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Motorola Has Started Updating the Moto G4 and G4 Plus to Android Nougat

The Motorola G4 and G4 Plus are popular mid-range phones that are sold unlocked. They are also"universal" phones that work on most carriers worldwide, including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T in the US.

Motorola Moto G4
The G4 and G4 Plus shipped with Android Marshmallow. They both were updated to Android 7.0 Nougat two months ago, but only for customers in India.

US customers have been wondering if and when Motorola, which hasn't had the best record for delivering updates since Lenovo bought them, would get around to updating their phones. It looks like the wait is finally over, Android Authority is reporting that customers with the unlocked US Moto G4 Plus have started receiving over the air updates to Nougat. A Prepaid Phone News reader emailed me saying that his Moto G4 with Amazon ads received Nougat last week.

Nougat brings quite a few new features to Android including;

  • Quick switching between the last two apps by double taping the recent apps button.
  • Multi-window support.
  • Work mode which lets you hide and un-hide work related apps. 
  • Improvements to battery saving Doze mode.
  • A data saver toggle that blocks all or selected background apps from using data.
  • A JIT compiler that improves performance, speeds up system updates and reduces the amount storage space used by apps.
  • The ability to reply to messages directly from a notification.
  • Accessibility improvements for users with inpaired hearing or vision including; monaural sound output and the ability to magnify display elements like images and icons as well as text.
  • The Phone app now supports call screening and number blocking.
  • Improvements to the Trusted Face that keeps your phone unlocked while you are looking at it.
  • Mixed-language support for multi-lingual users.
  • Ability to choose locales by language.
In addition to the changes in stock Nougat, Motorola has added two of its own;

  • Swipe to shrink the screen.
  • An option to disable or enable locking the screen when the fingerprint sensor is touched while the display is on.
For more information about these changes see Motorola's Release Notes.

The Nougat updates will be rolled out gradually over a period of days or weeks. Your phone will display a notification when an update is available. If you can't wait, you can try going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates to check for an update right now.  Be sure your battery is at least 50% charged before starting the update process as running out of juice during the update could brick the phone. The update is about 740 MB in size so you probably want to be connected to WiFi when downloading it.

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  1. Got the Nougat update Friday on both my Moto G4 & G4 Play here in PA. Update on "Play" was slightly over 100 MB

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    1. I got an update on my G4 Play, but it was just security updates and still Android 6.01. I don't think the Play will get nougat. :/

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  2. Too little, too late.

    Everyone's already moved on to the G5.

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    1. That is just stupid!

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    2. The phone that just started shipping yesterday? Yeah, okay.

      I'm not going for the G5 - the back is not removable anymore, which makes replacing the battery significantly more difficult when it eventually begins to wear out. It also reduced the screen size by 0.3", but only reduced actual width of the phone by 0.1" - why?

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    3. Well, a 16:9 phone, all held equal, will shrink 9 units in width for every 18.4 units of diagonal. The phone lost 7.62mm of screen diagonal, so you might expect a 3.72mm of width reduction. The new phone is 3mm narrower, when added to being 1.5mm thinner (probably from removing the back door) seems like a win on the dimensional change.

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  3. Nice to also see that the Moto X PE is getting Nougat

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  4. Where is the cheapest to get the unlocked G4 play?

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  5. I have a Galaxy S7 Edge on prepaid Verizon network...still on Marshmallow & security patch from May-2016. What gives? Nougat on Verizon S7 Edge's was to begin rolling out 30-days ago. Anyone know how much longer I gotta wait?

    Yes, I have checked for system updates in settings menu. Phone says everything is up to date.

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    1. I never get OTA updates. Have you tried going to a Samsung store? They can update it for you. That was how I got Nougat on my S7 Active.

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  6. I got the nougat update on April First, I thought it was a April fool's joke, but it was real. Very pleased with the smooth transition from marshmallow to nougat.

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  7. The site is serving a screen takeover overlay ad that hides​ the entire screen contents. They are served by Conversant. I will use an ad blocker if they do not stop.

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    1. You should've been using an ad blocker for at least the past decade.

      If it was just on-page image banners then I'd say you didn't need one, but popups, popunders, scripts, and other such on-page objects made advertising a universally loathed aspect of the internet.

      It's actually ironic, since driving people to block ads is actually more counterintuitive than just serving your ads in a way that won't make people write them off entirely.


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    2. "You should've been using an ad blocker for at least the past decade."
      Fake comment. There were no phone ad blockers 10 years ago.

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    3. I missed where ER said they were browsing from a phone.

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    4. Ads must be treated as malware.

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    5. "Fake comment. There were no phone ad blockers 10 years ago."

      Correct... There weren't even any phones until Steve Jobs invented them.

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    6. I did not get mobile ads on Symbian or BB OS back in 2006-7. And it took google until Sept 08, 15 months to copy Steve's touchscreen interface and put out first commercial phone. So who should have been using ad blockers in 2006?

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    7. Right. Ads were static a decade ago. The only ad blocker was to tell your primitive WAP or HTML browser to not download ANY images.

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    8. I started serving AdMob mobile ads on the mobile versions of a couple sites of mine in 2006. Most mobile visitors used feature phones back then but about 20% had early snartphones running Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm OS or BlackBerry OS.

      The mobile ads were just static text or images. There were no mobile ad blockers but Flash blockers were popular for blocking desktop ads which were mostly Flash.

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    9. "The mobile ads were just static text or images."

      Non-malware ads. A lot more effective, since they aren't obnoxious and thus would hardly end up blocked.

      If advertisers want to people to see their ads, they should play nice and not make their adverts as much like a pestilence as possible. Start by not having any sort of popups, delay screens, tracking cookies, and other low level but still malicious attacks and intrusions.

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  8. My Moto G4 (Verizon on TF) got the 7.0 Nougat update yesterday.

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  9. I got the update on 4/1. I did notice one bug. The Text To Speech Screen listing all the languages for some reason pops up after ending every call as well as after clearing any screen notifications.

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  10. My wife and I have G4 Plus on Tracfone - both updated to Nougat 7.0 last week. Yesterday my daughter's G4 (non-Plus) on Republic Wireless got the update. All working well so far!

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