Moto X Pure Edition will get Android 7.0 Nougat by June


Although the device appears to have been forgotten, Lenovo still plans on sending Android 7.0 Nougat to the Moto X Pure Edition from 2015.

When will the software update be released? We reached out to Lenovo for an answer, and the company responded.

Here’s what a Moto spokesperson told Talk Android:

“Timeline [for Android 7.0 Nougat on the Moto X Pure Edition] is calendar year Q2.”

So there it is. We can confirm Moto X Pure Edition owners will see the latest version of Android reach their phones by June.

This will end up being the phone’s third software update since July and likely the last major one. Despite being hailed for its unlocked nature, Lenovo hasn’t kept the Moto X Pure Edition’s software updated. Its focus has shifted to the Moto Z and Moto Z Play on Verizon, a sign that exclusivity agreements have leverage over consumer needs. While Verizon’s versions have been put on Nougat already, the unlocked versions are still waiting on the software update. Lenovo no longer believes the unlocked-first mentality Google put forth at Motorola is sustainable for business.

When Nougat is live on the Moto X Pure Edition and other devices from the brand, we’ll let you know.

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.

  • pda96

    Bought this phone 10 months ago. It will be my last Moto. Having to wait over half a yr for an OS update is inexcusable. No customer should have to put up with such poor service.

  • RoseRed99

    Thanks for the info. It is sad that Lenovo has a business model where exclusivity agreements and profit margins are more important than customer service or loyalty. One would’ve hoped it would be a priority for them to support and maintain positive relationships with their customers. #nomomoto

    • ebinrock

      Isn’t that everyone’s business model??

  • Thomas Schulzki

    Motorola Germany has confirmed Nougat “by end of January” for Moto X Style (aka “pure 2015”) (and a bunch of other models) on their twitter account – hopefully this will be the case for all of Europe.

    • apurba1234

      thnx for info talkandroid wrong info share

      • Justin_Herrick

        We spoke with a spokesperson from Lenovo. We are not wrong. Maybe the U.S. and Europe have different release dates.

  • Mike K

    Never buying another Motorola again. Disappointing to say the least when the selling point was “quick updates”.

  • Mike K

    Looks like my next phone will be one direct from Google, whatever that ends up being.

  • Pablo Sanchez

    I really love the Moto X Pure Edition 2015 that Motorola made and Lenovo has turned its back on. Motorola has been my preferred smartphone manufacturer, due to the strength of its radios, over other brands. With Lenovo ruining what Motorola spent decades building, it looks like it’s time for me to find another brand to be loyal to.

    • m10

      Motorola would be way top if it didnt sell the RAZRs when all of a sudden Apple comes from the dark with the iPhone 1. :(

  • Sybil Hall

    The reason I got this phone was for quick updates. Wtf. Sold their consumers a bunch of lies.

  • cepr

    The ONLY reason I bought the Moto X Pure was because of the promise of quick updates and a near stock android experience. In today’s world of ever increasing cyber threats frequent updates should be a given. Lenovo lied to all its customers to get them to buy a product. There should be a class action lawsuit by all the Moto X owners against Lenovo for breach of contract. I will never by another Moto product again.

    • sdrgsd

      Same here. I bought it for that same reason too. Now, a year later I have received exactly ZERO updates. NOTHING! Not even 6.0.1

    • ebinrock

      Well, to be fair, they are timely about pushing security updates, which are most important. I just got my latest security update this morning.

  • Gus

    There’s a balance between profits and good customer service. Lenovo is still naive about that balance and leadership from the top down needs to be replaced. If you say you’re going to do something Lenovo… do it or be labeled liars and lose customers.

  • do

    I knew this was gonna happen, exactly why I planned on buying a new phone this year, the pixel or the iPhone is what I’m thinking of buying ,tired of phones that never get updates,as much as I love these new 400-500$ phones,it’s just not worth it anymore.

  • There’s no need to get in a huge rush. I’d rather have a working software build than a buggy one churned out ahead of time because of pressure from people who didn’t have the patience to wait a few months.

    • Justin_Herrick

      Nougat came out almost six months ago. The Moto X Pure Edition is an unlocked phone with a very clean version of Android. The unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play are also missing Nougat despite Verizon’s versions having it. This is a case of Lenovo not expressing an interest in supporting devices that are in the past and not part of an exclusive arrangement with a carrier.

      • Lenovo is a lazy pile of garbage, but Android N is still bleeding-edge technology that was only released 2-5 months ago (depending on if you count the RTM or 7.1). They may have decided to start over with 7.1 or are just taking their time to get it right instead of rushing out a buggy pile of problems like they did with the Android M release on this device (some of the problems still aren’t fixed).

        • Justin_Herrick

          Good point. One would hope Android 7.1 is what they’ll send out if the wait has been so long.

          • ebinrock

            Don’t count on it. That’s why the whole Android ecosystem is so fractured, still to this day.

  • Maurice Bonell

    Calendar year Q2 is January, February and March. Is not June

    • Taylor

      That would be Q1. Q2 would be April, May, June.

  • pohzzer

    No problem, just makes my Moto X Pure the last Lenovo/Moto device I ever buy.

    • RB

      …because Marshmallow is so terrible? I’ll never understand peoples’ obsession with having the latest version of an OS.

      • Justin_Herrick

        If you pay hundreds of dollars for a “flagship,” you should get the latest version of the software in a timely manner. It’s not really the fact that people are angry about not having Nougat. Lenovo is just so slow and isn’t listening to its customers who want their phones updated.

        • RB

          I guess I just don’t feel entitled to future updates when I get a phone. Yes, they did sell this as a somewhat-vanilla-android experience but I never assumed that would translate to fast or plentiful updates. I got the 64GB version for $250… to me that’s less-than-flagship pricing. Especially these days when flagship devices are in the $600-700 range.
          I also think that “timely manner” is up for debate. The Samsung Galaxy S7, clearly a flagship/popular phone, just got Nougat recently and not many other MM phones have received it yet. If the Moto X Pure gets it before Summer, it will still be ahead of most 2015/2016 phones, many of which are not getting Nougat at all.

          • pohzzer

            I bought the Moto X Pure on the understanding it was a ‘pure’ (nearly stock) Android OS allowing for very timely OS updates. It was then bought by Lenovo who had a choice to honor that agreement or not. It has chosen not to. These things happen, but I’m certainly not going to continue buying the ‘Moto’ brand or supporting Lenove with my dollars under those circumstances.

            • ebinrock

              I still might, if only the fact that it’s one of the only ways to get even a nearly pure Android phone w/o any ties to a carrier, and is much less expensive than the Pixel. Especially since, whenever I upgrade my phone, everyone else in my family wants to upgrade theirs (sigh).

            • pohzzer

              Nokia to the rescue?

              Coming in Q2 the N7:

              “It has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage. The front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter, but the version for the global market comes with a wide-angle lens and autofocus. Around the back, you get a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone flash. It’s also powered by pure Android 7.1.1 Nougat.” Around $250.

              I’m guessing Nokia will make VERY timely updates a selling point. Easy to do running pure Android.

            • Daishi

              Waiting on the Nokia 9 myself…

            • ms_elusive

              You can buy a Google phone. I contemplated that when I bought my Moto X, but wasn’t too excited about the versions they had at the time.

          • Jose Salce

            Well, you won’t be paying the same amount more than a year after it was released. The Moto X Pure 64GB did cost more than twice the amount you paid back then in 2015 when it was released.

      • Jose Salce

        There is no excuse for Lenovo not been able to update a near-stock Android device, when HTC was able to update the HTC One A9 to Nougat, which was released around the same time as the Moto X Pure with less capable hardware.

      • Daishi

        It isn’t necessarily just the OS updates, the Security Patches are also slow to get out. I myself only got the December 2016 security patch at the end of March this year…

  • m10

    That’s why there are custom roms to deliver quick updates if your phone isnt receiving updates in a timely manner. The beauty of AOSP

  • ebinrock

    Just in time for Android 9.0.

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  • ebinrock

    I wonder when in the world the day will ever come where we can just download the new version of the OS directly from Google, just like we can upgrade our PC’s with the latest Windows or Mac whenever we want, so long as our hardware can handle it.

  • Gus

    If you look at Lenovo’s history, they have acquired quite a few big companies over the last 12 years. Unfortunately, none of them have done great. They have their hands in many markets but they are masters of none.

  • Draken Blackknight

    1) Root.
    2) Install Lineage.

    Nougat on the Clark.

    • Sylvester Ranjith

      but wont that remove the active notifications and voice control that motorola offers?

      • David Gabel

        I wouldn’t mind knowing the answer to that too

  • apara

    After the Moto X Pure 2015 experience I thought I would never buy another Lenovo/Moto phone. But I was wrong. When it came time to buy phones for my kids, I looked around and decided on Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play phones. Why? They are super cheap and I was able to get them way under $200 each. They already have 6.0.1 and feel much smoother than my Moto X Pure ever did.

    But at that price, I am not expecting any updates. I am not expecting Android 7 or even timely security updates. The phones work fine and Moto G4 Plus even has removable battery.

    So, I have since changed my decision. Yes, i will definitely buy phones from Lenovo/Moto, but it will never be a flagship product. I refuse to pay over $400 for a phone and have it be left in the dust with so few updates still running 6.0 version of Android.

    • bernard lawson

      I agree with your sentiment! Buying unlocked phone Moto X pure (great phone) and spin manufacturer promise security updates etc begs alternative solutions. Lenovo no Motorola culture. Move on. Thank you.

  • Jose Salce

    Android 7.0 Nougat was delivered to my Moto X Pure yesterday. To tell you the truth, at this point in time, I don’t even care.

    • Moxin JC

      so what can we do about it.

  • Mr. Paladin

    It’s now June and still no one in the US is reporting getting nougat on the Moto X PE? WTF?

  • 1mike2many

    June 5th. Still no nougat. I’m done holding my breath.

    • velcroboy

      July 1st….


    The sole purpose of buying this device was all the hype about being “pure” and would always be one of the 1st to get updates, I have no reason to trust or be loyal to this company moving forward and will never buy a Motorola Device again.

  • Daishi

    Well, here we are, almost all the way through the month of June with nary a peep from MXPE users getting Nougat as confirmed. I’d be shocked if we get Nougat by or before Android 8 is released. I purchased my MXPE because I had such a good experience with the OG Moto X. But two purchases later, and Motorola has landed in the muck. I’m done with them. My MXPE is my last Moto. Lenovo can suck it. I’ll just wait to see how the Nokia 9 and the Pixel 2 shake out before I make my decision on another phone.

  • Tod Middle-Lane

    Ummm… July 11th… No Nougat…

  • amva55

    Well it’s mid July almost and no nougat for my mxpe. Lenovo is crap even with security updates, last one from December 1, 2016

  • Adam Klevenhagen

    Its August and still no Nougat for MXPRE

  • CluelessVoter

    In keeping with every phone I’ve purchased from Motorola, it will likely not happen imo. We waited and waited on the Droid 3 and later Droid 4 after numerous promises including after purchase. After this long I’d not hold my breath!