Update: Republic Wireless has posted on its community forums that Motorola is currently rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat as a soak test to a limited number of unlocked Moto Z devices. In the post, the mobile carrier also confirmed that Motorola should rollout the update to all unlocked Moto Z models on February 17 if everything goes as planned.

Motorola hasn’t been as good as they once were when it came to updating their handset in a timely manner. Years ago, some of their phones had been updated to the latest version of Android even before Nexus devices. This is a thing of the past, though, as some Moto devices are now months behind on updates. Thankfully, it seems Motorola is now slowly rolling out Nougat to the unlocked Moto Z

This morning several users shared screenshots of their unlocked Moto Z handsets receiving an OTA update to Android 7.0 Nougat. These updates fit into Motorola’s February timeframe as promised last month. This update also includes Daydream certification so users will be able to use Google’s VR platform, as the Verizon variants previously did.

One weird thing about this Nougat update, though, is the fact that the last security patch that it received was from November. This doesn’t look good for users who would like their devices update-to-date with the latest security from Google.

As Motorola did come through with the Nougat update in the time frame that they promised for the unlocked Moto Z, it would be safe to assume that they will be true to their word that the Moto Z Play will have to wait until March before getting updated.

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Justin Duino

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