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Motorola has lost what made it special and has become just another Android-device manufacturer now

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I bought a Moto G4 to use as my secondary phone at the beginning of this month. Being a technology enthusiast (addict, if you ask the people I’m close to), I’m a sucker for software updates and was eagerly awaiting news about the Nougat update for Motorola devices. Motorola, traditionally, has been the quickest to roll out software updates to its devices after Google’s now defunct Nexus line (one of the reasons I prefer Motorola over any other brand that manufactures Android devices) but this is the first year Motorola is going to release the newest version of Android for its devices after being acquired by Lenovo. My ears stood up when I heard that Motorola had released a statement about when its devices would get their dose of Google’s latest dessert. According to 9to5Google,

“Here’s the full list:

  • Moto G (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Nexus 6

As you can see, Motorola is only updating devices from 2015 onward, including the Moto X lineup from last year and the previous set of DROIDs, although those will probably take a while.

At a glance, you’ll likely notice two big omissions from the list, the 2015 Moto G, released in mid-2015, and the entire Moto E lineup. That includes the Moto E3 which was just launched a couple of months ago – yikes.”

While this list includes my device (it had to, after all, the G4 came out this year), this doesn’t paint a very good picture when it comes to the criticisms Android-device manufacturers face about not supporting their hardware with software updates for long enough. Motorola was supposed to be our knight in shining armour here but with this news, it has failed us. And it’s not that the phones not getting updates are old phones – the Moto E3 was launched this year and the Moto G3 (which got rave reviews, BTW) was launched in halfway through 2015. In comparison, even though it still sells for more than the Moto phones I mentioned, iPhone 5, the smartphone Apple released in 2012 (one which my mum owns) was updated to iOS 10 last month. Motorola even promised that its devices would see at least 2 major Android updates when it launched the Moto G and Moto X a few years back and that was one of the key positive differentiators for the brand.

Now, even though Motorola has promised an Android O update for the Moto G4, I’m not sure that that’ll happen. I guess I’ll have to accept that Motorola is just like any other Android device manufacturer now and will have to think twice before blindly recommending a Moto phone to people.

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