Moto X Pure Edition (2015) Marshmallow soak test has begun, full launch possibly in 1 week

by: Matthew BensonDecember 2, 2015
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Moto X Pure Edition (2015) Soak Test begins

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.

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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.

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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.

Wrap Up

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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!

  • Marc Perrusquia

    It also needs to be mentioned that Motorola has killed support after barely a year for the carrier versions of the 2014 Moto X. Motorola : A Garbage Company.

    • Scott Lowe

      Blame your carrier. Better yet, buy your own phone.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        I buy all my phones unlocked, and my daily driver is the 6p, so don’t talk down to me. You don’t have to own the carrier version of the Moto X to call them out on their bullshit.

        • Scott Lowe

          I’m not talking down to you, Marc. I have a 2014 Moto X Pure, and I’m supposed to get Marshmallow sometime soon. But if Motorola is updating carrier free phones, but not Verizon or AT&T versions of the same phone, the question should be asked as to why carriers screw with the updating process so much. Plus, maybe Motorola is taking more time with Marshmallow updates because the initial fast Lollipop update was so buggy. I know that 5.0 sucked on my phones compared to KitKat, both on my Moto X and my Nexus 4.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            “Better yet, buy your own phone.” Pretty sure that’s being talked down to. But that’s beside the point. Carrier versions of other 2014 flagships are being updated, and Motorola will also have an easier time updating the Moto X since there isn’t a heavy skin. Motorola is just a trash company that screws over consumers, and anybody defending them is full of it. There’s NO excuse for dropping support for a year old flagship regardless of carrier.

          • Mike

            I see both sides to this argument. You both make valid points. However, I don’t think that Motorola is completely to blame. What are your choices? Go to Samsung? They abandon phones more regularly than Motorola does.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            Not their flagships.

          • Mike

            Verizon note 4 isn’t even on 5.1.1 yet.. Although I know that you’ll blame Verizon foe that

          • Marc Perrusquia

            But it’ll eventually be updated…. The Moto X will NEVER be updated.

          • Mike

            true that

      • Marc Perrusquia

        Not only that it’s Motorola’s fault not the carriers’.

    • Dexter Calvillo

      Carriers destroy the update process. So glad moto ditched the carriers entirely this year.

    • Robert Johnson

      That sounds more like a carrier problem than a problem with Motorola

      • Marc Perrusquia

        No it’s not. Carriers do make a mess of the process, but that hasn’t stopped other OEM’s from updating their phones Motorola is just full of shit.

  • Dexter Calvillo

    6.0 update is live, this isn’t a soak test. I got my update today, and I’m not a Motorola feedback (or whatever its called) member.

    • Robert Johnson

      Where are you located?

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      • Dexter Calvillo

        Midwest USA. It is a soak test apparently. I tried to sign up for feedback a while ago but never heard back or got a NDA, instead the update just showed up.

  • Savvas Totikidis

    I don’t think Motorola take the update serious anymore or at least a priority, they’re already a month behind from last year. Next year it will be delayed again more and so on. I ditched my moto x style and put the sim back in my Nexus 6 got the updates immediately and now have a super smooth phone with an excellent battery. More then I can say about my moto x style. Disappointed in Motorola, Nexus devices from now on.

    • Daniella

      Moto phones are now available online only on

      • Savvas Totikidis

        What does that mean online only? You mean you have to flash the ROM?

  • Robert Johnson

    Checked today in the UK and the update is not yet available.

  • Lorenzo Marini

    I moved from a Moto G 3rd gen that received an update in December to a Moto X style and now I can’t update?