Motorola is keeping its earlier promise to roll out the Android Nougat update for the unlocked Moto Z to its US owners in February. Thanks to a tip from one of our readers (and multiple online reports from other users), it looks like the unlocked Moto Z’s Android Nougat update is starting now!

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September 20, 2016

It’s been a longer wait than anticipated for the people who bought the unlocked Moto Z back in September. The Verizon versions of both the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, which were released in July, were able to snag their Nougat updates in mid-November.

In addition to Nougat, this update for the unlocked Moto Z also adds support for Google’s Daydream VR platform, which means you can use the company’s Daydream View headset to check out a bunch of virtual reality apps and games on the phone. The headset is currently available for just $49 at the Google Store, a $30 discount from its normal $79 price tag. That discount is scheduled to end on February 25.

One odd thing about this update that’s being reported is that Google’s Android security patches are from way back in November. Hopefully Motorola will roll out the more recent security updates for the unlocked Moto Z very soon.

That leaves the budget-priced Moto Z Play, both in its unlocked and Verizon versions, without its own Nougat update. A few weeks ago, a Motorola spokesperson stated that the OTA roll out for those phones will begin sometime in March.

Keep in mind that this rollout has just started, so it may take a while for your Moto Z to receive this update. If you do own the unlocked Moto Z, have you been able to download the Android Nougat update? If so what are your initial impressions? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

Thanks for the tip, Cooper Dahle!

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • Player Slayer

    Gosh, Moto really needs to step up their game, it’s been 6 months already, 6 months left ’till Oreo officially comes out!

  • Darcy

    Use to be a big Motorola supporter, but I am thoroughly disgusted with them at the moment. They have done this whole Nougat update in a really pathetic manner. Doubt I’ll buy another Motorola device, and I definately won’t want anything from Google or Lenovo neither!

  • Kevin Davis

    Hey lenovo, you suck. Lol.

    Motorola, on the other hand, WAS great, for a long time.

  • Aaron K

    I bought Moto Z in Nov,, gotta say this is my first “Lenovo/Motorola” expierience goes and will be my last after being totally misled to believe that nougat update would roll out for all moto z variants before 2017. Shame on Lenovo

  • 卯ノ花 烈 ® ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    Test build not a roll out. Lol.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Hold the presses, a drone manufacturer updates the software on a four month old phone that was released with out of date software.

  • Jose Turruellas

    If it’s going to be March for the Z Play I CAN’T even IMAGINE when my Moto X Pure will get the update. Sadly won’t buy another Moto after this.