Bad news, Moto Z and Moto G4 fans – at least those of you who are concerned about the security of your devices. Although Motorola and Lenovo previously confirmed that the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and the Moto G4 would be receiving Android security updates, it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll be seeing them on the monthly schedule that Samsung and Nexus owners enjoy.
Ars Technica is reporting that Motorola reps at the Moto Z launch event have made it clear that the company won’t be able to commit to monthly updates. Motorola described these updates as “difficult” and have elected instead to provide bundled updates spaced out over a longer period of time.
Although Motorola has never made a commitment to monthly security patches on any of their devices, growing security concerns plaguing the Android ecosystem have raised the bar for what’s expected from high end smartphone makers. Motorola explained their decision in the following statement earlier today:
Motorola understands that keeping phones up to date with Android security patches is important to our customers. We strive to push security patches as quickly as possible. However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it’s difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices. It is often most efficient for us to bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade.
As we previously stated, Moto Z Droid Edition will receive Android Security Bulletins. Moto G4 will also receive them.
What are your thoughts regarding Motorola’s inability to commit to monthly security patches? Will this affect your decision to buy a Moto Z or a Moto Z Force? Give us your opinion in the comments below!