Typically, you make promises if you intend to follow through on them. Motorola apparently didn’t get that memo, since the company announced today on Lenovo’s forums some Moto Z2 Force models will not get Android 9 Pie.
The unlucky models include those sold by T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint. The Verizon model will get Pie, but only to ensure compatibility with the 5G Moto Mod. According to a previous announcement, the 5G Moto Mod will be compatible with the Moto Z2 Force sometime this summer.
Motorola also said it’s “committed to providing two years of Android security updates on all Moto Z2 Force devices.” That means the phone’s last security update will arrive sometime in July, since it launched in July 2017.
This is disappointing news for Moto Z2 Force owners expecting Pie. With a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, the phone is more than capable of running the update. Even the original Google Pixel, which features the relatively older Snapdragon 821 and launched in 2016, already runs Pie and will get Android Q later this summer.
This is also disappointing news for those considering a higher-end Motorola smartphone. The company already confirmed the Moto Z4 will not get Android R next year. As for the Moto Z3, there’s now a possibility it won’t get Android Q.
It was already bad enough with Motorola slowly issuing Android updates. However, not issuing updates after promising them for a perfectly capable smartphone takes things to a new low.