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The Moto Z Play gets Android Oreo on Verizon Wireless

Moto Z Play Android smartphone gets Oreo update on Verizon Wireless early July 2018
Moto Z Play Android smartphone
The mid-range version of the Moto Z flagship, Lenovo's Moto Z Play has been unveiled back in August 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow onboard. Now, the Verizon Wireless variant of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered smartphone is finally receiving the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Almost two months ago — in late May, to be accurate — the unlocked Moto Z Play received the Android Oreo update that reached other handsets before the end of 2017. Now, the time has finally arrived for the Verizon Wireless model of this 5.5-inch handset to get the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo firmware.

The build number of the new software for the Verizon Moto Z Play is ODN27.76-12-30-2 and the changes it brings are nothing out of ordinary for a handset that moves from Android Nougat to Oreo. The highlights of the new firmware include picture-in-picture mode, new emojis, support for adaptive icons, smart text selection, increased battery life thanks to the multiple optimizations and the new Doze Mode, as well as a whole lot of bug fixes and security issues that have been patched.

The Moto Z Play is still a capable handset by today's standards, but it will not receive Android P as an official update since it already moved from Marshmallow to Nougat. Its highlights include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 16 MP main camera, and the ability to use Moto Mods.

If you happen to own a Moto Z Play on Verizon Wireless, let us know how does the phone feel with Android Oreo onboard in the comments. Those looking for a cheap handset that is nearing the end of its support period should also take a look at the review below. Considering the fact that a used Moto Z Play can be found for as little as US$160 (look it up on Amazon), you might want to change your acquisition plans.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-07- 4 (Update: 2018-07- 4)