Don’t buy the Moto Z if you want monthly security patches

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There’s something you should know before you buy the Moto Z or Moto Z Force: software updates are going to be hard to come by.

Hit the break for details.

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Just five days ago, Lenovo stated the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will get software updates containing patches from the Android Security Bulletin; however, the company never included the frequency or timetable of rolling them out. It’s only gone downhill from there as someone speaking on behalf of the Moto brand revealed monthly software updates with security patches are not going to happen.

This is what Ars Technica was told by a company spokesperson:

“Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with Android security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.

As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them.”

Wait a second… The same goes for the Moto G4? This means your Moto Z or Moto G4 will eventually be updated.

Uh, yikes.

Adding to what is now a disaster for a 2016 flagship is the fact that current or soon-to-be owners of the Moto Z will face even slower arrivals for software updates because the phones are exclusive to Verizon, and we all know how slow Big Red can be getting software updates out to its devices.

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Ever since Lenovo took complete control of Motorola, software updates for Moto devices have been way off. The Moto X Pure Edition, for example, was just updated to the May security patch after being stuck on the February version. So not even last year’s unlocked flagship can get a timely software update that’s truly up-to-date.

It’s looking bleak for the Moto Z and the phone has barely been on the market.

Source: Ars Technica


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • RonD45

    My Moto X pure edition ran very hot after the last up date. Also battery life was terrible and took forever to charge. I cleared system cache after the update. Was worried the battery was going bad. I looked today and 5 of the 6 cores were running at 1.4 ghz when it was resting. Did another system cache clear and suddenly it started cooling down. Almost felt cold compared to what it had been. So maybe Moto/lenovo really are struggling to do good updates.