Today Verizon officially released the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the DROID Editions at least, but there’s something you might want to take into consideration before you pick them up. Despite near-stock builds of Android and Motorola’s past track record for updates, they won’t be pushing monthly Android security patches to either smartphone (or the unlocked version).
Following the phone’s announcement we heard conflicting reports from multiple sources claiming that the devices would or wouldn’t be getting updates, although it was never totally clear what was really going on. At one point Android Central made it pretty clear that the device was going to get updates after all, but just the other day Ars Technica obtained an official statement from Lenovo/Motorola stating that they wouldn’t, sort of.
So here’s the deal, both Moto Z variants won’t get monthly security updates, but they will get security patches, just not monthly. They claim that this is because “the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, [makes it] difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices“.
Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with Android security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.
As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them.
Obviously, not a great sign. Most OEMs commit to monthly updates, but in this case Motorola and Lenovo are dropping the ball just a bit. Hopefully they can at least keep up with crucial updates and big system updates such as Android Nougat.