Motorola launched on Thursday (25) a trio of phones of the tenth generation of the Moto G. The most affordable, Moto G10, arrives with an important detail: it will not have any guaranteed Android version update. With a suggested price of R $ 1,699, the device runs Android 11 from the factory, the latest version available, and should only receive quarterly security fixes.
Motorola’s update policy, once a benchmark in the Google era, has worsened over time. As a rule, the brand’s latest releases had the promise of two Android version updates on the premium models (like the Edge +), one on the middlemen (like the Moto G) and none on the basic ones (like the Moto E).
Moto G30 and G100 continue with update guaranteed
The Moto G30 and Moto G100 follow the trend of previous releases of the Moto G line. Tecnoblog, the company says they will receive Android 12, the next version of the Google operating system that brings new design and more privacy features. Security fixes are guaranteed for two years after launch, on a quarterly basis.
However, the Moto G10 will follow a similar path to the Moto E line, with no provision to go beyond the factory-installed Android 11. Motorola’s strategy contrasts with that of competitors such as Samsung, which began to promise three years of version updates even on intermediate models, such as the Galaxy A51; the Korean manufacturer also offers four years of security fixes.
“It is of paramount importance for the consumer [receber atualização de versão de Android] as long as it does not affect performance, and launching with the latest operating system gives greater comfort to the user. But Motorola is very transparent. If we understand, at the front, that it makes sense to release [o Android 12 para o Moto G10], we’re going to release it, ”says Thiago Masuchette, head of Motorola products, in an exclusive interview with Tecnoblog.
Motorola was already a reference in updating Androids
Motorola has had ups and downs in its update policy for more than a decade selling Android phones. In the early 2010s, the company was criticized for its slow release of new versions: Milestone, one of the most iconic of the brand, was launched with Android 2.0 Eclair; Android 2.2 Froyo, from May 2010, only started arriving on the device in March 2011, almost a year later. At the time, Android 2.3 had been out for months.
The situation has improved in the Google era. The 2nd generation Moto X, launched with Android 4.4 KitKat, received versions 5.0 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow. Its successor, Moto X Style, ran Android 5.1 Lollipop, 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat. The speed drew attention: both phones received version 6.0 just a month after the official launch. The Moto G line was also contemplated, albeit with a slower schedule.
In 2018, Motorola launched the Motorola One line, part of the Android One program, which guaranteed at least two Android version updates, in addition to monthly security fixes. But the idea didn’t last long: as of September 2019, with the Motorola One Zoom, no new handset in the line was part of Google’s initiative, although they continue with the “One” in the name.
Motorola Edge +, the company’s latest top-of-the-line product, launched with Android 10 and promises a single Android version update. After negative repercussions, the manufacturer went back and guaranteed Android 12 to the cell phone.