 2nd generation Moto E to anyone who buys a 2014 Moto X Pure Edition. If you do the math, that amounts to $499.99 + $0, a savings of $119.99. You have to buy the phone outright, as none of the carrier versions are eligible. Read More