Motorola starts releasing the Android 10 stable update for the Moto G7 Plus
Motorola has started rolling out the Android 10 stable update for the Moto G7 Plus in Brazil and Mexico. The update first rolled out as a beta soak test last week in the company’s traditional manner for phased roll-out of software updates. Now, Motorola’s support page in Brazil states that the update is being rolled out in stable form. It brings the December 2019 security patches, and all the standard Android 10 features such as full gesture navigation, dark theme, better privacy controls, and more.
The fact that Brazil is the first market to receive the update is not a surprise. Motorola’s sales performance remains strong in Brazil, even if it has declined in other markets such as India. The update is expected to make its way to other regions in the coming weeks.
Other Motorola phones that have already received the Android 10 update include the Motorola One Power and the Motorola One Vision. Both of these phones were powered by stock Android One software, so the Moto G7 Plus is the first non-Android One phone from the company to receive the update. The Moto G7 Plus has since been succeeded by the Moto G8 Plus, but the newer phone has also yet to receive the Android 10 update. The time taken to release the update is unimpressive, as it has been five months since Android 10’s release. It is unsurprising, however, when we consider Motorola’s less than impressive history when it comes to software updates.
At one time, Motorola used to be a success story in the Android market. The company was purchased by Google in 2012, and it went on to re-invent its phone portfolio. Devices such as the first-generation Moto X and the Moto G were genuinely innovative, as they had positive differentiating factors. The Moto G (2013) is credited to a large extent for the start of the value phone niche, at a time when vendors such as Samsung were cheapening out their budget phones. During that period when it was a Google-owned company, Motorola was one of the best Android device makers when it came to providing software updates, as it rolled them out on time, much before others. However, Google’s inability to turn Motorola into a profit-making venture led to the company being sold to Lenovo in 2014. In the years since, it is generally accepted that Motorola lost its way, becoming a shadow of its former self. In terms of both hardware and software, the company failed to compete. Its phones did not provide as much value for money as its competitors. Software updates, once a strength, turned a negative point.
Motorola concerned itself with releasing mid-range phones such as the Motorola One Action, Motorola One Vision, Motorola One Hyper and the Moto G8 Plus in 2019. While the phones’ value proposition still wasn’t on par with competitors such as the likes of Xiaomi and Realme, they did represent a significant improvement. In terms of software updates, the truth is that Motorola remains a laggard, as phones powered by fully custom user interfaces have received the update much sooner. The responsibility is on Motorola’s end; we hope to see the situation improve in the near future.