Ever since Lenovo took control of Motorola, things have really changed when it comes to rolling out timely software updates.
While it is true that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force were among the first handsets to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, gone are the days when Motorola used to push out major software updates even ahead of some Google Nexus devices.
It happened more than once where some Motorola devices were actually updated to the latest Android OS well ahead of some Google-owned phones. But this is no more, with LG seemingly having taken the position, going further to unveil a phone (LG V20) with a new OS before even Google did the same. There’s no doubt that this drastic change has not been taken well by Motorola fans.
Released as the best version of the Moto Z series when it comes to battery capacity, the Moto Z Play had been promised a Nougat update this March. So far, the tech giant seems to be delivering on this feat as the device is currently receiving the OS, but via the usual soak test. What this means is that Motorola is rolling out the OS to a few devices first and if all goes according to plan, a mass update will follow suit as from next week Monday.
While Moto Z Play users will be excited that they’ll finally be able to enjoy the goodies of the new Android 7.0 Nougat update, one major downside of the update is that it doesn’t come with the latest Android security patch, instead, users will still have to deal with a security patch level dated November 2016 – not so good Lenovo! In addition, there’s still no sight of Android 7.1 Nougat, which is another low considering that Google devices are already running on the newest Android 7.1.2 Nougat, although it’s still in beta.
Despite being late, it’s better than never at all. You can check out the full changelog on the official Motorola website.