Moto X Pure Edition to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow in ‘next few weeks’

Marshmallow is on its way! Photo: Motorola

Marshmallow is on its way! Photo: Motorola

Motorola’s latest Moto X Pure Edition will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow “in the next few weeks,” senior director David Schuster has confirmed. The update will bring a whole host of new features and improvements, including Doze, new apps permissions, Google Now on Tap, and more.

Thanks to its near stock Android software, the Moto X Pure Edition gets almost exactly the same Marshmallow experience you would expect from a Nexus smartphone. So all of the features that come with the new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P are making their way to the Pure Edition.

Here’s a list of the big ones, courtesy of Schuster:

  – A new Memory Manager that lets you check memory usage of all your installed apps
– Volume controls have been greatly improved
– Do not disturb button has been added to the quick settings panel for easy access.
– System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom once enabled. It provides a few simple UI tweaks.
– Google Now on Tap allows contextual information to be delivered based on content on your screen with a long press of the home key.
– Doze is a battery management feature that detects when your device is not in use and it  will automatically go into a deep sleep state which saves your battery.
– App Standby reduces battery drain by putting seldom-used apps into a reduced activity state.
– Expandable Storage support allows for microSD cards to be used either in a portable storage or an internal storage mode. Portable storage allows your pictures, videos, audio and other media files to be stored. Internal storage allows both media storage along with apps and games but can not be used by other devices.
– RAM manager in settings which allows a consumer to view memory used by the system or an individual app over different time frames
– Automatic App backup not only backs up your apps but their associated data so when restored they will be the same as they were before
– Text selection has been improved

Motorola is bringing Marshmallow to the Moto X Style and the 2014 Moto X in Brazil and India first, but Schuster says Moto X Pure Edition owners in the U.S. will also see it “in the coming weeks.”