Moto Z3 and Z3 Play update: Android Pie available for the Play variant in the U.S. and Brazil

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February 16, 2019: Owners of the Moto Z3 Play in Brazil can now install the latest Android 9 Pie update on their handsets. The update has just started rolling out and it comes a week after the official release notes appeared on Motorola USA website, which means more markets should expect to receive the OTA pretty soon.

February 15, 2019: A new update is available for the Moto Z3 in the U.S., where the device is receiving February 2019 security patches. The airborne update also brings performance optimizations and bug fixes, so be sure to download it.


February 09, 2019: Motorola is ready to roll out Android 9 Pie to the Moto Z3 Play in the U.S. The company has published the official release notes for the devices update to Pie, with the official rollout set to begin. It will, of course, take some time before all units in the country receive the update, so be patient.

Original article below:

Unlike in 2016 where three variants of the Motorola Moto Z came to life, the past two releases have witnessed only two variants of the Z series. As opposed to last year, there’s no Moto Z3 Force variant – only the standard Moto Z3 and the Moto Z3 Play, which is the constant variant so far.

On this page, we have all the details that you’d want to know regarding the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play software update news, release dates, changelogs, and whatnot. We’ll be updating this post regularly to reflect the latest software news for the duo, so you better bookmark it for easier access to this info.

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Software update timeline

Moto Z3

Date Software version Changelog
13 Feb 2019 Android 8.1 February 2019 security patch
21 Aug 2018 ODXS28.66-18-1 | Android 8.1 August 2018 security patch
02 Aug 2018 ODXS28.66-18 | Android 8.1 Pre-installed

Moto Z3 Play

Date Software version Changelog
16 Feb 2019 Android 9 Pie Installs Android 9 Pie update in Brazil. More markets to follow
09 Feb 2019 Android 9 Pie Motorola is rolling out Android 9 Pie update in the U.S. Brings things like new navigation gestures, adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, and more
20 July 2018 OCW28.70-47 | Android 8.1 Stability improvements (MR1)

Moto Z3 and Z3 Play Pie update

Released for Moto Z3 Play on Feb 09, 2019 (USA) and Feb 16, 2019 (Brazil)

Motorola announced the Moto Z3 Play ahead of the Moto Z3, but both phones have Android Oreo out of the box. It was obvious that Motorola’s Android Pie update would target the duo before moving onto the 2017 pair of Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play. And indeed, as of February 09, 2019, those in the U.S. can grab a share of their Pie update, with the rest of the globe expected to join the party in the coming weeks.

Related: Android 9 Pie: All the cool features in one place

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