It seems old habits die hard over in Motorola’s decimated Illinois camp, as Lenovo’s daughter company likely tried to send this subliminal message its Google relations remain close by issuing an important public announcement virtually simultaneous with the Pixel event.
At first glance, the “full list” of Moto smartphones with Android 7.0 Nougat on the way feels rather lengthy, but don’t let appearances fool you. El Goog no longer handles this OEM’s updates itself, and consequently, several new and/or relatively popular models are left behind.
The most glaring omission is perhaps the summer 2015-released Moto G3, which has the age, the decent specs and, presumably, the sales numbers to more than justify an OS jump beyond Marshmallow.
It’s also shocking to see all members of the super-low-cost Moto E family snubbed, including the E3 and E3 Power that have literally just hit stores in select European and Asian markets, immediately reaching their software support EOL.
Mind you, Motorola doesn’t leave the door open for any other devices to be added at a later time, with the Moto Z and fourth-gen G leading the way “starting in Q4” (any day now), followed in 2017 by the G4 Plus, G4 Play, third-gen X Pure Edition, X Style, X Play, X Force, Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z Droid, Z Force Droid, Z Play, and Z Play Droid (in no particular order).
Source: Official Motorola Blog