Canadian carrier Telus and its subsidiary, Koodo, have started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Moto G4 Plus devices on their networks, according to reports coming out of the country earlier today. This is the first major update for the fourth-generation Moto G devices, which were originally launched last year with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out-of-the-box. The latest update is expected to bring a number of new features to the Moto G4 Plus, including native multi-window support, as well as a newly-designed notification shade. The detailed changelog, however, doesn’t seem to be available on Telus’ support page for the device, and nor is there any detail available about either the size of the download or the exact build number.
Kodoo had announced last month that it will roll out Android Nougat to the Moto G4 Plus devices on its network in February, so it is nice to see the carrier finally making good on its promise. The rollout, however, has been a long time coming, seeing how Lenovo had originally released the update last year itself. As has been reported already, unlocked models of the Moto G4 as well as the Moto G4 Plus originally started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat last December, with India believed to be one of the first major markets to have received the new software. Motorola is one of the very few vendors to roll out timely updates to its Android devices, and has long rolled out Android Nougat to many of its smartphones including, the Moto Z-series handsets, the Moto X devices, as well as the Nexus 6.
The Verizon-specific Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid have also received the update last year itself, so it must be a relief for many Moto G4 Plus users in Canada to finally get the new software on their devices. While Android Nougat is only a minimal upgrade over Android Marshmallow for the most part, it does come with some notable improvements over Android 6.0 in terms of battery optimization and security features. Motorola has also introduced an all-new boot animation with Android 7.0 that is also expected to come to the Moto G4 Plus on Telus now that it has already been rolled out to unlocked versions of the device around the world.