Motorola Oreo update: Android 8.0 OTA rolling out for Moto Z and Z2 Force under soak test program

motorola Oreo release date

Update [November 23, 2017]: Motorola would soon begin rolling out Oreo update as part of their soak test program in Brazil, where few users selected under the program would receive the Android 8.0 OTA on their Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force. The Oreo rollout under the soak test is limited to Brazil only, and its OTA is not yet available for download by users of other regions for manual installation.

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Motorola is always among one of the quickest Android OEMs to release the major Android OS update. We expect the record to remain unchallenged with Oreo rollout too, with their flagship device, the Moto Z2 Force, expected to become one of the first Android devices to get an Android 8.0 OTA.

Sure, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus, for whom Motorola specifically confirmed Oreo rollout to happen soon are in the line too, but the flagship device in Z2 Force should take center stage in first rollout of 8.0 from Motorola.

Motorola Android 8.0 update list

We would not be surprised to see Motorola get a place in a list of first three Android OEMs to release the Oreo update. Maybe their use of stock UI helps them, but it’s more so because they care about OS updates.

Here is a list of some popular Motorola devices that would and wouldn’t be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Device Oreo Update Eligibility Expected Release Date
Motorola Moto G4 Plus Eligible Q2 2018
Motorola Moto G5 Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto G5 Plus Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto G5S Eligible December 2017
Motorola Moto G5S Plus Eligible December 2017
Motorola Moto X4 Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto X4 Android One Eligible December 2017
Motorola Moto Z Eligible Q1 2018
(soak test is live)
Motorola Moto Z Force Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto Z2 Force Eligible Q1 2018
(soak test is live)
Motorola Moto Z Play Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto Z2 Play Eligible December 2017
Motorola Moto C Not eligible
Motorola Moto C Plus Not eligible
Motorola Moto E3 Not eligible
Motorola Moto E3 Power Not eligible
Motorola Moto E4 Not eligible
Motorola Moto E4 Plus Not eligible
Motorola Moto G4 Not eligible
Motorola Moto G4 Play Not eligible
Motorola Moto M Not eligible

Let’s talk these device in a bit detailed manner.

Moto Z2 Force Oreo update

Expected release date: December 2017 (Soak test is live from 22 Nov 2017)

Motorola has begun sending out email to its Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil about the soak test program as regards Android 8.0 Oreo update for the device. This is a massive development in Oreo release timeline, as this gives us an expected release date of Oreo for the Z2 Force users world over. Thanks to this, we can now expect the company to begin Oreo rollout for the public in US, Europe and Asia about a month from today.


Being Motorola’s premium offering, the Z2 Force Oreo should be released before any other Moto device in the market. Expect the Android 8.0 update to hit Moto Z2 Force before the end of November 2017, and we would expect the soak update to hit us before the end of October 2017.

The Oreo soak test could begin with US first, and could be followed in Brazil where Motorola enjoys strong liking for their phones. We will get you latest on this as and when news break out on this, along with download links of the Oreo Soak OTA and stable Oreo stable rollout once they become available.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Oreo update

Expected release date: December 2017 (Soak test is live from 22 Nov 2017)

Motorola will soon release the beta version of their 8.o update in Brazil for Moto Z users under soak test program. Soak test allows Motorola to collect feedback of its beta Oreo update, fix the bugs found, and prepare for a stable version of the update, all of which could take about a month. Hence, we can now expect Motorola to release Moto Z Oreo update for public, in Brazil as well as other regions, by the end of December 2017.


Both the Moto Z sets from last year are in contention for the Android 8.0 update. However when they receive it is what remains to be seen.

It’s easy to figure that Motorola would be interested in rolling out the Oreo update for their Z2 Force and other big launches of the year 2017: Moto G5, G5 Plus, G5S, G5S Plus, and Moto X4.

Moto Z2 Play update

Expected release date: December 2017

The Z2 Play is a very capable device that offers good performance and pretty looks at price that doesn’t go anywhere near breaking your bank.

While the Z2 Force remains the favorite to receive Oreo before any other device, the Z2 Play stands at second spot in the list of Motorola devices up for Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Moto Z Play update

Expected release date: Q1 2018

The original Moto Z from year 2016 should be receiving the update after Motorola is done with the rollout for the Moto Z2 Play that they released in 2017 — latter being the newer device would get the Oreo first.

However, the Android 8.0 should be rolled out for the 2016 Moto Z is due time, probably before the end of March 2018.

Moto X4 Oreo update

Expected release date: Q1 2018

Moto X4 is a solid smartphone in its own right, and even though it lacks the excitement that the original X had, it still is a good smartphone overall.

Motorola should be rolling out Oreo for the X4 sometime in Q1 2018, more so towards the end of quarter than beginning.

Moto X4 Android One Oreo update

Well, it would Google, not Motorola, that would release the Android 8.0 OS upgrade for the X4’s Android One edition, that is sold under the Google Fi project.

As this is an Android One we’re talking about, updates are nearly guaranteed to come in faster than usual, only behind the Pixel rollout. All in all, expect the Moto X4 Android One Oreo rollout to take place sometime in December 2017, if not earlier.

Moto M Oreo update

Expected release date: Not eligible.

Strangely enough, Motorola has struggled to update some of its devices to Nougat that deserved it very well. Moto M is one such device whose Nougat release on global level is still not happening, so it was no surprise when Motorola excluded the device under its list of devices that would get to see a day in Oreo.

The only way Moto M could run Android Oreo is via a custom ROM like LineageOS 15, which should become available for the device in stable form pretty soon.

Moto G5S and G5S Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: December 2017

Even before announcing their list of Android 8.0 devices, Motorola already confirmed that they plan to release the Oreo for Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. We think Motorola would be quick to roll out Android 8.0 for these two handsets, and chances of that happening in year 2017 itself are pretty good.

Even if there is not a stable release of Oreo in 2017, there should be a soak test for Moto G5S Oreo already undergoing by the time we are in December.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Q1 2018

We would have taken G5 and G5 Plus for granted Oreo release in Q4 2017 — on the basis that Moto G4 sets got Nougat during Q4 2016 — but because we have the S editions in the market of these two devices, the G5S and G5S Plus, the original G5 and G5 Plus sets would have to take a back seat.

But do not worry, the Oreo release shouldn’t take too much time for these two buddies either. Expect the G5 Oreo update to hit us sometime in Q1 2018, probably in February 2018.

Moto G4 Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Q2 2018

In its list of Oreo eligible devices, Motorola skipped the 8.0 update for G4 and G4 Plus. However, things changed quickly, at least for the G4 Plus. Users across the internet reminded them of their promise at the time of G4 Plus launch, that it would see both Android N (Nougat) and Android O (Oreo).

Motorola realized the mistake, and agreed to prepare an Android 8.0 software update for the G4 Plus.

Motorola devices not eligible for Oreo

Here’s a list of Motorola devices that won’t get Oreo 8.0 OTA.

  • Moto G
  • Moto G Turbo
  • Moto G2
  • Moto G3
  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Play
  • Moto E
  • Moto E2
  • Moto E3
  • Moto E4
  • Moto E4 Plus
  • Moto C
  • Moto C Plus
  • Moto X
  • Moto X2
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Pure
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Turbo
  • Moto M

Do let us know what you think about Motorola’s Oreo plans?

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