Unlocked Moto Z finally getting Nougat next month, Moto Z Play in March

Thinking of getting one of those freshly discounted Daydream View VR headsets to use in combination with a Moto Z phone on AT&T or T-Mobile? Not so fast, as Motorola (or rather Lenovo) is curiously late to roll out an Android Nougat update for the unlocked modular 5.5-incher stateside, despite joining Verizon to distribute Droid-specific 7.0 goodies way back in November.

It’s the middle of January now, and Sony is sending sweet stuff like multi-window support to the dusty old Xperia Z3+ after doing the same for the Z5, Z5 Premium, X, X Compact, XZ and X Performance. What’s taking Moto so long then to bring its latest “standard” flagship up to date?

No idea, but at least we’re finally promised a relatively fast-approaching software makeover. The nationwide GSM network-compatible $700 handheld will apparently leave OS build M behind sometime in February, followed by the Moto Z Play the next month.

Odds are both the Z Play Droid and that recently marked-down unlocked variant will get their OTA Nougaty treats before March ends, which is definitely something to look forward to. Still, what’s with the unlocked Moto Z holdup? And no, its tardy commercial debut compared to the Z and Z Force Droid Editions doesn’t explain things. Not in reasonable, satisfactory fashion, that is.

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).