Moto G4 Plus Android 7.0 Nougat Soak Test Starts In Brazil: US Release Imminent?

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Android 7.0 Nougat support has been a slow crawl for smartphones, often with scarce information that’s causing a slight upset from users eager to try out Google’s newest operating system.

Motorola’s Moto G4 Plus seems to be one of the first phones gearing up for an Android N update, as evidenced by a soak test that reportedly kicked off for the device in Brazil.

Brazilian owners of the G4 Plus who are subscribed to the Motorola Feedback Network are beginning to receive the Android N update, clocking in at 953 MB.

The update seems to be part of an ongoing soak test in the country, the purpose of which likely concerns evaluating the stability of the build and checking to see if the software runs seamlessly on the device before it could potentially push for a wide rollout including other countries. The developers are presumably on a keen lookout for bugs and glitches that might plague the build and fix those accordingly. The soak test is, of course, temporary.

No concrete plans have indicated that Android N will come to the Moto G4 Plus outside of Brazil, but if the devs are administering a measured test run, then it’s likely that the United States is within the planned trajectory.

As a little refresher, Android Nougat is Google’s most recent operating system, carrying over the saccharine naming scheme of previous Android releases. It features split-screen multitasking, faster app-switching, a night mode feature, bundled notifications and a sizable amount of security fixes. It also runs more smoothly, offering a polished and stable experience compared with its predecessor, Android Marshmallow.

Many users are anticipating the release of Android N on different smartphones. You can check if your smartphone is going to receive the software update, but it’s still expected to take a while before that happens. Motorola previously promised that its other smartphone lineup will get Android N beginning in Q4, and with the Moto G4 Plus able to run the software update, it’s likely that it’s also developing the builds for its other phones as well.

The Moto G4 was released back in May this year, featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 401 ppi. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset with an Adreno 405 graphics processor. It can have up to 64 GB of internal storage and 4 GB of RAM. On the back of the device is a 16-megapixel camera, and on the front is a 5-megapixel camera and a fingerprint scanner.

The Moto G4 Plus is available on Motorola’s site starting at $249.99.


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