May 20, 2019: Motorola U.S. has published release notes for May 2019 security patch for the Moto E5 Plus. The update will also install bug fixes and stability improvements when it arrives.
May 16, 2019: It seems Sprint also has a ready update for the Moto E5 Play. The update is arriving as version OCP27.91-140-8 and installs a new security patch that Sprint doesn’t specify, although we believe its the same one as Verizon Wireless – April 2019.
May 14, 2019: Verizon has new updates for the two Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Go editions that it says install February 2019 security patches, but we think its a typo that should ready April 2019 security patch given the previous updates came with February patches (let us know once you receive the update). The OTA updates have versions ODPS27.91-167-6 and OPPS28.151-22-2 respectively and started rolling out a few days ago, so you should have received the download notification by now.
As for the prepaid version, the update is arriving as version ODPS27.91-121-10.
May 09, 2019: Motorola U.S. has published release notes for April 2019 security patches for the Moto E5 Go and Moto E5 Play editions. The devices last got updates a while ago and going by Motorola’s words that the Moto E5 will only be updated after 60-90 days, it makes sense that the company is lining up April security patches.
The rollout should begin pretty soon, although we can’t give you a specific date at the moment.
Original article below:
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.
Software update timeline
Sprint Moto E5 Play (Standard Edition)
|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 (Standard Edition)
|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 Edition)
|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|
Moto E5 Go (Verizon)
|10 May 2019||OPPS28.151-22-2 | Android 8.1||April 2019 security patch|
|25 Jan 2019||OPP28.151-22 | Android 8.1||January 2019 security patch|
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.
Android 9 Pie update
- Android Pie is a no-no!
At 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.
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.
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