Motorola Moto Z and Moto G4 will get security updates, but probably not monthly

Motorola today issued a statement regarding security updates for its Moto Z family of smartphones (including the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Droid Edition, and Moto Z Force Droid Edition). Last week, we told you that the Moto Z would receive monthly security updates, but it looks like these won't actually be monthly.

According to Ars Techinca, Motorola stated that "it's difficult" to roll out software security updates on a monthly basis for all its handsets, and it's more convenient to include them in OS upgrades, or in scheduled maintenance releases. While Motorola assures us that the Moto Z, as well as the Moto G4 series (recently launched in the US), will receive security updates, it simply can't commit to delivering them month by month. Well, we can't say we're surprised: ever since Google started its monthly Android security update program last year, Motorola constantly failed to be on time with these updates.

source: Ars Technica



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What?!? Motorola letting people down over software? I can't believe it! I'm shocked and appalled sir! If you can't detect my sarcasm... Its totally there. Screw you Motorola. You screwed me over far too many times.

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

How did they screw you over? I'm not really shocked by this. No Android OEM actually releases monthly security updates. Nexus phones get them and that's about it. I checked a Galaxy S6 today and it's monthly patch was January, my M8 is on January. I dont have an unlocked Moto at the moment so I dont know about them.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Both Samsung and Blackberry do. I believe HTC does as well. Now, if you go through a carrier, that's where you'll see delays. If Motorola isn't going to do monthly security updates on their unlocked devices, then that's just weak on their part.

4. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Most S5 are still not on Marshmallow and you claim they update the security every month. And no not carrier unlocked but international versions. Samsung takes about 6 months to push an OS update after they release it to all the international markets. If it makes you feel any better then buy a Blackberry. That way you'll get a bit more security.

5. Vyshak75

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

I am using an unlocked galaxy s5 with marshmallow and july abt it ?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

OS update is not the same thing as a security patch. After Google committed to monthly security updates, OEMs were pressured to follow suit. Samsung was one of the OEMs that agreed to this model for their flagship devices.

8. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

There were no monthly security patches before Marshmallow if I remember correctly. And the guy with the S5 on MM, well good for you, doesn't mean all S5s have it, just means you're in a region where Samsung has pushed the OTA early.

6. bromanz29 unregistered

i dont know why anyone would have believed that

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