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Moto G 2nd gen gets soak test for Android 6.0 in India and Brasil

Do you have a second gen Moto G? Then you should start jumping up and down with joy because there is a soak test of the Android 6.0 update that has just begun rolling out on devices in India and Brazil. Only a small number of users will get to test the OTA and if everything goes well, the update will come to ALL of the devices.


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Dave Schuster of Motorola was nice enough to keep us posted with what devices are getting updated. Both the 3G-only and LTE versions of Moto G 2nd gen are getting the update soak test. Motorola will monitor the feedback received from the handful of users who are lucky enough to test it and if the update is free of bugs and problems, it should go live in about a week.


The OTA has the usual Android 6.0 stuff like doze mode, better permissions and granular control over features plus do-not-disturbed, among others. You can check the source link for more details on the changes.


Source: Motorola



Motorola testing Android 6.0 on Moto X Pure Edition

Motorola is testing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on Moto X Pure Edition, reports say. The company managed to make a name of itself lately, especially when it comes to quick and reliable Android updates. It seems that things are starting to move again, after a few flops in this department, as the company is interested in offering its customers timely updates again.


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Motorola Senior Director David Schuster revealed on Google+ today that the tests for Android 6.0 on Moto X Pure Edition/ Style are in full effect. Below you can read the official post:


“There have been a couple reports of a Marshmallow “soak test” that has started for Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. Just want to make it clear that we have NOT started a formal “soak test”. We have started a small TestDrive for the Marshmallow upgrade on Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. We will be conducting these tests for the next couple of weeks. Pending the feedback during this test cycle will determine the timing of a full soak test.”


An official update will come in a few weeks, as the post suggests, mainly because there is not soak test being performed at the moment. A soak test is a private firmware beta test that Motorola usually conducts in some markets, and it is limited to active users on Motorola’s support forums. The public doesn’t usually find out about them, but there are casual leaks happening everywhere now. They are important because the public rollouts happen in 2-6 weeks after a soak test was berformed.


The same will happen with other Motorola devices such as Moto X Play, Moto G 3rd gen, Moto X 2014, Moto G, DROID Turbo and Moto MAXX.


Source: Google +

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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:


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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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Motorola Lollipop soak tests for Moto E in India and Brasil, for Moto Maxx in Brasil and Mexico

Motorola is getting Lollipop updates as we speak but before getting there for everyone, it still needs to be tested in select markets. Moto G 2nd generation and Moto X 2014 are already Lollipop sweetened, and Moto E and Moto Maxx are close to getting theirs. First, they have to pass the soak test already on its way to retail-bought devices in Brazil and India for Moto E and Brazil and Mexico markets for Moto Maxx.




Those who fit the bill are already seeing the OTA notification on their device and they can also click on the Check for Updates button until they get their desired result. Remember that not all Motorola devices get into soak test groups, so you can try to join in on the fun whenever it gets to the country you are in.


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Source: Motorola blog