Motorola, through a statement posted on the Lenovo support forum (via Droid-Life), announced late Tuesday that only the Verizon version of the Moto Z2 Force will be updated to Android 9 Pie in the U.S. That means those who purchased the handset from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are destined to remain forever stuck on Android 8 Oreo. And the only reason that the Verizon model is receiving the update is that it is required for the device to work with the 5G Moto Mod.
Moto Z Force DROID Edition was a Verizon exclusive and the sequel was made available to customers of the other three carriers as well. But for many, the Droid brand is still synonomous with Verizon.So to reiterate, the Verizon Moto Z2 Force is getting Android 9 Pie and support for the 5G Moto Mod sometime later this summer. The T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T models will not receive this update. Motorola blames this on the complexity of the update and "a variety of reasons." The first generation
Verizon customers can also use the 5G Moto Mod modular accessory (on sale for $50 at Verizon for a limited time) on the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4 models. Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network is available in only two markets currently, Chicago and Minneapolis. Twenty more cities will have service before this year is over.
The Moto Z2 Force was originally launched in August 2017, which means that the phone is not yet two-years-old. It was released with Android Nouget 7.1 pre-installed and updated to Android 8 Oreo in December 2017. Earlier this month, Android 9 Pie was pushed out to Moto Z2 Force owners in Brazil and India. As for Android Q, only the Moto Z4 is in line to receive the next Android build.