Moto G6 Pie update news and more: Android 9 arrives in the U.S., Verizon releases March patch

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Update [April 26]: Motorola US has updated the Moto G6 software support page with new Android 9 Pie release notes. While the bit on Android 9 Pie keeps its place from previous similar release notes published in February 2019, the security patch level now is for April 2019, up from February 2019.

Obviously, the initial release notes didn’t materialize to an actual update, but we do hope this time around the U.S. variant of the Moto G6 finally gets the Pie update.

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April 04, 2019: Verizon is rolling out March 2019 security patch to the Moto G6 as version ODSS27.104-95-2. The update is still based on Android Oreo, which means the wait is still on for Verizon users. This same update is also available for other U.S. variants alongside bug fixes and stability improvements.

In India and Brazil, those using the Moto G6 already got Pie updates, so it shouldn’t be long before the OS arrives in the U.S.


Original article below:

The Motorola Moto G6 is a great budget phone from yet another great company, however, there are concerns about the state of the device’s software updates.

For years, Motorola was the best non-Google OEM when software matters came to the table, but since Lenovo stepped in to fill the shoes left by the search giant, things have gotten quite unbearable. On this page, we have details of everything you want to know about the Moto G6’s software updates, news, download links, and the changelogs, among other software-related info.

Moto G6 update timeline

Date Software version Changelog
26 Apr 2019 Android 9 Pie Official Android 9 Pie update release notes published by Motorola U.S. Changelog also includes January 2019 security, adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, new volume controls, revamped split-screen, better DND mode, etc.

Rollout yet to begin, though

29 Mar 2019 ODSS27.104-95-2 March 2019 security patch for U.S. Verizon variant
21 Mar 2019 PPS29.55-24 | Android 9 Pie Installs Android 9 Pie update in India, which also installs January 2019 security patch
15 Feb 2019 Android 9 Pie Installs Android 9 Pie and December 2018 security patch in Brazil
23 Jan 2019 Android 8.0 January 2019 security patch and improved support for Android Messages
18 Oct 2018 OPSS27.82-87-3 | Android 8.0 September 2018 security update
19 Apr 2018 Android 8.0 Oreo Pre-installed

Motorola is no longer the same company that used to roll out updates swiftly. Apparently, those using the Moto G6 will not receive monthly security updates, rather, the company will only be sending out these updates after a period of between 60 and 90 days.

Moto G6 Android Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie is now available in Brazil and India
  • Not yet released in the U.S.
  • Official U.S. release notes already published

The Moto G6 got the first update to Android 9 Pie in late January 2019 as a soak test in Brazil and a few weeks later, a stable update started rolling out in Brazil and India joined the party thereafter. Motorola U.S. also made an official statement basically confirming the availability of Pie for the G6 in the country, but the rollout has yet to begin.

The update should begin rolling out in the U.S. and other regions in Q2 2019. The Moto G6 Plus already received the Pie update at the end of December 2018 while the Moto G6 Play should join the standard G6 in receiving the Pie update in Q2 2019.

If Motorola is to be believed, the Moto G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play won’t go past Pie, which is such a shame at a time when the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and even Asus are rolling out two major OS updates to equally budget handsets.

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