Android 11 released two months ago, but the fact that we're still talking about the Android 10 update for Motorola phones suggests how far the manufacturer has fallen in recent times with software updates.
Under Lenovo's tutelage, Motorola's software update efforts have been put on the backburner. The brand used to make the best cheap phones and set the standard for timely software updates, but in the last three years that goodwill has been eroded as Motorola reneged on updates to phones like the Moto Z2 Force, the Moto E5 series, and more. Instead of delivering two platform updates and three years of security updates, Motorola now provides just one platform update and security updates "every other month."
In addition to delivering fewer updates, Motorola is taking longer to roll out updates it has promised in the first place. The Moto G7 got its Android 10 update in May 2020. Motorola's Android One phones, however, will receive two platform updates and three years of security updates, because that is a requirement of being in the Android One initiative.
Here's the state of Motorola's Android 10 rollout:
List of Motorola phones already updated to Android 10
Motorola started rolling out the Android 10 update to the Moto G7 and G7 Power in Brazil earlier this year, and the update made its way to the U.S. variants of the device starting from July. The Moto G8 series has also received the update, but in true Motorola fashion the Play variants have not made the switch to Android 10.
- Motorola RAZR: Rolling out (May 11 2020)
- Moto Z4: April 2020
- Moto G7 Plus: January 2020
- Motorola One (Android One): March 2020
- Motorola One Vision (Android One): January 7 2020
- Motorola One Power (Android One): December 12 2019
- Motorola One Action (Android One): April 6 2020
- Moto G7: Rolling out (July 2020)
- Moto G7 Power: Rolling out (October 2020)
- Moto G8: Rolling out (July 2020)
- Moto G8 Plus: Rolling out (July 2020)
List of Motorola phones waiting to get the Android 10 update
Motorola's software update page in the U.S. makes no mention of the update for the Moto G7 Play, suggesting it will be a long wait before the phone gets Android 10. These are the Motorola devices waiting to get the update to Android 10:
- Moto G7 Play
- Moto G8 Play
- Motorola One Zoom
- Motorola One Macro
List of Motorola phones that won't be updated to Android 10
Because of Motorola's policy of rolling out just one platform update, most of its devices launched over the last two years will not make the switch to Android 10. Devices like the Moto E5, E5 Play, and E5 Plus haven't received a single platform update, with the devices still on Android 8.0 Oreo. Customers that picked up these phones had to resort to installing a custom ROM to switch to Android 9.0 Pie.
Similarly, the Moto E6 debuted last year with Android 9.0 Pie, and won't be getting the Android 10 update. Then there's the Moto E6s, a phone that launched in March 2020 with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
Here's a full list of all Motorola devices released after April 2018 that won't be updated to Android 10:
- Moto G6
- Moto G6 Plus
- Moto G6 Play
- Moto Z3
- Moto Z3 Play
- Moto E6s
- Moto E6
- Moto E6 Plus
- Moto E6 Play
- Moto E5
- Moto E5 Plus
- Moto E5 Play
While Motorola used to be a good option for in the budget segment, the lack of updates just doesn't make it a good recommendation in 2020. There's much more choice in this category now, and with Nokia selling a lot of budget phones in the U.S. and committing to Android One for its entire portfolio, you're better off going with that brand has to offer.
Nokia did a much better job with the Android 10 update, and with Android One onboard you are guaranteed two platform updates on even the brand's entry-level phones.
Android One goodness
All the features you need
The Nokia 7.2 comes with robust internal hardware and a vibrant FHD+ screen with HDR10. The hardware is still decent, and the fact that it runs Android One gives the device an edge in this category. It has received the Android 10 update earlier this year, and the design combined with the features on offer make it a great choice in 2020.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.