While we were drooling over the Pixel and Pixel XL, Motorola published the list of phones that will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Most phones announced this year are on the list — including the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, Moto Z, Z Play, and Z Force — as well as last year's Moto X Pure Edition and X Play.
But as is becoming the case more and more often, there are a few notable omissions. The Moto G 2015 won't receive Nougat, nor does the entry-level Moto E3 Power, which made its debut in July 2016. Other phones in the Moto E series are also not going to make the switch to the latest version of Android.
Here's the list of Motorola phones that will pick up the Nougat update:
- Moto G (4th Gen)
- Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
- Moto G Play (4th Gen)
- Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
- Moto X Style
- Moto X Play
- Moto X Force
- Droid Turbo 2
- Droid Maxx 2
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Droid
- Moto Z Force Droid
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Play Droid
- Nexus 6
Motorola says that it will start rolling out the update sometime later this quarter, with the Moto Z and Moto G4 receiving it first. Motorola's comeback tale centered around offering a smooth Android experience — even on budget handsets — layered with its own additions in the form of Moto Display and Moto Actions, and quick software updates to its entire portfolio of devices. That was one of the main reasons for the success of the Moto G and Moto E series in emerging markets.
Along the way, there have been a few missteps. Last year, Motorola announced that it would not update the Moto E — which was just a few months old at that point — or a few carrier variants of the Moto X 2014 to Marshmallow. A year on, we're in the same situation.
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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.