After the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, it appears the next smartphone from Motorola’s kitty to receive Google’s latest Android treat is the Moto X Play. According to a GFXbench leak, the smartphone will skip the Android 7.0 and instead get the updated Android 7.1 Nougat OS soon. This year, Google’s newest Android operating system made its debut on Google’s first self-branded smartphones – the Pixel and Pixel XL – in October. As is the tradition, the update is first rolled out to Nexus or Pixel devices which are made in collaboration with Google with a later rollout for other manufacturers.
When it was launched in India last year at Rs 18,499, the Moto X Play came powered with the older Android 5.1.1 Lollipop version. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display. Under the hood is 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. It includes 16GB of internal storage with an option to further take up the storage to 128GB. On the photography front, the smartphone comes with a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It is powered by a 3,630mAh battery. If the leaks are to be believed, this might be Motorola’s attempt at quickly bringing the smartphone at par with other handsets receiving the update. The company had announced in October that 15 of its smartphones will be getting the software update in the coming months. While the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto Z, and Moto Z Play have already received the update, with the Moto X Play, the company is likely to push forth the updated version of the OS instead of the former version.
Motorola has been usually swift with extending Android updates to its users given that its devices mostly carried the stock version of the operating system. Based on the leaks, the Moto X Play with the Android 7.1 could possibly be the only other-manufacturer device to get the update alongside the Nexus devices. In late November, it was reported that Android Nougat 7.1.1 will start rolling out for Nexus devices from December 6 and the Huawei Nexus 6P will be the first Nexus device to receive the update. ALSO READ: Android Nougat 7.1.1 to start rolling out for Nexus devices from December 6
With the Android 7.1, Google has added more features to make the Android experience sweeter for its users. For emoji lovers, the update brings in 100 new emojis which include 11 new professions available in both genders and various skin tones and ethnicities and new female and male versions of 33 existing emoji. The App Shortcuts, feature similar to the 3D Touch on Apple iOS 9, are back in this update. In Pixel smartphones, the feature is supported by the Pixel Launcher and allows users to have up to five shortcuts.
The power menu has been added with a new restart setting. On Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, pressing and holding the power button now shows the option of rebooting the device instead of only completely powering off the device. There is a new Moves section in Settings that allows one to set a number of actions based on gestures, for example launching camera by pressing the power button twice or switching between camera modes by double twisting the wrist, and much more. The OS update further adds new Image Keyboard that lets one choose and send stickers, emojis, GIFs, and pictures from Google’s Allo, Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger apps.
One of the major improvements in the Android 7.1 is the new camera app. The app now offers features including white balance, exposure, Automatic Exposure and Automatic Focus locking, and viewfinder grid modes. The Smart Burst mode takes multiple photos and automatically selects the best one. Making the devices running the newest OS more storage efficient, the Smart Storage feature automatically removes old backed-up photos and videos to clear up space. ALSO READ: Nexus 6P users experiencing battery failure issue after Android 7.0 Nougat update