Motorola changes course, now says Moto G4 Plus to get Android Oreo

After being criticized last week for failing to include the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus amongst their existing devices to receive an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, Motorola has reversed course and says the Moto G4 Plus will get the new operating system via an update. This move by Motorola comes on the heels of revelations that prior marketing materials promised an update to Android O. In an email, Motorola pins blame on an oversight.

According to Motorola’s statement, the company claims “there were some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for Moto G4 Plus. This was an oversight on our part…” Motorola goes on to share their update policy with regard to Moto G devices:

“It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device…”

With the assignment of blame taken care, Motorola does go on to say that they will provide an upgrade to Android Oreo for the Moto G4 Plus – no word on the Moto G4 – although no timeframe or schedule is available since this will be “an unplanned upgrade.” Owners of the device may not want to get their hopes up if they are at all familiar with the Android 7.x Nougat upgrade for the Moto X Pure Edition.

The move is a nice attempt at some damage control for Motorola. Do you think it is too little too late in this case?

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

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