Moto G4 Plus will get upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo after all

When the Moto G4 Plus was being marketed ahead of its launch, Motorola pointed out that the device would receive not only an update to Android Nougat but also Android O (now known as Oreo).

Unfortunately, it looks like Motorola ran into some errors with the marketing back then, because according to the company, the Moto G series is meant to only get one major software upgrade. For the Moto G4 Plus, that meant it was supposed to see the update to Android Nougat and stop there.

When Motorola released their list of devices that would be getting the Android O upgrade, the Moto G4 Plus wasn’t on the list. Over on Reddit, some people posted their grievances, pointing out that Motorola promised that the Moto G4 Plus would get the Android Oreo upgrade, but now it looked like they wouldn’t be keeping that promise.

Now Motorola says that it will make things right:

“Since the time of posting this, we have learned of some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for moto g4 Plus. It’s our general practice for the moto g family to get one major OS upgrade per device, so it wasn’t originally planned for Android O. But it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading moto g4 Plus to Android O. Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit into our schedule, we’ll update our software upgrade page when we have more info.”

So Motorola is confirming now that the Moto G4 Plus is on the upgrade path to Android Oreo, but it may take a bit more time to send out when compared to the handsets that already made the list.

If you own a G4 Plus, are you happy with the upgrade plans?

Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details

Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Motorola recently confirmed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for multiple smartphones and today we want to go over everything we know so far. This is the latest information about software updates to the Moto Z, Moto Z2, Moto G5, and more.

Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update arrived in August and it’s available now for Nexus and Pixel devices. In the coming months, the Android Oreo upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

Read: What’s New in Android Oreo

In total, Motorola confirmed Android O for 10 of its most popular smartphones. Additionally, this announcement is very telling as to what devices might not get an update. That said, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect and below are all the details.

Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Updates

On the official Motorola Blog, the company debuted a list of 10 devices that will get Android 8.0 Oreo first. These are the phones that will get priority, but that doesn’t mean others won’t get added at a later date.

  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Moto Z2 Play
  • Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Moto X4
  • Moto G5
  • Moto G5 Plus
  • Moto G5s
  • Moto G5s Plus

There are more than 10 listed, but in total 10 Motorola phone families will see Android Oreo soon. Essentially we see Motorola’s most recent smartphones and last years flagship Moto Z. That’s about it though. The entire Moto G4 family is just over a year old and was not included in this first list.

Yes, it’s possible phones like the Moto G4 will see an update, but we don’t know when. Typically Google requires a company to support devices for at least 18 months. So while this could change, we’ll have to wait and see.

Read: 20 Best Moto Mods for the Moto Z

Furthermore, any phone from the list that’s available from carriers has an asterisk that states “pending carrier approval”. Like the Moto Z2 Force DROID from Verizon Wireless. This means unlocked phones will see Oreo first, while carrier models may take longer.

Motorola Android 8.0 Release Timeframe

Another gray area on software updates is the release date. Motorola confirmed this list will get Android 8.0 Oreo starting “this fall” but that’s it. Fall begins on September 22nd and continues into December.

This means that Motorola can technically release Android 8.0 Oreo anytime in October, November, or even early December and hit its goal. Additionally, the company said “starting” this fall, not necessarily before fall comes to a close. That’s likely because carrier models need additional network testing before the update is released to the public.

So, essentially a wide array of Motorola’s recent flagship smartphones will get Android 8.0 Oreo within the next few months. As soon as we have more information on a release date or the fate of the Moto G4, we’ll update with all the details.

What’s New in Android 8.0 Oreo

There are lots of new Android O features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Motorola specifically highlighted some of the most exciting aspects. Confirming Moto smartphone owners will enjoy “faster speeds, longer battery life, split-screen capabilities, smart text selection, improved notifications, autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords, and of course, the all-new Google Play Protect, helping to ensure none of your apps become compromised.”

The bundled notifications are easier to manage, and picture-in-picture mode is a welcomed new feature as well. Here’s a bigger list of new features in Android O that weren’t detailed by Google or Motorola.

Some of what’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo

Here is a detailed list explaining some of the many new features. Basically, expect a faster experience with dynamic icons, smarter notifications and all kinds of small tweaks. As an added bonus, Motorola uses a pretty stock version of Android. This means there aren’t any major changes to make, which should mean the update will arrive sooner than later.

Additionally, expect software improvements, bug fixes specific to each Moto device, and other changes along with the upgrade to Oreo.

What’s Next?

For now, we’ll just have to sit back and wait for more information from Motorola and its partnering carriers. However, you can head to Motorola’s software upgrade help website for more information about your specific device. This will have the latest information on each phone as the process continues.

It’s also worth stating that in October Google will release two new Pixel phones running Android 8.0.1 or even Android 8.1 Oreo. Motorola will either release Android 8.0 for devices as it becomes ready or delay updates to deliver the latest version possible. Stay tuned for more details.

Motorola Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

OnePlus 3 gets Oreo in closed beta, public beta could open this month

It looks like OnePlus is trying to be first out of the gate with an Oreo update.

According to Android Police, based on an anonymous tip from an alleged beta-tester, the Shenzhen-based company is currently testing Android 8.0 Oreo on the OnePlus 3. The test is part of a private, closed beta program, as opposed to the open beta program that OnePlus offers to everyone who’s interested.

Read: OnePlus 3/3T update tracker

As you would expect so soon after the official release of Android 8, this initial beta build is said to be unstable and incomplete. The communication stack is particularly buggy, with “nonfunctional NFC, buggy Wi-Fi, unstable hotspot, and wonky Bluetooth.”

OnePlus told testers that it hopes to have a stable beta by mid-September – in just one week! – followed by the opening of the public beta by the end of the month. That’s an extremely ambitious timeline and we wouldn’t be surprised if OnePlus failed to abide by it. Still, if the tip turns out to be accurate, OnePlus deserves a kudos for working hard to get Oreo out in record time.

For reference, the first Nougat open beta for the OnePlus 3 was launched on November 30, 2016. The stable update started rolling out on the last day of the year, according to our trusty Nougat update tracker.

It’s interesting that OnePlus appears to be working on the OnePlus 3’s Oreo update, and not the souped-up 3T or the new OnePlus 5. It’s possible that development is underway for all three devices, but only the OnePlus 3 has leaked out so far.

In the past, the company got heavy flak over the way it handled Android updates, mainly for ditching Nougat for the OnePlus 2 (and refusing to admit it for months) and the belated release of Marshmallow for the OnePlus X. Perhaps OnePlus is trying to clean up its image?

OnePlus previously said that Oreo would be the last major update for the OnePlus 3/3T.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus to confirm the leaked timeline and we’ll keep you posted.

Android 8.0 Oreo update roundup: factory images and OTAs are here

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard by now that Google recently announced the next major version of Android, 8.0 Oreo.

While Google was pretty vague about when exactly this new Android version would roll out, it looks like we didn’t have to wait that long. Over-the-air updates began rolling out to compatible Pixel and Nexus devices within a few minutes, factory images for those with unlocked bootloaders appeared now long after, and now a week later it looks like the OTA files are being posted too.

If you happen to own a Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, or Nexus 5X, and don’t mind doing a bit of dirty work, you’ve come to the right place. We’re rounding up all the Android 8.0 Oreo factory image and OTA file links we can get our hands on.

Below you’ll find a list of Android Oreo factory images and OTA files for all recent Pixel and Nexus devices. We’ll be sure to keep this list up to date with links as soon as they show up, so keep checking back if your update isn’t here yet!

Before you get stuck in, it’s worth noting that there are a two different Oreo builds for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones at the moment. Bell, Telus, Telstra, TMO, Sprint, USCC, or Rogers/Fido customers will want version OPR6.170623.011, while all other carrier options should use build number OPR6.170623.012. I should also point out that the Nexus 6P factory image won’t work with US Cellular yet, and the OTA is also not designed for use with T-Mobile, US Cellular, or Fi.

Android 8.0 Oreo factory images

Android 8.0 Oreo OTA files

If you’ve never flashed a factory image or OTA file manually, we suggest proceeding with caution. It’s easy to mess things up, so be sure to check out our guide for instructions on how to install Android Oreo on your device.

See also:
How to flash Android Oreo on your Nexus or Pixel

How to flash Android Oreo on your Nexus or Pixel

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HTC Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details (2017)

HTC Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details (2017) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

HTC recently confirmed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for multiple devices and today we want to go over everything we know so far. This is the latest information on HTC Android Oreo updates for the HTC 10, HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and more.

Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally rolling out after months of beta testing, but so far it’s only available for Nexus and Pixel devices. In the coming months, the Android Oreo upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

Read: What’s New in Android Oreo

HTC isn’t saying too much yet, although the company did share some key details on Twitter as it continues to work behind the scenes for the upcoming release. That said, we have a good idea of what to expect based on the latest news and recent HTC Android Nougat updates.

HTC Android Oreo Release Date

Let’s start with a few things we know about the HTC Android Oreo release date, and potential devices that will get it first. Then, we’ll share important information about what to expect.

During Google’s Android O announcement the search giant promised updates to the latest software before the end of the year for many of its partners. They included HTC in this list but that doesn’t necessarily mean HTC will push the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo this year.

However, a few days later HTC confirmed the update for three of its latest smartphones. Sharing a small list of supported devices and stating that more information is coming soon.

This confirms the HTC Android Oreo update for the popular HTC U11, U Ultra and the older HTC 10 from 2016. However, the company didn’t share an actual release date. Instead, they’re telling owners that more information is coming soon.

In 2016 HTC was one of the first to deliver the Android 7.0 Nougat update. It actually arrived in late November for some. Based on that, HTC owners can expect Oreo sometime in November or December of 2017.

Additionally, HTC built the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and are currently working on a new Pixel 2 running Android 8.0 Oreo. This should help the company offer updates to its own devices at a faster pace. Bookmark this page, as we’ll update it continuously as more information becomes available.

HTC Android Oreo Update: What’s New

HTC’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo won’t look identical to what’s available today on Google’s Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. While HTC offers a nearly stock Android experience, most of it gets covered in Sense UI. The companies customized version of Android. Then, they add a suite of enhancements and additional features on top.

Google filled the Android 8.0 Oreo update with changes and new features. From a revamped notification system, cleaner notification pulldown bar, to quick-glance notification dots on app icons right on the homescreen. There’s also over 60+ new emoji, auto-fill for apps, picture-in-picture mode, improved security, and better battery life, to name a few. Most of the tweaks are behind the scenes, but it’s still a big software update.

Read: Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android Nougat Walkthrough: What to Know

Our guide above compares Android 8.0 Oreo to Android 7.0 Nougat that most HTC users are enjoying today. This will help you get familiar with some of the new features as we await its arrival.

That said, some are going to look different as HTC makes their own changes, while others could end up missing completely. Until the first few HTC Android Oreo updates start rolling out everything is a mystery. Just know the software should improve performance, battery life and deliver new features at the same time.

In closing, it’s worth stating that Google made one huge change to Oreo that will impact HTC devices moving forward. Android Oreo introduces a new feature called Project Treble which Google says will make it “easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android.” So future updates beyond Oreo will arrive faster than ever before.

Will My HTC Phone Get Android Oreo?

HTC hasn’t released a list of supported devices that will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Well, not a complete list. So far the company has only confirmed three updates. We suspect others will get added to the list by the end of the year. Here are the ones we know about right now.

  • HTC 10
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC U11

It’s possible that HTC will release Android Oreo for devices like the  HTC Bolt, 10 Evo, HTC One M9 or HTC One A9, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Typically devices get updates for around 2 years from the day it’s released.

What’s Next?

While you’re probably anxiously awaiting the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, that might not end up being what you get next. That’s because we still expect an update to Android 7.1.2 Nougat for HTC devices, which is the last version of Nougat from Google.

HTC continues to roll out security patches and improve its phones with each release, and that includes Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 Nougat.

With Android 8.0 Oreo officially here and a new HTC-made Pixel 2 coming soon, updates are right around the corner. Check back often, as the moment we learn more from HTC regarding updates we’ll share the details right here.

HTC Android 8.0 Oreo Update Details (2017) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.