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Motorola updates Moto X 2014 Pure Edition to Android 6.0

Motorola is not going through the best phase of their lives right now, but updates are still coming (even if they are not as fast as last year’s updates to Lollipop when they managed to beat Google’s Nexus devices to the punch too).

 

motorola Moto x 2nd gen

 

 

Moto X 2014 Pure Edition is getting its update to Android Marshmallow as we speak. Even if the OTA is coming a little late, it is still a good thing that the device was not forgotten. The OTA will reach devices globally and it is a pretty big one, weighing around 880MB.

 

In order to have things running well, we recommend you do a factory reset before updating, but you can skip it if you are eager to try Marshmallow and have too many things to save on your device.

 

In order to check if your Moto X 2014 Pure Edition is ready for update, you can go to Settings → About Phone → System Updates and check manually. If you don’t want to bother, you may have to wait for a day or two for when the update reaches your specific smartphone. Carrier branded Moto X 2nd edition devices should get their updates soon as well, but if you have a Verizon one, you will have to wait for a while longer.

 

Source: Phandroid

 

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Moto X Style international edition gets Android 6.0 OTA in Europe

Earlier this week Motorola started to rollout the Marshmallow update to the Moto X Pure Edition. Now it’s time for Moto X Style to get the same treatment. Motorola’s newest flagship got the code Style for the international market and, according to some UK users, it is already getting an update to Android 6.0.

Moto x style

The rollout is most probably triggered by territory and it should reach Western Europe exclusively at the moment. Other territories will follow soon. If the update is the same as the US version for the Moto X Pure Edition, it should have somewhere around 650MB and it should provide the regular stock Android service.

If you have a Moto X Style and you receive the OTA alert, let us know in the comments below where you are from. This way we can keep track of where the update is heading.

Source: AndroidPolice

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Motorola Moto E 2nd gen WILL get Android 6.0 after all!

Motorola Moto E 2nd gen will get its own update to Android 6.0 soon! The bad news is that the OTA will not reach US devices. This news completes the news coming back in October, when Motorola announced their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update list of devices, a pretty skimpy list at the time.

Moto E 2nd gen

In an update to the original post (which you can see in the source link below) we can see that Moto E 2nd gen was added to the list. The US and Chinese versions of the device are not getting the update however; only Canada, Europe, Latin America and some parts of Asia will get an update.

On a side note, if you have a Moto X Force, a Maxx 2 or Turbo 2, you should be happy to find out that your device will also get an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Source: Motorola

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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

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Motorola DROID Turbo 2 deemed somewhat indestructible in early tests!

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 is new and ready to tumble, as Verizon and Motorola announced today, plus the device is marketed as shatterproof! According to third-party testers, this claim may have some truth to it as the phone is seen suffering tons of falls against different surfaces that have little to no effect over its functionality.

 

DROID Turbo 2

 

 

You can drop it from various distances, let it get hit by a car or stomped by a horse’s hoof, but it will still function. DROID Turbo 2 does not just get up from all of the violence it’s been put through without scars though, but if you have lived life with a smartphone with a shattered screen you can live with some dents in the screen too.

CNN tried to break the smartphone today and below you can see what they managed to do:

 

 

The main problem could be the sides of the screen as they suffer the most when the device is dropped, scratched or ran over. If you can’t take a dent or two on your smartphone – if you do a lot of heavy-lifting or are just that clumsy – you may still want to invest in a case or keep your mobile device close by. DROID Turbo 2 is closer to being an indestructible smartphone, but it still lacks Superman skills in this aspect.

 

Source: AndroidPolice

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Moto Maxx Motorola gets Android 5.1.1 kernel source released

Motorola just released the Android 5.1.1 kernel source for its Moto Maxx device. Now, it’s time for you tinkers, modders and developers out there to do your magic on this device. You can find the kernel files on GitHub where they are hidden under the codename Quark next to other Motorola devices that got the treatment in the past.

 

Moto Maxx

 

General, less-knowledgeable users can also download the files but they will probably do nothing with them. Us lay people will not be as successful in using kernel source files anyway.

 

Moto Maxx kernel

 

 

If you didn’t already know, Droid Moto Maxx is a DROID Turbo device sold by other carriers and that is not available in the US, at least not via carriers.

 

Source: GitHub via AndroidPolice