Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside holds a new Moto G mobile phone
Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside holds a new Moto G mobile phone during its worldwide presentation in Sao Paulo November 13, 2013. Reuters/Nacho Doce

Motorola finally started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its second generation of Moto G devices through a soak test. In 2014, the 2nd gen Moto G was launched with the Android 4.4.4 Kitkat on board. It was the first handset to get an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company decided to skip v5.1 and directly update the smartphone to Android Marshmallow.

According to GottaMobile, XDA Developers forum and Reddit indicate that Motorola Moto G (2014) is getting Marshmallow via soak test. This is the final stage of the software compatibility test, which means it will be ready for the general public very soon. Selected members of the Motorola Feedback Community will receive the update first followed by all owners across the globe.

The Marshmallow update measures 461MB. According to iDigital Times, Motorola already started rolling out the official OTA (over-the-air) update. Currently, the Moto G (2014) is running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The Marshmallow update will bring in features like apps permission, auto-backup, Android Pay, Doze mode, Google Now on Tap and much more. Motorola also confirmed the list of devices to receive the latest version of Android mobile operating system.

A report in Venture Capital Post mentioned that the device experiences practical performance loopholes, as it skipped v5.1 Lollipop that brought quite a few maintenance fixes to the devices. The handset is blamed to have major software issues, which results in battery drainage and memory leakage causing sluggish performance. Parallel reports also state unintentional shutdown of the device.

In the meantime, T-Mobile also announced on Twitter that Nexus 6 owners will soon receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Carrier models of smartphones require rigorous testing and certification before rolling out updates. T-Mobile delayed the Marshmallow update to test the software for Band 12 LTE and support for Wi-Fi calling.

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