Motorola recently delivered the Android 8.0 Oreo update for select smartphones and now more devices are getting the new software as 2018 continues. Here we’ll go over everything Moto owners need to know. This is the latest info about updates to the Moto Z, Moto Z2 Force, Moto G4, X4, G5, and more. Including new beta tests and more.
Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update arrived in August followed by another update to Android 8.1 in December. And while Motorola is quick to deliver updates for some devices, others are still awaiting its arrival. Most notably older devices or carrier models.
In total, Motorola confirmed Android O for 10 of its most popular smartphones. Additionally, that announcement is very telling as to what devices might not get an update. That said, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect as 2018 continues. Here are all the details we have thus far.
Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Updates
On the official Motorola Blog, the company debuted a list of 10 devices that will get Android 8.0 Oreo first. These are the phones that will get priority, but that doesn’t mean others won’t get added at a later date.
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Droid
- Moto Z Force Droid
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Play Droid
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto Z2 Force Edition
- Moto X4
- Moto G5
- Moto G5 Plus
- Moto G5s
- Moto G5s Plus
There are more than 10 listed, but in total 10 Motorola phone families have Android Oreo now, or will soon. Essentially we see Motorola’s most recent smartphones and last years flagship Moto Z. That’s about it though. The entire Moto G4 family is just over a year old and didn’t make this list. Furthermore, the Moto G4 Play received Android 7.1.1 Nougat in January 2018. Yes, that’s over 13 months late. It will not get an update to Oreo, unfortunately.
Furthermore, any phone from the list above that’s available from carriers has an asterisk that states “pending carrier approval”. Like the Moto Z2 Force DROID from Verizon Wireless. This means unlocked phones will see Oreo first, while carrier models may take longer.
However, the AT&T Moto Z2 Force finally received Android Oreo near the end of February. If you own the AT&T model expect Android 8.0 with the January security patch before the end of the month. Then, unlocked devices like the Moto X4 got Android 8.0 Oreo recently, and that includes the Android One version on Project Fi.
Motorola Android 8.0 Release Date
Another gray area on software updates is the release date. Motorola confirmed this list will get Android 8.0 Oreo starting “this fall” but that’s it. A few received updates during “fall” but we’re now it’s almost March of 2018 and things remain largely unchanged. It’s almost like Android manufacturers are getting worse with updates, not better.
The only phone that received a lot of support is the Moto Z2 Force. The Moto Z2 Force on Verizon and T-Mobile both received Oreo before the end of 2017. With updates rolling out on December 22nd for Verizon, and December 29th for T-Mobile. Then, two months later in February, the AT&T model.
Additionally, beta tests for multiple other devices are underway in Brazil and select other regions.
We expected both the Moto Z and the Z2 to get Oreo before the end of the year, but that isn’t going to happen. Instead, the Moto Z2 Force started things off, and most owners will have to wait a little longer for updates. Still, Motorola is beating most other manufacturers to Oreo.
So, essentially a wide array of Motorola’s recent flagship smartphones will get Android 8.0 Oreo within the next few months. As soon as we have more information on a release date or the fate of the Moto G4, we’ll update with all the details. Either way, expect more updates in March-April.
What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo
There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Motorola specifically highlighted some of the most exciting aspects. Confirming Moto smartphone owners will enjoy “faster speeds, longer battery life, split-screen capabilities, smart text selection, improved notifications, autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords, and of course, the all-new Google Play Protect, helping to ensure none of your apps become compromised.”
The bundled notifications are easier to manage, and picture-in-picture mode is a welcomed new feature as well. Here’s a bigger list of new features in Android O that weren’t detailed by Google or Motorola.
Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. Basically, expect a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications and all kinds of small tweaks. As an added bonus, Motorola uses a pretty stock version of Android. This means there aren’t any major changes to make, which should mean the update will arrive sooner than later.
Additionally, expect software improvements, bug fixes specific to each Moto device, and other changes along with the upgrade to Oreo.
For now, we’ll just have to sit back and wait for more details from Motorola and its partnering carriers. However, you can head to Motorola’s software upgrade help website for more information about your specific device. This will have the latest info on each phone as the process continues.
It’s also worth stating that Google already released Android 8.1 Oreo. That isn’t what you’ll get on your Motorola phone though. Most updates will be Android 8.0 Oreo with the latest security patches, improvements, and other small changes. Google will likely debut Android P before you get Android 8.1 Oreo. Again, we’ll update this post with more information as we continue in 2018, and when we hear from Motorola.