Moto Z3 and Z3 Play update: Android Pie update coming this fall; Verizon outs August patch for the Z3

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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Moto Z3 and Z3 Play Pie update

Expected release date: Q4 2018

Motorola announced the Moto Z3 Play ahead of the Moto Z3, but both phones have Android Oreo out of the box. Given they are the new game in town, Motorola’s Android Pie update will target the duo before moving onto the 2017 pair of Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play.

Related: Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play software update news

Typically, the Pie update should be available for Moto Z3 uses ahead of the Moto Z3 Play, but going by the latest developments, it appears the latter will get the stable version ahead of the former. This is because a report surfacing from China claims Motorola is already trialing Android Pie beta on the Moto Z3 Play with an aim of spreading this love to the global variant in the near future.


With this, the Moto Z3 Play should be in line to receive the stable version somewhere in early or mid-Q4 2018. If anything, the Moto Z3 Android Pie update should follow soon after, most probably before the end of the year.

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Software update timeline

Moto Z3

Date Software version Changelog
21 Aug 2018 ODXS28.66-18-1 | Android 8.1 August 2018 security patch
2 Aug 2018 ODXS28.66-18 | Android 8.1 Pre-installed

Moto Z3 Play

Date Software version Changelog
20 July 2018 OCW28.70-47 | Android 8.1 Stability improvements (MR1)
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