Motorola started to roll out Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0) update to Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Pure, Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen), Moto G 2014 (Moot G 2nd Gen) and Moto X 2014 (Moto X 2nd Gen) in early December 2015. Only Moto E 2015 (Moto E 2nd Gen) is still on the waiting list.
Although the overall experience of Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015 and other Moto devices is good, some problems of the Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015 are also reported.
This post will try to address the top 5 problems of Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015, and of course the solutions.
Please note, in the post, Moto G 2015 (Moto G 3rd Gen) is used, but this post also applies to Moto X (Pure, Style, Play, 2nd Gen) and Moto G 2014 devices. The code base for Android Marshmallow update for Moto devices are similar. So, the problems of Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015 can also be found on other Moto devices after updating to Marshmallow.
#1. Missing camera shutter sound control in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015
It seems the Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015 does not change much on the camera app. But soon you will notice that the shutter sound control is missing in the new camera app.
This is NOT a bug.
Actually, more and more Android phone manufacturers removed the shutter sound control in their camera apps.
There are two main reasons for removing shutter sound control from camera app:
- Legal considerations. In a few countries (e.g., Korea and Japan), shutter sound is mandatory. More and more countries are debating on this issue. Privacy usually is in the center in such debates. To avoid possible legal troubles in the future, and to give good impression on privacy consideration, big Android phone manufacturers started to remove the shutter sound control from the stock camera app even in regions where there are no such legal requirements.
- Technical consideration. Most vendors try to decouple the camera app from the firmware so that they can update the app without going through firmware update which requires carrier’s approval and therefore is very troublesome. It is impractical to ship different versions of camera app based on location. In addition, Android also makes it more complicated to set shutter sound.
As a reference, Google camera does not have shutter sound control.
Of course, Motorola may bring back this feature if there are very strong demands from customers. At least, possible legal troubles are still imaginary and no vendors have been penalized yet.
The workaround for the missing camera shutter sound control is to use ringer volume settings.
By default, the volume of shutter sound follows settings for the ringer volume. You can lower the ringer volume before launching camera app.
#2. SD card options in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015
Using micro SD card in Android for system or private files is not recommended due to security and performance reasons.
This is one of the major reasons why Google removed SD card in all recent Nexus devices. Samsung also removed micro SD card in their 2015 flagship phones (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5) for performance considerations.
However, the majority of Android users are using middle-range or low-end devices with very limited internal storage. Micro SD card is still an essential feature for them to keep media files and even some apps on the phone.
Motorola brought back SD card support since Moto G 2014 (Moto G 2nd Gen). And they even make it easier for Moto G, Moto E and new Moto X owners to move files and apps from internal storage to SD card.
You will get better micro SD card support in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015:
- You can use micro SD card as internal storage. This means it is not necessary to move apps to SD card because SD card is merged with internal storage. You don’t know (and you should not mind) whether the files are on the SD card or on the phone.
- You can use micro SD card as portable storage (like a USB drive) as you did in Lollipop.
If you use SD card to expand storage, the SD card will be formatted and encrypted. If you pull out the SD card from the phone, no other devices can read it because it is encrypted. It is exclusively for your Moto G. If you want to use the SD card on other devices, you have to format it.
Also when you connect your Moto G to the PC, you will not see the SD card on the PC. You will only see internal storage which includes SD card.
If you choose to use SD card in the old way as portable storage, you can use the SD card on any devices. The files are accessible for all devices.
But there is one limitation when you use SD card as portable storage: you cannot move apps to SD card as in Lollipop. This means SD card is purely for your files, not apps.
So, if you have problems with SD card after the Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015, you need know the pros and cons of the two options.
Please check this page if you have any questions on using SD card on Moto G 2014 and Moto G 2015 after Marshmallow update.
#3. Motorola Assist is missing in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015
Motorola Assist is retired in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
Most Motorola specific features are now moved to the Moto app.
For the sleeping mode and meeting mode, you can create an event rule in Settings— Sound& notification —Do not disturb — Automatic rules — Add rule. Of course, it is not equivalent to the old setting.
For driving mode and home mode, you have to find third-party apps.
Anyway, don’t look for Motorola Assist after getting Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
It is gone, forever.
#4. How to turn on priority mode in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015
In Android Lollipop, you can turn on/off priority mode with volume button as detailed in this page.
But in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015, you cannot turn on priority mode with volume button. Only if you are already in priority mode, you can find the option to turn off priority mode or change the schedule by tapping volume keys.
If you are in normal mode, there are no priority mode options after tapping volume keys after you get Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
So, how to turn on priority mode in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015?
Now you can turn on and control priority mode in quick settings panel in Android Marshmallow.
Swipe down with two fingers from top of the screen (status bar) or swipe down twice with one finger to access quick settings panel.
Then you can tap Priority only (or Do not disturb depending on your current mode) to change the settings and manage priority mode.
#5. Poor battery life after Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015
One of the major improvement of Android Marshmallow update is improved battery life.
In addition to code optimization, there are two new features aiming at improving battery life in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015:
- Doze mode
- App standby.
Both Marshmallow features work out of box. No settings are required. They just work magically in the background. You may find more details on these features here.
However, a few owners reported poorer battery life after applying Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
Such battery drain problems are usually caused by third-party apps. There are no known battery drain problems in Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
If you are facing battery drain problems after the Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015, you may follow this checklist.
- Check battery usage details in Settings–Battery. This will give you detailed battery usage breakdowns. If you find the problem is caused by a one or more apps, try to reboot the phone.
- Uninstall task manager, battery saver, memory booster and similar apps. These apps will normally create problems, instead of solving problems. Antivirus is usually not necessary if you get apps from reputable sources.
- You may also clear cache partition.
- If necessary, you can backup your Moto G, then try a factory data reset. Please read this guide on factory reset protection in Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow 6.0 before resetting.
Anyway, the overall performance and battery life should improve after applying Android Marshmallow update for Moto G 2015.
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