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Motorola announces update to Android 6.0 for some devices today

Motorola just announced starting its Android 6.0 rollout for some devices, but there’s also a downside to that. Only Brazil and India will see the updates, at least at first. Because it was part of Google, Motorola managed to get a reputation for hasty updates during the last OS version. Even if things have changed and the OEM’s patrons are not the same anymore – because Lenovo now owns them – things are still the same-ish and updates are still rolling out decently fast.


Motorola Moto X Style


The Motorola update to Android 6.0 event is starting with 2015 Moto X Style and 2014 Moto X. These are just the first devices to get Marshmallow for now. Others will follow soon and we hope that a global release will follow really soon.


Other countries will receive the Android 6.0 update in stages in the following weeks. You can check out the changelog below since – if you live anywhere else than Brazil and India – you still have to wait for a while before your Moto device will get the update.


Moto X style changelog:


Doze modeDoze 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 StandbyApp 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:

  • Select “Optimize” to include the app in App Standby to optimize battery life when it’s not in use.
  • Select “Don’t optimize” to remove the app from App Standby. Apps listed as “Not optimized” may keep running in the background and may drain your battery more quickly.
App permissionsIn 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 linksAndroid 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:

  • Open in this app: when you tap a supported link, Android will always open the app without asking.
  • Ask every time: Android will always ask if you want to open the link in the app or in the Chrome browser.
  • Don’t open this app: Android will always open the link in the Chrome browser.

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 StorageAndroid 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:

  • Portable storage: use your SD card to store your pictures, videos, audio and other media files. You can remove the SD card at any time and transfer it to other device.
  • Internal storage: in addition to media, you can store downloaded apps and games, all their media and data. The SD card acts as an extension of the internal storage of your phone.

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 disturbYou 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:

  • Priority only blocks all interruptions except those from contacts and apps that you flag as important.
  • Total silence blocks all interruptions, including priority and alarms.
  • Alarms only blocks everything but your alarms.

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 controlsAndroid 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 TapNow 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 ShareDirect 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 DisplayIn 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 AssistIn 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 MigrateFrom 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 DisplayIn 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.

Source: Moto X Style


Android M Developer preview changelog shows up on AOSP – not final form

Android M Developer preview changelogs are already live and they already seem promising. Google released some of the source code in order to ensure GPL compliance.





The changelog measures around 4.7 MB and comprises 29,000 commits, some dating from as recent as one day before Google I/O. There is no clear official starting point of the changes and there may be differences between the preview firmware and the changelog, but things should be pretty much similar.

In case you are curious about Google and their most recent shenanigans, head over to the source link below to find some interesting jokes, details and secrets; there’s always something funny hidden in this type of thing.

Source: Changelog

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Motorola Moto X line and Moto E get Android 5.1 release notes

The Moto X line is the perfect answer to people who don’t like the Nexus devices or who don’t want to be the second testers to everything Google related. Motorola remains devoted to updating its devices and it seems that Android 5.1 will soon come to both Moto X versions AND to Moto E.


Moto X


The release notes were already posted and you now know what to expect from the 5.1 OTA. Below you can see the 1st generation Moto X changes.


Moto X update


Here you can see what the changes for Motorola Moto E are:


Moto E update


The most important fact about these updates in not that they are happening but that they were made public. The original Moto X versions are accompanied by the AT&T and T Mobile and Pure editions.

The update should roll out soon and Moto X and Moto E users will be joining the 1st gen Moto X lovers out there.

Source: DroidLife

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Motorola soak testing Android 5.1 for 2014 Moto X – rollout to come in a few weeks

Motorola is almost ready to roll out the Android 5.1 OTA for the 2014 Moto X and we can already show you the official changelog. Moto X 2014 was one of the first devices to get the Lollipop update apart from Nexus devices and Motorola is already soak testing 5.1. Below you can check the official changelog for the OTA:


Motorola Moto X



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  • Notifications & Interruptions
    • Block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours. It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
    • You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early. For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”. This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
    • Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
      You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing. With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.
  • Heads-up Notifications
    • In addition to dismissing a heads-up notification, you can now swipe it up to remove it from your screen. It will remain in your notifications tray and you can dismiss it later.
  • Quick Settings
    • You can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature – like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” – can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.
  • Camera
    • Reduces noise in low-light shots and improves responsiveness of the viewfinder with the front-facing camera (selfie).
  • Device Protection
    • Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings. Note that you must have a Google account on the device to automatically enable this feature and set a PIN, password or pattern screen lock.
  • Performance
    • Improvements in the Android Runtime (ART) lead to faster application launch times..
  • Lockscreen
    • If you have enabled Ambient Display, the minimum swipe distance has increased to reduce accidental interactions.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Clock in the status bar isn’t updating and alarms are not going off
    • Can’t delete SMS messages when the SIM card is full
    • No ringer audio while making an outgoing call
    • Calculator floating point calculations
    • Chrome crashes on launch
    • Frequent restarts while watching Netflix
    • Wi-Fi will not automatically reconnect to your home Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi not connecting after being idle all night
    • Wi-Fi connection issues with multiple routers in one location
    • Bluetooth discovery is not triggered when you refresh settings
    • CPU wakelocks that contribute to heavier battery drain
    • Connection and synchronization issues with MS Exchange servers
    • Incorrect default APN
    • Can’t unlock the SIM with a PIN/PUK code
    • Can’t play ‘pinned’ content
    • General stability improvements


The update will go live in a couple of weeks and everyone with an unlocked Moto X 2014 will get it. The locked versions will take a little bit longer.

Source: Motorola

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo OTA update – not Lollipop, just minor fixes and VoLTE

Droid Turbo is getting an update, and before you jump up with joy over you getting Lollipop, you have to know you’re only getting minor fixes and Advanced Calling 1.0 support. Verizon is finally pushing an OTA for the Turbo and it adds the famous or infamous VoLTE implementation to the device.


The changelog for the v 21.44.8 update is as follows:

  • Email attached moved to top for easy viewing

  • Device prepared for the new Advanced Calling 1.0 feature (allows you to use Voice and Data simultaneously)

  • Security updates

  • Device stability fixes.


Don’t forget that Verizon is calling the Turbo Droid DNA on its official pages, which is kind of amusing. You should also know that the update is merely “preparing” your device for the Advanced Calling change, as after the rollout is completed, the feature will be activated server-wise.


Source: Verizon

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Developer changelogs from Android KitKat to Lollipop 5.0 published on AOSP

If you were looking for the developer changelog for Android KitKat to Lollipop 5.0.0 r2, now you can find it on the AOSP. Yesterday morning, Google started uploading the Lollipop source code to the AOSP and, considering the operation took some hours, now we can sigh in relief that we have it at our disposal at any time. Anyone who wants to compile their own Android version can now try to do so whereas those who are just curious to find out the changes in a comprehensible manner can glance at the developer changelog generated by Al Sutton.


Lollipop build


This is the biggest Android update yet and the changelog is a rather bulky one too. You will find 128,680 commits which will only increase in number as future updates hit the public, and they would be even more if not for the unbundling of Chromium WebView from Android.

The android-5.0.0_r1 tag, or LRX21L, is destined for Nexus 9 and the android-5.0.0_r2, or LRX21M, is destined for the Nexus player. These are the official builds for the new devices and other builds will soon show up for the rest of the Nexus devices. The source code for Lollipop was kept in a forked branch to facilitate KitKat updates and bug fixes to other devices, but it may reach the master branch in the following days.

Source: Changelog


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