Motorola has finally begun the rollout of the new Android version 6.0 Marshmallow to the Moto G (2nd generation). This update is available as an Over-the-air-update (OTA) that will install over the existing Android 5.0.2 firmware. For those of you who have not yet received the notification for the update, manually check by using the System Update entry in the phone’s settings.

Do keep in mind that the update is available only for devices that are running on stock ROMS. For rooted devices, you will need to download the file separately and install manually.

The update will not tamper with any data that is present on the device. However, it is still recommended that you make a backup of your stored files and make sure that the handset is charged to at least 60 percent of battery, as the update procedure lasts for nearly 45 minutes.

With the launch of the latest version of Android, Motorola is looking to introduce several enhancements, with the majority of them focused on improving the battery life and facilitating the access to key system features.

Here are the top things that you should look out for after this update:

  • App Standby: This feature is basically meant to improve the battery life on your device. Users can now configure specific apps to use the new optimized mode, enabling them to run in a ‘reduced activity’ state when not in use.
  • Expandable Storage: With the new update, users can seamlessly use the space on the external SD card to add on to the existing internal storage of the device. However, do keep in mind that the SD card will be specially encrypted and to use it like a regular card, you will have to format it.
  • App permissions: Users can now set specific access permissions for the device applications.
  • Do not disturb: The phone’s ringtone and notifications can be more finely configured to allow calls only from priority contacts, or only sound alarms, or go totally silent. This feature is new for stock Android devices, however, it is quite reminiscent of the one was launched much earlier on custom ROMS like Cyanogen Mod.
  • Now on Tap: This gimmick is definitely a key one for Marshmallow, as it allows users to easily search for specific information directly from the app.


Did you download the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on your 2nd gen Motorola Moto G? Have you encountered any problems during the process – hopefully not -? Let us know in the comments below.