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Don’t buy the Moto Z if you want monthly security patches

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There’s something you should know before you buy theMoto Z orMoto Z Force: software updates are going to be hard to come by.

Hit the break for details.

Just five days ago, Lenovostated the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will get software updates containing patches from the Android Security Bulletin; however, the company never included the frequency or timetable of rolling them out. It’s only gone downhill from there as someone speaking on behalf of the Moto brand revealed monthly software updates with security patches are not going to happen.

This is what Ars Technica was told by a company spokesperson:

“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.”

Wait a second… The same goes for theMoto G4? Oh my. Yikes.

Adding to what is now a disaster for a 2016 flagship is the fact that current or soon-to-be owners of the Moto Z will face even slower arrivals for software updates because the phones areexclusive to Verizon, and we all know how slow Big Red can be getting software updates out to its devices.

Ever since Lenovo took complete control of Motorola, software updates for Moto devices have been way off. TheMoto X Pure Edition, for example, was just updated to the May security patch after being stuck on the February version. So not even last year’s unlocked flagship can get a timely software update that’s truly up-to-date.

Source: Ars Technica


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