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Moto G4 Play finally gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Moto G4 Play Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 gets Android 7.1.1
Moto G4 Play
Although Android 7.1.1 Nougat has been around for more than a year, the Moto G4 Play did not get it until now. Even with this delay, it is still a good thing to offer the update to a phone that is almost two years old and arrived on the market for just US$99.

Back in August 2016, Motorola unleashed the US$99 Moto G4 Play smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, this 5-inch handset was definitely a low-end offering even back then. Fortunately, those who still use it nowadays can finally enjoy Android Nougat thanks to the latest--and also the last major one, without any doubt--official software update that happens to arrive more than a year after Google released it.

Next to the G4 Play, Motorola also released the G4 and the G4 Plus. Both were updated to Android 7.0 Nougat by the end of 2017, but the G4 Play never got the new firmware, although Motorola was apparently testing it last year as well. The Moto G4 Plus is even supposed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo someday, but that might happen well into 2018, if not in early 2019. 

According to a picture posted online by Reddit user Allan1905, the Moto G4 Play is finally receiving Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a security patch dated November 2017, but the update is rolling out in stages as usual, so there are still many users waiting for the notification.

In the end, being able to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat on a phone that launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow onboard and was available for as low as US$39.99 after a few months is quite an achievement for the smartphone user on a budget. Remains to see how long does Motorola need to deliver Android Oreo to all those Moto G4 Plus users in the wild.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01- 5 (Update: 2018-01- 5)