Motorola did not release a Moto X handset in 2016, rather, the Lenovo-owned company turned its attention to a new Moto Z series, which also included the budget Moto Z Play.
Motorola has always included a Play variant in most of its smartphone series, with the Moto Z Play coming in as the successor to the 2015 Moto X Play. Apparently, these two handsets are in for quite an impressive treat. The company has started rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat OTA updates to the duo, much to the surprise of many, especially those on the older X Play.
At a time when many OEMs are thinking of skipping the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat thanks to the fact that Android O is just around the corner, Motorola is keeping its fan base alive and kicking with these two updates. While the Moto Z Play was expected to receive this update at some point, the Moto X Play comes as a surprise.
Many non-Google OEMs are coming in with Android 7.0 Nougat updates, but Motorola seems to be going against the odds here by coming in with a newer version. Whether the tech giant will also take this uniqueness to the next level by jumping in with the newest Android 7.1.2 Nougat for the duo is still unknown, but for now, the only addition the Moto X Play has been confirmed to be getting is May’s Android security patch.
The updates will be rolling out over the air, which means they’ll definitely take some time before they are actually ready for download on all Moto Z Play and Moto X Play units. If it takes too long or maybe you just can’t wait, try doing a manual update via Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates, but make sure you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi for the update should be huge, even though Motorola hasn’t mentioned the exact sizes.