Some days ago, Omonzua buzzed me to tell me that a notification for Android 6 Marshmallow finally arrived on her Motorola Moto G. Excitedly, I hunted the poor girl down and impounded the phone from her. This would be my first taste of Marshmallow. I had had hopes that the Infinix Hot 2 would do the honours, but hey! Marshmallow is Marshmallow; right?
So, I ran the update and then waited for the process to complete. Some minutes later, it was done and the Moto G rebooted. I picked up the phone and dived in. Shock. Horror.
Everything, to the last line, looked the same. Sigh.
I know that the update brings improvements of all sorts, but there is not one freaking thing in the phone that looks different. Swiping and tapping through it, there is no indication of anything new until you get to the phone’s About menu. There it says, “Android Version 6.0”. That is it. Every visible change is hidden by Motorola’s custom interface. You have to pick a Marshmallow manual to identify what’s new in the OS and then hunt it out on the Moto G. Right now, I can’t tell what’s new on the phone.
Experience tells me that there should at least be some performance difference. So, I ran the usual benchmark tests and here are the results:
AnTuTu: 29,658 (before: 24,258)
Quadrant: 15,157 (before: 16,034)
Yup; the Moto G performs better with Marshmallow on it. Still, it looks and feels like the same phone and OS version. I feel deflated. Like I had the air taken out of my sails. Still, the Moto G has gotten Android 6 as promised.
But damn you, Motorola. Damn you for robbing me of the pleasure of a climax to my built-up excitement. Where is Omonzua? She can come and have her phone back, o jare.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.