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DROID Turbo 2 Receiving Update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Updated)

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Verizon began pushing an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow today to the DROID Turbo 2. After first showing up in a soak test and then to employee units in December, we’re sort of surprised it took this long to go public to customers. But hey, it’s here! 

To recap, the upgrade to Marshmallow includes access to Now on Tap, Doze mode, app standby, better app permissions controls, external storage being used as internal storage, simpler do not disturb settings, better volume controls, and Direct Share to contacts. Motorola and Verizon also killed Ambient Display, since Motorola would rather you use their far superior option, Moto Display. They built in new functions to Moto Assist as well, plus they integrated Attentive Display into Moto Actions.

You can read all about the update at the source link below, but in the end we are looking at build 24.14.9.

To try and pull the update, head into Settings>System updates.

Update 12:30PM:  For some reason, Verizon pulled the Turbo 2 software update page with the Marshmallow details. We aren’t sure why, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 29: The update is back on. It should rollout on March 1.

Via:  Verizon
  • Mad Maxx

    I got Android M on my Motorola Droid Turbo 2. It’s a nice update. It adds some nice tweaks lacking in Lollipop. Hopefully Android N won’t take as long to roll out,(if at all) but Motorola let quite a number of people down with the transition to lollipop, so I’m not expecting muc.! Hopefully we will all be pleasantly surprised!

  • Riyadh Karim

    i wonder if its because i complained about a front camera bug once i updated to 6.0?

    • Riyadh Karim

      i installed yesterday and device wouldnt show front camera so vzw replaced it and the new one is not receiving the update 🙁

  • Dave

    Just got my mm OTA message and started upgrade, currently on 2 of 2.

  • G

    What will come first?… The coming of Jesus christ or the turbo 2 marshmallow update?

    • Adam Ragels

      I’m done checking….

  • Jimmy Beck

    Update was pulled and not being sent out , Bug in the update no date on release !

  • Liza

    According to an ibtimes article from this morning, “The Verizon exclusive Droid Turbo 2 has finally started receiving Android 6.0 upgrade after the initial soak test.”. Haven’t seen any confirmation though.

    • Adam Ragels

      There won’t be an actual confirmation til VZW posts about it on their support site. I suppose we just have to be patient.

  • Michael G

    Any more news on this?

    • Adam Ragels

      Yeah. I have been mashing the update check like a banshee. No word yet anywhere on the web that I can find.

      • Michael G

        I’ve done it a couple of times just in case… All the articles I’ve read say the upgrade has probably been pulled since the announcement page has.

        • Adam Ragels

          And now the G4 G3 and HTC are all getting OTA’s today…that’s ridiculous.

  • Greg Frye

    Going to go to nexus 6p screw this and Verizon. Yeah they’ll soon release m but by the time they get around to it I’ll be rocking n with the nexus.

  • JoshGroff

    Launch day Turbo 2, and still no update! *flips table* Thanks Obama!

    • Rod

      What in hell would Obama have to do with this?

      • michael

        It’s a joke. It’s called sarcasm. Dial it down hot rod.

      • JoshGroff

        It’s an Internet culture joke.

        • Rod

          I see.

  • Person Dude

    I’ve been hitting “check for system update” in the settings all day now, and still nothing. I’m holding out hope that the update is still on (despite the update page being taken down) and that I’m in another wave of updates, but I’m not optimistic about it. Judging from the comments, it seems like nobody’s gotten it yet. I’m finishing college after this semester, and knowing Verizon they’ll probably send Marshmallow out as a graduation present at that time haha.

  • Jack Brown

    Has anyone been able to upgrade?

  • “They built in new functions to Moto Assist as well, plus they integrated Attentive Display into Moto Actions.” I have had Att Display for a month now, and still on 5.1.1

  • Marc Perrusquia

    So is the update not coming since they pulled the page saying it was?

  • Mudokon83

    Wow this one and my LG G3 on verizon.

    whats their issue?

    • LionStone

      Probably the same reason they are trying to bury the Xperia Z3v, it is still on KK!! I’ve reached out and my reply?…>crickets<

  • Droid Ronin

    I have to agree with Motorola’s decision: Moto Display is one thing that Motorola did far better than Google did with Ambient Display.

    • i dont care for it on the LCD on the Moto X PE. the backlight kinda defeats the purpose in a dark room.

      • TC Infantino

        I wondered about that with the LCD screen. With AMOLED it is great because the rest of the screen stays off and completely black. On LCD screens you can always see the entire screen because of the backlight. I had hoped that Moto had maybe found a way to really dim the backlight when it shows Moto Display.

        • William R. Washington

          They did. The high contrast levels of the Moto X PE make it look pretty equivalent to the older Moto X’s in a lit room. In a dark room or at night though, it looks pretty hideous.

          That said, the Moto X PE has one of the prettiest LCD displays ever. Phone Arena sings its praises quite often because its contrast and brightness stand up against any device you put against it. Droid-Life’s review highly undersold it.

  • And noting yet for the god damn Moto Maxx (XT1225), I really hate you Lenovo/Motorola.

  • Raven

    Marshmallow on my Moto Droid Turbo 2 and my Moto 360 around the same time? Sweet! Way to go Moto!

  • disastrousrainbow

    A little over three months ain’t bad considering how effing long it took the original Turbo to get Lollipop and the fact Samsung’s 2015 flagships still haven’t received it. Color me surprised.

    • Joseph Cole Jr

      Samsung phones suck, I had nothing but problems with mine. Droid charge. P.O.S.

    • TylerChappell

      Marshmallow came out October 5th so it took longer than 4 months, or an entire 1/3 of a year, which frankly, is laughable.

      • disastrousrainbow

        Ummm…OK, but the phone itself wasn’t released until October 29th, and again, seeing how long it took the Turbo to get Lollipop and the fact Samsung STILL hasn’t pushed their Marshmallow update to even the unlocked S6 or Note 5, devices that came out in April and August BTW, what I said still stands.

        Could it better? Of course, it could be like how Google updates their Nexus lineup, but all things considered, including the fact Motorola had to go through the hurdles of releasing the update through Verizon’s channels, it’s far from laughable.

        • TylerChappell

          First off, your point about the Turbo 2 being released at the end of October is completely irrelevant. Marshmallow was finished nearly a month before anyone had a Turbo 2 in their hands. OEM’s don’t have to wait for a phone to be released before the start working on the next version of software for that phone when Google has already completed and released the Android build several weeks before.
          Have you even been paying attention the past 2 years? Clearly not. When Google released the Lollipop preview, they said it would allow OEM’s to update their devices to the latest version of Android much more quickly, yet again despite releasing the Marshmallow preview as early as JUNE (a little over an entire month sooner than the LP Preview, and again a month sooner for final release), OEM’s have NOT even remotely improved the speed of their updates. If anything, it’s actually worse in some cases. There was never a KitKat preview, yet the 2013 Moto X on Verizon received the update WITHIN A MONTH of KitKat’s release, even beating some Nexus devices.
          It’s absolutely pathetic that phones will be receiving Marshmallow only 3 months before Google drops the N Preview, lmao. 9 Months. That’s how long it takes phones to receive an Android update. 6 Months if you’re being generous. Half. A. Year.

          • disastrousrainbow

            You should probably call yourself and do this from time to time. Just hang in there, girl…

        • LionStone

          Too bad moto could not squeeze in M for their release, the One A9 released less than a month after the T2 but baked M in. Timing is everything I guess sometimes.

  • Dan

    Any news on the original, first-gen DROID Turbo getting these updates?

  • romma

    So they pulled the update. Hmmm.. Here’s to another two months of waiting!

    • Tim P

      by then my N6 will be running “N” dev preview

      • romma

        LOL… You Nexus people infuriate me… Because you’re right! LOL

        • cdm283813

          If you can’t beat them join them.

          If only Samsung updated their phones on a regular basis I would buy the S7.

          • romma

            You know, when I went to the Wireless Zone, it was the latest and greatest out for 5 days. They would have had to order the Nexus for me. My phone is a company phone. So I said what the heck. I have always had an irrational soft spot for Droid phones. You’d think I know by now. But up until two phones ago it was never an issue waiting for updates. Now with Locked Bootloaders, it’s ridiculous.

          • romma

            I’ve never liked Samsung UI..

          • Ben Landwehr

            Exactly. I actually switched from the Galaxy S6 (bought in June) to the Lg G3 (switched back to it September) because even when rooted I couldn’t even install xposed cause.. Samsung. Not to mention I was able to flash Marshmello on it. Just picked up Nexus 6p yesterday!

        • Mail carrier

          Best of both worlds on Nexus 6 2014, besides no expandable storage. Battery life is decent, probably not Turbo 2 territory but usually enough for a full day and change. I still like the smaller form factor, battery and durability of DT2 enough to make the switch.

    • They pulled the update PAGE announcement, they did NOT pull the update at all.

  • Xious

    Well that’s interesting (aka that blows). The Verizon page shows as non-existent and I am still not receiving the update. Both of my Moto 360’s are updated. Come on Verizon, get with it!

    • archive.org has the page

      • TheScientists

        Nope they don’t.

    • TylerChappell

      My Moto 360 still hasn’t updated yet. 🙁

  • mzrdisi

    Source link is a dead end.

  • mzrdisi

    Is this 6.0 or 6.0.1? I WANT EMOJIS!

    • Turbo 2 on VZW will be 6.1.0 or 6.1.1 (Emojis) once it hits. Your device will recieve it in the background, and then, your phone will reboot – without notice – to the new version. That is how it works.

      • mzrdisi

        Sorry bud, that’s close in the sense the phone will be updated sooner or later. But not 6.1 or 6.1.1. You are notified with the updated and accept it and it restarts and does its thing.

      • TheScientists

        Nope, that’s not at all how it works. A notification to download and install the update will appear. User must take action to initiate the install. The phone will not just reboot at will. It’s never worked that way (never will), and for good reason. And there is no 6.1 yet; that doesn’t exist, not even for Nexus devices. It will likely be 6.0.1.

  • romma

    Nothing here yet.

  • But what about the first Droid Turbo? We’ve been waiting 4 months for Android Marshmallow and it should not take that long.
    We don’t want to wait another month

    • Suicide_Note

      You’ll probably be waiting longer than that.

    • You’ve been waiting 14 months, not 4

      • No because Android Marshmallow came out in October 2015 and I’ve only had this phone since September 2015

  • Jerry Huster

    From what I understood, nothing ever rolled out to soak testers after the initial survey email. But hey, at least it’s here.

    • Soak Testers get the update, dont think they dont. Who told you they dont – that just isnt true. As a mater of fact, soak testers get it first, befire anyone else – that is why they call them testers, get it?

      • TC Infantino

        I think you are missing the point of his comment. He was stating that the soak testers for this specific update did not get the update yet. I am very inclined to believe him because of all the comments here in this article, not one person has said “I just received the notification, d/loading now.” Not…One. Whenever DL posts these update articles, we Always have some people in the comments confirming that they got the update, or that they are downloading it. Since I haven’t read a single comment stating that they have received the update, I am betting that it actually has Not been started yet.

      • Jerry Huster

        Yeah…and that wasn’t at all what I was saying. Don’t talk about things you don’t know about.

    • TheScientists

      That is correct. Only a small VZW employee soak has been conducted. A public soak has not yet been held for the Turbo 2. Seems like there must be a serious showstopping bug they’re unable to squash, because its been two #&$^%! months.

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  • gabe1989

    as a og droid turbo owner and long time moto supporter i think 2016 will be a make it or break it year for me. we’ll see they can work with vzw to get marshmallow out then go from there.

  • Tripod

    Your link to Verizon Wireless’ page on the update is dead. Will this update be Android 6.0.1? There is no mention of the new emoji support in your post.

  • John

    Well now I dont feel as bad since even the awesome-in-putting-out-updates moto is just getting its M.

    • auspider

      My 2nd gen X has been rocking M for a while…this one is on Verizon.

  • Noalson

    Cue me refreshing the update checker every 90 seconds for the next couple days…

  • d_isigny

    Source link seems to be dead.

    • John M

      your right, it is now. I had it up a 25 minutes ago or so and it worked. I saw everything it offered and I got excited. Too bad I closed out 🙁

  • Noalson

    “Your device’s software is up to date.” System Update Check is a LIAR…

    • Truth.teller

      LOL exactly!!

      • Brian G

        It’s lying to me too!

        • Craig U


    • I have no idea why that even exists on Android. Even on Nexus it doesn’t work.

      • My 2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi automatically checks when I turn it on. On Tuesday I received the February Security update for Android 6.0.1
        I’ve been checking the Droid Turbo, which is still on 5.1, and it still says Your software is up to date

        • All phones check when you turn it on, but even if you know there is an update out there it will say it’s up to date. Like on my Nexus 6P when the February factory image was out, a week later it still said it was up to date.

          • Eric R.

            Google rolls the update out in phases to prevent server overload and so that if there’s a major bug they can pull it before everyone has it. Or else it would be a mess like iOS updates where it takes 8 hours to download and then fails to be signed for installation.

          • I don’t buy the overloaded excuse. The number of Nexus devices compared to iOS is not even remotely close, there would be no bandwidth reason why that can’t happen, especially since you can download it manually. And not once have I seen an Android update for Nexus get pulled because of issues, so I don’t buy the slow rollout in case of issues

          • Isnt an excuse, is truth, everyone knows it except you, apparently.

          • It’s not the truth lol. Google is one of the largest internet companies out there, they have no problem securing bandwidth for what, 1% of the number of devices Apple has to send out a 10MB update? Tell me when Google has recently pulled an update where they discovered a flaw during the slow rollout process.

          • Meyhem

            Ignorance rears its ugly head….and roars…..

          • Theo Officen

            Today, for the Droid Turbo 2, and for Froyo on the D1.

    • Tim P

      that’s why you buy Nexus, using “M” for 4+ months on my N6

      • Noalson

        I’m a clumsy SOB, shatterproof screen means more than quick updates IMO. Overtime I’ve grown exceedingly tired of having to keep a super thick protective case around my phone, makes pockets difficult and there’s no way I’ll ever be a belt-clipping @-hole. The screen is genuinely shatterproof, the drawbacks are tolerable. That said, I’m excited to run M in the [hopefully] near future.

        • jboogie1289

          Crickets………… Nice!!

        • JoshGroff

          I’m not clumsy, but I’m also not so deluded to think its impossible to trip and shatter a phone screen. That’s exactly why I have a turbo 2.

          • Plus a huge battery and wireless charging.

          • JoshGroff

            That’s always a bonus too, lol. 🙂

        • Mail carrier

          It’s handy for my work to be a “belt clipping @hole” LOL!(I can place the phone on my satchel, belt, or inside coat pocket in winter, usually use a Bluetooth headset at work) I currently use a Nexus 6 2014 with a Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro. Love the vanilla Android and M. Checked out the DT2 at VZ store, phone is definitely legit. Sound was a little tinny on the mono speaker but that’s nitpick crap, was impressed overall. Screen felt identical to the Maxx 2 sitting next to it. SD card support is a great plus. Definitely considering this phone, but I’ll still belt clip it even though it will hide that leather back, can always take it out.

      • JoshGroff

        That’s why I have a nexus 7 and a turbo 2. I’ll take a more durable phone with less up to date software and just use my tab for anything that isn’t phone related, web browsing, or music/video streaming. I have 2 handheld consoles and a Chromebook 2 as well, so all it comes down to is which mobile device best suits my needs at the time. Sure, I could game on my phone or tablet, but its just not the same as a dedicated portable console.

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    • Boomdizzle

      I keep seeing that on my Moto 360 also. Drives me crazy. The audacity to lie right to my face

    • Brian G

      Glad I didn’t hold my breath for this update after the first day it didn’t come …

  • Mech_Engr_09

    I went in store to try one of these out, I couldn’t get past the amount of bezel and how ugly this phone looks. Glad to see it’s getting marshmallow in a rather timely fashion though. Usually these droids are good for getting one big update to the next version of the os, don’t be surprised if it takes forever to get updated to android n.

  • Tyler Durden

    3-4 months later. Not bad.

    • staticx57

      I thought this was basically a Verizon Nexus?

      • Tyler Durden

        that’s the joke

  • Johngi

    Marshmallow for the OG DT should be coming soon right? One can only hope!

  • Desertwhale

    Can’t wait till it comes to my OG Turbo!

    • Brian G

      Not be be a negative Nancy but … don’t hold your breath lol.

      • Desertwhale

        Well, I do have unlocked bootloader, so I’ll be getting it regardless when CM13 is compatible.

        • You dont have an unlocked boot loader on a Turbo 2, that is certain.

          • Desertwhale

            I said original….

          • Blink8533

            same here can’t wait!

          • Theo Officen

            I just love it when people think the “Allow the bootloader to be unlocked” switch setting (found in a few Android OS versions in the developer options section) means that their bootloader is unlocked or even capable of being unlocked. Just hilarious. Keep on guessing, kids.

      • cdm283813

        Lol, my Droid Mini is still waiting for Lollipop. Luckily I have a Nexus 6 and iPhone 6S. Now I’m getting too many updates.

    • Pakmann2k

      I can. I keep running into apps on the market where people are complaining that their apps functionality broke after 6.xx. I don’t want an update to my Turbo unless it is totally ready. I know you Nexus guys love being on the edge and I was one of you but those days have passed. I just want my phone and apps to work as designed. You folks be my guniea pig, I am fine waiting. It’s not like the old days where the updates really unlocked something cool or did something major, its all eye candy and small tweaks nowadays.

      • Tony G.

        I agree with you. But I do appreciate the security updates every month to my N6, N7 and N6P. I just got February’s on Tuesday. Too bad carriers won’t let those through immediately. And my Nexus doesn’t have functions killed by a carrier. Just my feeling.

        • Pakmann2k

          With you there. Security updates should be pushed, not packaged. My former reason for Nexus devices was always tethering at the top of the list. Since I dropped my Unlimited plan, they include it whcih makes it a no issue. On Nexus or my current Turbo, I use Nova launcher on top so they both look the same in that respect. Nova won’t allow me to delete VZW apps but I can hide them which works. And there we are. Turbo had the best battery when it came out and after my Droid Maxx, it was a happy upgrade. The new Turbo is damn near perfect in my eyes.

          • Tony G.

            Yes, I had the Maxx then Turbo too. Then went to N6 and then 6P. I’ve had 6.0.1 since October. That Turbo2 is nice. I always loved the big batteries. Still having unlimited, I got tired of paying full price to Verizon only for slow updates and phones bloated. I also have Nova Prime on my 6P as I like the customizations available. An unlocked and unbloated Turbo2 would be great. Too bad Verizon has them exclusively.

          • Pakmann2k

            I keep looking at those discounted Nexus 6 on eBay. Might get one as a backup and for fun!

          • Tony G.

            They’re nice, but that sucker is big in the pocket.

          • Would make a good screen in the car. For a while I had the 6 and the Turbo 2 and was using the 6 in the car with Amazon Video and a bunch of downloaded TV episodes/movies to watch during the commute.

          • TC Infantino

            You aren’t kidding about the bloat on the Turbo 2. Holy Unreasonable Bloatware Batman, they had more than just the normal Verizon bloat this time, there were a handful of stupid games along with the normal bloat. But at least the games were able to be uninstalled.

          • JoshGroff

            Disable this or the games might come back. It’s an app that let’s carriers push more bloat onto your phone, and it doesn’t even show up in the drawer. Then I’d say just disable the rest of the bloat. It’s a great phone once you do.

        • EVERYONE gets security updates – regardless of carrier – no matter what version (from FroYo moving forward) via Google Play Services.

          • Tony G.

            I read on the Motorola Turbo2 forum that Verizon hadn’t let it out since November. I wasn’t too surprised if it’s true. I’ll have to check my wife’s Turbo.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well that isn’t true. Yes, Google can update the Google Play Services on the phones and that can get some updates, but others they can’t.

        • Theo Officen

          Too bad you havent been keeping up on Google and its requirement that all carriers are being bypassed starting with Marshmallow to get security patches to all devices monthly, less or more as needed. Carriers are merely being informed of patch deliveries, they wont be able to delay them at all anymore (unless, of course, the carriers want to stop selling Android phones – does anyone think that will happen?)

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