Motorola has been quite of a mixed bag when it comes to updates. Back when the company was owned by Google, they released a record-breaking Android 4.4 KitKat update, rolling it out to the Moto X and Moto G even before most other devices. With the Lenovo acquisition beginning 2015, things started to get progressively slower. After an acceptable Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop rollout and a relatively slow Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, the Android 7.0 Nougat update was surprisingly behind the competition. Earlier today, the Motorola support page started showing the devices which were going to get the Android 8.0 Oreo update, which was uploaded to AOSP some weeks back. And now we have an official statement on their official blog.
The Motorola phones officially getting the Android Oreo update are:
Moto Z Droid
Moto Z Force Droid
Moto Z Play
Moto Z Play Droid
Moto Z2 Play
Moto Z2 Force Edition
Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5S Plus
Just like last year, there are some odd omissions. For example, we are quite surprised to see that the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, Motorola’s budget offerings from last year, are not getting the Android Oreo update, especially after Motorola’s marketing material for both phones very explicitly said that the phones “will get upgraded to Android operating system versions N and O”. This is another case of phone manufacturers failing to deliver on their promises and Motorola has already done this, so it’s a huge letdown for those who bought the Moto G4 based on Moto’s update support. Earlier this year OnePlus did something similar, by cancelling the Android Nougat update for the OnePlus 2 and leaving it on Marshmallow after previously confirming that the phone was indeed getting it.
This isn’t unheard of Motorola. Last year, both the Moto G 2015 and the Moto E 2015 were prematurely dropped after Motorola confirmed the phones were not getting Android Nougat. And even then, the Moto E 2015 only received the Marshmallow update in select markets, notably excluding the US, effectively leaving the phone with only one minor update (Android 5.0.2 to Android 5.1). Some other 2016 and 2017 phones, like the Moto E3 and Moto E4 ranges, as well as the whole Moto C line (launched earlier this year), were also excluded from the Oreo roll out, leaving them with no update support whatsoever.
We are still not sure whether the rollout itself will be timely, but based on previous rollouts, we can expect the Moto Z2 and Moto X4 to get it around November-December, followed by the Moto G5 and G5S phones around January-February 2018. The last ones would be the Moto Z (first gen) line, which should roll out around May 2018 for the unlocked models and extend up to July-August 2018 for the Droid editions. This is just pure guessing based on previous rollouts, so don’t take those predictions as fact.
If your device is not getting the update, then you can break away from Motorola and install it unofficially as soon as it becomes stable, as most Moto phones actually have an outstanding developer community (despite their unwillingness to release sources in a timely manner). But it should be completely clear by now that you should avoid Motorola and Lenovo if you actually care about updates — or, at the very least, that you should not trust their word.