Android device updates: Motorola starts Marshmallow soak test for Moto X re ition

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 4 Dec 2015

Stockings are starting to fill with Marshmallows after a rather long November dry spell with very few Android software updates. The Moto X re ition should get the full rollout in about a week depending on how the current soak test goes.

There are several other phones grabbing updates, so let’s get to the rest of the list. Each week, we compile all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, Android ar smartwatches, Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs gaping security holes. 


Moto X re ition: Motorola’s David Schuster announced on + that a soak test is underway for this flagship. This means Marshmallow is being sent out to a test group of phones. If it all goes well, Schuster said the full rollout should begin for everyone else within a week. ’ll let you know here during our regular roundup on the Marshmallow update list when that happens.


BlackBerry iv: The company’s first Android phone is getting its inaugural software update. BlackBerry says you’ll see camera improvements, speedier software, the December security update. BlackBerry is following the monthly update pattern established by others after the Stagefright vulnerability. ’ll let you know if they follow through in nuary.


Galaxy Note 4: It’s not Marshmallow, but at least you’ll be caught up to Android 5.1.1 with your stylus-friendly phone. T-Mobile says that along with all the improvements to this version of llipop, you’ll get advanced messaging video calling. However, keep in mind those features only work when corresponding with someone else on T-Mobile with a compatible device.

Galaxy Note ge: Very similar story for the curved version of the Note, as you’ll also see Android 5.1.1 the messaging video calling features. Make sure you device has at least 50 percent battery life before triggering the over-the-air update.

Nexus 6: This edition of the Nexus 6 is a little late to the Marshmallow party, but at least it finally made it. According to T-Mobile, you’re getting pretty much a stock build of Android 6.0, with a couple of carrier-specific tweaks like support for -Fi calling the network’s E B 12.


Huawei tch: Be on the lookout for update B43B. Huawei says it’s a maintenance update, with improvements to the microphone for better “OK ” detection, optimized fitness tracking, better Bluetooth connectivity, a new app to display the battery level.