Spotted first on XDA Developers, the Android 8.1 update weighs in at around 1.1GB and is directed toward the device which is codenamed ‘cedric’, thus confirming that Android Oreo to Moto G5 is well on its way. The firmware shifts the build number to 28.85-3 and also brings in the latest July 2018 Android security patch.
The soak test is currently only available for users in select regions, the first of which was spotted in Brazil. Users who wish to try out the update can enrol their devices under Motorola’s Feedback Network (MFN). The firmware is most likely to be on closed beta which will be rolled out to a handful of users among the ones who volunteer for the same. In addition to using the software, users will also have to report bugs and issues in the software. A stable Oreo update will be rolled out worldwide once all major issues have been resolved.
As part of the Android 8.1 Oreo update, the Moto G5 will enjoy “many enhancements including new multitasking features, more efficient notification controls, improved data saver and battery features, new power menu UI and Bluetooth improvements”.
With the Moto G5S Plus already updated to a stable Oreo build and the G5/G5 Plus receiving their soak tests, it’s only the Moto G5S which needs to be filled in with a new firmware. With at least a month of testing remaining, we can expect the Moto G5 to be updated to a stable build in the next month or so.