The Moto Z was one of my favorite phones last year, and for good reason. It had a fantastic design, a cool feature in Moto Mods, and stellar performance and battery life. Plus, it had a relatively untouched version of Android, which would presumably lead to quicker updates as long as you weren’t dealing with Verizon.
Oddly enough, that’s exactly the opposite of how things played out. The Verizon Moto Z Droid has been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat for months, as well as the international version of the Moto Z, and we’ve been waiting on the unlocked US version to get bumped up ever since. Lenovo said it was coming, they just weren’t exactly sure when and they didn’t give much of a reason for the delay.
That wasn’t great, but the good news is that the wait is over. The unlocked Moto Z is starting to see its Nougat update begin to roll out, bringing it in line with the Verizon-branded device and other versions around the world. There was probably some backroom trickery going on between Lenovo and Verizon with this delay, but hey, at least we reached parity in a few months instead of waiting an entire year.
If you have an unlocked Moto Z, keep an eye out for that update notification. Fingers crossed the Android 7.1 update goes a little smoother.