Moto E3 and Moto E3 Power Will Not Receive Nougat Update, Confirms Motorola

Zara Ali

Motorola's Moto E3 and Moto E3 Power are not the high-end smartphones, but their hardware is capable of handling Android 7.0 Nougat. However, for some unknown reasons, Motorola has decided not to treat these low-end phones with Nougat update.

The Lenovo-owned company confirmed on its support page that the Moto E3 Power and Moto E3 will not get Nougat update and shall remain on their current version - Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, users who know how to install the Nougat firmware can still get it on their Moto E3 (Moto E 3rd Gen) and Moto E3 Power smartphones but the general public who relies on OTA updates, for them it seems like an end of the upgrade cycle.

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It is worth mentioning that the Moto E3 Power was launched in September 2016 and it is pretty disappointing to see Motorola dismissing the phone and not even rolling out a single major update. The Moto E3 Power carries the same specs as the Moto E3 that was released in July 2016, but it has got a bigger battery of 3500mAh. Both the phones are under six months old and Motorola has already dropped them from the update cycle.

As we mentioned in the beginning, both the phones have the capable hardware to handle Nougat, and besides, several recently launched low-end phones have similar hardware specs and still run Nougat out-of-the-box.

The only reason that Motorola could give for not rolling out the update for Moto E3 and Moto E3 Power is the 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor that powers both the devices. The MediaTek MT6735P chipset is not powerful enough to run Nougat smoothly on the device. However, the clean stock Android UI of Moto phones has no bloatware, which would have made the operations easier for the chipset. Also, Moto E3 has just 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage that could have posed as a hurdle for Nougat update, but the Moto E3 Power has 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage that is good enough to handle Nougat.

Motorola has still not revealed the reason for the decision. The company is currently working on Nougat update for the Moto Z lineup, Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, Moto M, and the Moto X Play.

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