Lenovo-owned Motorola was a market leader when it came to software support a few years ago, thanks to its near-stock Android software and quick updates. However, the company has since taken a big slide from form, and now struggles to keep up with other brands that are doing far better when it comes to software updates. Nonetheless, owners of the Moto G5S Plus will be happy to know that the smartphone is now receiving a software update that takes it from Android Nougat to Android 8.1 Oreo.
The latest update, reported by The Android Soul, conforms with the official release notes published on the Motorola Brazil website. The major change is the update is the change in operating system version; the phone is updated to Android 8.1 Oreo. Apart from this, the Moto G5S Plus also receives the August Android security patch. Notably, the phone is only getting Android 8.1 Oreo, at a time when manufacturers such as Nokia, Xiaomi and Huawei are preparing their Android 9 Pie releases.
Motorola has itself announced its plans to update select smartphones to Android 9 Pie, but the Moto G5S Plus unfortunately does not figure in this list. Therefore, this will be the last major update for this smartphone, which sees an end to major software support in just a year. Moto G5S Plus buyers will be particularly disappointed about this, and it also means that Motorola can no longer tout its software as a USP.
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The Moto G5S Plus was launched in August last year, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It was also among the company’s first phones to sport a dual-camera setup, at a time when it was the most fashionable feature to have on mid-range smartphones. The phone was launched at Rs 15,999 onwards.