The expected release of Android 7.0 Nougat for Motorola devices was announced in October 2016. In fact, the handsets that were about to receive the update was mentioned in the official blog of Motorola. However, it was clear that some devices were not included in the list, such as the Motorola Moto G3 and the Moto G Turbo Edition.
Moto G3 is also named Osprey, while the Moto G Turbo Edition is known as Merlin. The Moto G1 or Falcon received a couple of Android updates, namely the KitKat and Lollipop. Meanwhile, the Moto G2 or Titan was also given 2 updates, namely the Lollipop and Marshmallow. The G3 and the G Turbo Edition only received 1 major Android update.
Basically, it was known to the Motorola user community that the company provides 18 months of support update. In this case, the abandonment of the Osprey or the 3rd Generation of Motorola G only shows that the Moto brand has discontinued the practice that they used to have.
It can be observed that the current list of Motorola smartphones to receive the most recent update includes the Moto G Play or its 4th Generation. However, it can also be noticed that this device has weaker specifications in comparison with both Merlin and Osprey.
For this reason, it can’t be denied that Motorola simply decided that the last generation of Moto G smartphones were no longer important. Well, in fact, the Moto G Play simply uses the same GPU and chipset as the Osprey. The problem is that the G Play runs lower than the CPU clock speed of the Osprey.
The obvious similarity of both devices only suggests that much of the work is required to produce the Nougat update in making the update for the Moto G Play. At the same time, both the Moto X Play have the same GPU and chipset as the Moto G Turbo Edition, which makes them both compatible with Vulkan graphics API.
As a mid-range device, the Moto G3 should be given the same support as other smartphones in the Moto G series. Motorola should not drop its support for its best-selling smartphone if it wants to bring more people to trust its product line.
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