Moto Z Won't Get Monthly Security Updates and You Never Should Have Expected Them

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Last week, shortly after embargoes lifted on Moto Z and Moto Z Force reviews, there was some confusion over whether or not these devices would see the monthly security updates that Google releases. We never expected them to arrive monthly, because Motorola has never pushed monthly security updates to any of their phones, but they sent out a somewhat vague statement to press suggesting that they will in fact release security updates, only without mention of when.

ArsTechnica reported in their review that Motorola told them a flat out “no” when probed over monthly updates. Then after the confusing statement made the rounds, they went back for more (we did as well, we just didn’t hear back) and heard back today with some clarification. According Motorola, they will not be issuing monthly updates and will instead bundle them into scheduled maintenance releases and OS upgrades, like they have always done. 

Here is the full statement.

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.

Again, this is exactly how Motorola has always operated, so I’m not sure why anyone expected anything different. But hey, at least we now know that monthly security patches have been deemed by Motorola as “difficult to do.” Then again, I guess it would be difficult when your Motorola support staff has been cut down to almost nothing.

As a recap, should you buy the Moto Z or Moto Z Force, it will indeed see updates, like all major Android phones. Unfortunately, like the Moto X Pure Edition and almost all other Motorola phones, we don’t know when those updates will come. When they do, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not they will be current.

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