Motorola Moto E5 update: Verizon rolling out a new update to Play variant

Moto E5 Plus

Motorola was in Brazil on April 19 to launch its first handsets of the year – the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series. While the line between the two groups has become even more blurry, they still have their own differences, especially on matters of software updates, which is what this page is about.

As usual, the selling point of the Moto E5 and E5 Plus is the battery life/capacity, where you get massive 4000mAh and 5000mAh units in the pair, respectively. Like the G series, the E5 trio, including the Moto E5 Play, comes preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, which is great but not unexpected. However, the disappointing part, like it has always been the case with previous Moto E series phones beginning with the third-generation model, there won’t be many software updates directed towards the Moto E5 series.

Moto E5 Android 9 Pie update

  • Android Pie is a no-no!

Moto-E5-Plus-2At the launch event in Brazil, Motorola promised that all three Moto G6 handsets will receive one major OS upgrade in the shape of Android 9 Pie. The company also promised that the trio of devices will not receive monthly security updates, rather, these updates will be rolled out after intervals of between 60 and 90 days.


Also read: These phones will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie


Apparently, the whole story isn’t the same when it comes to the Moto E5 family. Here, there is no promise of Android Pie for any of the three phones. As noted earlier, it’s nothing strange that the Moto E5 range will not receive any major OS upgrade. This has been happening since the Moto E3, which came preinstalled with Marshmallow and never made it to Nougat.

Sorry folks!

Moto E5 security updates

Moto-E5-PlayIf you can’t give us a new OS, at least give us monthly security updates, right? Well, not according to Motorola. Apparently, the Lenovo-owned company says that Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play will not receive security updates on a monthly basis, rather, they will be rolled out after 60 to 90 days.

To be fair, this isn’t new in the world of Android. Many OEMs do this with their older flagship phones or new entry-level to midrange devices, where they roll out security patches after 2-3 months. Well, it happens that the Moto E5 family falls in one of these categories – new entry-level devices.


Related: Moto G6 Play: 6 things you should know


Software update timeline

Moto E5

Date Software version Changelog
19 Apr 2018 Pre-installed NA

Moto E5 Plus

Date Software version Changelog
19 Apr 2018 Pre-installed NA

Moto E5 Play (Verizon)

Date Software version Changelog
18 Sep 2018 ODP27.91-121 | Android 8.0 August 2018 security patch, Bluetooth service fix, and more
1 Aug 2018 ODPS27.91-24-2-3 | Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch
19 Apr 2018 Pre-installed NA


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