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Android Marshmallow could come to Moto X 2nd Gen after all

Despite leaving the Moto X 2nd Gen off its list of smartphones getting an Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade, Motorola could be planning to update the device after all.

Motorola has promised that the Moto X 2nd Gen Pure Edition will get Marshmallow, but the AT&T and Verizon versions did not appear on its update list — even though they’re only just over a year old. A forum manager also confirmed these devices wouldn’t be updated.

However, Motorola may have since had a change of heart. All three Moto X 2nd Gen models — that’s the XT1097 (AT&T), the XT1096 (Verizon), and the XT1095 (Pure Edition) — have been re-certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android 6.0 installed.

It doesn’t make sense for Motorola to ignore these handsets. Not only are they only a year old, but they’re also more than capable of running Marshmallow. Not updating them would simply leave customers with a bad taste in their mouths — and no company wants that.

Motorola still hasn’t confirmed the Moto X 2nd Gen on AT&T and Verizon will get Marshmallow, so you shouldn’t get your hopes up just yet. But these Wi-Fi Alliance listings suggest the company is certainly considering it.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...