Motorola recently delivered the Android 8.0 Oreo update for select smartphones and now more devices are getting the new software as 2018 marches ahead. 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.
Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update arrived in August followed by another update to Android 8.1 in December 2017. 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 last year. Additionally, that announcement also explains what devices might not get an update. That said, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect as summer nears. 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.
We’re now nearing the end of May 2018, 9 months after Oreo got released, and the Moto Z just started getting the update. Carrier models are still waiting. Keep in mind that any phone from the list above available from carriers has an asterisk that states “pending carrier approval”. Like the Moto Z from Verizon. This means unlocked phones will see Oreo first, while carrier models may take longer.
The AT&T Moto Z2 Force finally received Android Oreo near the end of February, and we saw others in March and April. Then, unlocked devices like the Moto X4 got Android 8.0 Oreo recently, and that includes the Android One version on Project Fi. The Moto Z Android 8.0 update is available as of May 21st, but it’s using March security patches.
Motorola Android 8.0 Release Date
Another gray area on software updates is the release date. Motorola originally 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 into May and only a few are on the latest software. It’s almost like Android manufacturers are getting worse with updates, not better.
That said, a lot of Moto Z2 devices received Oreo, and the company is still actively working on beta tests in the US, Brazil, Spain and other regions. Updates are coming, we’re just not sure when.
So, essentially a wide array of Motorola’s recent flagship smartphones will get Android 8.0 Oreo within the next few months. We’re expecting some sort of information about software changes for the Moto G4 too.
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. Like this page for the older Moto Z.
It’s also worth stating that Google already released Android 8.1 Oreo and the beta for Android P. 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. What’s actually next though, is Android P, which will be released in August or September.
In closing, we’ll update this post with more information as we continue through 2018, or when we hear more from Motorola. Get ready for Android 8.0 Oreo for the Moto Z, and other Moto Z models.