The Moto E (2015) was launched earlier this year, meaning that it is still a relatively new phone and it is the latest of the Moto E series. However for some reason, Motorola has decided that the handset is apparently not good enough to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, meaning that if you own the device, you’ll be stuck with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
This is according to a recently published list of handsets by Motorola listing the devices that will get the update. So far pretty much every other Motorola handset made the cut except for the entire Moto E lineup. This includes the 2015 Moto X lineup; the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition + Europe, Latin America, Asia; the 2014 Moto G and its LTE variant; DROID Turbo; 2014 Moto MAXX and Moto Turbo; and the Nexus 6. So like we said if you own the current Moto E or any of its older siblings, you will have to flash some kind of Android 6.0 ROM if you really want the update.
It is unclear as to why the Moto E did not make the cut, but presumably it might have to do with its hardware. The Moto E isn’t exactly the highest-end of devices but we figured at the very least the 2015 model should be able to receive the update, but we guess we were wrong. As pointed out by Android Police, this seems to go against what Motorola said earlier this year.
According to Magno Herran, Marketing Manager for Moto E, “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.” To be fair the handset did get updated to Android 5.1, but safe to say that the Android 6.0 update is one that users probably want more.
Hopefully this is just an oversight on Motorola’s part and that they will include the Moto E in the Android 6.0 roadmap, if not we’ll have to admit that we are pretty disappointed.