Monday , October 22 2018 Ausdroid » Software » Android, Modding & Updates » Motorola G5 and G5s series phones receive Android 8.1 update

Motorola has begun rolling out Android 8.1.0 Oreo to the Moto G5S Plus, Moto G5S, Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, bringing the phones up to August 2018 security patches.

We’ve checked Ausdroid’s Moto G5 (XT1676) and it indeed received the Oreo 8.1 update today.

The update file size was 1126.2 MB and it took a little over 20 minutes to install after downloading.

The update promises many enhancements, including new multitasking features, security capabilities, improved notifications and performance.

Motorola points out the following highlights for this update:

  • Minimising background activity in the apps you use least.
  • Autofill remembers your logins (with permission) to get you into your favorite apps quickly.
  • Smart text selection recognises text when you tap or select, then recommends a next logical step via a suggested app.
  • Do two things at once with Picture-in-Picture which allows you to see two apps on screen at the same time.
  • Notification Dots will help you dive into more apps with fewer taps. Press the notification dots to quickly see what’s new, and easily clear them by swiping away.
  • Android Instant Apps allow you to jump directly into new apps right from your browser, no installation needed.
  • Google Play Protect is peace of mind in the palm of your hand. Working to keep your device and data safe from misbehaving apps by scanning over 50 billion apps per day, even the ones you haven’t installed yet.
  • Enhanced battery life and over 60 new emojis.

Moto G5 users should note that this Oreo 8.1 patch also enables your phone to support dual SIM capabilities on 4G/3G networks, just like the rest of the Moto G5 family. This dual SIM patch by Motorola is extremely delayed, considering the G5 was sold as a dual SIM Phone but the 2nd SIM has been 2G-only (and thus useless in Australia) until now.

Have you received the update on your Moto G5 device? Tell us in the comments!

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My Moto G5 (SKU XT1676, https://fccid.io/IHDT56VF4 ) Security Patch is still ‘Jul 01 2018’ (Kernel is Jun 19 2018). My software channel is ”reteu” (Retail Europe) and I live in Hamburg / Germany. No India, Mexico or Australia. 🙁

Graeme
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I bought my G5S recently in Frankfurt, Germany. Just checked and it is still on 7.1.1 with June security patch. No sign of any further updates (yet).

Rahul
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Rahul

I have bought MotoG5 in Australia through import. Still update show July2018. Will I get the updated version.???

Jason Lacey
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Jason Lacey

I’m Loving the update. Improved transition between apps. Love the screen within screen and improved functions for Spotify. Call features is my much better as well. Well done Moto.

Dennis
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Dennis

I have a USA imported Moto G5s plus which indicates the software channel is ” retus ” ( reail United States ). I have received only one security update since purchase. Will I receive the Oreo update in Australia

Dennis
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Dennis

Should read “retail United States “

Joe Doe
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Joe Doe

The official Oreo 8.1 role out has not yet started in the US (retus) and Europe (reteu).

Hari
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Hari

Does it fix the low call volumes on Moto G plus? So annoying that it isn’t fixed in Australia. Fix were rolled out in some countries months ago AFAIK.

Daniel Slavin
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Daniel Slavin

My wife and I live in Queensland and have identical G5s plus handsets. We got Oreo in the eighth. Slightly larger file at 1237mb but a welcome upgrade

Ich
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Ich

Ich habe ein Moto G5 S und bin immernoch bei Android 7.1.1. Scheiß Motorola!!

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