Motorola downgrades its Android update schedule across all smartphones
UPDATE: It looks like Motorola made another blunder. After telling AndroidAuthority that the Edge 20 series won't be getting more than one Android upgrade, Motorola backtraked on its initial statement. As per 9to5Google's report, Motorola said that the official who offered the statement was wrong and that the Motorola Edge 20 series will receive two years of bi-monthly security updates and at least two major Android updates. The company also sent 9to5Google the statement below:
Original: Motorola will no longer offer customers who purchase its smartphones more than one Android OS update unless the devices prove to be unusually popular. It's a policy the US company wanted to enforce last year after it released the Edge series but had to backtrack on its decision after fans backlash.
Unfortunately, Motorola confirmed to AndroidAuthority that the Edge 20 series will not receive more than one Android upgrade and two years of security updates. Judging from the company's statement, it looks like the same update policy will apply to all Motorola smartphones going forward.
In other words, Motorola's decision is based on the fact that customers are changing their smartphones too fast to warrant more than one major Android upgrade. The good news is the US company is willing to assess each phone and decide whether or not it's worth releasing more than one Android OS updates based on its market popularity.
Even if Motorola is correct regarding the life cycle of its smartphones, this remains a rather strange move considering Google recommends a minimum of two years of Android upgrades.