TechDroider: Moto-Z

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Unofficially available for Motorola Moto Z

Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 4 Unofficially available for Motorola Moto Z
Just a few days back, Google released 4th Developer Preview of Android 9.0 P (Beta 3) for Google Pixel and Pixel 2 Smartphones. According to Google's release schedule, this is the candidate build which includes the final APIs and near-final system images for development and testing.

Now, XDA Developer Erfanoabdi has ported the DP4 Android P to the Motorola Moto Z. He says that "Almost Everything" works in this Firmware including Boots, RIL (Calls, SMS, Data), Fingerprint, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Camera, Camcorder, Video Playback, Audio, Sensors, Flash, LED, and GPS, the only bugs includes VoLTE and Flashlight.


You'll need an Unlocked Bootloader with TWRP recovery installed on your Motorola Moto Z. Rest of the process includes Downloading and Flashing Google Apps and Android P DP4.

Android P Developer Preview 4 is the most stable version available right now. This release is version PPP4.180612.004. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

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Android P Booted on Motorola Moto Z

After seeing last month's Android P DP1 for Pixel Smartphones that revealed what Google is backing, the developers have been busy getting their takes ready. Developer erfanoabdi has come up with Android P Port for the Motorola Moto Z.

Erfanoabdi has successfully booted up Android 9.0 P Developer Preview on the Moto Z thanks to unofficial Project Treble compatibility. The developer has also shared images showing the  Interface and About Phone Settings section.

He used his script “Capire Le Treble” which allows him to flash a device-specific system image on different devices without a /vendor partition to flash modified Android P DP1 Image from Google Pixel XL (Marlin) onto his Moto Z which was running Official LineageOS 15.1.


XDA notes that Camera, WiFi, Radio and few other things are not working as of now. However, the developer managed to get Moto Mods working. 

There's no information when Android P Port will be available for Moto Z users.



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And Finally, the Moto Z is Getting Oreo

The Motorola Moto Z is now receiving its Official Oreo update. We've seen the update coming through 2016 Moto Z in India (RETIN), Other Asian markets (RETAPAC), China (RETCN), Mexico, Canada (BWACA, RCICA), and few other markets. It weighs around 1GB and features March 1, 2018 Security patch.

Android 8.0 Oreo update includes new Settings and Notification panel UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, and other Oreo goodies.

The stable build is rolling out as OPL27.76-51 for the Moto Z. Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE. 


If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

Got the latest update? Let us know in comments!

Screenshots: Bhavik Parmar (Facebook) | Michael Gerard Hernandez

 

Release Notes: Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo

Motorola to begin rolling out the Android Oreo Update to Moto Z and Moto Z Force in a few weeks

Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force owners can expect to see the Android 8.0 Oreo begin its official rollout for their devices in a few weeks.

Motorola is sending out notifications regarding the availability of Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Moto Z/Droid and Moto Z Force/Droid users. If you own a Moto Z or Z Force you should have received the notification with an image revealing Motorola's plan.

We're planning an Android 8.0 Oreo update for your device... It may take a while, so check back in a few weeks!

Android 8.0 Oreo update include new Settings and Notification panel UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola might also add several new features to the latest software update. The Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Smartphones may also bring new Moto Key application that let's you securely save passwords, Moto Alexa, and new Moto Live Stream.

Motorola has already started testing Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Z, Moto Z Force Moto Z Play, and Moto Z2 Play. It seems that the Moto Z and Z Force will be the first among the above to get Android Oreo. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Thanks Leif, and Alex!

[Updated: Brazil gets it too] Moto Z Oreo Update Rolling Out Now in China!

The last time we updated you on the status of the Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo update, we told you that it was in the works and could arrive with a “few” weeks. Well, it looks like Motorola has started pushing it out in China.

The Moto Z in China is now getting Official Android 8.0 Oreo Software Update. Android Oreo comes with numerous enhancements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, new Settings and Quick-Settings UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola has also add several new features to the latest software update. Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Z also brings the latest March 1st 2018 Security Patch.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.


If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and it will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. We will let you know once the update is live for other Countries. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Update: Moto Z 2018 Pick Up Oreo Update Too

Update: We're also seeing Android 8.0 Oreo Software Update with version OPL27.76-51 for the Brazilian Moto Z 2016 Too!!!

Motorola Posts Oreo Release Notes for the Moto Z Droid/Moto Z Force Droid

Motorola Posts Oreo Release Notes for the Moto Z Droid/Moto Z Force Droid
Still waiting for the Android Oreo update for your Moto Smartphone? All we know at this point is that, yes, Motorola is testing Oreo on few Moto Z and Moto G phones. The company isn’t providing a timetable like it did earlier this year, though. That’s likely because it doesn’t want to give false hope and disappointment to their customers.

We think, it's time for Lenovo and Motorola to release the most awaited Android Oreo update for these Smartphones. If delayed more the users will eventually choose another brand or will end up Installing a custom firmware to update their devices.


Motorola just released Android Oreo Release Notes for the Moto Z Droid/Moto Z Force Droid Smartphones. Does that mean Motorola will push Android Oreo to the Moto Z Droid/Moto Z Force Droid any time soon? Well, we don't know, because we have already seen tons of Oreo based Release Notes in the past and still there's no sign of the update for Moto devices.

Android Oreo comes with numerous enhancements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, new Settings and Quick-Settings UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola might also add several new features to the latest software update. Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Z/ Force Droid would also feature the latest March 1st 2018 Security Patch, and Stability improvements.

We will let you know once the update is live. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
//Motorola

February Security Update Release Notes are live for the Moto Z, and Moto Z2 Family

Motorola seems to be gearing up to unleash a wave of February Security updates onto its devices. We first saw February 2018 release notes show up for the Moto X4, and Moto G4/Plus, but we are now seeing it for the Moto Z and Moto Z2 Phones.

Motorola mentions that the February update for the Moto Z 2016 includes WPA2 WiFi vulnerability "KRACK" Fix. The Key Reinstallation Attacks (A.K.A KRACKs) was first discovered by Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven. It’s a WiFi vulnerability that breaks WPA2 by forcing nonce reuse. Apart from the February 2018 update, there's no mention of any improvements or features for the Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play, and Moto Z2 Play.

The most severe issue patched by Google in the february security bulletin could enable a remote attacker to use a specially crafted file to execute unauthorized code within the context of a privileged process in the Media framework.

There's no information when the company will release February 2018 Security Update. We’ll update you as soon as the February 2018 security patch starts rolling out. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Yesterday, we saw many websites reporting the news that Motorola is rolling out Oreo to a large number of devices including the Moto X4, Moto Z and Z2 Series, Moto G5, Moto G5s Plus, and Moto G4 Plus. Well, the news is quite misleading as the Official Press Release from Motorola only says that the Moto X4 is getting the Oreo update in Australia starting today and the eligible devices for Oreo includes Moto Z and Z2 Series, Moto G5, Moto G5s Plus, and Moto G4 Plus. That said, Don't get spun by Internet rumors.

February Security Patch Release Notes:
Moto Z
Moto Z Play
Moto Z2 Play
Moto Z and Moto Z Force

Moto Z Gets Oreo Soak Test Too!

Moto Z Gets Oreo Soak Test Too!
Just a few hours back we reported that the Moto Z2 Play in Brazil is getting Android 8.0 Oreo Soak Test. And now, Motorola is sending out Android 8.0 Oreo Soak Test to the Standard Moto Z too.

If you own a Moto Z in the Brazil and have enrolled to Motorola Feedback Network, you should have recieved a notification for Android 8.0 Oreo Software Update with build number OPL27.76-15.

Android 8.0 Oreo Soak Test for the Moto Z comes with numerous enhancements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, new Settings and Quick-Settings UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola has also added several new features to the latest software update. Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Z also brings the latest January 1st 2018 Security Patch, Stability and Camera improvements.

Assuming the test rolls out smoothly, those of us not in the test could see the update within a week or two. Once Motorola announces an official rollout of the update for all, we shall let you know. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
Moto Z Gets Oreo Soak Test Too!

Moto Z Soak Test of Android 8.0 Oreo Starts

Moto Z Soak Test of Android 8.0 Oreo Starts
Just a few weeks back, Motorola started recruitment for Android Oreo beta testers for the Moto Z Smartphones and today the company has started rolling out the update to the eligible Moto Z users in Brazil. While this is only a beta program, it's still good to see that Motorola is working on bringing the latest version of Android for its users.

The Oreo Soak Test comes with December 2017 patch for the Moto Z and has build number of OPL27.75. Android 8.0 Oreo brings along brand new System Interface, Autofill, Picture In Picture, Better Battery Life, Fast Boot, and more.


While the company has not revealed date of the official rollout of Android Oreo, it is believed that Motorola might release the official update by the end of 2017. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo Release Notes

INTRODUCTION

We are excited to announce a new software update for moto z by Motorola. This update brings Android™ 8.0 Oreo to your phone along with other improvements.

NOTE: All information on your phone will be saved. You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.

ENHANCEMENTS

This update introduces changes including the following:
  • Android™ 8.0 Oreo: Many enhancements including new multitasking features, security capabilities, improved notifications and performance.
  • Android security: Includes the updates of Android security patches until December 1st 2017.

Motorola Posts Oreo Release Notes for Moto Z

Motorola Posts Oreo Release Notes for Moto Z
Motorola seems to be gearing up to unleash a wave of Android 8.0 Oreo updates onto its entire line-up of Moto Z devices. We first saw Android 8.0 Oreo release notes show up for the Moto Z2 Force, and we are now seeing same for the 2016 Moto Z indicating that the update itself will likely begin rolling out some time in the near future.

Android Oreo comes with numerous enhancements over Android Nougat, such as faster booting, new Settings and Quick-Settings UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola might also add several new features to the latest software update. Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Z would also feature the latest December 1st 2017 Security Patch.

So, the company is most likely to start Android 8.0 Oreo official rollout for the Moto Z by the end of this month or early January. We will let you know once the update is live for everyone. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo Release Notes

INTRODUCTION

We are excited to announce a new software update for moto z by Motorola. This update brings Android™ 8.0 Oreo to your phone along with other improvements.

NOTE: All information on your phone will be saved. You cannot downgrade to a previous software version after installing this update.

ENHANCEMENTS

This update introduces changes including the following:
  • Android™ 8.0 Oreo: Many enhancements including new multitasking features, security capabilities, improved notifications and performance.
  • Android security: Includes the updates of Android security patches until December 1st 2017.
Motorola Posts Oreo Release Notes for Moto Z

Motorola Begins Android Oreo Soak Test for the Moto Z

Now that Google has released the next version of Android, Android 8.0 Oreo, the wait for the devices to get the update first has already started. Motorola has already updated it's software support page with the list of its devices that will officially get the update.


Reports out from AndroidPIT Brazil suggests that Motorola is now sending out Android Oreo Soak Test invitations to the Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users enrolled for Motorola Feedback Network.

The reports further suggests that first Android 8.0 Oreo Beta may hit Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users within 48 hours.

Apart from the Android 8.0 Oreo Goodies including new Settings and Notification panel UI, Picture in Picture (PIP), Adaptive icons, Autofill, Notification timeout, Motorola might also add several new features to the latest software update.

The Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto Smartphones may bring new Moto Key application that let's you securely save passwords, Moto Alexa, and new Moto Live Stream.


Motorola Moto Phones Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update Info - October 20, 2017


The Motorola Moto Android 7.1.1 Nougat update continues to make significant progress and today we want to take a look at everything we know about the Moto devices Android 7.1.1 Nougat update and its release as we push deeper into the year.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates for Motorola Smartphones are pushing out every single day so it can be hard to keep track of the company’s progress.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the Motorola devices (Changes and Features)



Apart from the Android 7.1.1 Nougat Goodies including App Shortcuts, GIF(s) support, and new Emojis, Motorola has added several new features to the latest software update.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Moto Smartphone comes with brand new round icon pack which can be seen in the above featured image, duo video calling application, restart option, and latest July security patch.

Moto Z Play Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

Motorola has already started rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Moto Z Play. We've seen the update coming to the Moto Z Play in Brazil with "retbr" software channel, in Canada for all Canadian carriers including Koodo, Rogers and Telus, and many others, in India with "retin" software channel, Indonesia and Hong Kong with "retapac" software channel.

Update: August 11, 2017


The Moto Z Play is now getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat on "retus," "retgb" and "reteu" Software Channels.

Moto Z Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update


Along with the Moto Z Play, Motorola has started pushing the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Standard Moto Z. The update is now live in India with "retin" software channel, and in Canada for Bell users.

Update: August 8, 2017


Moto Z users with "Reteu" Software channel have now started receiving the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update.

Moto Z Droid/Moto Z Force Droid Android 7.1.1 Update

[August 8, 2017] Moto Z Droid Edition and Moto Z Force Droid Edition at Verizon are now getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat update with July 1st Android Security Patch.

Thanks Mark

Moto X Play Android 7.1.1 Update

Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is already live for the Moto X Play in several Countries including India and Brazil. Additionally The Moto X Play running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Rogers will get Android 7.x Nougat on October 31st, 2017.

Moto X Pure Android 7.1.1 Update

Along with the Moto X Play, Motorola has started pushing the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Moto X Pure.

Moto G4 Play Android 7.1.1 Nougat Update

The Moto G4 Play will also be getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Motorola has already started testing Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the Moto G4 Play.

Motorola is due to send the updates to the Moto G4 Play. However, if you want the 7.1.1 Nougat on your Moto G4 Play right now, you can sideload it by downloading and installing the Android 7.1.1 OTA Zip from XDA.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat for other Motorola devices?


We haven't seen any sign of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for any other Motorola device apart from the few mentioned above.

The Moto devices likely to get Android 7.1.1 Nougat includes Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto X Style, Moto G5 Plus, and Moto G5.

That said, we'll update the article as soon as we get more information regarding Android 7.1.1 for Moto devices. Kindly let us know if we missed anything!

Moto Z gets Android 8.0 Oreo via Lineage OS 15

Moto Z gets Android 8.0 Oreo via Lineage OS 15
You can now download and install the LineageOS 15 based on Android 8.0 Oreo on your Moto Z (Moto Z 2016) Smartphone.

Google recently launched the Next Iteration of its Android Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo. The Tech Giant also pushed Android Oreo source code to AOSP, helping the developers develop custom ROMs for their devices based on Oreo.


Well, if you are a Moto Z owner, then this recent development might be of interest to you. Developer "erfanoabdi" has successfully ported Android 8.0 Oreo LineageOS 15 on the Moto Z. Additionally, most major aspects of the phone are working as expected (such as RIL, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.).

You'll need to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP Custom Recovery in-order to Install the LineageOS 15 Android 8.0 Oreo Rom on Moto Z Griffin. You can grab the Custom Rom ZIP file from below.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Download LineageOS 15 for Moto Z Griffin

Direct Download: Lineage OS 15 (Griffin) //XDA

After Moto Z Play, Moto Z gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat in India

Earlier today, we reported that Motorola has started pushing Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Moto Z Play in India. Now, it seems that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is also out for the Standard Moto Z.

Thanks to Ativir Shah for sending this in, the Moto Z with retin (Retail India) software is now getting Official Android 7.1.1 Nougat update with NPL26.118-20 build number.


With Android 7.1.1, the Moto Z gets Video calling Duo application, Moto Mods v2.0, Tap on Fingerprint to wake-up Navigation Bar and Status Bar when in Full-Screen Mode, Stability improvements other interesting features along with Android 7.1.1 Nougat goodies.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

Android 7.1.1 is now rolling out for the Moto Z (retapac)

Android 7.1.1 is now rolling out for the Moto Z (retapac)
Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Standard Moto Z with "retapac" Software channel in Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Moto Z brings latest July 2017 Security patch, Duo Video calling application, Round icons, and other Android 7.1.1 Nougat goodies including App shortcuts and enhanced Doze.


Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

Screenshots by Louie Chan!

Got the latest update? Let us know in comments! 

Motorola begins Android 7.1.1 Nougat soak test on the Moto Z

The last time we updated you on the status of the Moto Z Play Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, we told you that Motorola has already started pushing the update for a few users in Brazil and India. 

Now, Motorola has started testing the Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the Standard Moto Z via Soak test. Those who were accepted for the Soak test are starting to receive the update, which is indeed Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The system version is NPL.26.107, for those keeping track.




The Android 7.1.1 update for Motorola devices brings brand new icons for Motorola's system apps, It features the latest June 1, 2017 Android security patch. Motorola also adds Video calling Duo application, Moto Mods v2.0, Stability improvements other interesting features along with Android 7.1.1 Nougat goodies.

Assuming the test rolls out smoothly, those of us not in the test could see the update within a week or two. As we know more, we’ll be sure to pass new info along.





Thanks Leonardo Vinicius!

Moto Z is now cheaper than the Moto Z Play in Germany

Moto Z is now cheaper than the Moto Z Play in Germany
Modular phone was first introduced by LG back at the MWC 2016 with the LG G5. However, it was Lenovo who took the concept to a whole new level with their Moto Z range of phones. The Moto Z and Z Force being high-end flagship phones while the Moto Z Play is the lower-specced, slightly cheaper version of the flagship Moto Z.

With Moto Z Play you get a 5.5" full HD screen, a Snapdragon 625 SoC and a 16MP camera. It's 7mm thin and comes with a headphone jack. In terms of design, it doesn't differ much from the Moto Z, though this one comes with a glass back.


Priced right, the Moto Z Play became much popular due to it's bigger battery paired with Snapdragon 625 SoC. Due to the falling demand of the Original Moto Z over the Z Play, The Standard Moto Z is now available at much cheaper rates than the Moto Z Play. As posted by a reddit user, the Standard Moto Z now costs 249 Euro while the Moto Z Play is available at 359 Euro at Saturn (Store) in Germany.

In the next popular comment, a user replies "Some people don't need 1440p or the SD821, and would get far more benefit out of much better battery life. Besides, 1080p and the SD625 are both enough for many people. I would have still bought the Z Play even if the regular Z was cheaper." The thread has since turned into each subsequent user commenting that they will still choose the Moto Z Play over the Standard Moto Z, because Why not?

Via: Reddit

April security patch rolling out to the Moto Z in Brazil

April security patch rolling out to the Moto Z in Brazil
The Moto Z has now started receiving a new software update with the April Security Patch, bug fixes and Stability improvement in Brazil. The update arrives as software version NPLS25.86-30-12. Note that the device still runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Motorola’s instructions explain that for a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.



Motorola has already updated the Moto Z family to Android 7.0 Nougat. While this update would have been more exciting if it had brought Nougat 7.1.1, which is already available for Google's Pixel and Nexus devices. 

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Software updates menu in Settings, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

Source: Google+ | Via: Motorola-Fans

The Successor of Motorola Moto Z Will be Called as Moto Z2: Rumor

The Successor of Motorola Moto Z Will be Called as Moto Z2: Rumor
Motorola's take on the modular smartphones paid off with the Moto Z series of phones. However, rumors were rife about the next generation Moto Z smartphones. Now, the famous tipster, Evan Blass revealed that the upcoming Moto Z (2017) will be called as Moto Z2. 

Blass posted an image with the logo of the device and that shows the phone as Moto Z2, which is kind of interesting as everyone expected it to be Moto Z (2017). There are no details regarding the specifications of the phone, though. 



For now, it is said that the Moto Z2 will come with Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phone was reportedly showcased at the Sprint booth in Barcelona last month at the MWC 2017 event. 


Sprint used the phone to tease the gigabit speeds offered by the Snapdragon 835 chip. Also, the phone retains the same rear design language, but expected to come with an entire new design from the front, which will be in-line with the recently announced Moto G5 series. 

March security patch rolling out to the Moto Z Droid/ Z Force Droid

March security patch rolling out to the Moto Z Droid/ Z Force Droid

The Moto Z Droid and Z Force Droid has now started receiving a new software update with the March Security Patch, bug fixes and Stability improvement in the US on Verizon's network. The update arrives as software version NCL25.86-11-4-6. Note that the device still runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.
If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Software updates menu in Settings, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device.

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