Motorola has been through the ringer these past five years, having been bought by Google and then sold to Chinese Lenovo, the company has been on one of hell of a ride over the past few years. In that time, Motorola introduced their new Moto line of smartphones, with the most notable being the Moto X and Moto G. The firm quickly became known for producing devices with little to no customization on top of Android, just thoughtful additions and tweaks here and there. This also gave their customers pretty speedy updates compared to their competitors, and when Motorola launched the 2014 Moto X, it was one of the first devices to get the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Things weren’t so quick with Marshmallow last year, but many of Motorola’s newest smartphones have the new Android software already running on their hardware.
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That means that some of their custom apps need to be tweaked and updated for the new Android software, and that means their custom Gallery app. Before Google Photos came along, and stock Android was left with a pretty lackluster gallery option, the Motorola Gallery became something of a cult favorite, and it’s now getting updated to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It doesn’t appear that there are any major changes from the previous versions, and considering this is the first update in the past few months, this is presumably just an update to ensure it works perfectly on devices running the latest version of Android. The Camera app from Motorola is also getting the same treatment here, but gains a couple extra features, namely better focus and exposure controls.
Many Motorola users will probably not notice much has changed in these two key apps, but that’s partly the point. Keeping software familiar is a big deal for users, as is keeping things running smoothly. So, after a big update like the bump to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s good to see that Motorola is keeping their software up to speed. Those that haven’t got the updates yet should check the Play Store on their Motorola device, and if not it should be their in the next few days or so.