Thursday, November 23, 2017

Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details

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Motorola recently confirmed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for multiple smartphones and today we want to go over everything we know so far. This is the latest information about software updates to the Moto Z, Moto Z2, Moto G5, and more. Including the first Oreo beta for Motorola Feedback Network members.

Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update arrived in August and it’s available now for Nexus and Pixel devices. In the coming months, the Android Oreo upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung.

Read: What’s New in Android Oreo

In total, Motorola confirmed Android O for 10 of its most popular smartphones. Additionally, this 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 and below are all the details.

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 will see Android Oreo 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 was not included in this first list.

Yes, it’s possible phones like the Moto G4 will see an update, but we don’t know when. Typically Google requires a company to support devices for at least 18 months. So while this could change, we’ll have to wait and see.

Read: 20 Best Moto Mods for the Moto Z

Furthermore, any phone from the list 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.

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. Fall begins on September 22nd and continues into December.

This means that Motorola can technically release Android 8.0 Oreo anytime in October, November, or even early December and hit its goal. Additionally, the company said “starting” this fall, not necessarily before fall comes to a close. That’s likely because carrier models need additional network testing before the update is released to the public.

However, the first Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now available for users with the Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force. We’re seeing the beta for both devices in Brazil, although others regions should quickly follow.

This is good news as it shows Motorola and Lenovo are busy working on the update, and already confident enough to send out beta tests in the real world. If this is any indication, the Moto Z and Z2 Force could see Oreo before the end of the year, or sooner.

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.

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.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

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.

What’s Next?

For now, we’ll just have to sit back and wait for more information 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 information on each phone as the process continues.

It’s also worth stating that in Google’s already testing Android 8.1 Oreo for select devices. The official Android 8.1 Oreo update is coming sometime in December, but most Motorola owners will get 8.0 Oreo first. Stay tuned for more details.

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