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Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus get updated... to Android 8.1 Oreo

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The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are now receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. While receiving a year old update is bad enough, the phones are also receiving the June 2018 Android security patch, putting the devices' security four months behind the curve.

Who says Motorola doesn’t update its phones? Sure, it may be the latest version of Android, but the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will both receive an update to Android 8.1 Oreo, starting today.

According to release notes, the update to Android 8.1 will bring “many enhancements including new multitasking features, more efficient notification controls and improved data saver, battery features, new power menu UI and Bluetooth improvements.” Of course, these are all features that some Android users have enjoyed since last year, but at least the G5 and G5 Plus aren’t stuck on Nougat.

The update also includes a security patch, but it should be noted that this is the June 2018 security patch. Again, this is pretty far behind the curve; the most current security patch was released in October, although not every Android phone received that.

But consider this: this update makes the Moto G5 and G5 Plus two of the most up-to-date Motorola phones that you can buy. Only a few other Motorola devices, namely the Z3 line, are running Android 8.1 Oreo.

If anything, this belated update is further proof of how bad OEMs can be at supporting older software. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were relatively popular handsets when they were released last year, and it’s a shame that they’ve seemingly been left to rot by Motorola.

Better late than never, I guess.

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Sam Medley, 2018-10-29 (Update: 2018-10-29)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.