The Moto G4 range comprises of three different devices -- the Moto G4, the Moto G4 Plus, and the Moto G4 Play. The Moto G4 Play would be the most humble among the three, since it has more or less remained in the background when released as everyone else focused on the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus due to their superior hardware specifications. Still, this does not mean that the Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE modem-equipped Moto G4 Play is a pushover. Far from it. In fact, the Moto G4 Play has ended up as a working person’s smartphone -- functional enough for everyday use without costing an arm and a leg, which has also led to its huge popularity around the world as an unlocked device that is ready to go right from the get go.
Good news then, for all of you Moto G4 Play users around the world as Motorola is ready (or should we say Lenovo?) to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for this handset sooner rather than later. It can be seen as surprising to some, considering the Moto G4 Play is a rather Plain Jane where smartphones are concerned. You get an average design, a 5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 410 processor, a rather conservative battery, and not even a fingerprint reader on deck to make it keep up with the times. In other words, the working man’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow device is about to get a boost in its performance thanks to the pending Android 7.0 Nougat update.
While the Moto G4 Play began to make its way to international markets in August last year, it hit the US a month after that, having appeared as part of Amazon’s Prime Exclusive program. Other e-tailers also offered the Moto G4 Play, which must have sold some units. However, it was not a record breaker in any way, that is for sure. Lenovo’s rep has stepped forward that there will be an official Android 7.0 Nougat update arriving for the Moto G4 Play some time later this June, which is slightly more than a month away. Well, at least this means the summer will be a good one for Moto G4 Play owners. The Android 7.0 Nougat update will be a global one, and as we like to say, better late than never.
Do bear in mind that Android 8.0 (right now been dubbed as Android 8.0 Oreo) should be released some time later this year. This might mean that the Moto G4 Play will end up with an updated operating system not too long after picking up the Android 7.0 Nougat update, but if you would like to look at situations through the perspective of a “half full glass”, then at least Moto G4 Play owners are better off compared to third generation Moto G smartphone owners.
All that needs to be done now is to sit tight and wait -- wait for Lenovo to finally pull off their Android 7.0 Nougat update globally for the Moto G4 Play.