Back in August Google released Android 7.0 Nougat for select Nexus smartphones and tablets. Now, other smartphones are slowly getting the same treat. Motorola has always been quick to release the latest version of Android. Here’s what we know about Motorola Android 7.0 Nougat updates. Starting with the Moto Z and G4, then continuing to other handsets.
After a long beta period Android 7.0 is finally here, but not for everyone. And while owners are waiting for more details, Motorola has released an extensive list of 15 devices that will get an update. Many are expected, but some didn’t make the cut that should have.
Motorola was one of the first to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the same is happening with Nougat. The company recently confirmed some general update details and shared more information for users. And now we have a full list of incoming Motorola Android 7.0 updates.
Recently we’ve heard a lot of bad news out of Motorola. With their new parent company Lenovo in charge there have been mass-layoffs. However, Lenovo phones will use the Motorola brand moving forward. Which means those phones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Nor is the support.
Rest assured, the company still has every intention of delivering fast and timely updates to its users. Owners can keep track of current or upcoming updates at the Motorola blog which details everything you need to know. The company recently confirmed the Moto Z Android 7.0 Nougat update back in November, and now we’re seeing the same for the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. It should start any day now in the United States.
While we don’t have an actual release date at this time, most Moto owners can expect it to arrive before the end of the year. Some of the updates mention Q4 for a release time-frame. If not, look for early 2017 updates. If what we’re hearing is accurate, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus should see it within the next two weeks.
In late November select users with the Moto Z started getting Android 7.0 Nougat early. Then within a few days it was officially confirmed by both Motorola and Verizon. Select unlocked models, like the Play, are still waiting.
This is a large update that takes nearly 20 minutes to complete. It’s arrival was unexpected, but does follow the Q4 promise made back in October. Head to settings and check for updates right now if you have the Moto Z with Verizon.
Alternatively, the impressive Moto G4 and G4 Plus is getting Android 7.0 Nougat in Brazil and India this week. We saw the updates start for the G4 on December 15th, and the US release should be next. Within the next two weeks. Here is Motorola’s official changelog and breakdown regarding the software update.
Motorola Android 7.0 Updates
According to a Motorola spokesperson, consumers can “expect to see Android N on the Moto Z family and Moto G4 beginning in Q4.” That is all we know at this time. And now, right as promised we’re seeing reports of the Moto Z getting it first, starting November 18th.
Most likely those with the Moto Z, Moto Z Force DROID, Moto Z Play or the Moto G4 will see Android 7.0 Nougat first. Then the company will move on to other devices. Recently Motorola posted an official Android 7.0 update list. Many devices we expected to see updates are included, but “new” phones like the 2015 Moto G aren’t included. Meaning a phone that isn’t even two years old will not see an update. Here’s the full list:
- Moto G (4th Gen)
- Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
- Moto G Play (4th Gen)
- Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
- Moto X Style
- Moto X Play
- Moto X Force
- Droid Turbo 2
- Droid Maxx 2
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Droid
- Moto Z Force Droid
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Play Droid
- Nexus 6
As you can see most smartphones released at the end of 2015 or in 2016 are included. Flagships like the DROID Turbo 2, and even the DROID Maxx 2. However, the 2015 3rd Gen Moto G will not see an update, and none of the Moto E devices will get Android 7.0 Nougat.
With the Moto Z done and now the G4 and G4 Plus getting it, expect the company to move on to carrier models and the Moto X next.
What’s New in Android Nougat
Our link at the top of the page is an in-depth look at Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat, and everything that’s new and different with comparison photos. It goes over many of the key changes for Motorola users.
As a quick recap, the Motorola Android 7.0 update will bring improved performance, better battery life with “Doze” features, split-screen multitasking, the recent apps button works like ALT+TAB and switches between the last used apps, and much more. Google has over 50 big changes in Android N. Like faster app installs, which are also smaller, a new JIT compiler, improved graphics and performance with the Vulkan API, revamped notifications with quick reply from the pulldown bar, customizable quick setting tiles and so much more. All of that and more will come to the Moto Z and Moto G4.
Motorola phones run nearly stock Android, so this should be a fast and painless software update. A huge addition announced back at Google IO was “Android Instant Apps” which will enable Android to install small bits of an app (say, from a search result or web link) and allow one-time instant app usage. No installing an app and starting over. Android just adds the pieces it needs, launches the app temporarily and discards the rest. It’s impressive.
Not to mention things like a better and improved Google Search using the Google Assistant with machine learning, number blocking and call screening. By the time Motorola is ready for updates Google could already deliver Android 7.1 which was first shown on October 4th with the new Google Pixel phone.
Of course most of this will come with Motorola’s improvements baked in. Like hands-free controls, always-on display and more. Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC uses Sense UI, and LG has their own interface over stock Android as well. Not every new feature will be implemented, others will be changed, but this looks to be one big and exciting update to the Android operating system for Motorola users. As soon as we have a better time-line we’ll update with more details.
Motorola Android 7.0 Update Release Date
The company will start with the new Moto Z and Moto G4 in Q4, which could be anytime between today and the end of 2016. That doesn’t give us much to go on, but we’ll have to wait and see. We’re expecting the Moto X updates to start in January.
At the end of the day almost every other device from their list could be waiting until early 2017 before updates start rolling out. Not to mention the Android 7.1.1 release could delay things further. We’ll keep an eye out for more details and update once we know more.