Moto Z And Moto Z Force Get Android 7.0 Nougat, Now Daydream-Ready; Motorola, Only Third Party To Support VR?By yasi bilangel, UniversityHerald Reporter
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force have officially received the latest Google update, the Android 7.0 Nougat, which is confirmed by Verizon account holders. Along with the impressive features of the update, the Motorola devices are now Daydream-ready, the only third-party devices to support VR apps and games.
Android 7.0 Nougat, Google's latest version of the Android began rolling out the updates to Moto Z and Moto Z Force last week. Verizon's Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid phones have also received the updates.
However, Motorola warns that the global release of an over-the-air update might take weeks to reach all Motorola devices all over the globe. For this purpose, the company has put up an official website to inform Motorola owners as to when the update will reach them, which largely depend on their location and their phone carrier, Android Authority reported.
The Android 7.0 Nougat features enhanced UI and an improved notification system, upgraded battery optimization, Instant Apps, Vulkan API, Google Allo and Duo, seamless updates, better multitasking performance and a whole lot more, TechTimes has learned. Moreover, Moto Z and Moto Z Force have also become Daydream-ready with the new update.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force are the first third-party devices deemed to be ready for the Daydream platform. To date, only Google's very own Pixel and Pixel XL are Daydream-ready, but now Motorola has garnered an edge over smartphone giants like Apple and Samsung with its new capability of supporting VR apps and games.
Daydream is the platform for mobile virtual reality (VR) developed by Google. Its primary goal is to provide immersive experiences using high quality images. By certifying Moto Z and Moto Z Force, Google extends its invitation to Motorola to participate in the VR experience.
In order to optimize the Daydream experience, Moto Z and Moto Z Force owners will still need to buy the Daydream View Headset which is available in Google, Verizon and Best Buy for $79 dollars. Meanwhile, Motorola has yet to make any announcement if the Moto Z Play will also get the Daydream functionality.