A Motorola representative has apparently confirmed Android Police that the unlocked Moto Z would be receiving the Android 7.0 update in February, followed by the budget variants of Moto Z Play (both unlocked and Droid Edition) in March. Several angry Moto Z owners in the US had expressed their ire on tech forums about not receiving any update since July 2016 patch was rolled out, while attempts to contact Motorola support had failed to yield any positive results.
However, the company seems to have made a U-turn in its subsequent confirmation on Twitter that the rest of Moto Z and Moto Z Play devices will be receiving the Android N upgrades soon. Check out the actual response of a company representative as reported by Android Police (below):
"We are working on the Android N upgrades for the rest of the Moto Z family and expect to upgrade Moto Z (unlocked) in February and Moto Z Play Droid Edition as well as Moto Z Play unlocked in March."
Ever since Lenovo has acquired Motorola's smartphone business, it seems the Moto handsets (including the flagships) have failed to receive enough attention from its parent company; and this is purportedly showing up in delayed software updates amid immense disappointment and ire exhibited by loyal Motorola fans.
Reports confirm that the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid model has already embraced the Nougat update, while the premium unlocked version of Moto Z has found no such luck as its Nougat rollout has been officially pushed back to February.
Consequently, power-hungry Android users with Moto handsets might just look at Custom ROM options, despite risking the hardware warranty of their device.
In related news, Moto X Play is expected to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update by the end of January, according to an official confirmation from Motorola Deutschland.
We just hope that Motorola picks up its pace in rolling out timely Android updates, especially considering Sony's initiative with recent flurry of Nougat update rollouts on Xperia devices.