Android 7.0 — better known as Nougat — has taken the world by storm. Released in August, it immediately became available to Google Nexus devices, making other Android users envious of those who own these models.
Fortunately, if you own a Motorola device, you don’t have to wait for long to get the Nougat update. Motorola has confirmed that they’ll start rolling out the update for certain models starting on Q4, which means that the update can arrive any time soon.
However, the Nougat update will be available only to certain Motorola handsets. The lucky units include those in the Moto Z family (Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, and Moto Z Play Droid) and those in the Moto X series (Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, and third-generation Moto X Pure Edition). The Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, along with the fourth-generation models of the Moto G, Moto G Plus, and Moto G Play, will also get the update. Included in the list is the Nexus 6, which has already received the Nougat update.
So what if the Motorola handset you own isn’t on this list? Unfortunately, if this is the case, you won’t be getting the Android Nougat update. Motorola has confirmed that the list they’ve published is the “full list” of smartphones that will be receiving Nougat. So these are the confirmed models we know for now, although there’s a chance that the company would change their minds later on and add more smartphones to the list.
If you’re lucky enough to have one of the phones that will receive Nougat, the best thing you can do now is to prepare your device for the update as you wait for the update. First, check if your phone has the current version of the firmware by going to Apps, tapping on “Settings”, then choosing on “About phone”. Ideally, you should be on Android Marshmallow; if not, you’ll want to update your device from Android Lollipop to Marshmallow to make the transition easier.
Next, if you live in the United States, you can check Motorola’s software update page to see if your model and mobile carrier is indeed included in the company’s update plans. Use the drop-down menu to choose your carrier, then pick your phone model from the images that would populate. If you see the message “This device will be upgraded to the Android 7 (Nougat) release, pending partner support”, it’s a confirmation that you’ll indeed receive Nougat. Continue checking this page in the following weeks as it will change to reveal the exact date that the Nougat update will be rolled out for your phone.
If you live in countries outside the U.S., you can use Motorola’s international Android Software Upgrade page. Simply choose your country, select your mobile carrier (or choose “Retail” if you don’t have one), and pick your specific phone model.
Once Motorola and/or your carrier has announced that Android Nougat has been rolled out for your device, go to your phone’s Apps >> Settings >> About Phone. Tap on “System updates” to see if the update is already available for your device; if it is, just follow the instructions on the screen to download and install the update.
You can visit Motorola’s software update page here.
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