The fragmented nature of Android results in some devices being left far behind the pack when it comes to major platform updates. It makes matters worse when the device is carrier-branded because then the carrier must run its own tests on the update before it can be rolled out. That’s precisely what happened with the Moto G4 Play on Verizon. After being stuck on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for what must have felt like forever to users, the Moto G4 Play is now receiving the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on Verizon.
The unlocked variant of this smartphone received this update last month so Verizon hasn’t held it up for an extraordinarily long period of time. It’s now rolling out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for this device over-the-air.
The firmware update bumps up the device from build number MPIS24.241-2.35-1-17 to NPI26.48-38 and also brings up the security patch level to December 2017. The update brings all of the new features that are part and parcel of Android Nougat which includes granular notifications, multi-window mode, bundled notifications, and more.
Moto G4 Play owners on Verizon should receive an over-the-air update notification in the near future if they haven’t already. The firmware update weighs in at over 1GB so it would be best to download it over a robust Wi-Fi connection.
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