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Android fans have yet another reason to cheer Motorola

Published Oct 2nd, 2015 8:15PM EDT
Motorola Android 6.0 Marshmallow Upgrade Details
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Android fans have a lot of good reasons to root for Motorola these days and the company gave them a brand-new one on Friday. Motorola not only announced which of its phones would be getting upgraded to Android but it also announced that it would actually be deleting two pieces of its own software from those devices to make the upgrade process go even faster.

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Specifically, Motorola will be retiring Moto Assist, Motorola Migrate and the Motorola Connect Chrome extension and won’t preload them onto devices anymore.

“The release of a new Android version is a great time to take a fresh look at our signature Moto Enhancements to ensure we’re complementing Android (not competing with it),” Motorola explains. “Both of these products were valuable in their time but the world has moved on and they no longer add enough value to justify taking up space in your device.”

Put simply, this is the kind of thing that many Android users want to see out of more OEMs. It’s really commendable for Motorola to accept that some of its own services no longer improve the overall user experience and to then remove them from its devices. For what it’s worth, Motorola is also one of the very best Android OEMs when it comes to not clogging up storage space and resources with its own applications, so we’re not surprised to see it takes a critical look at its own apps with every new major Android upgrade.

If you’re a Motorola user, here’s a full list of devices that will be getting the upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Motorola says it will release more information on the timing of these phone upgrades in the coming weeks.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.