Motorola rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for Moto G5 and G5 Plus

By | 7th September 2018

The Moto G5 Plus lying face-up on a table.

  • Motorola is updating the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus to Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • The update is rolling out in India, Brazil, and Mexico with more regions to follow.
  • Though they’re still within the two-year release window, it isn’t clear whether they will receive Android Pie later.


Motorola is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. A member of the Lenovo forums revealed the news yesterday (via Phone Arena) and provided some details on which locations the update is headed to.

Deployment is beginning in India and Brazil for the Moto G5 Plus and in Mexico for the Moto G5. The Moto team member also said further regions would see the update in future, but they didn’t reveal specific countries or release timelines.

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The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were released in March and April 2017 respectively running Android 7.0 Nougat. Given the typical 24-month Android smartphone life-cycle, these should be due for the Android 9.0 Pie update too. However, considering the time taken for this update to roll out, I wouldn’t hold my breath for another major update.

In related news, it appears Motorola is also now accepting beta testers for the Moto G4 Plus Oreo update in Brazil. We may be in for even more Motorola updates in the build-up to Christmas.

As with most of these updates, Oreo for the Moto G5 and G5 Plus will roll out in stages; you may have to wait a week or so to see it on your handset.