Moto Z3 update: Z3 Play retail scores Pie; August patch announced for Z3

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August 14, 2019: Motorola has shared the release notes for an upcoming software update for the Moto Z3 in the United States. The OTA will bring the August 2019 security patch and fix known bugs.

June 26, 2019: Motorola has announced a new software update for the Moto Z3 handsets in the US. The update brings not only the June security patches but also performance and stability improvements along with fixes for unmentioned bugs. It could take a while before the company begins seeding the update.

May 23, 2019: Those who bought the unlocked aka retail unit of the Moto Z3 Play in the US are in luck today. Motorola has finally begun pushing out Android Pie for them. Looks like the latest release notes (dated May 31, 2019) that Motorola shared about Z3 Play’s Pie rollout were intended for the retail version of Z3 Play — FYI, Motorola had already released Pie for Z3 Play in April, and that did leave us wondering why sharing the Z3 Play Pie release notes again, albeit with newer security patches. Now we know.

Users over at XDA have confirmed receiving Android 9 Pie today via an OTA update on their retail Z3 Play units. The Android 9 OTA does come with May 2019 security patches.

May 23, 2019: Verizon announces that the Moto Z3 will receive the latest up to date Android security patches.

May 17, 2019: The standard Moto Z3 will soon receive an update to May 2019 security patches. Motorola U.S. has published details of the release notes, but there are still no signs of the OTA. Even so, the rollout should begin in the coming days.Moto Z3 May patch

The story is also the same as the Moto Z3 Play, which is also set to receive May 2019 security patches.

April 24, 2019: Apparently, Motorola U.S. is getting ready to release Android Pie for the Z3 Play. The release notes for this update are live and they include the latest April 2019 security patch. It’s worth remembering that similar release notes popped up weeks ago, but it turns out the update did not materialize. There is more to this story here.

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

DateSoftware versionChangelog
14 Aug 2019NA | Android 9August 2019 security patch
26 Jun 2019NA | Android 9June 2019 security patch
23 May 2019PDXS29.84-30-3| Android 9 May 2019 security patch
02 Apr 2019PDX29.84-30 | Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie with support for 5G Moto Mod and March 2019 security patch
22 Jan 2019ODX28.66-18-6-2 | Android 8.1January 2019 security patch and Wi-Fi Calling support
27 Dec 2018ODXS28.66-18-6 | Android 8.1December 2018 security patch
21 Aug 2018ODXS28.66-18-1 | Android 8.1August 2018 security patch
02 Aug 2018ODXS28.66-18 | Android 8.1Pre-installed

Moto Z3 Play

DateSoftware versionChangelog
06 Jun 2019Android 9Android 9 Pie for retail Z3 Play units in the US
17 May 2019Android 8.1May 2019 security patch in the U.S.
25 Apr 2019Android 9 PieMotorola is rolling out Android 9 Pie and April 2019 security update in the U.S. Brings things like new navigation gestures, adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, and more
16 Feb 2019Android 9 PieInstalls Android 9 Pie update in Brazil. More markets to follow
09 Feb 2019Android 9 PieMotorola is rolling out Android 9 Pie update and February 2019 patch in the U.S. Brings things like new navigation gestures, adaptive battery, adaptive brightness, and more [CANCELED]
20 July 2018OCW28.70-47 | Android 8.1Stability improvements (MR1)

Moto Z3 and Z3 Play Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie is available for both variants

Motorola has now updated both the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play to Android 9 Pie update across the globe.

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


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