Motorola has started rolling out the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow version to its Moto E 2nd Gen in India. A global rollout may soon be expected in Europe, Latin America, Canada and Asia (barring China) except the US.
User screen shots show that the total download size of the update is 453.9 MB with build version 24.51.39. It includes the January 2016 Android security update.
It brings multiple improvements and new features as well as performance optimisations for the phone but the most significant is the doze mode. The Moto E 2nd Gen already has a pretty good battery life and with the doze mode it will only get better.
It is not a surprise that Motorola has decided to roll out the update in India as the phone treads around the $100 (£70) mark in the market with features and durability comparable to phones in the mid-range. India is a crucial market for Motorola which saw its sales dip drastically last year.
The company's move to roll out the update for several Motorola devices such as the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G 3rd gen, Moto G Turbo comes amidst Chinese budget competitors flooding the Indian market with their devices.
Motorola's US strategy is seen as a surprise. Last February, Magno Herran, Marketing Manager for Moto E (2nd Gen) had said: "And while other smartphones in this category don't always support upgrades, we won't forget about you, and we'll make sure your Moto E stays up to date after you buy it."
That did not happen as Motorola issued a list of devices that would receive Marshmallow in October last year and it seemed clear that the US was not going to be part of it.