This guide goes over everything you need to know about Motorola Android 9 Pie updates. Including what devices have it or will get it next, what to expect, and what’s new. Now that Google’s Android 9 Pie update is readily available, Motorola is working hard to deliver it to customers.
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, and the Moto Z3 could be next to get Pie.
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 newest Moto E5 announced in April of 2018 isn’t included either. That means Motorola will never upgrade one of its phones that’s not even a year old. That’s troubling.
There is a chance we could see other phones added to the list as 2019 continues, 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.
That said, Motorola just released the Moto Z3 Android 9 Pie changelog full of information, suggesting it’ll get the update any day now. This confirms Android 9 for the Moto Z3, new features, and 5G support thanks to a new Moto Mod. We expect most of Moto’s updates to start and arrive in February.
Basically, devices like the Moto X4 got it first, and we’re expecting the Z3 next. So far, nothing arrived until the Moto X4 update on December 12th, followed by the Moto G6 Plus update on December 31st. We also saw the Motorola One get Pie in December. Sadly, it took Motorola over 11 months to deliver Oreo to a lot of phones when it came out. We’re hoping that doesn’t happen again.
All said and done, Motorola just started delivering the first few updates at the end of 2018, and then did nothing in January. Basically, expect more information and multiple updates within the next few months. With the main one being that Z3 update. 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. Communication disappeared too, unfortunately.
So while we could see a few beta programs within the next month or two, don’t act surprised if they skip a beta and go right into updates. Or don’t be surprised if they remain silent until the time comes for your phone.
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. The update specifically mentions a new “intuitive navigation” system with Moto phones on Pie.
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 released Android 9 Pie way back in August, we expected updates from Motorola by now, as they’ve done in the past. Unfortunately, users are still left wondering and waiting.
Either way, expect an update here sometime soon. Then start getting excited about the first Android Q developer preview from Google in March.
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