Google recently dished up a serving of Android 9 Pie to Pixel devices ahead of the mobile OS's anticipated August 20 release date. That means we will start to see third-party phones upgraded to the latest Android build. If you are wondering which devices will see an update, we can answer that question as it pertains to Motorola.
The device maker confirmed in a blog post that Android 9 Pie is coming at least eight of its handsets. They include the Moto Z3, Moto Z3 Play, Moto Z2 Force Edition, Moto Z2 Play, Moto X4, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6, and Moto G6 Play.
There are all relatively newer handsets, comprising a mix of current and previous generation models. Noticeably absent, however, are the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, a pair of budget phones released a year and a half ago.
As for the ones that are being upgraded to Android 9 Pie, it is not clear when the update will roll out. One of the downsides to Android is that it can take a long time phone makers to and wireless carriers to push out the latest builds, due to custom skins and software that needs to be qualified.
Source: Google (Android Developers Dashboard)
Related to that, the majority of Android users are running Android 7.x Nougat (30.8 percent), followed by Android 6.0 Marshmallow (23.5 percent) and Android 5.x Lollipop (20.4 percent). Only 12.1 percent of Android users are on the latest build, Android 8.x Oreo.
Android 9 Pie introduces a bunch of upgrades over previous versions, including an improved Do Not Disturb mode, a colorful settings menu, an Adaptive Battery feature that is supposed to improve battery life, intuitive gesture navigation, the ability to set app timers, and more.