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Moto 360 (1st Gen) Marshmallow Update Seems to be Widely Rolling Out (Update: 2nd Gen and Sport Too)

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Yesterday, we shared with you the release notes for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update that is scheduled to arrive on all Moto 360 variants within the next few weeks. Today, those may come in handy, as the update seems to be pretty widely rolling out to the Moto 360 (1st gen). Why we aren’t seeing it also hit the 2nd gen and Sport models is beyond me, but such is life some times. It’ll get here. 

The update is indeed Android 6.0.1 software build MEC23I, to be exact, and should contain new goodness like additional language support, Doze mode, screen dimming, controls over app permissions, manual date and time setting, Bluetooth headset audio improvements, and a bunch of new wrist gestures.

Update:  My original Moto 360 has received the update now as well. It does appear to be available to a much wider audience at the moment.

Update 4:27PM:  We were able to pull the update to our all of our Moto 360 (2nd gen) and Sport watches too. Looks like Motorola got it done this time around!

Let us know if you are seeing the update!

Note:  As you’ll see in the comments, your phone does not need to be running Marshmallow in order to receive Marshmallow on your watch.

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Cheers Thomas, James, Alex, @zippyzapparo, and everyone else!
  • Friss

    I got the update but the process of updating is damn very too slow (I am using 500mbps fibre at home though) yet took the whole day to just download the firmware and still need to charge up again to 80% for installation.

  • nvsteve

    I just installed the update on the original moto 360 a few minutes ago. It was a long wait but worth it. The watch feels a bit faster and hopefully battery life improves due to Doze. The update seems to have fixed the Bluetooth connection issues I was having with my LG G4 (on marshmallow).

    • Justin Graeff

      I have been looking for an answer to this but I can’t find one. I am missing the Factory Reset option too! I don’t know how to reset this thing. It’s having problems and I can’t figure it out but I also can’t reset. Did you ever figure it out?

      • nvsteve

        Once you select the UNPAIR option, it will say FACTORY RESET AND UNPAIR? Just check yes. Not sure why Moto did this… Busy work for someone? 🙂

        • Justin Graeff

          Thank you! Not sure why they did that either, but seems counter productive. Appreciate the pointer.

          • nvsteve

            No problem… Hope that resolves your issues! If not, also try uninstalling and reinstalling android wear on your phone. I had to do that several times when the watch was on lollipop. Also, at the risk of stating the obvious, make sure your phone is on the latest version of Android wear and the Android OS itself. Sometimes, it’s not the watch but the phone that’s messing things up. Things seem to work best when both phone and watch are on the same Android version.

  • jrod3737

    11 days in. Still waiting …

    • Lee W.

      Same here. Moto N6 + Moto 360 (1st Gen)

    • Lee W.

      Day 13. Still “System is up to date”

      • jrod3737

        Interesting turn of events. Last night when I checked for system update I received a message that I needed to charge my watch to get the update. After charging I got a message that something went wrong, please try again. I tried again and just got a white screen. I restarted and got the same message about charging my watch though it was at 95%!! I reset the phone and now I just get a system up to date message, which it is not.

        • Lee W.

          Still at “System up to date”

    • suprano

      Haha, its February 26th today 17:55 as i type this and my 1st gen 360 still says it’s up to date. No 6.0.1 here.

    • Lee W.

      Day 18. Nada.

      • sirmeili

        Same here 🙁

    • Lee W.

      Ok, so today I download a wear app from Google dev’s tweet, called WeaReal. After I download and install it, my Moto 360 gave me the “update available” notification. I don’t know if it was just coincidence or it triggered something, but give it a shot guys.

      • jrod3737

        Interesting. I used to have warereal installed, but after I reset my phone I didn’t install it. I’m going to try that

        • Lee W.

          I mean it may be as simple as installing any wearable app. lmk though

          • jrod3737

            Well, not sure what weareal does that other apps and the os itself don’t. But now I’m getting the message to charge my phone to receive the update. It’s at 34%, so I’ll to wait to see if I can actually install it this time or I just get an error like last time.

          • Lee W.

            Sweet. Good luck, man.

          • jrod3737

            That worked! Hallelujah! Seems like a defect, that a certain app can force an update or that an update won’t come unless a certain app is installed.

          • Lee W.

            Like I was saying, it may be ANY wearable app install will “unclog it” so to speak. Glad it worked for you.

          • jrod3737

            Possibly. But I had completely reset my phone and installed the apps from scratch. The only difference was that I didn’t reinstall weareal.

          • Lee W.

            ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Welp, we got our update. I guess that’s all that matters.

  • Barlog

    I haven’t gotten mine either and I’m connected to the Nexus 6P running the newest version of Marshmallow. What the heck? Im gonna try the factory reset and see if that works I guess…

  • James Serao

    Mostly everyone on here has gotten the update in the last 6-8 days and I’m still sitting here waiting. Anyone have a way to push this update? Should I factory reset again or just keep sitting here banging my head against my phone?

  • mjmellin

    I’m still waiting 🙁 What is going on? I have done the factory reset thing too.

  • Matthew Dickinson

    No update here either. Watch is tethered to a Droid Turbo, obviously on VZW.

  • InSoHaPo

    Why haven’t I gotten the update yet for moto 360 1st gen? It’s been a week

  • ac

    Still haven’t seen the update come through. Is there a way to force the update?

  • Bobbynbr

    I got an update on my 1st gen it seem to of hung up and got stuck on a reboot it did not update to 6.0.1

  • James Serao

    Am I the only one that hasn’t gotten the update yet?

    • Droider

      i havent either. And ontop of that my 2st gen moto 360 isnt connecting whatsoever with my nexus 6p

      • James Serao

        I even factory reset my first gen just to see if I can get it to pull it. But to no avail nothing

        • scuba_koop

          Did you get it yet? I haven’t either!! Tried the factory reset and nothing…weird!!

          • James Serao

            Still nothing.

          • NyReynolds

            I’m in the same boat as you guys. no update yet on 1st. gen moto 360

        • Droider

          I factory reset it about 3 times, still nothing…

  • Sean McLaughlin

    Got it yesterday morning. Don’t see much of a change. Restart option is gone in settings. Icons slightly bigger to fill screen space. One new gesture. Not a big update to be honest. From what I hear, if I had a speaker it might be significant….

  • mzrdisi

    I received the update on my 2nd gen last night. Ambient mode watch faces look much better. Seems to be a smoother frame rate throughout the OS too.

  • reevester

    PSA – If you get the prompt that your watch needs to be connected to a charger, simply connect it to the internet via WiFi and it begins downloading the update. Was much faster than when it was tethered to my phone.

  • person

    Looks like you can’t use Theater Mode to keep the screen off while charging anymore.

    • Jordan Oldham

      Yes so irritating , does it on mime

  • Retrotech

    Previously paired phone died 2 weeks ago so I was shocked when 6.0.1 update downloaded to Moto 360 OG on it’s own over Wi Fi ! Installed, paired with new Nexus 6P and no issues. Use “Un-pair with phone” in settings, the watch will factory reset but retain programs. Then, re-establish WiFi settings with Wear app.

  • Caspian

    Moto 360 1st gen here. Just got the update loaded this morning. Anyone noticing that watch faces are now loading by component when checking the time? i.e. the analog hands load first then the watch face? The delay is fractional but distinct. My OCD is really going bonkers over it.

  • sefirosu

    How the hell do you factory reset it now? I don’t see the option in settings.

    • Retrotech

      Use “Un-pair with phone” in settings, the watch will factory reset but retain programs.

  • person

    Just noticed 2 things:
    -Ambient Display is anti-aliased now
    -The app list no longer stutters when scrolling through the middle and performance is consistently immaculate

  • Zetsumeikuro

    Already got my update gj moto

  • Brad Myers

    Had to connect to wifi on my Moto 360 2015,then the update showed up, but wouldn’t install complaining about the battery being charged. Rebooted watch and looked for a card.. Somehow got it to install without needing to charge. Might have run Google app or something. It appears to be Much zippier when scrolling.

  • Anthony Catalano

    Got mine on moto 360 first gen this morning, I didn’t do anything, want on WiFi, it just showed up.

  • Danmheadache

    Reboot option has gone.

    • Chess

      If all else fails when trying to reset to factory using the the unpair option (that’s what happened to me) – set a watchface password and go through 3 tries of 3 tries/wait/try-again and you will finally get to a factory reset option that works – at least it did for me and watch is now functional on 6.0.1

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  • Tobi De la Cuz

    Just got my update on the 2nd Gen. Was that Moto logo boot animation always there? Only booted it once… The first time I turned it on. I need a watch face like that.

    • person

      Yes

  • TriguyRN

    Got mine yesterday.

  • Nate

    And this update bricked my watch, along with others: http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-360/help/marshmallow-update-woes-t3313037

    • Jason

      Bricked mine too. Very first of the first gen. Now stuck on the “M” logo at boot

    • Jon

      Mine too 🙁

    • Scott Y.

      Bricked too. Early first gen moto 360. Moto is no help at all. They point to google and say it is their fault. They did offer me a replacement for $100.

  • Ken Owen

    Got it yesterday. Keeping an eye on battery life. Hoping this improves how much I can get out of a charge.

    • Sean McLaughlin

      So far mine is about the same.

  • I hope my Huawei watch gets this update soon.

  • Darren Pawlak

    2nd Gen has it if you ‘make it’ show up, I got it just by restarting the watch a couple times and hitting the system update, doesn’t ‘feel’ that different or new really, BUT I have to give Moto some mad props, they turned back full color high quality dimmed watch faces! (up until now when it dimmed to always on it would go black and white mostly and high quality watch faces looked TERRIBLE, now? looks amazing dimmed to always on! ^_^ THANK YOU MOTO!!)

  • JRUIV

    Because first Gen needed it more lol

  • Brian Menius

    I don’t think I like this update at all. After the hype of the smartwatch wore off, I concluded that the only functionality I really cared about was the ability to completely silence my phone (Do Not Disturb mode, basically, so that it doesn’t vibrate at all) and still know when I’m getting a call or notification based on my watch vibrating.

    The Marshmallow Wear update seems to have linked the watch notification behavior directly to the phone’s notification state. If I want the phone to not vibrate, the watch won’t vibrate, either. That’s garbage.

    I’ve checked settings on both sides, and I can’t find a way to unlink the two. If the N6 didn’t vibrate like a jackhammer, it wouldn’t really be an issue.

    Am I missing something?

    • person

      Wear App Settings > Mute phone alerts and calls?

    • Jordan Oldham

      You cannot use thetre mode when charging anymore

  • Inspector Butters

    i got the update 2 days ago. haven’t installed yet. my battery life has been incredible on my moto360 gen 1.
    As soon as I switched from my G2 to my Note 5, the 360 battery life more than doubled.

  • Ian Case

    Waiting and waiting and waiting. DON’T LIE TO ME, WATCH!

    • XvierX

      Same problem here. I wonder is the watch needs to be directly connected to wifi.

      • Ken Owen

        Due to WiFi killing battery life, I never use that feature and I got my update yesterday.

    • Ryan Chapman

      me too, I even tried to factory reset and everything, no dice.

  • MJZ

    Still 5.1.1 here

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Got mine for the Gen 2 this morning.

  • Ryan Davis

    I got it on my 2nd gen yesterday!

  • Chris Dickson

    What’s this? An update for a Motorola device that’s over a year old!? I must be dreaming!

    • John Bush

      Sigh… Because it’s not carrier branded…

      My 2014 Moto X *Pure Edition* is running on Marshmallowy goodness. Thanks again Motorola!

      • Chris Dickson

        Very True. But it still seems weird that they gave no explanation for it or didn’t even attempt to get it out. I’m just a little salty that my Verizon Moto X 2014 won’t see Marshmallow. Definitely won’t get a carrier phone next time!

  • jim

    note 5= 5.1.1 moto 360 first gen 6.0.1

  • Harold Goldner

    Biggest problem, one watch –> one device, and no switching devices without factory resetting the watch. I cannot fathom why this is so difficult for Google, and how they don’t see fixing this could increase sales.

    • Raven

      It has to do with how the apps on your watch are directly tied to the apps installed on your phone. You never install apps to your watch directly. Maybe this was a bad model to choose, but it was done to make everything easy and automatic. You never have to do anything on the watch itself to install or update apps. They will probably change this eventually, but it will be a major internal change that comes with a new OS version. They are targeting the general population who only replace their phones every 1 or 2 years and probably don’t see a factory reset every year or so as a big deal.

    • Sean McLaughlin

      It’s the framework of dealing with apps. Unavoidable the way they sync it. Has to be exclusive.

  • scastro87

    Got the update this AM!

  • Ismail Ibrahim

    i like this new android wear feature that allow you to pic call from your watch. unfortunately not a lot of smartwatches gonna take advantage of that cuz only huawei watch & asus zenwatch 2 ready for that

    • Raven

      If I can place a call from my Moto 360 and use my Bluetooth headset to talk that will be a great combination. I use flaky 3rd party app for that now.

  • Droid Ronin

    Usually my Moto360 gets the latest Android before my phone does. Now my MXPE finally has it beat!

  • Dave

    To the owners of the moto 360 sport: Is there any new significant feature functionality after the update? From what I understand, the 360 Sport is designed more for runners. Is there any enhanced functionality for those of us that are non-runners?

  • markswoods

    I saw the update. Now my watch crashes during startup. Ouch.

  • coldcc

    Got it this morn. It feels good that moto/lenovo pushed the update when they could have abandoned the device

    • Ryan N

      I got the message “Please charge your watch to receive build xxxx”. Charged it. Then got an error ” Something went wrong “. Did a factory reset and now it doesn’t see that there’s even an update out there. (And no, it didn’t factory reset into marshmallow)

      • Paul

        Just let it reset on the server side and you should receive it when you will receive it.

      • Thomas Wolfe

        That’s what mine did too (over and over again, actually) but i just left it be and it finally said “install update”.

        (I’m the picture above)

      • Raven

        Keeping mine charged today just in case but still waiting.

    • Guest

      Lenovo pushed the update or did Google?

  • Xious

    I’ve already received the update for my Moto 360 2nd Gen. I’ll have to power and pair up my 1st Gen to see if it gets the update.

  • Alex Louderback

    Saw the update in my Moto 360 Sport yesterday. I have a Nexus 6 running 6.0.1 with February’s update

    • Dave

      Is the 360 sport still geared towards runners? Or is it becoming more geared towards other activities like weightlifting and aerobics? I’m not much of a runner but still wanted to use the band for other activities.

      • Alex Louderback

        It is definitely geared towards runners by default, but you can make it work with other activities. Google fit offers many activity tracking abilities, along with Strava and Under Armour to track cycling and other activities. I use Strava to track my bike rides, Under Armour to track my machine exercises, and google fit and Moto Body for everything else. I love the watch, best part is that everything syncs with Google Fit so you can see all your stats in one place

        • Dave

          Thanks for the info. My 360 sport just showed up today. I’m wearing it now. Although I’m a little confused on how to record my activities… Unless the watch does it for me automatically??

  • NeilGeorge

    I have the notification on the first gen to update as well.. Attached to LG G3 with 5.1.1

  • Curious, though, for those seeing the update. What phone do you have and what version of Android is it on?

    • Gautham Sivakumar

      Nexus 6P 6.0.1 MMB29Q

    • Jairo Velásquez

      Updated my 360 1st Gen today. Phone is Note 5 – 5.1.1

    • jbworldwide1

      LG V10

    • scastro87

      Verizon Galaxy S6.

    • Chris Bice

      Still waiting , but droid turbo first gen. 5.1… Lol at the fact that my watch will be more up to date than my phone.

    • James Keleman

      Lg Nexus 5X

    • Mike Story

      Att gs6 edge, got the update yesterday on my moto 2nd gen, working great

    • John Bush

      Moto X 2014 Pure Edition

    • Mike McGuire

      Nexus 6 on Moto 360 2nd gen. Got it this morning.

    • Tobi De la Cuz

      Nexus 5 – Marshmallow 6.0.1

  • Zachary Wood

    Got the notification yesterday, right after the original post about the update becoming available!

  • jbworldwide1

    I got It about 30 minutes ago. 1st Gen

    • Damn, it’s good to be a 1st gen owner.

      • jbworldwide1

        Apparently.

        • What phone are you rocking? Have some asking if you need Marshmallow in order to get the update. My guess is no, because then all of 1% of people would even be eligible to get it.

          • Ryan Chapman

            I have the LG G4 with Marshmallow and a 1st Gen Moto 360, I am still waiting.

          • J.Lynn

            I have the 1st gen Moto X and received the update to my 1st gen Moto 360 this morning

      • JT3

        Boohoo… nothing yet for me (1st gen owner). I always seem to be last in line.

        • Ryan Chapman

          Meee tooooooo