Motorola says to expect Nougat on the Moto Z family and Moto G4 ‘beginning in Q4’
The year’s final calendar quarter is right around the corner, and in addition to booming holiday sales jacked up by the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal bonanza, mobile hardware enthusiasts can also look forward to a (timid) start to Nougat updates for non-Nexus Android devices.
Every self-respecting OEM should really have at least one flagship model initially launched with Marshmallow brought up to build 7.0 by the end of 2016, and Samsung, HTC, Sony or OnePlus are among those rumored or confirmed to be working hard towards that goal or a bolder one.
What about Motorola? Or rather Lenovo, with the Chinese parent company dismantling the Chicago-based division piece by piece. Since many Motos run close-to-stock versions of Google’s world-leading mobile platform, expectations are lofty.
Unfortunately, despite decent late 2015 efforts of spreading the M love across the Moto-branded product portfolio, things haven’t worked out too well. Now, “Lenovorola” is getting our hopes up again, going on record to confirm Android N will be “seen” on the “Moto Z family and Moto G4 beginning in Q4.”
Great news, right? Well, not necessarily. If you look closely at the phrasing, you’ll find that it’s possible only one member of the Z or G4 families shall receive Nougat goodies this year. In October, November or December. Also, no word on the third-gen E, X Style, aka Pure Edition, X Play or the 2015 G. Bottom line, keep those expectations low. Who knows, maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised this time around.