After a long wait, owners of Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones have finally received the update to Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. It was worth the wait in most people’s opinion, as Android Nougat surpasses any efforts of its predecessor, Android Marshmallow, by a large margin.
It may seem however that there are still plans underway for Motorola’s devices, according to some listings pertaining to benchmarking. The listings regard US smartphones and they hint the potential arrival in a short period of time of the next Android firmware, 7.1.1. If these speculations turn out to be true, we may see Moto Z devices get the next installment of Nougat pretty soon after it received the 7.0 build.
Unlike other recent times when devices with a specific feature were spotted on a benchmarking platform, this one was found on GFXBench. The other cases were hosted by another benchmarking platform, namely GeekBench. Either way, the former suggests that Motorola is working on bringing Android 7.1.1 Nougat to consumers in the near future.
Motorola is definitely in a position where anything they can do to raise popularity for their brand is welcomed. The brand is not as popular as it was once, but its recent efforts are making the company’s future look very promising.
One thing to take into consideration however is the fact that the device listen on the benchmarking platform features a 2.1 GHz processor. This contradicts the Moto Z specifications which include a 1.8 Ghz Snapdragon 820, so the possibility of seeing the update this soon after the 7.0 rollout is questionable and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Android’s 7.1.1 Nougat is a very sought after firmware, and only a handful of devices have been privy to it so far. While a mass rollout is underway and more devices than ever seem to have been allowed into the inner circle of 7.1.1 users, there is still a large discrepancy between 7.0 and 7.1.1 handsets.