Motorola surprised many fans when it publicly admitted that it might be unable to roll out future monthly updates to the Moto Z series, however, things have turned out different as the phone is, in fact, currently receiving the latest security patch for the month of February.
We know that this is not the latest version out there, however, it is a good thing that Motorola is following in Google’s footsteps in availing monthly software updates to its high-end phones. On the downside, the update is currently limited to the European region and it’s rolling out over the air.
Once you receive the OTA update on your Moto Z, the firmware version will be updated to build number NPLS188.8.131.52. Other than updating the security patch level to the month of February, the small update also carries unnamed bug fixes and performance enhancements.
Like any other OTA update, not all Moto Z owners in Europe will be able to get the notification at the same time. Instead, the whole thing will be happening gradually, meaning that some people will receive the update well ahead of others. If this happens, don’t panic because it is normal. For those who can’t wait for the update to roll out normally, you can trigger a manual download by going to Settings>About device>System updates.
Before taking this route, make sure that your Moto Z is fully charged or at least 50% full, if not, connect it to a power source. It is also recommended that you connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot or else you will be left wondering where your limited data bundles disappeared to.
The update is still based on Android 7.0 Nougat, but we still expect Motorola to release the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat to all Moto Z units, including the Moto Z Play, at some point in the coming days.