Moto G4 and G4 Plus start receiving Android 7.0 Nougat OTA

Lenovo’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus handsets have started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update in India. It was reported that the update was being rolled out slowly and Indian users are finally receiving the notifications regarding the following update. This update brings up the software version to 7.0 (Nougat) and also brings up the security patch level to November.

Installation

Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus users should receive a notification for the update. Selecting the update and choosing “Yes, I’m in!” will begin downloading the update. We recommend downloading this data over a stable WiFi connection. If you do not see the notification yet, you can force check for the update by heading to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates and follow the same process given above. The update file size comes up to 733MB. After the download completes, make sure to set your phone to charge and tap install now. This should reboot the device and start the installation process. Note that this may take up to 20 minutes, depending on how much data you have stored on your device.

Sideloading the update

If you haven’t received the update, you can choose to sideload the OTA file by downloading the zip and transferring it to your phone.

Note: This guide applies only for the Moto G4 Plus (XT1643). Proceed at your own risk.

First, download the OTA zip file from here. We recommend downloading in PC using a reliable download manager and then transferring it to your Moto G4 Plus. Once copied to the device, reboot to bootloader by shutting down the device and pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power button. Once in the bootloader, navigate up and down using the Volume keys and select using the Power key. Select Recovery and it should boot to a screen showing the Android logo. Now, press the Volume Up and Power button until you see a menu. Now select “Apply Update from SD Card”. Navigate to the OTA zip file we downloaded and select it. This should start installing the update. Note, this may take up to 20 minutes.

Features

The following update includes all the features from Android 7.0 Nougat. It bring in Multi-Window, App Quick switch, improved Doze, quick reply and much more. A redesigned notification pull-down is also featured here along with a overhauled Settings menu. It also brings up the Security Patch level to November, which is odd considering the latest Patch Level is December.

Moto-exclusive features include a new Moto Action called Swipe to Shrink. It also introduces a new feature on the Moto G4 Plus which lets you lock the screen by touching and holding the fingerprint scanner.

     

Bugs

We have noticed that the Storage menu seems to show incorrect stats. However, this does not cause any storage issue, just a misrepresentation of numbers. We recommend using a file manager to view the correct stats.

Have you received the update for your Moto G4? How has the experience been? Let us know in the comment section.