Over the past couple of years, the folks at Motorola have spoiled their customers with speedy software updates. Their Moto smartphones received new Android variants almost Nexus-like, but this year was a bit different. If you happen to own a Moto G 2014 you know the struggles of waiting for Marshmallow, but today I am happy to announce you that the waiting is over. Motorola updated the Moto G 2nd gen support page with Marshmallow support which is a sign that the the new firmware is now rolling out.
As you may already know, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is quite big, so expect some important changes and features. According to Motorola's official changelog, the update comes with Doze Model which is supposed to significantly improve the battery life of your phone while in stand by by putting unused apps in an even deeper sleep state, an enhanced app permissions system which enables apps to ask for permissions only t the time it's needed to use a feature, Deep Linking, the ability to use SD cards as default storage, enhanced Do Not Disturb Mode with custom rules, better Volume controls, Google Now On Tap which provides contextual results about what's currently on the screen, Direct Share, and more. The new update also brings improvements for Motorola's own apps such as Moto Assist, Motorola Migrate, and Motorola Alert. You can find out more info about the update here.
As it happens with new firmware updates, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Moto G 2nd gen is being released in phases, meaning it would take a few days until the update reaches out all owners. When your phone is ready to receive the update a message should appear in the notifications panel letting you that a system update is pending. Tap on it and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. In case the system update notification failed to appear, you would also want to check for the update manually under Settings > About phone > System updates > Check now.
Given the update file could have a size of over 1 GB, therefore we are recommending you to download the new firmware while connected to a WiFi network. Furthermore, make sure that you have at least 50% battery left on your phone so the device won't shut down during the installation.
Have you guys received the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on your Moto G 2nd gen phone? How's the new firmware treating you? Please let your fellow Moto G owners know in the comments section below.