It’s 2018, and Verizon is updating the 2016 Moto G4 Play to 2016’s Android Nougat

To be fair, Android 7.1.1 Nougat was released in December 2016. But that still made for a painfully long wait for Verizon owners of the mid-end Moto G4 Play.

Sold by HTC, Made by Google | #PNWeekly 271

HTC transfers some key smartphone units to Google in exchange for a bit of cash. We dissect the deal and cruise through a Tough Spot this week on our show!

An unplanned promise: Motorola digs in for Android Oreo for Moto G4 Plus

After reneging on what the software update promise posted on marketing materials for just the Moto G4 Plus, the company will now honor it.

No, it doesn’t look like the Moto G4 and G4 Plus will ever get Android Oreo updates

The popular Moto G4 and G4 Plus aren’t even 18 months old yet and they’re still decently powerful, but their odds of scoring Oreos are slimmer and slimmer.

Moto G4 Plus with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM available at substantial discount from B&H

Back in the day sold for as much as $300, the 64GB ROM/4GB RAM Moto G4 Plus now costs a measly $180 at B&H Photo Video.

B&H now also discounts 16GB Moto G4 Plus, from $230 to $160

If the 64GB Moto G4 Plus still feels a little rich for your blood, and the G4 Play is too humble, you may want to get your hands on this 16 gig G4 Plus.

Good news, Moto G4 Play users worldwide: your Nougat update is coming soonish

There was a bit of tension and confusion hovering over the low-cost, low-end Moto G4 Play, but all’s well that ends well… in June.

Unlocked Moto G4 Plus reportedly updated to Nougat stateside, and not a moment too soon

Lenovo technically got the Nougat ball rolling for the G4 duo in October 2016 “internationally”, but the US Moto G4 Plus is only now scoring the update.

Moto G4 Plus discounted to $225 by B&H in 64GB variant with headphones bundled in

Almost a full year after its release, it’s still hard to find a better budget Android phone than the Moto G4 Plus, especially at $225.

Republic Wireless, US Moto G4 gets Android Nougat

Indian units have had the update for a few months already, but it’s better to be with than to be without in any case for Moto G4 users’ sake.

Upcoming Moto G5 gets hands-on treatment, Moto G5 Plus rendered for Verizon

Now we know everything there is to know about the fast-approaching Moto G5 and G5 Plus, including the latter’s likely Verizon support.

Moto G5 (or G5 Play) strongly expected to feature 5-inch FHD screen, SD430 SoC

In addition to one or two 5.5-inch Full HD Moto G5 variants, Lenovo is also definitely working on at least one 5-inch 1080p flavor.

Moto G5 Plus specs shown to include Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM

Most likely headed to Barcelona for a Mobile World Congress debut next month, the Moto G5 Plus has almost all of its specs prematurely disclosed.

Plausible-looking Moto G5 Plus press render confirms Moto Z-inspired design

Lenovo may look to rush the mid-range Moto G5 Plus to market, with decent specs in tow, as well as a surprisingly premium metal build.

Moto Z Play discounted along with Moto G4 Plus

Both phones got minor discounts, but every dollar is appreciated and you can easily jump into these phones from the one you’re sick of.

Amazon’s latest batch of Cyber Monday deals includes cool savings on Moto Z, Garmin and Fitbit wearables

Amazon’s “Cyber Week” starts off on the right foot, with a $200 unlocked Moto Z discount, hefty savings on select Garmin and Fitbit wearables, and more.

Best Buy’s new and old Cyber Monday deals are for everyone

Best Buy isn’t done discounting hot mobile gear for the holidays, offering solid savings on iPads, Android phones and wearables for Cyber Monday.

Amazon lets you save up to $90 on Prime exclusive Moto G4 for limited time

If you’re okay with Amazon “lockscreen offers” and ads, the 32GB Moto G4 can be yours at just $140, down from a $230 list price.

Korean LG G5 units get Android Nougat first, other territories waiting

LG makes a claim in stating that it is the first manufacturer to roll out an update to a phone that launched with Android Marshmallow. We can’t back it up.

This is not a drill: Android 7.0 Nougat rolls out for Moto G4 and G4 Plus in India

Just 24 hours after reporting on Brazilian Nougat soak tests for the Moto G4 Plus, both it and the G4 have begun to receive official 7.0 in India.

Moto G4 Plus could be company’s first smartphone on Nougat, with soak test underway in Brazil

Motorola guns for bragging rights over rivals working on Android Nougat updates, but the Moto G4 Plus, not the Z, is the one soak-tested.

Motorola says to expect Nougat on the Moto Z family and Moto G4 ‘beginning in Q4’

At least one member of the Motorola Moto Z or Moto G4 families should receive Android Nougat by the end of the year, but is that enough?

Amazon offers big savings on loads of unlocked phones, including Moto G4 Plus and Nextbit Robin

For a (very) limited time only, the 4GB RAM Moto G4 Plus, OnePlus 2, Nextbit Robin and a number of other unlocked phones are discounted on Amazon.

Motorola monthly security patches dropped for “efficient” bundles

The Moto Z and Moto G4 may be updated along the same track that the Moto X Pure Edition currently is: way less often than monthly.

Moto G4 and G4 Plus Review: A spectrum of budget options

Now we have a series of devices for the new Moto G4. Which tier of budget handset is right for you? Here’s our Moto G4 and G4 Plus review.