Motorola announces Australian Android 7.0 rollout

Alex Kidman 8 February 2017

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Motorola will roll out Nougat to Australian Android fans this week.

The issues around Android updates are complex, involving differing hardware specifications, manufacturer software approvals and often also testing by network carriers before they’re rolled out to your phone.

As a result, many Android handsets often go without updates at all. This is why if you’re keen on cutting-edge Android, the sensible move has long been to opt for one of Google’s official phones, previously the Nexus line and now the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

Now Motorola has announced that its range of phones sold in Australia should be getting Android 7.0, AKA "Nougat" updates this week.

Specifically, the Motorola Moto G4 Plus 4th Gen, Motorola Moto Z and Motorola Moto Z Play are eligible for upgrade.

If you’ve got one of those handsets, you should see a notification pop up on your phone sometime this week if you’ve purchased a retail model, or you can check by heading to the settings app.

Other variants of Motorola’s phones, including the Moto X Play and Moto X Style that were ranged by Vodafone recently, are theoretically eligible for the upgrade, but that’s pending Vodafone’s approval, with Motorola noting that these devices "will be upgraded to the Android 7.x (Nougat) release of Android, pending partner support".

If you’re keen to upgrade but haven’t seen the notification yet, you can check the precise status of your Motorola handset and its potential upgrades at Motorola’s Nougat update page.

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