Motorola will only release the Android Q update for Moto Z4

Motorola will only release the Android Q update for Moto Z4
The Moto Z4 is Motorola's newest mid-range Android smartphone, one that will not be followed by the usual Force Edition model, which the US company said it canceled. Those who bought the Moto Z4 might not have known though that Motorola doesn't plan more than one major Android OS update for the device.

The smartphone vendor confirmed to Digital Trends (via XDA Developers) that there are no plans for a Moto Z4 Android R update and that the smartphone will only receive the upcoming Android Q update, at least for the time being.

Despite the fact that Motorola was one of the few companies that provided two years of Android OS update for all mid-range and top-tier phones, that strategy changed once the company was acquired by Lenovo. Nowadays, only Motorola flagships are getting major Android OS updates for two years, while the rest of its phones receive just one such update.

Ironically, the competition (i.e. Samsung, Huawei) has shifted focus in the last couple of years so that customers who bought mid-range phones to get two major Android OS updates. Not to mention that Google's phones are getting three years of updates.

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Moto Z4
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 25 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh



1. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Completely kills the appeal of the Z series..... You might as well just buy the G series...... Why fork $200 or more depending on your currency, when it will receive the same support as the cheaper G series? Lenovo/Moto just shot themselves in their foot!

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is hear say. As if they are only going to give you only one update. Especially when you have to layout over $500 for a Moto Z4.

2. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Smh. Motorola is a shell of their former selves.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

All the more reason to shell out more money for a Pixel.

6. Venom

Posts: 3966; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm rocking the Pixel 3A XL, the best phone ever.

5. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

Wouldn't this not matter if the Z4 gets dev support?

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Good that they have warned us, now it's just one less phone to choose from.

8. matistight

Posts: 1053; Member since: May 13, 2009

Only irritating because Motorola's skin is very light, so putting onto stock android for phones with Qualcomm processors should be easier than something like Samsung or LG.

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