Moto Turbo Android Marshmallow Update Starts Rolling Out

Moto Turbo

The Moto Turbo (XT1225) was released in 2015 and while a good number of Motorola phones released the same year have been receiving the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, those using this handset have not been able to see such an update come their way.

Also known as the Moto Maxx, the Moto Turbo is a flagship phone that should have already received the Marshmallow update by now, especially since the OS has been here for more than 8 months. In case you are lost somewhere, the Moto Turbo and Moto Maxx are what the Moto Droid Turbo is known as in India. In fact, the phone has the same specs as what was launched in the U.S. These include a 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Under the hood, the handset is powered by a decent Snapdragon 805 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 3GB and onboard storage of 64GB. The back of the phone has a monstrous 21MP sensor while the battery unit is a similarly huge 3900mAh capacity, which should be enough to keep you going through the entire day.

The Moto Turbo first launched in the U.S. as the Droid Turbo and back then, it was powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. In the U.S., this handset is locked to Verizon Wireless. As mentioned earlier, some Moto handsets released last year have already been updated with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, most notably the Moto G3. However, the Moto Turbo had been denied some love, something that is no longer the same as at the time of this writing.

Moto Turbo

If you live in India and use the Moto Turbo, the Marshmallow OTA notification should already have hit your device. But as usual with OTA updates, they will not reach all devices at the same time. This means that some units may delay receiving the Marshmallow update while others are already receiving the same. Those on Moto Turbo handsets can now enjoy Marshmallow-exclusive features such as Google Now on Tap, enhanced control over apps permissions, Doze mode, and many other enhancements.

Have you received the Marshmallow OTA notification on your Moto Turbo phone? Let us know in your comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Moto Turbo Android Marshmallow Update Starts Rolling Out”

  1. The 5.2″ Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo/Droid Turbo were all under the code-name “Quark”. It was basically a 5.2″ version of the whale 6″ Moto Nexus 6.

    However, only the Moto Turbo was launched with Lollipop in early 2015. When the other Quarks were launched, they had 4.4.4 KitKat. The Moto Turbo was the last of the Quarks to be launched in March/April 2015.

    Seems like you may not also know about the U.S. Moto Maxx XT1250? It’s a clone of the Verizon Droid Turbo XT1254. Slipped under the radar of most of the tech media.

    While the Droid Turbo XT1254 was indeed locked to Verzon, the FCC IDentical device, the U.S. Moto Maxx XT1254 was NOT locked to Verizon. Exact same device, exact same radio bands, exact same FCC ID. Sold by at least a dozen U.S. regional CDMA/LTE carriers. The XT1250 would run on Verizon also, with a Verizon LTE SIM card, just like a non-Verizon Moto Nexus 6. The device was NEVER exclusive to Verizon, no matter Verizon’s PR lies otherwise. The only “exclusive” is the Droid name, which Verizon licenses from Disney/LucasArts and a locked-down bootloader. All the other Quarks had easily unlocked bootloaders, for free, with code from Motorola website.

    Then, besides the Droid Turbo/U.S. Moto Maxx, Motorola released the “international” Moto Maxx XT1225 (I own three, running them on AT&T here in the U.S.) and then in India they released the XT1225 as the “Moto Turbo” because there was a “Max” or “Maxx” carrier in India and Motorola didn’t want any confusion the device was linked to that carrier. The XT1225 has LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17. AT&T’s bands are 2, 3, 4, 17 — so it’s a perfect AT&T phone! Some websites do not list all the bands, leaving off LTE band 5. Motorola initially left it out of official specs, because that band is not used in Latin America. But users found it, it’s listed in the FCC tests for the XT1225 — and Motorola finally admitted it when they released specs for the Moto Turbo XT1225 for India.

    Both XT1225 share the same FCC ID, which is different from the FCC ID for the XT1254 (Droid Turbo)/XT1250 U.S. Moto Maxx. All the Quarks share LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 7 — but the XT1225 also has LTE bands 5 and 17. The XT1254/XT1250 instead has LTE band 13, and also CDMA bands. The XT1225 doesn’t have CDMA, but has more HSPA bands to compensate. The XT1254/XT1250 has some HSPA bands, but the XT1225 has more.

    This Quark was a world-class phone in 2014 when Motorola released it, but they messed it up by releasing under so many names. It would be like LG releasing the LG G4 as three different models, when really the LG G4 is the SAME PHONE no matter where it’s sold or used. It might have different radio bands, but same hardware specs.

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