Moto G6 Play follows regular G6 on official Android Pie bandwagon in the US at last

Moto G6 Play follows regular G6 on official Android Pie bandwagon in the US at last
Motorola doesn't seem to care as much about users of its slightly older high-end smartphones as those owning a newer mid-ranger, leaving 2017's Snapdragon 835-powered Z2 Force stuck with Android Oreo on certain major US networks while bringing official Pie-flavored goodies to last year's fairly modest Moto G6 Play.

Like the "standard" G6, this made the jump to the latest OS version several months ago in a handful of foreign markets, leading us to believe a US rollout was underway back in April. But that wasn't really the case, and with the notable exception of one particular carrier's subscribers, G6 Play owners stateside were kept waiting.

At long last, that painful wait appears to be over, at least for several lucky Redditors on a number of wireless service providers. In lack of official confirmation from the likes of Verizon and T-Mobile, we'll assume these are actually units purchased unlocked from either Motorola or an authorized third-party retailer and then activated on the users' carriers of choice.

While it's probably a little too soon to deem this a nationwide Android 9.0 Pie update and start celebrating, the fact so many Moto G6 owners have already received the massive collection of UI tweaks and specific performance enhancements suggests the same could also be true before long for the G6 Play. And yes, the rollout is pretty late, but you have to remember this is a Snapdragon 427 handset you're looking at here. 

Don't get us wrong, the Moto G6 Play can still be a very smart purchase at a low enough price point, but let's not act this is some powerhouse that called for a much swifter software update. Too bad that killer recent eBay deal is expired, although something tells us similar steals are not too far on the horizon.

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