New update added on August 21, 2020: Finally, some good news coming for the Verizon Moto G7 users, as the carrier is now rolling out the Android 10 update for the device. For months the users were waiting for the Android 10 update to arrive, however, due to lack of any update roadmap, it was not clear as to when the update will land for the device. But finally, user reports on Reddit confirm the arrival of the Android 10 update for the Verizon Moto G7 Power smartphone.
The update arrives with version number QCO30.85-18 and is being rolled over via OTA. The update, as usual, packs tons of new features associated with Android 10 for the device like new navigation gestures, dark mode, new volume controls, notification improvements, security enhancements, and much more. Here is the complete changelog of the update:
Android OS 10 Upgrade
Volume controls: Adjust any volume without leaving the screen you’re on. After you press a Volume button and touch the screen icon, all volume sliders appear on the screen.
Navigation Gestures: Moving between apps and screens is even easier with new gestures:
- Go home – Swipe up from the bottom of our screen to go to your home screen.
- Go back – Swipe towards the middle from the left or right edge to go back to the last screen.
- Switch between recent apps – Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, hold, then release. While using an app, you can also swipe the bar at the bottom of the screen left or right to switch between apps.
The icons and gestures from previous Android versions are still available.
Peeking: For some apps, you can open the sidebar with a gesture. Touch and hold your finger on the very edge of your screen for a second, until you see the bar peeking in from the side, then swipe to open the sidebar.
Notification improvements: Automatically organize and minimize distractions, with improved notification management:
- Be notified by the things that matter most. You can mark notifications as Silent or Alerting. Silent notifications won’t make a noise or appear on your lock screen, so you can focus on what needs your attention. They are grouped together and you can dismiss them individually or as a group.
- All notifications now include suggested actions. For example, if a friend sends an address, you’ll see a suggestion to open the address in Maps.
- Android 10 uses on-device machine learning to predict what you’ll type next and suggest responses that are tailored to the messages you receive. In addition to Google messaging apps, this works with notifications from non-Google apps, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
- Notification snoozing is optional but disabled by default.
- Music notifications have a progress bar.
Easy Wi-Fi connection with QR codes: To connect to a new Wi-Fi network, you can now scan a QR code instead of typing the password. You can also help others connect to a network you’re on by sharing a QR code.
To share your hotspot, your phone can generate a QR code your friends can scan to connect instantly. No need to give them your phone’s hotspot name and password (but you can still use that method, too).
Security enhancements: Preview a snippet of data within an app without actually opening it.
- Settings now include a Privacy menu, with more permissions to preserve privacy. Easily see and adjust which apps have access to your phone data and features, like which apps can use the camera or microphone.
- Better controls for file management allow you to restrict access to tracking identifiers, such as IMEI, serial number, and other IDs.
- Settings now include a Location menu, with better control over location data and sharing.
- When apps request permission to your location, you’ll see a pop-up where you can control when the app accesses your location (never, only when app is open, or always).
- If you’ve set an app to always be able to access your location, you’ll see a pop-up when it accesses your location in the background.
Project Mainline: Works in the background to provide faster security updates through Play Store.
- App info page: View the number of notifications an app sends and the amount of mobile data and Wi-Fi it used. You can also open the app from the info page.
- Bluetooth®: For convenience, you can now access previously-connected Bluetooth devices right on the main Connected devices screen.
- Display settings: Sleep is now Screen timeout.
- Power button menu: Now includes an Emergency option that opens your emergency information.
- Share options: When you touch to share content, the options load instantly and recommend frequently used apps and recipients. Better security allows you to choose files to share, without sharing all files.
Verizon users of the Motorola Moto G7 Power are waiting eagerly to get their hands on the Android 10 update. However, the update is nowhere to be seen. The phone was revealed back in 2019 and it comes with Android 9 Pie out the box. Meaning that this will be the devices, first OS update. But surprisingly enough the Verizon carrier network is yet to push the Android 10 update which is soon going to be a year-old OS as Google is prepping for the release of Android 11 update.
Notably, the Android 11 Beta 3 update is out for the Pixel phones and this is the last beta update before the stable update rolls out the next month. Verizon is yet to update the Moto G7 Power to Android 10. The last update released by Verizon for the Moto G7 Power was the June 2020 security patchset which arrived back in June.
The Android 10 kernel source code is already live for the Moto G7 Power since March but there is no development by Verizon in delivering the Android 10 update. And now adding to the frustration of the Moto G7 users on Verizon network, the latest tweet by Motorola U.S. states that the update is pending partner approval. If you have been following Motorola for some time, you might be able to recognize this statement. Basically, this is the same statement that Motorola slaps to its users when queries related to the latest OS updates are asked.
The statement reads the update will surely be pushed for the device but there is no ETA available. Here is what the official tweet reads:
Hi. While we never share timing information, the Moto G7 Power is expected to receive the Android 10 updates. Pending partner approval, if that’s required. -Rica
Hi. While we never share timing information, the Moto G7 Power is expected to receive the Android 10 updates. Pending partner approval, if that's required. -Rica
— motorolaus (@MotorolaUS) August 6, 2020
Whatever the case may be, users of Moto G7 Power on the Verizon carrier network will have to wait for some extended time before the Android 10 update hits their units. We will keep our eyes glued to any updates pushed regarding to this matter.