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The competition between smartphone manufacturers has grown more intense as the years have gone by and 2017 is announcing to be a make or break year for Moto and Xperia as they’ve announced an all important update to Android 7.0 Nougat for their Z Play and respectively Z5 devices.

A device becomes more desirable if it has the latest pieces of software available for them which include all those neat features and performance improvements. Moto and Sony are aiming to upgrade their mid-range lineup with the newest version of Android to increase their sales as well as popularity.

Not all mid-range orientated smartphones can boast with this feature but users who own a Moto Z Play or Sony Xperia Z5 device will be in for a treat as the respective manufacturers have announced them to be in line for receiving the much awaited update pretty soon.

It is believed that the Moto Z Play should be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat by March the 4th as the more powerful devices from the Z lineup already have it since last year. Just before receiving the Nougat update, the Moto Z Play is scheduled to receive a security patch scheduled for the 21st of January in order for the device to be prepared for the future update.

Sony’s Xperia Z5 has joined the race for Android 7.0 Nougat as they’ve just received certification and will be available for all devices within a couple of weeks as reported by Xperia Blog. The update is scheduled for users within the first or second quarter of 2017.

The Xperia lineup which will be receiving the much desired update includes the likes of Xperia Z5, Z4 and Z3+ as older devices which sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC will not be receiving this update due to the fact that Qualcomm has not released any graphics drivers for the respective devices.

The mid-range smartphone market is set to raise a lot of interest in 2017 as Sony and Motorola are not the only smartphone manufacturers to join the Android Nougat club. Important players such as Samsung are already rolling their mid-range oriented devices with the latest version of Nougat out of the factory. Many manufacturers will follow this trend and we can expect a major series of updates to hit devices from various manufacturers in the next couple of months.