A reader has tipped me to the news that the Yotaphone 2 has been updated. There is what appears to be an official announcement on the VK social network that Yota Devices’s Russian team has released a system update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The improvements include the addition of the Gmail app, better support for pushing apps to the E-ink screen, better power management, and of course Android 6.0 and support for the latest Android apps.
The firmware has been under development since at least December 2016, and is only valid for Yotaphones running on an RU firmware. (According to my source, you can install the firmware on the $140 Yotaphones sold by GearBest.)
This release comes only a few short weeks after rumors that Yota Devices was working on a Yotaphone 3, and it will surely add fuel to the speculation.
Unfortunately, the official word is that there will be no Yotaphone 3. The Chinese company that bought Yota Devices last year had initially shown interest in releasing a new model but later decided that they didn’t want to invest the capital.
So if you were holding out in the hopes that the next model would be better, it’s time to settle on the Yotaphone 2 (which is a pretty good phone, especially if you got it for $140).