Motorola had promised in October that it will roll out Android 7.0 Nougat for its smartphones by the end of this year. Now, Nougat has made its way to Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones in the US. “We’ll begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat globally to Moto Z and Moto Z Force this week,” the company said in a blogpost.
The highlight of the update is it makes Moto Z smartphones compatible with Daydream, Google’s mobile VR platform. This makes Moto Z and Moto Force first devices apart from Google Pixel, Pixel XL to support the Daydream platform. To get started with Daydream, users will need Google’s VR headset and controller – Daydream View. The Daydream View is available at Verizon, Best Buy and the Google Store in the US.
Motorola started rolling out Android Nougat update for its Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones in October. Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the second set of company’s smartphones to be upgraded with Nougat.
Moto Z was announced in India early October and the device is priced at Rs Rs 39,999. Moto Z is the company’s first modular smartphone series that comes with Moto Mods. Moto Mods are compatible with the Moto Z and Moto Z Play and add advanced functionality like battery life, camera quality of projection. However, the Nougat update isn’t available for Indian users yet. Here’s a quick looks at some other changes that will come with the new update:
1. Quick switch between apps – Double tapping on the overview/ recent apps button will allow users to switch between two most recently used apps.
2. Multi-window view – This will allow two apps to run side by side. Now you will be able to text a friend while watching a video side by side on your screen.
3. Work Mode – This new feature allows users to turn off the phone’s work apps when not at your work, making for a balanced work-life balance.
Other Motorola phones that will be receiving the Nougat update are: Moto G Play (4th Gen), Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Droid Turbo 2, Droid Maxx 2, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid and Nexus 6.