Motorola till now has rolled out the official Android 7.0 Nougat for two of its Moto handsets, the Moto Z and the fourth generation Moto G. Now it appears that the next smartphone from Motorola to receive the latest Android update is Moto X Play. According to a GFXbench leak, the smartphone will skip the Android 7.0 and in its place get the updated Android 7.1 Nougat OS soon. 

What should be exciting for the Moto X owners is the fact that GFXBench did not record an Android 7.0 build but the newer 7.1.1 version instead. Observers now believe that Moto X will skip 7.0, which is a prospect that is not too shabby at all.

To recall, the Google Pixel handsets are the first devices that have received Android 7.1.1. While it is mainly stock Android and fits within the Pixels' own understanding of the Android experience, then also it provides insights as to the features heading to other devices that are built by other OEMs.

The improvements in the latest OS include the re-emergence of the Apps Shortcuts. Android watchers know that this feature was briefly introduced in the Android Nougat beta program. This was previously scrapped but has now resurfaced with the latest update.

In general words, App Shortcuts follow the same concept behind the 3D Touch features in iOS. A user only needs to press and hold the app to access a list of actions. The App Shortcut lists five from what the user can choose.

Motorola has been usually speedy with providing Android updates to its users as its devices mostly have carried the stock version of the operating system.

Based on the leaks, the Moto X Play with the Android 7.1 possibly the only other-manufacturer device to get the update alongside the Nexus devices, reports BGR.

According to the TechTimes, there is still no information concerning the firmware's release date but the GFXBench sighting says that the Android 7.1.1 should be rolling out soon. Some even believe that other devices in the Moto X range such as the Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Moto X Pure, and Moto Z Play will also get the OTA update.