After it was discovered that Moto X Style users in Brazil and India were already on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, users in other parts of the world, including the USA where the device is known as the Moto X Pure Edition, have been wondering when their time will come. Today Motorola’s David Schuster took to Google Plus to give an update:
I’m pleased to announce that today we are starting the soak test period of Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade for the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) in the US. We will monitor the soak for next week and with good results, proceed to full launch.
A soak test essentially involves distribution of new software to a small group of users in order to monitor the performance and test for any bugs or major problems. Typically it is seen as the last hurdle before wide-scale deployment to the public at-large.
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The move to Marshmallow comes at a critical time for Motorola, now owned by Lenovo. Some have been skeptical of the company’s commitment to standards established during its tenure at Google, during which time the Moto X line was introduced. In light of new ownership, critics have questioned if Motorola will continue placing priority and focus on timely updates and support.
Last year, for example, Motorola began to update the Moto X Pure Edition (2014) as early as November 12th, which makes this roll out significantly protracted in comparison. This assumes there will be no hiccups with the soak test, less it could be several days, weeks, or at worst even months of additional waiting.
This news also raises two additional questions, namely when the Moto X Style (the international variant of the Pure Edition) will receive Android 6.0, an issue that numerous Google Plus users can be seen asking Mr. Schuster in the lead image for this piece. The other of course, is when the other new Motorola devices will be updated: the Moto G (2015), the Moto X Force, the Moto X Play, the Droid Turbo 2 and so on.
Owners of the Moto X Pure Edition will no doubt be excited by today’s news, and eagerly await the time when their smartphone can be updated to Android 6.0. We would like to hear your thoughts: is Motorola still in your “good books” as long as Marshmallow hits your device by the end of December, or has the company already disappointed you with the several months it has taken to get this far? If anyone is part of the soak test we also want to hear your thoughts on the new update!