Monday, June 25, 2018

My Moto G4 Play (XT1607) Finally got Android Nougat (7.1.1)

I have a carrier unlocked Moto G4 Play (XT1607) which I purchased about a year ago. I've enjoyed the phone. I've really only had two issues: 1) an issue with speaker after a drop which I posted about here and 2) an issue with the GPS which seems generally sub-par, but was notably terrible on my last phone until I requested a replacement a few months ago, which I tweeted about.

This phone is notably better than the one it replaced, a Moto G LTE with 1GB memory and only two cpu cores, I think. The screen is bigger and the quality is similar or better. The extra ram and double internal storage really make a difference, as does the newer OS version.

The problem is that the phone was "promised" an update long ago...pretty much when I first got it. I actually considered the OS update potential before was pretty bummed when the update didn't roll out promptly. Not that Marshmallow (6.x) cause me any trouble, really. And, with Google decoupling much of their software from the OS so that search and assistant can get updates, I didn't really feel I was missing out on anything dire...but the update was promised! Each time I looked it up, someone in another country on another carrier had started rolling out the updates...but my version was carrier-unlocked and should get updates pretty soon...certainly before something with the additional bloat of Verizon, right?

Well, the day has arrived. My update finally came through. Aside a few changed icons and the option to split-window or use "on-body detection" to keep my phone unlocked (which I will probably at least try), it will probably not change my day to day use. It will probably allow me to continue considering Motorola/Lenovo products in the future, though. I'll take a late update over a lie, even though I hope this lax schedule doesn't become the norm. I'm tolerant of delays, but they should be the exception.

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