Motorola’s Android Oreo Update List Is Disappointing
Last week, Motorola announced the list of their smartphones set to receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Usually, these update official announcements are the cause for celebration but for the Moto family, not so much. How come? Because Motorola’s update plans include a narrow family of devices. When Motorola originally made the announcement, theMoto G4 from 2016 was not on the list. This is despite the Moto G4 Plus being promised software updates to Android N and Android O. However, on Monday, September 18, Motorola changed their mind and explained that their standard practice was to provide the Moto G family with one software update, but a marketing error meant that customers were promised two updates for the Moto G4 Plus. Motorola are partially honouring their original promise: the Moto G4 Plus will be receiving the update to Android Oreo after all.
Let’s write about the other good news. The Moto Z and Moto Z2 families are set to receive the update to Android Oreo. These are expensive, premium devices and we would expect no less. Added to this list is the recently-announced Moto X4, and the Moto G5 and Moto G5S families (including the standard and “Plus” model). Motorola writes that individual carrier models may or may not receive the update, but this will depend on the carrier. More about this later.
The Motorola Moto C, announced earlier this year as Motorola’s (new) budget device, isn’t on the list. Nor are any of the Moto E family of devices, and as I’ve already written, most Moto G4 models from last year. Motorola aren’t bothering to update the less expensive devices. Only these less expensive devices are just as capable of running the new platform as the more expensive models, so Motorola’s decision must be based on not wanting to invest money to support older devices. Not that the Moto G4 is all that old.
For Google’s monthly security patches, Motorola said last year that it would not be supporting these but instead would be rolling these up into more substantial software updates. This of course defeats the point and purpose of the monthly security patches. And then there’s the carrier model issue, too. Does anybody remember how the capable 2014 Moto X was (officially) locked down to Android 5.1 Lollipop on the AT&T and Verizon carriers, where other devices received an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow? This is because the carriers, for one reason or another, decided not to permit the software update.
Motorola’s original Moto X and Moto G were amongst the best devices of their time – and were kept up to date by Motorola. Roll forward four years, and how Motorola have changed. Today, if you want an inexpensive device running near-stock software, and is kept up to date, Nokia is looking like a decent choice.