Your unlocked Moto Z, Moto Z Play will get Android 7.0 Nougat over the next two months


The wait for unlocked devices from the Moto Z family to get Android 7.0 Nougat is almost over, but it won’t be happening in January.

Lenovo is telling owners of the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play when to expect the software update but not when it’ll actually be released. It’s a glimpse of transparency, though, since details surrounding the Moto brand have been light ever since Lenovo bought Motorola in 2014.

Hit the break to see when Nougat is rolling out.


A spokesperson speaking on behalf of the Moto brand revealed that Nougat will be sent to the Moto Z and Moto Z Play over the course of the next two months. While the Moto Z Play probably won’t get the software update until March, Lenovo believes it will have Nougat on the Moto Z in February.

There’s collective disappointment that these unlocked devices still don’t have Nougat since Verizon’s Moto Z has been up-to-date for two months. It’s common for an unlocked model to get software updates first, but Lenovo first released the Moto Z on Verizon last summer. So owners of Verizon’s model get preferential treatment, meaning software updates of any kind will be first on their phones.

We thought exclusivity in the mobile and wireless industries was long gone, but Lenovo needed a little help to push units and Verizon’s longstanding relationship with Motorola was easy to resurrect. Did it actually help Lenovo? Not in our opinion. Phones need to be widely available to succeed, and Verizon likely placed a large order that Lenovo profited from instead of having to test the ambitious Moto Z on the global stage from the start.

As a new year has just begun, we’re hoping Lenovo can commit to greater transparency and communicate better with customers.

Source: Android Central

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