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.
October 31, 2019: Motorola may not be at the top of the food chain in terms of units sold, but the company sure knows how to keep its devices updated. November hasn’t even kicked off and Motorola has already announced the November 2019 security patch for the Moto E5 and E5 Plus. The update should go live in the coming weeks.
October 29, 2019: Still a couple of days to burn in October, and Motorola has already shared the release notes for an upcoming update. Going through Motorola’s announcement, the update only seems like a routine security release, which would bump up Moto E5 Play’s security patch to November 2019.
October 14, 2019: One of the biggest telecom companies in the US, Sprint, has started rolling out an update for the Moto E5 Play. The OTA carries software version OCPS27.91-140-14 and brings the October 2019 security patch.
October 11, 2019: The Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Play Prepaid edition are receiving October update at Verizon. The software version of the update for the E5 is ODPS27.91-167-9-3, while that for the prepaid edition is ODPS27.91-121-16-1. To manually grab the October update, open the Settings app and then tap About phone > System updates.
September 30, 2019: Motorola has announced the October security update for the Moto E5 Play. It’s only a routine update, which simply bumps up the device’s security patch to October 2019. The update hasn’t started rolling out yet but is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
September 27, 2019: The September update is now rolling out for the Verizon Moto E5 Go as version OPPS28.151-22-5-6.
September 07, 2019: The E5 play at Verizon is receiving an update that carries August 2019 security patch, coming in as version ODP27.91-121-16. The update began rolling out on September 3rd.
August 29, 2019: Motorola has announced the September security update for the Moto E5 and E5 Plus. The OTA will only update the devices’ security patch to September 2019 and won’t pack any extra features.
August 29, 2019: Motorola has announced an update for Moto E5 Play. The OTA improves overall call functionality and updates the device’s security patch to August 2019.
August 27, 2019: August Motorola has announced the September security update for Moto E5 Play. The OTA will only update the device’s security patch to September 2019 and won’t introduce any new features.
August 15, 2019: Motorola has announced the August update for the E5 Play. Though, we presume it is for the unlocked model only as no specific model was mentioned.
August 05, 2019: Verizon has started rolling out an update for the Moto E5 Go edition. Carrying software version OPPS28.151-22-5-4, it updates the device’s security patch to July 2019.
July 29, 2019: Verizon is rolling out an update for the Moto E5 Play Prepaid. The OTA carries software version ODP27.91-121-14 and brings the June 2019 security patch.
Moto E5 Play Android 10 update
HEre’s everything you need to know about the Moto E5 Play’s Android 10 update.
Will Moto E5 Play get Android 10?
Well, nope. Even the Moto E6 won’t get Android 10. Motorola doesn’t update its budget Android devices with even a single OS update. So, the E5 stays at Android 8.0 Oreo, it didn’t get Android 9 Pie and it won’t get Android 10. This applies to all the variants of the E5 Play, including those at Sprint and Verizon.
Moto E5 Play Android 10 custom ROMs
Even if an OEM doesn’t provide the latest OS update, you can still have that update via a custom ROM, IF available. yes, a lot depends on the development support for the device. If the device is popular and enjoys good support by devs, then its chances of getting a good, stable Android 10 ROM is better than not.
As of September 07, 2019, there is no Android 10 based custom ROM available for the E5 Play.
Motorola Moto E5 Android 9 Pie update
- Android Pie is a no-no!
On the same reasons stated above as to why E5 Play won’t get Android 10 update, Android it isn’t getting Android Pie either.
Unlocked Moto E5/E5 Plus
|31 Oct 2019||NA||November 2019 security patch announced|
Unlocked Moto E5 Play
|29 Oct 2019||NA||November 2019 security patch announced|
|30 Sep 2019||NA||October 2019 security patch announced|
|27 Aug 2019||NA||September 2019 security patch|
|15 Aug 2019||NA||August 2019 security patch|
|18 Jun 2019||NA||June 2019 security patch|
Sprint Moto E5 Play
|14 Oct 2019||OCPS27.91-140-14 | Android 8.0||October 2019 security patch|
|13 May 2019||OCP27.91-140-8 | Android 8.0||April 2019 security patch and bug fixes|
|25 Feb 2019||OCPS27.91-140-6 | Android 8.0||February 2019 security patch and bug fixes|
Verizon Moto E5 Play
|10 Oct 2019||ODPS27.91-167-9-3 | Android 8.0||ott 2019 security patch|
|03 Sep 2019||ODP27.91-121-16 | Android 8.0||August 2019 security patches|
|29 July 2019||ODP27.91-167-9 | Android 8.0||June 2019 security patch|
|10 May 2019||ODPS27.91-167-6 | Android 8.0||April 2019 security patch|
|01 Mar 2019||ODPS27.91-167-4 | Android 8.0||February 2019 security patch|
|16 Jan 2019||ODPS27.91-167-1 | Android 8.0||December 2018 security patch|
Verizon Moto E5 Play (Prepaid)
|10 Oct 2019||ODPS27.91-121-16-1 | Android 8.0||October 2019 security patch|
|29 July 2019||ODP27.91-121-14 | Android 8.0||June 2019 security patch|
|13 May 2019||ODPS27.91-121-10 | Android 8.0||April 2019 security patch|
|01 Mar 2019||ODPS27.91-121-8 | Android 8.0||February 2019 security patch|
|16 Jan 2019||ODPS27.91-121-4 | Android 8.0||December 2018 security patch|
|31 Oct 2018||ODPS27.91-121-2 | Android 8.0||October 2018 security patch|
|17 Sep 2018||ODP27.91-121 | Android 8.0||August 2018 security patch, Bluetooth service fix, and more|
|01 Aug 2018||ODPS27.91-24-2-3 | Android 8.0||July 2018 security patch|
|19 Apr 2018||Pre-installed||NA|
Verizon Moto E5 Go
|24 Sep 2019||OPPS28.151-22-5-6 | Android 8.1||Up to September 2019 security patch|
|05 Aug 2019||OPPS28.151-22-5-4 | Android 8.1||July 2019 security patch|
|13 Jun 2019||OPP28.151-22-5 | Android 8.1||May 2019 security patch|
|10 May 2019||OPPS28.151-22-2 | Android 8.1||February 2019 security patch|
|25 Jan 2019||OPP28.151-22 | Android 8.1||January 2019 security patch|
Motorola Moto E5 Android security updates
If 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 series 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.
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