3rd-gen Moto E series won't see Android 7.0 Nougat, says Motorola

With so many mid-to-lower-end options available across the Android smartphone world, one can pick up a capable handset for a mere fraction the industry darlings. Most of the time, however, those opting for cheaper models forgo more than just power and general hardware functionality. If you buy a middling handset, the chances are you'll get one major firmware update if you're lucky, and in many cases, none. Case in point: if you picked up last year's Motorola Moto E3 or E3 Power, you're going to be left out in the wilderness with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In the fast-moving smartphone world, new handsets are often considered old news just a couple of months after release. Motorola has reaffirmed this notion by noting that the E3 series will not be carried forward to Android 7.0 Nougat. Per the software product pages of Motorola's official site, the Moto E3 Power's fate as a permanent Marshmallow handset is sealed and by default, the E3 is too.

No specific reason has been provided as to why the devices -- released as recently as September of last year -- will not be seeing any further updates. We can perhaps surmise that the Moto E3 duo's sales have not reached the firm's expectations, even though 100k units of the E3 Power were sold during its first day in India alone. Conversely, it's possible that the company never really intended to update the E3 and E3 Power, though this would be surprising given their age. 

What do you think about this - does it make you second guess the purchase of a cheaper smartphone? Let us know of your take in the comments!

source: Motorola via TechDroider

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Moto E3
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Moto E3 Power
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Makes the case for buying cheap Chinese "mid-range" devices from UMI (Plus E/Z), or the Idol 4S that much more alluring. You can go into the purchase knowing you probably won't get any updates (or they will be few and far between), but at least the device will have better performance and features.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's not even 1 year old.. thanks to Lenovo...

5. hemedans

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

problem is mediatek, in three years time moto e 2nd gen will have android 10 via lineage os while 3rd gen will be forgotten

3. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

And it's not like Motorola/Lenovo has the best track record as of late in updating their phones.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Well zuk series 2 got it already

6. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Sad, but true!

7. Apattanaik

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

My phone moto g turbo edition now 6.0.1 it's update to androidN 7.0 its possible or not

8. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

bcoz of weak mediatek processor. moto should give snapdragon 430. and camera was also average

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