Initially appearing to have dropped Oreo support for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, Motorola now officially confirms the G4 Plus at least will indeed get Android 8.0.
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After the marketing hiccups detailed below caused confusion and outrage among G4 owners, this is a good move for Motorola who admits it actually was not planning on updating the devices originally. But sadly, there was no mention of the Moto G4 so it looks like owners of this model will have to deal with the let down. Here’s the official statement from Motorola’s Oreo update blog:
“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.”
After launching in May 2016, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus were slated to receive the Android O update. But their absence in a newly released lineup of Oreo-supported handsets, plus changes to an infographic for the phone line made it seem like Motorola had backtracked. Given the change was not explicitly addressed, the news came as a very unwelcome surprise to Moto G4 owners.
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