Motorola doesn't want to say what devices will receive Android 9.0 Pie and when

Motorola doesn't want to say what devices will receive Android 9.0 Pie and when
Six Sony smartphones, four HTCs, and four Huaweis have already had their Android Pie eligibility confirmed, looking at official 9.0 updates in the not too distant future, along with a few other devices that got to beta-test the latest OS revision before it was generally released.

Unfortunately, Motorola doesn’t appear to have learned a thing from its Oreo missteps that earned Lenovo’s daughter company a shameful “loser” verdict in our in-depth analysis of the current state of Android updates.

It’s obviously a little too early to expect a full, detailed and specific Android 9 Pie roadmap, but surely, a couple of names of Moto-branded handsets slated for an impending update could have been confirmed.

Instead, we’re simply reminded Android 9.0 Pie is “fully released”, and because upgrades are apparently about “getting it right and making sure the phone performance remains the best it can be”, Motorola will only “share upgrade plans for our products and more specific timing later.”

In the meantime, we’re supposed to rest assured knowing Lenovo’s subsidiary will “begin working on the new code for our devices.” Wait, so the company hasn’t even started working on upgrades for phones like the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play?! That sounds disheartening, to say the least, although not entirely surprising. After all, this is a brand that released the respectable Moto X4 around a year ago, barely bringing Oreo goodies to the non-Android One version a couple of months back.

UPDATE: Moto has reached out to us to clarify that the statement on its support page was inaccurate. In fact, at the time the company had already begun actively working on the new code for its devices. Here's a list of all Moto smartphones expected to get the Android 9.0 Pie update



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 617; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I purchased my Moto X4 last November 2017 and got the Oreo update as early as January 2018 so I don't have issues with Motorola updates. I have more doubts with Samsung and LG in this matter.

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 567; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Well no Moto for me, only pixel or OnePlus


Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

6T yes Pixel no.

3. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

They said no updates for Moto e line. This happens when u have too many phones.

5. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

God everyone is obsessed with updates. I'd rather a company fix bugs and issues in updates don't care for security patches. I've had plenty of phones with outdated security patches for months and never had a single security issue. Just be careful what you click on

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If you all want a speedy update, get a true Google based devices, Pixel or at least, Android One devices which OS update are partially handle by Google. Custom OS such as Samsung Experience or MIUI are definitely slower due to heavy customization, which can be good and bad. But Motorola is another story, 99% near stock and still slow to closely no update, I really have no idea what they are thinking.

8. Brewski

Posts: 713; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

On Motorola's website for the Z3 it states "Receive two future upgrades to the latest Android® OS, absolutely free." So that's something...

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