Now that Google’s Android 9 Pie update is finally available we want to provide Motorola owners a look at what to expect when it arrives. This is everything you need to know about upcoming Motorola Android 9 updates and betas.
Earlier this year Google pushed out an Android P Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along several other smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus and Sony. Sadly, Motorola isn’t a part of the early beta testing group.
In fact, Motorola is still slowly delivering Android 8.0 Oreo to a few more Moto phones. With that in mind, we’ll go over all Moto Android 9 update details, release dates, what’s new and more. Between Project Treble and the long beta, we’re hopeful that Android 9 will be one of the fastest updates for Android users.
Popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will get a free update to Android 9 Pie when it’s released by each company. In total, Motorola confirmed 8 devices will get the update in the near future.
Motorola Android 9 Pie Updates
On the official Motorola Blog, the company debuted a list of 8 devices that will get Android 9 Pie first. These are the phones that will get priority, and from what we’re hearing, they’re the only phones that will get Android 9. Here’s the list:
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto Z2 Force
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto X4
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6 Play
As you can see, Motorola plans to deliver Android 9 Pie updates to some of its most popular and most recent smartphones. However, there are some major problems with this list. For one, the extremely popular Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are missing and they’re just over a year old. Even worse, the all-new Moto E5 announced in April of 2018 isn’t included either. That means Motorola will never update that new phone to any other version of Android. That’s troubling.
There is a chance we could see other phones added to the list at a later date, and this is only the initial start of what devices will take priority, but we’re not sure. Either way, it sounds like only recent or flagship Moto phones will officially see Android 9 Pie.
Motorola Android 9 Update Release Date
So when will your Motorola phone get the Android 9 Pie update? We’re not really sure. This is another gray area for the company. The announcement did mention the phones above will get a slice of Google’s Android 9 Pie update starting “this fall” but that’s all they had to say.
Basically, devices like the Moto X4 or the Moto Z3 could get it this fall, before winter and December. That said, we saw a lot of Moto Android 8 Oreo updates last year arrive pretty quick. And while a few phones didn’t get the Oreo update until 11 months after it launch, or longer, the main phones received quick and timely updates.
All said and done, Motorola will start delivering Android 9 updates to select Moto phones before the end of 2018. Then, expect more information and multiple updates as we kickoff 2019. You can check the status and progress overall by clicking here.
Motorola Android 9 Beta
Right now we have no information regarding a potential Android P or Android 9 Pie beta for Motorola smartphones. In previous years, Moto was one of the first to offer betas and quickly delivered software to owners. Over the last few years though, that fast delivery disappeared.
So while we could see a beta program within the next month or two, don’t act surprised if they skip a beta and go right into updates later this fall.
What’s New in Android 9 Pie
There are tons of new Android 9 features that you can use to do more with your phone. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications, auto-fill improvements, and tons of “smart” features throughout. Not to mention new gesture navigation controls, digital wellbeing options, Google Assistant improvements, themes, and support for the notch. That’s on top of the usual performance and battery life changes.
Motorola has arguably one of the best gesture control systems for Android. We recommend using that over Google’s new gesture navigation in Android 9.
It’s worth noting that Motorola runs a nearly stock Android experience. It isn’t covered with a skin like Samsung or LG, so it should arrive quickly and run smooth. We believe each Moto update will deliver software and performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features specific to Motorola devices on top of everything else in our link above.
At the time of writing this post, almost every Motorola phone from the last two years is running Android 8.0 Oreo. Whether that’s the older budget-friendly Moto G5, to the high-end Moto Z2 Force. Even the Android One Moto X4 received updates.
And while that’s good news, it doesn’t look like Android 9 is getting the same treatment. We’re hoping the company will release an updated timeline and roadmap of software updates, but that’s just a guess. It’s highly likely that only the eight devices listed above will ever see Android 9 updates.
Considering Google just released Android 9 Pie this month, in August, we’re still at least 2-3 months away from any software upgrades from companies like Motorola. For now, enjoy Android 8.0 Oreo, and we’ll update the moment we learn more about beta programs, updates, additional devices or anything else owners need to know.
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