Looking forward to Android R on the Moto Z4? Don't count on it

The Moto Z4 may not get Android R. (Source: Digital Trends)
The Moto Z4 may not get Android R. (Source: Digital Trends)
A popular tech blog claims to have gotten the word from Motorola that its latest major release, the Moto Z4, may only get 1 full Android version update during its life cycle. Therefore, the new phone will see Q, but could miss out on R. On the other hand, the OEM also pledges to support the device with 2 years' worth of security updates.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Motorola has reportedly informed Digital Trends that it does not plan to maintain a 2-year update schedule for its latest phone, the Moto Z4. Therefore, while this device is set to receive an upgrade from the current major Android OS version to the next, it will not see another. On the other hand, the company has also committed to pushing security updates to the Z4 every 2 months for the first 2 years of this product's life.

This confirmation breaks a long tradition of providing multiple major Android updates for each new phone at Motorola; then again, that applied more when the company was owned by Google and not Lenovo as it is presently. It also bodes less than well for the OEM's popular (and more extensive) Moto G series of smartphones.

Then again, this decision may yet not apply to an upcoming device that may be the real Motorola flagship for this year: the Razr 2019. On the other hand, this phone, while projected to be foldable, is not thought to get premium specs such as the Snapdragon 855 processor. In fact, this SoC (the 712) is only slightly newer than the 675 found in the Moto Z4.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06-22 (Update: 2019-06-22)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.