Update [November 19, 2016]: It looks like Motorola and Verizon have now released the Nougat build for their Moto Z Droid and Z Droid Force edition in USA, as the image below points out to. The build no of the 7.0 update seems to be NCL25.86-11. A formal announcement should be close now, and we think the international variant of these two, the Moto Z and Z Force (without the Droid branding, you know), should be in for the Nougat update too, pretty soon.
Update [October 20, 2016]: The Verizon’s edition, known as Moto Z Droid, is now up for Nougat update soak test. So, in essence, Motorola is first one to come up with an Android 7.0 build, albeit as a test. If everything goes well with the testing, then we could expect the company to start rolling out the final Nougat build as an OTA in next 2-3 weeks. For you record though, Moto has started the Nougat soak test on its G4 Plus too, for which a manually installation OTA is also available for download.
Update [September 27, 2016]: BIG NEWS! Motorola has said a word or two about its Android Nougat plans, finally — even though what they said is more obvious than breaking. Droid Life is reporting that as per Motorola spokesperson, we can expect the Moto Z sets, and also the Moto G4 sets, to be showered with Android 7.0 Nougat update before the end of Q4 this year.
You will know that these are Motorola’s releases of 2016, so an obvious question: what about devices released back in 2015, which sincerely and truly deserve the Nougat update. Like, Moto X Pure, Moto X Style, Moto G 3rd Gen (G3), Moto X Play, Moto Turbo, etc.? Well, the Lenovo-owned company said that they know this, and believe in getting upgrades right, making sure that performance doesn’t takes the hit.
So, we have a good confirmation now about expecting Android 7.0 update on these devices:
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Force
- Moto Z Droid Edition (Verizon)
- Moto Z Force Droid Edition (Verizon)
- Moto Z Play
- Moto G4
- Moto G4 Plus
- Moto G4 Play
As for the release timeline and order, expect the global Moto Z and Z Force sets to grab the 7.0 OTA update before all others, followed by their Play edition. Next in line will be popular G4 and G4 plus sets, followed by G4 play.
Verizon’s Moto Z and Z Force Nougat update release date really depends on the carrier — how fast it can test the Nougat build handed to it by Motorola, and is able to distribute it then. By our experience with verizon updates, we can tell expect a delay of around one month after the Nougat rollout begins for global Moto Z and Z Force.
(September 21, 2016): Moto Z Force at Verizon is up for a new update to software version MCLS24.246-36-3. The changelog of the update makes the only mention of latest security patch, which we think is either of up to August or September level monthly security fix released by Google. Update: It’s confirmed the build MCLS24.246-36-3 brings with it the September security patch, which is latest as of today. See the screenshot below.
The two new Droid edition sets at Verizon, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, have a new update up for grabs. Yes, we know all you want right now is Android 7.0 Nougat OTA when you hear the word update, but given it’s Verizon, we don’t think you will get to taste Nougat on your new shiny Droids for the time being.
The changelog at Verizon’s page indicates that the update brings ‘Call audio improvements’ and ‘Latest Android security patches’ (August level patch?). The software version of the update is MCL24.246-36 and is same for both the devices.
Android Nougat for Moto Z and Force
Expected release date: October 2016.
We’re not talking Verizon devices here, but those that aren’t. Those two Droid edition remake of these normal sets are being discussed below. This section is for normal unlocked Moto Z and its Force edition.
Motorola is easily one of those OEMs that you simply gotta love when it comes to updates. The company’s should be able to updates all variants of its flagship devices before the competition devices, and could beat them by a good month or two, too.
As the company employs stock UI, there is no load on its software team to do extra tuning of the custom skin to bring that in line with new Android OS UI. This is the big reason Motorola devices generally see updates come before their competitor devices.
The above is why we’re hopeful of the October release of Android 7.0 Nougat update for Moto Z and Z Force.
Android Nougat for Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid edition
Expected release date: November 2016.
Given the info above, you must already be knowing reasons as to why we think the Moto Z and Z Force would be receiving the Android 7.0 update earlier then the likes of Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 7, HTC 10, etc.
Well, the same update will be translated to Verizon’s Droid editions too, but because of stringent testing and somewhat lethargic nature of Verizon, the update could easily take an extra month before hitting as an OTA for Verizon users. Droid editions don’t differ a lot at all from normal variants, but Verizon’s testing would need some time.
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Chances are slim of the October release of the Nougat update for Verizon Moto Z Droid editions, but November looks very likely when the devices should be running Android 7.0.