Motorola has changed the pace: it used to be a champion of updates and it was difficult to skip one. Now, many of its mid-range or low-end devices are still anchored in older versions of Android, such as Android Nougat. This is changing, and that is the Moto G5 and G5 Plus are receiving Android 8.1 Oreo.
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Motorola's G5 and G5 Plus are receiving the latest version of Android Oreo
This has been confirmed by a Lenovo worker from their own forums, and they have also echoed it on Reddit. We talked about the possible update to Oreo of the Moto G4, and it is not surprising; Motorola has always been synonymous with brand concerned about updates and seems to want to catch up on updates.
Unfortunately, this update that has already begun its deployment will be launched first in countries related to the company, such as China, Brazil, Mexico and India. In fact, they have not given a date for the update in Europe and the rest of the countries, but they have told us to be patient and wait.
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What does this news imply then for the user of a Moto G5 currently in Europe? Good news: This phone will be safely updated to Android 8.1 Oreo. It may take more or less, but these 2 models will not stay in Android Nougat and will receive their cookie ration. And I could not get happier, since they are two good devices that deserve this update.
This update will be received via OTA, and will presumably weigh heavily. Therefore, we recommend you to be aware of the settings of your Moto to know if you miss the update and above all: Do not use your data to download it. If not, it could be a good opportunity to restore it as standard and make a clean installation, although that is at your discretion.