Even though the Android Nougat update has been rolled out to some Google Nexus phones, it’s still not available for other makes and models. This makes a lot of people wonder: will my device get the latest Android firmware?
Well, if you own a Motorola phone, you’re in luck. Motorola has just released an official list about the smartphones that would get Android Nougat, making it one of the few OEMs that have done so.
According to Motorola, the fourth-generation versions of the Moto G, Moto G Plus, and Moto G Play would receive the Nougat update, as well as the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, which are available exclusively through Verizon. The Moto X family (namely the Moto X Play, Moto X Style, Moto X Force, and 3rd Gen Moto X Pure Edition) along with the Moto Z and its cousins (Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid, and Moto Z Force Droid). Of course, let’s not forget the Motorola-made Nexus 6, which has already received the Nougat update.
If you feel this list is a bit limited, you’re not alone. Many people are scratching their heads as to why recent Motorola units were not included in the list, particularly those that aren’t “old” by hardware standards. These include the 2015-released Moto G 3rd generation as well as the Moto E3 Power, which was made available just in July this year.
You can take this list (which was published on Motorola’s official blog) at face value, but you can also check the company’s Software Upgrade page to confirm that your device will indeed receive Android Nougat. Just select your mobile carrier along with the specific model you own, and the page will tell you if it will get Nougat once it’s released.
If you’re in the U.S., you’ll find that several carriers are set to roll out the Android Nougat update for the Motorola phones they carry. Republic Wireless, for example, has the Moto G Plus 4th Generation and Moto G 4th Generation, while Sprint and T-Mobile both offer the Moto X Pure Edition (2015). Verizon will soon release the Nougat update for its Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play Droid, and Moto X Pure Edition (2015).
If you own the Nexus 6, you probably already have received the Android Nougat update by now. If you haven’t, go to your phone’s Settings, tap on “About phone”, and choose “System updates”. You’ll see a message if the update is already available for your phone; if it is, simply follow the instructions that would appear on the screen to download and install Nougat in your device.
Don’t worry if you haven’t yet received the update; as Motorola points out, it can take two weeks to reach your device and even longer, depending on your carrier. Considering that the Nexus 6 Nougat update was released on the first week of October, it’s not surprising if it hasn’t yet reached your phone.