Motorola has officially deployed the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow to couple of Moto X series in select markets.
David Schuster (Senior Director, SW Product Management, Motorola Mobility) on Google+ confirmed that Android M has been made available via OTA (Over-The-Air) to Moto X Style (3rd Gen) in Brazil and India, whereas the Moto X (2nd Gen) is getting the update only in Brazil.
He also added that Motorola will soon release the Marshmallow firmware to Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) in US, within a few weeks time.
How to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA on Moto X series:
[Note: Moto X series owners are advised to make sure the device has at least 50% battery so that the installation doesn't get interrupted mid way. Also make sure download update on Wi-Fi connection for smooth installation experience and avoid hefty data bill]
If you have received a notification message for this update:
1. Select "Yes, I'm in".
2. After the software is downloaded, select "Install now".
3. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
4. Your phone is now updated to Android 6.0.
It has to be noted OTA roll-out staged in phases, so it will take few weeks to reach all corners. Until, then readers can follow the steps below to manually check for update on your phone by-
1. Select the Settings icon in the apps menu.
2. Select "About phone".
3. Select "System updates".
4. If the update is ready, select "Yes, I'm in". After the software is downloaded, select "Install now".
5. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically.
6. Your phone is now updated to Android 6.0.
Here's the official change-log:
|Doze mode||Doze mode is a new smart feature that helps to preserve your phone's battery life: it recognizes when your device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state. How does it work? When your phone is stationary, not charging and not in use for a long period of time, Doze mode shuts down unnecessary background processes to optimize power.|
|App Standby||App Standby reduces the battery drain of your phone by putting your seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state. You can choose which apps are applicable to App Standby:1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and select Battery.3. Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots) at the top right corner of the screen and select Battery optimization. The greyed out list of apps under "Not optimized" cannot be added to App Standby.
4. Select "All apps" from the drop down list, then tap the app you want to adjust:
|App permissions||In Android Marshmallow you have even more control over what you share with your apps. With the new permissions model, apps designed for Marshmallow only ask for permissions at the time it's needed to use a feature, instead of all at once when you install the app. You can modify the permissions granted to apps at any time from the settings menu, or you can look at permissions by type and see which apps have that permission granted.To modify permissions for an app:1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then select the app you want to adjust.
3. Go to Permissions in the app menu and tap the switch of the permission you want to grant or revoke for that app.
To modify permissions by type:
1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then tap the gear icon at the top right corner of the Apps screen.
3. Go to App permissions and select the type of permission you want to adjust from the list.
4. Tap the switch for the app you want to grant/revoke that permission.
|App links||Android Marshmallow lets you decide what the right action is for each of your apps when you tap a web link. There are three actions you can set:
To set up the App links action and to check the supported links for a specific app:1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap "Apps", then select the app you want to adjust.
3. Go to "Open by default" in the apps menu. Tap "Open supported links" to select the action.
4. If you want to check which links are supported for that app, tap "Supported links".
|Expandable Storage||Android Marshmallow enables your SD card to fully extend device internal storage rather than just being used for media files.After inserting a new SD card to your phone, you will see a notification to set it up. You can choose to use your new SD card as a portable storage or as internal storage:
If you have an SD card inserted in your phone when you upgrade it to Android Marshmallow, the card will be defaulted to portable storage. Any existing application stored in your SD card before the upgrade will run as expected (in portable storage). In order to move any new application to the SD card, you have to adopt it as internal storage first. To set your SD card as internal storage:1. Back up and preserve any data you have on the card, as formatting for internal storage will erase it.
2. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
3. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Storage & USB, then select your portable SD card from the list.
4. Tap the menu icon (3 vertical dots) at the top right corner of the SD card screen and select Settings.
5. Select Format as internal and follow the steps in the tutorial.
Important: when the SD card is adopted as internal storage, it is formatted and encrypted to protect your information. It cannot be removed and transferred to other device. If you want to use the SD card as portable storage or in another device after adopted as internal storage, then you need to format it. When doing so, please remember that formatting erases all the data stored in your SD card.
|Do not disturb||You can now easily configure interruptions by tapping the Do not disturb button in the quick settings panel. There are 3 different modes that you can set from this menu:
The new Do not disturb feature also allows multiple automatic rules by time or event. To set automatic rules and to define what's considered as "priority only" notifications:1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers, then tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sound & notification, then go to Do not disturb.
In addition, you can decide which apps are treated as priority. Notifications from these apps will go off in "Priority only" mode. To treat an app as priority:
1. Swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen.
2. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Apps, then select the app you want to adjust.
3. Go to Notifications in the apps menu and tap "Treat as priority".
|Volume controls||Android Marshmallow provides a more clean and intuitive way to control the ringtone, media and alarm volume. Just press and hold the side volume keys to adjust your ringtone volume, then tap the down arrow in the volume slider that appears at the top of your screen to adjust the media and alarm volume.Mute: when Do not disturb mode isn't enabled and the phone volume is set to vibrate, press the volume down button again to activate the "Alarms only" mode. You won't be interrupted by calls, emails and other notifications, but your alarms will still go off.|
|Now on Tap||Now on Tap* provides Google Now contextual results right in the app you are using. Just tap and hold down the home button and Now on Tap will assist you with relevant information based on whatever you are doing in your phone at that moment.Let's say you receive a text message from a friend inviting you to watch a new movie. Just long press the home button, and Now on Tap will provide links to info about that movie and shortcuts to the apps you may need. Once you're done, the back button will take you right back to the messaging app so you can reply to your friend.*Now on Tap is supported in English only. To change the language of your device, open Settings from the apps tray and scroll down to Language & input.|
|Direct Share||Direct Share* is a new feature in Android Marshmallow that enables sharing something directly to a contact or conversation within an app. Tap the share icon in the app and at the top of the share panel, a list of contacts with app icons next to their names will pop-up. Then just pick the contact and hit send.*Note that Direct Share needs to be enabled by the developers of each app. Not all apps my offer Direct Share when Marshmallow launches.|
|Moto Display and Ambient Display||In Android Marshmallow, Ambient Display has been removed from devices with Moto Display, and users previously on Ambient Display have been migrated to Moto Display.Now, to turn on and off Moto Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Display and tap the switch at the top.|
|Moto Assist||In Marshmallow, Android introduced new features which enabled us to integrate Assist into other places:Sleeping and Meeting - to keep your phone quiet while you are sleeping or while you are busy in a meeting you may wish to consider using the Do not disturb feature from Android. To set it up, swipe the status bar down with two fingers and tap the gear icon at the top right corner of your screen. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sound & notification, then go to Do not disturb. To keep your screen dark while you are sleeping, open the Moto app, tap the icon on the top right corner of your screen, then go to Display and set the time under Keep screen dark.Driving and Places - To allow your phone to read your messages and calls out loud while you are driving or when you are at a specific location, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Voice and select Talk to me. Note: "Keep quiet" while driving and at locations, and "Play music" while driving, are no longer supported.|
|Motorola Migrate||From time to time, we need to retire certain Motorola services so that we can usher in a new wave of technology and offerings for our users, as a result Motorola Migrate will no longer be offered on devices running Android Marshmallow.In the meantime, you may wish to choose another app as an alternative for data transfers. Although we do not warranty or endorse these products, other consumers have had success with apps such as Copy My Data, Phone Copier, ShareIt, etc. which are all on Google Play Store.|
|Attentive Display||In Android Marshmallow we have integrated Attentive Display into Moto Actions. To disable or enable Attentive Display, open the Moto app, then tap the icon on the top right corner of the screen, go to Actions and select Attentive Display.Note: Attentive Display runs in battery saver mode, this means that when you are not looking, Attentive Display will dim your screen to save battery.|