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.
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.
- 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.
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.