Motorola’s smartphones tend to have a nearly stock Android experience, with only a handful of extra apps thrown in.

Now the company says that since some of the features offered by those extra apps have been incorporated into Google Android 6.0, it can offer an even more stock Android-like experience by removing some of those apps and services.

So if you’ve got a recent Motorola phone, you may notice that Moto Assist, Motorola Migrate, and the Google Chrome extension for Motorola Connect will disappear when you upgrade to Android 6.0.

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Moto Assist offered “do not disturb” and “sound and notification” settings similar to those found in Android 6.0, so they’e gone. The same goes for Motorola Migrate, which the company says is no longer necessary since Android 6.0 includes automatic backups of app data.

Motorola Connect makes it possible to send and receive text messages from a PC, but Motorola says since there are other tools available in Google Play that do the same thing, and since many people user alternative messaging services like WhatsApp or Hangouts anyway, the company doesn’t see the need to bundle the feature with Android 6.0.

Phones that should receive updates to Android 6.0 soon include the 2014 Mot G and Moto X, the 2015 Moto G and Moto X Play, Style, and Pure, and the Google Nexus 6, as well as the Droid Turbo, 2014 Moto MAXX, and 2014 Moto Turbo.

Not sure if your phone is getting an update? Check out Motorola’s Android Software Upgrade page to see what versions of Android will be available for your phone.

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8 replies on “Motorola’s phones will have even less bloatware with Android 6.0”

  1. Glad to see Motorola being sensible about Android updates and trying to stay close to “stock” software as possible other handsets makers should take note…

  2. Kudos to motorola for upgrading (some of) their phones! But google should really be fined for engineering this huge e-waste generating OS-fragmentation disaster. From an environmental perspective android is an epic fail.

    1. I think you greatly overestimate the number of users who would actually ditch a perfectly good phone just because it doesn’t have the latest and greatest version of Android on it. I’d wager that 80%, and perhaps even 90% of Android phone users don’t even know which version of the software their phone is running.

      1. I’d agree from a user point of view. KitKat and Lolipop were not as huge of a deal when compared to some prior upgrades. But from a security point of view the fragmentation is not good. They need to be able to push security updates without upgrading the entire OS, and do it even on older OS’s.

          1. That’s not how Verizon pushed out the Stagefright update on the S4 devices. It went through the normal system update process.

          2. That’s a different security update. A lot of security updates come thru Google Play Services.

  3. I loved all these features on the original Moto X. Glad they are part of stock android now since I am moving to the Nexus 6P.

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