Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Start Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Update

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Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Start Receiving Android 8.1 Oreo Update

Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus users in India, Brazil, and Mexico are receiving the update

Highlights
  • Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were launched early last year
  • They are receiving the Android Oreo update now
  • Users in India, Brazil, and Mexico are receiving the update

Lenovo launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in India early last year, and at that time, they were running on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Now, the two phones are finally receiving the long overdue Android 8.1 Oreo update, and the first ones to receive it are users in India, Brazil, and Mexico. As for other regions, the company said that the update will start rolling out for them in the near future, but no exact timeline was announced.

To specify, the Moto G5 users in Mexico, and Moto G5 Plus users in India and Brazil are getting the Android 8.1 Oreo update. The announcement was made on the forums, and the moderator even said that the roll out is in a phased manner, and may not hit all smartphones immediately. "Hello everyone, I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting Oreo for your Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5. I'm happy to say that we've started rolling out the Oreo update in phases for the Moto G5 Plus in India and Brazil and the Moto G5 in Mexico. Please be patient as not all devices in India, Brazil, and Mexico will get the update immediately. Other regions are still pending and will get the update in the future," the spokesperson wrote on the forums.

The new Android 8.1 Oreo update brings along new features like adaptive icons, new Settings menu, Picture in Picture (PiP) mode, autofill APIs, new multi-tasking features, more efficient notification controls, improved data saver, battery features, new power menu UI and Bluetooth improvements. The update also brings along a host of bug fixes and stability improvements.

There is no word on when Android Oreo update is coming out for the Moto G5s series. Meanwhile, Motorola is now teasing the arrival of the Moto G6 Plus in India, with the launch event set for September 10. Motorola had announced the Moto G6 lineup in Brazil that included two other smartphones - Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play - both of which had already been launched in India in June.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Light and easy to grip
  • Stock Android Nougat
  • Decent camera
  • Image backups via Google Photos for two years
  • Bad
  • Heating issues
  • Average battery performance
Display 5.00-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
RAM 3GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2800mAh
OS Android 7.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Decent build quality
  • Turbo charging support
  • Near-stock Android Nougat experience
  • Quick fingerprint sensor
  • Bad
  • Heating issues
  • No LED indicator
  • Loudspeaker not very good
  • Low-light camera performance could be better
Display 5.20-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 7.0
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
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Further reading: Motorola, Lenovo, Android 8.1 Oreo
Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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