Motorola has already started testing Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its Moto X Pure Edition (2015), but it's not a full soak test just yet.
For now, the company is conducting a small test drive to see how the software works on the Moto X Pure Edition, and will roll out a full soak test at a later date.
The news follows reports regarding a new soak test for the Moto X Pure, suggesting that Motorola had already kicked off a full soak test for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. David Schuster, Senior Director at Motorola, took to Google+ to shed some light on the matter.
According to the executive, Motorola engineers have indeed started testing the latest version of Android on the Moto X Pure Edition, but not at the scale suggested by recent reports.
"There have been a couple reports of a Marshmallow 'soak test' that has started for Moto X 2015 Pure Edition. Just want to make it clear that we have NOT started a formal 'soak test,'" Schuster points out. "We have started a small TestDrive for the Marshmallow upgrade on Moto X 2015 Pure Edition."
Schuster further notes that this test drive for the 2015 Moto X Pure Marshmallow update will spread over the next two weeks. Depending on the feedback it receives during these tests, Motorola will decide when to roll out a full soak test.
For those unfamiliar with the procedure, a "soak test" refers to a private firmware beta test that occurs before the official firmware rollout. Motorola typically invites users from its support forums to participate in such soak tests and provide feedback, but the company likes to keep such matters under the radar. The public software update rollouts typically follow a few weeks after the full soak test.
If everything goes smoothly, Android 6.0 Marshmallow could start hitting Motorola devices soon enough. The company already confirmed plans to roll out the update to a number of its devices, including all 2015 Moto X models. This means that the Moto X Pure Edition, the Moto X Style (US Moto X Pure), Moto X Play and the third-generation Moto G will all get the Marshmallow treat and it shouldn't be too long now.
When it comes to Motorola's 2014 lineup, Marshmallow is set to hit the Droid Turbo, Moto Maxx, the 2014 Moto X Pure, the second-generation Moto X in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as the second-generation Moto G and Moto G LTE. The second-generation Moto X on AT&T or Verizon, however, will not get the update, and neither will the original Moto X, the first-generation Moto G or the Moto E lineup.