If you own a Nexus or an HTC smartphone, then you’ll know the joys of receiving the software and security updates immediately. However, while Nexus phones are the very first devices to feature software and security updates, the latest reports coming suggest that if you own a Motorola smartphone, you’re every bit as lucky as owning a Nexus device and here are the reasons why.

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Moto G4 Plus

Motorola smartphones are the first ones outside of the Nexus boundaries to release software and security updates for its phones

According to mobile app insights firm Apteligent, Motorola is easily the fastest to roll out Marshmallow to its devices out of the boundaries of the Nexus lineup, and overall, the company has done a tremendous job of getting updates out as quickly as possible. However, ever since it was acquired by Lenovo, and now a part of the Chinese manufacturer, we have yet to hear about the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the following smartphones:

  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Moto G4
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto G 2015

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While we can expect the devices to be updated to Android 7.0 later down the road, the estimated time of arrival has not been provided by Motorola nor Lenovo. However, the phone manufacturer did state that both Moto Z and Moto Z Droid will receive software updates, and is currently rolling out the July security patch to both handsets at the end of August. Apteligent also stated that HTC has secured 2nd place, and the good news here is that Taiwanese Android phone manufacturer will make the Nougat update available to the unlocked and carrier variants of its HTC 10, One A9, and the One M9 during the fourth quarter of 2016.


LG secured third place for its Marshmallow rollout, but with the LG V20 all set to be the first phone to offer Nougat out of the box, the manufacturer is most likely going to receive a better ranking by the end of this year. Samsung has been criticized incessantly for releasing updates at an extremely slow pace, and because of the lack of efforts made by the company’s developers, the company secured a measly spot of 4th, signifying that the company really needs to pick up the pace. If you’ve noticed one thing about Motorola phones, their UI is very similar to the stock Android skin that is continuously being used in Nexus devices, so we have high hopes that the company is going to be releasing respective updates for the aforementioned list.

Just because Lenovo has acquired Motorola, the terms of the acquisition state that the latter will continue to remain an independent company, so we still have high hopes for the Android 7.0 Nougat update.