Motorola has slowly subsided into the backdrop of the smartphone market with Moto-Razr (2019) being the only flagship released in the last few months. The company has resorted to catering to the mid-range smartphone market, which has proved to be quite beneficial for them.
The Moto Z4 and the One Power have been two of the most successful mid-range smartphones in recent years; especially the One Power, which offers a stock Android experience at the fraction of a price of its competitors.
While most Motorola users are waiting on a planned Android 10 update for their smartphones, Google has gone ahead and released two Android 11 Developer Preview builds. This preview is meant for developers to test their apps and to rectify changes that could potentially cause a lot of bugs.
The release of this preview is an indication of what Google could have in store for us this year. Eligible Pixel devices — starting from Pixel 2 — are expected to get beta versions of the software by the end of Q2 this year, which lines up the official stable release for Q3 2020.
Our comprehensive guide on Motorola smartphone updates is based on the company’s previous track record with its smartphones. We will take into account past software releases for each line-up of devices in order to offer you the best possible guesstimates for an Android 11 upgrade in the future.
Let’s get to it.
Motorola Android 11 device list
Motorola isn’t the lousiest when it comes to software support, delivering two major OS updates to most of its flagships. However, over the last couple of years, its reputation has taken a significant hit.
Last year, Motorola took its sweet time releasing Android Pie to most of its smartphones — only making it available in early 2019. Many devices that were expected to receive the update ended up getting sidelined, and the trend seems to be re-emerging with Android 10.
Keeping the recent fluctuations in mind, we have tried to curate a list of popular Motorola devices, highlighting whether they’d receive Android 11 and when.
|Device Name||Expected Release Date|
|Moto G Stylus||Q1 2021|
|Moto G Power||Q1 2021|
|Moto G8 Power||Q1 2021|
|Motorola One Hyper||Q4 2020|
|Motorola One Zoom||Q4 2020|
|Motorola One Action||Q4 2020|
|Motorola One Vision||Q4 2020|
|Motorola One Macro||Q4 2020|
|Moto Razr (2019)||Q2 2021|
|Moto G8 Plus||Q2 2021|
|Moto G8 Play||Not Likely — Yet to receive Android 10|
|Moto G7 Play||Not Eligible|
|Moto G7||Not Eligible|
|Moto G7 Power||Not Eligible|
|Moto G7 Plus||Not Eligible|
|Moto G6 Play||Not Eligible|
|Moto G6||Not Eligible|
|Moto G6 Plus||Not Eligible|
|Moto E6 Play||Not Likely — Yet to receive Android 10|
|Moto E6 Plus||Not Eligible|
|Moto E6||Not Eligible|
|Moto E5||Not Eligible|
|Moto E5 Cruise||Not Eligible|
|Moto E5 Play||Not Eligible|
|Moto E5 Play Go||Not Eligible|
|Moto E5 Plus||Not Eligible|
|Moto Z4||Not Eligible|
|Motorola One or P30 Play||Not Eligible|
|Motorola One Power or P30 Note||Not Eligible|
|Moto P30||Not Eligible|
|Moto Z3||Not Eligible|
|Moto Z3 Play||Not Eligible|
|Moto X4||Not Eligible|
If you are an avid user who loves to test out new software and beta releases, then we might have some good news for you in the next section.
When will Motorola start the Android 11 beta program?
Manufacturers usually start their beta programs soon after the first stable version is released by Google, and Motorola is no different. Google released Android 10 in the fall of last year, and Motorola was seen rolling out the closed beta to its users by the last week of November 2019.
The beta program, which lasts for a couple of months, not only allows users to have a preview of the upcoming OS but it also allows developers to hash out the reported bugs.
Keeping in line with its previous track record, Motorola is expected to start its beta program for Android 11 in the late weeks of November 2020.
However, with Google escalating the release timeline — Android 11 Developer Preview already rolling out — OEMs, too, could too roll out the update sooner than anticipated.
This beta program will be available to all the flagships that will be released this year including the likes of the G8 series and the Moto One Hyper.
If you are keen on trying out the new features that Android 11 has to offer, then an OTA update for the beta program might be the fastest way to do so. You can sign up for Motorola’s feedback network in order to receive closed beta updates which will only be released to a select few users.
You can sign up for the feedback network using this comprehensive guide from the company themselves.
Although these dates are tentative, and not confirmed, they are our best guesstimates based on Motorola’s support for all previously-released smartphones. Let’s dive straight into it.
Note: If your device has not been included in the list above, then there is a high chance that it will not be seeing an official Android 11 update from Motorola. If you are still looking for a way to try the OS then you might want to opt for third-party ROMS that are released once a stable version is out.