15 February 2019
It has been a really long wait spreading over one year but Motorola has finally released Moto G4 Plus Android 8.1 Oreo update. The update is getting released in the United States and should become available in other markets soon. Other than bringing a newer Android version, the update also brings December 2018 security patch.
It is an over the air (OTA) update which means you should be receiving an update notification anytime soon. The official changelog claims that the update further includes bug fixes and device stability improvements. If you are not seeing the update already, you can visit Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates to check for the update manually.
The Moto G4 Plus launched about three years ago with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. While it received Android Nougat upgrade as expected, the road for Android Oreo upgrade has not been a smooth one. Motorola initially decided to exclude the mid-range phone from the list of devices eligible for Oreo upgrade. This resulted in Moto G4 Plus users getting disappointed and the company receiving a lot of flak. As a result, Motorola eventually decided to release Oreo for the device but said that "it will take some time to fit it into our upgrade schedule since it is an unplanned upgrade“.
This explains why it took so long for the Moto G4 Plus to receive the upgrade. As far as the Moto G4 is concerned, there is no surety on when it will receive the update but we can expect it to be around the corner.
76.6 x 153 x 9.8 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
- 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
- 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM
- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage
- 16-megapixel rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus
- 5-megapixel front shooter with f/2.2 aperture
- 3000mAh battery