Official Android Pie update widely released for US unlocked Moto G6, this time for real

Official Android Pie update widely released for US unlocked Moto G6, this time for real
After not one, not two, but three false alarms, US-based owners of one of the best and most popular mid-range smartphones released in 2018 can truly and finally rejoice, as the official Android 9.0 Pie update appears to be rolling out on a wide scale for the unlocked Moto G6 at last.

This comes only a little over a month after the same software goodie pack was deployed for the Verizon-specific variant of the 5.7-inch handset and a horrendous five months after the G6 and G6 Play started receiving Pie-flavored treats over-the-air in other regions.

As always, patience is advised, with a nationwide expansion of the update unlikely to happen for a few more days and the first phase of the US unlocked rollout kicked off just yesterday, according to multiple Reddit threads. That being said, a relatively large number of people seem to have already been treated to this major UI makeover, with no serious bugs reported as far as we can tell. 

That might be the main reason why it's taken Motorola so long to release the OS enhancement stateside, since folks in other regions appear to have encountered numerous issues, including a couple of big'uns. If that's the case, we can probably all agree it's better to update a phone late than ruin the user experience with a half-baked collection of UI tweaks and performance "improvements."

Tipping the scales at close to 1.5GB, the Android 9.0 update making its way to US unlocked Moto G6 units as we speak includes all the standard Pie stuff, as well as May security patches. Although quite old at this point, the handset remains incredibly attractive for bargain hunters on tight budgets, starting at $59.99 at Best Buy with upfront carrier activation and fetching as little as $110 on Amazon in a Prime Exclusive edition for just a few more hours.

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9 Comments

1. hj35a4

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 29, 2019

2 moto G6s in our household. 'RETUS' moto g6 got the update notification last night, but googleFi G6 hasn't got the update :(

2. Wildheartmoto

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2019

My Moto G6 Play just got the Pie Update, 7-16-19. It took around 45 minutes. I am a Verizon prepaid customer living in Lake Worth, Florida.

3. danwat1234

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 21, 2016

Yet the flagship Z2 Force phone will get no such update except if by 1 carrier and security updates just thru January 2019.

4. BocaRatso

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2019

My unlocked Moto G6 was updated on 7/15. I'm a Tello user. Some changes I noticed... I believe the Pie update eliminated a "night vision" display (black background, white type) which I liked. It also changed the way you can see the open apps and close them. Used to have a "clear all" button. Now, you close an app by swiping upward, as on the iPhone. And, it may be my imagination, but the battery seems to last longer.

9. Hamiltonali

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2019

I have tello too and got the update on same day. I miss dark background too. I like the new open apps,

5. Wildheartmoto

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2019

My Moto G6 Play on Verizon prepaid got the Pie upgrade yesterday.

6. luismarquez

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2019

"That being said, a relatively large number of people seem to have already been treated to this major UI makeover, with no serious bugs reported as far as we can tell." Then you need to do some basic reporting and research. Especially since you know they had a couple of "big'uns" in Europe, one of which is that the update will scramble security on any phone that is secured when the update is applied, so that pin/pattern lock/fingerprint no longer unlock the phone. GUESS WHAT! It's happening with this update too!! My phone got bricked and the only recourse seems to be a factory reset and loss of any non-synced data. That seems to be what's being reported by hundreds of people in the day or two this has been available. You guys need to spread the word on this. Lenovo has now proved with this debacle that they are not just incompetent, but negligent. You do any further business with this company at your peril. I purchased this phone based on a variety of reviews and recommendations and now regret ever giving Lenovo any money.

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

8. Hamiltonali

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2019

I got the update on my new Motorola G6 from Amazon on July 15, and all I can say is Holy cow, Wow. Colorful, thoughtful, lots of changes, so I'm in love with Pie and my G6. No issues so far.

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