Looks like Google+ still has its advantages. Curious about the nature of updates for his Moto X handset, John B hopped on over to a Moto X group on Google+ and asked if his Moto X would get Android L, the most recent announced update for Android. Punit Soni, the Vice President of Product Management at Motorola Mobility, answered with a simple “Yup” after being tagged in the post.
While it’s nice to receive an official confirmation, the news is far from shocking. The Moto X features one of the cleanest vanilla versions of Android to date. If the Moto X, Motorola’s flagship device didn’t receive Android L, it would showcase just how into their product Motorola is. It would go against their body language considering how much effort they put into their latest devices and ecosystem.
Previously, there was a fake Motorola account on Facebook that claimed the Moto X would receive Android L shortly after it was announced at Google I/O 2014. But as we just mentioned, this information was a no brainier but it still wasn’t official until now.
It’s also worth noting that in the very same thread, Punit Soni responds to someone voicing their concern that they didn’t trust AT&T to output updates in a timely fashion saying “Sad. We really try to speed things up…”
Put into plain words, this suggest that carriers are still involved with the update process.
We still don’t have a time frame for when we can expect to see Android L on the Moto X, but Motorola has done a great job in disbursing updates even if carriers are involved in the process. The fact that the Moto X runs vanilla Android makes it easier than phones running heavily customized skins.
Personally speaking, device makers should try to align themselves closely to how Apple does updates. Working under the assumption that carriers want to be involved in the update phase because manufacturers would have to use the carriers towers to send the updates, if those updates were restricted to Wifi access, manufacturers might be able to regain some power from the mobile carriers.