It appears the rumors were true: the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Verizon are the first of the company's newest phones to receive updates to Android 7.0 Nougat, and with it, the first non-Google phones to receive support for Daydream VR.

According to Motorola, the Nougat update will begin rolling out "this week" to Moto Z and Moto Z Play on Verizon, with other variants and countries to come shortly.

The other big announcement, which was also rumored last week, is that the Moto Z and Z Force will be the first phones outside of Google's own Pixel products to be certified Daydream-compatible. This means that the phones will be able to slip into Google's Daydream View VR headset and run any of the apps and games currently optimized for the new platform. Moto says:

These are the first smartphones from another manufacturer to be recognized by Google as Daydream-ready devices - a distinction given to phones that have been certified for the Daydream platform and are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra-smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking.

While this announcement will be of little comfort to those who purchased the unlocked Moto Z or any variant of the Moto Z Play — people like specific timelines! — it's great news in general, not just for fans of Daydream, but for those of us who want to see more Nougat on more phones.

Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play