Even though things have really changed at Motorola since Lenovo took over control a few years ago, the tech giant is still doing its best to ensure that old habits don’t completely fade away.
There was a time when users of Motorola devices stood a chance of receiving a major Android update well ahead of Google Nexus users, but these times disappeared when Lenovo bought the company. Despite all, the OEM has been at its best when it comes to rolling out Android Nougat updates to the budget Moto G4 series.
Last year, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus were among the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, although this rollout continued well into 2017. This is despite the fact that the phones are in the budget category, yet the other devices that were being updated alongside it were flagships such as HTC 10, LG G5 and the Moto Z Droids.
Similarly, the Moto G4 Plus seems ready to be the first non-Google device in the budget category to be updated to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. According to a listing on GFXBench, it appears that Lenovo has just started testing this OS on the already updated G4 Plus. This is an interesting step from the company, especially since many OEMs out there are still struggling with rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to their flagships.
Given that the Moto G4 Plus stands a chance of receiving the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat in a few weeks to come, we can as well assume that the standard Moto G4 will also follow suit and receive the update alongside its counterpart. The two were released last year and came in preinstalled with Android Marshmallow. Despite their impressive reception, they have already been replaced by even better budget phones in the shape of Moto G5 and G5 Plus. If anything, it seems the Moto G4 Plus could get the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat well ahead of the newer models, which are currently on the same level as the rest of the G4 series.