Motorola was one of the companies that led the way when it came to fast software updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Moto Z series received the OS within the first 100 days of its availability, something not so many OEMs were able to achieve. However, as you can see, this update was targeting the latest high-end offering from the company’s smartphone lineup. In fact, the update has not yet reached those using the midrange Moto Z Play, which is also part of the Moto Z series.
Since Motorola is done with pushing out Android 7.0 Nougat updates to the 2016 flagship, attention has now turned to 2015’s flagship – the Moto X series. According to the latest developments, the Moto X Pure Edition should be joining the party somewhere in Q2 2017. This means that the update will be out before June this year.
Released in September 2015, the Moto X Pure Edition came preinstalled with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow was made available to the phone and now that there is a planned upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, the flagship will be moving onto its third major OS. In addition to being the third major OS, Android Nougat will also be the last possible major update the device receives.
Given that the Moto X Pure Edition is an unlocked model, many thought that it will probably be receiving the OS in Q1 2017. However, the Lenovo has instead been pushing the update to Verizon-locked models faster than its unlocked models, something that is contrary to what Google has established as a “standard” in the software realm – that unlocked models will receive updates ahead of carrier-branded models.
According to Talk Android, who reached out to Motorola regarding this Moto X Pure Edition Android 7.0 Nougat query, the Lenovo-owned company did not give out a specific date as to when this will be happening, but at least we have a timeframe. In short, better half a bread than none.