In a move that has Gen 2 Moto X owners staring out rain-bedrizzled apartment windows while the somber melody of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” drifts between empty whiskey bottles and discarded Chinese takeout cartons, Motorola is rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Gen 2 Moto G in the US.
This is something of a surprise, since the budget-friendly Motorola smartphone never even got an LTE variant release state-side. The device was unveiled in September of 2014 alongside the Gen 2 Moto X as an affordable alternative, but there’s still no word as to whether Marshmallow will be arriving at all on its big brother. The Moto G was a smash hit in 2014’s Indian and Brazilian markets, where demand for this kind of device was high. Now US owners will have all the benefits of Marshmallow, from the battery-saving doze mode to the magical Google Now on Tap. Android 6.0 also introduces live permissions features which allow the user to pick and choose which permissions a given app has access to as the app requests them.
Meanwhile, us Moto X owners will be just fine with Lollipop and we won’t be bitter about it at all. We’ll just bottle our feelings deep, deep down and that will be the end of it.
Are you a Gen 2 Moto G owner? Excited about getting this Marshmallowy update and all the slick features that come with it? Let us know your feelings in the comments below so that some of us can live the experience of a Marshmallow announcement vicariously through your joy.