Android version is OLD?


#1

What phone do you have? Moto E4

What plan are you on? My Choice + 1 GB

Does your plan include data, or just talk & text? Data


Issue Description

OS is Nougat 7.1.1 but there have been FOUR updates and we JUST got our phones.
Why do they not have more recent releases?

Nougat – 7.1.2 August 22, 2016
Oreo 8.0 & 8.1 August 21, 2017
Pie 9.0 August 6, 2018|28|

If these are available how do I install the latest?


#2

Um since Lenovo bought Motorola I really can’t believe anything said till it actually happens. I googled the G4 update schedule and came across this.
Motorola quietly dropped support for the Moto G4 line despite promising an Oreo update


#3

I do not think the E4 is getting Oreo, but it might. Pie, forget it.

If you want a phone that stays up to date, you will need to buy a Google Pixel.

Also, this info may be useful to you:


#4

These phones were BRAND NEW less than two months ago and didn’t even have the prior Android that was released a year ago? Absolutely unforgivable!!! Last Moto product I will EVER buy!!!

Republic should be ashamed for selling these obsolescent products!!!


#5

The Moto E4 was released in June/August of 2017 before the release of Oreo (Android 8.0)
Motorola has not in the past has not release any OS updates on their budget line [Moto E us a budget line phone]

Motorola release any update I would go ask them why [you can do this though the device help app on the phone]

Other option would be to root and install a 3rd party ROM which had risk and Republic will not support if you run into issues

Edit to add Motorola rule of thumb is
Budget phones is security updates about 1 year
Midline phones security updates for 2 years with one OS major update
Flagship phones have 2-3 years of security updates and 2 major OS updates
There have been exceptions but this is their current plans


#6

There are plenty of new phones that are running old OS.
Infact, most of the currently active Android deices in the world, only 11% of them are even running Oreo.
Pie is too new to even be on the official chart it seems.

So, honesty, 7.1.2 is “current” version for most devices out there.
Like I said, if updates is a big concern to you, get a Pixel, they get monthly updates and are the very first phone to get updates straight form Google.


#7

Republic don’t make the phones or the timelines. They buy a calculated supply of phones and sell them. Most people are happy with Android 7.1.1 but a few want the latest releases. To get them you need to buy a more expensive phone with more flagship status to receive the whole ball of wax…
Please read my article linked in a previous posting in this thread as it is very interesting to many of your questions.


#8

Phone manufacturers don’t make money by updating phones with the latest OS. There’s little incentive for them to do so. I have a $99 phone running Android 6.0. It does everything my Pixel running Android 9.0 does (well, at least anything I need a phone to do).


#9

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