Motorola Oreo update: Moto X4 Android One gets Oreo 8.1 and March security patch

motorola Oreo release date

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 the first rollout of 8.0 from Motorola.

Check out the below for the latest news on Oreo update in each of the device sections.

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 Q1 2018
Motorola Moto G5S Plus Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto X4 Eligible Released on 28 Dec 2017
Motorola Moto X4 Android One Eligible Released on 23 Dec 2017 (Oreo 8.0)

Released on 15 March 2018 (Oreo 8.1)

Motorola Moto Z Eligible Released in Brazil
Motorola Moto Z Force Eligible Q1 2018
Motorola Moto Z2 Force Eligible Q1 2018 (outside the US); Released at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint
Motorola Moto Z Play Eligible 2nd Beta available in Brazil (February 24, 2018)
Motorola Moto Z2 Play Eligible Q1 2018
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

Moto Z2 Force Oreo update

Released at Verizon (Dec 23), T-Mobile (Dec 29), AT&T (Feb 23) and Sprint (Feb 20) in the USA. Global release expected in January 2018.

Sprint is the last of the four major U.S. carriers to roll out Android Oreo to the Moto Z2 Force. It all started with Verizon back in 2017 and T-Mobile wasn’t far behind. After close to two months of waiting, AT&T finally rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Moto Z2 Force. The update came with software version OCX27.109-47 and also installed the latest security patches.

Despite the long wait, Sprint users of the Moto Z2 Force are finally getting the Oreo dessert, which comes with software version OCX27.109-48 and installs February’s security patches.

Moto Z and Moto Z Force Oreo update

Soak test begins in Brazil on December 23, 2017. Global release expected in March 2018.

Update [February 24, 2018]: There’s a new update rolling out to the Moto Z in Brazil. Like the previous version that rolled out towards the end of last year, Motorola is seeding a beta version of Android Oreo to the 2016 handset.

This is the second soak test to be released in the South American market, which Motorola has always been fond of when it comes to rolling out updates. In addition to performance improvements and bug fixes, the update also installs a new Moto Launcher that takes over from Google Now launcher as well as this month’s Android security patch.

Update [December 23, 2017]: Motorola Moto Z is now receiving the Android Oreo update in Brazil, as software version OPL27.75. After giving users a test build as part of soak test program, the stable Oreo update has begun rolling out in Brazil.


Moto Z2 Play update

Expected release date: February 2017

The first beta Oreo update for the Moto Z2 Play is now live in Brazil, confirmed at ALBUS carrier. The Android 8.0 for Z2 Play is available under the soak test and is rolling out as version OPS27.74.


Moto Z Play update

Expected release date: Q1 2018

The original Moto Z from the 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 in due time, probably before the end of March 2018.

Moto X4 Oreo update

Released on December 28, 2017, in India. Global release expected in January 2018.

Motorola has begun seeding the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Moto X4 sets in India. The update arrives as software version OPW27.2, and also brings the latest monthly security patch, December 2017. As it’s a pretty big update, we would recommend you to connect your device to Wi-Fi, and then check for the ‘system update’ under Settings > About phone.


Moto X4 Android One Oreo update

Released on December 24, 2017.

Google has released the Android Oreo update for the Motorola Moto X4 Android One edition that is available on Google’s own Project Fi program. The Android 8.0 build arrives as version OPW27.1, and you can check for it under Settings > About phone > System updates.

As of March 15, 2018, Android 8.1 Oreo is rolling out to Moto X4 Android One variant in the U.S. The update comes with software version OPW28.46-3, which also installs March Android security patch.


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 the global level is still not happening, so it was no surprise when Motorola excluded it 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: Q1 2018

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 the update should be expected to roll out sometime in February 2018, but give or take few weeks from that, and a reasonable guess for the global release of Moto G5S and G5S Plus would be Q1 2018.

As on December 29, 2017, there have been no signs of a soak test for the Moto G5S Android 8.0 update. Which tells us that we’re easily more than a few weeks away from the release.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus Oreo update

Expected release date: Q1 2018

Motorola was quick to update the Moto G4 sets to Nougat last year, which happened before the year came to close. On that basis alone, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect the Oreo from Motorola for the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus handsets before the end of December 2017, but things have changed this year, for worse.

December has gone past, and there has been no news of the Oreo update for the Moto G5 and G5 Plus handsets, let alone a soak test. We expect the Android Oreo OTA to hit these devices sometime in Q1 2018, either along with or after the G5S Oreo rollout.

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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