Moto G4 Plus and G4 Android O Release Date and Features
Motorola launched Moto G4 Plus and G4 devices in May 2016 with pre-loaded Android Marshmallow OS. Previously, Motorola announced that the G4 and G4 Plus will receive both Android N and O upgrades. Moto G4 Plus and G4 devices received the Android 7.0 Nougat update in December 2016 in India. In March and April 2017, the Moto G4 Plus devices in the US also got the update.
Google unveiled the First Developer preview of Android O on March 21st exclusively for developers. Further, the Second Developer preview has been unveiled on May 19th at Google I/O. The Public Beta of Android O also has been released on May 19th. The third and fourth previews of Android 8 arrived on June 9th and July 24th, respectively. According to Dave Burke, the final release of Android O will come in the late summer. Some reports also indicate that Android O will be released in Second or Third weeks of August.
Android O Refinements
Google primarily focuses on providing fluid like experiences with the Android O update. Along with the battery saving refinements, some new features like Picture in Picture mode, Notification channels and Smart text selection are also coming with the Android 8 update. But some Pixel and Nexus 5X users have reported that the fourth preview with near final system behaviours is still buggy and draining too much battery. The Android Engineering team may have fixed these problems before the final release.
The Android Engineering Team revealed during the AMA session that there will be no dark mode in the final Android 8 Build due to some technical difficulties. Android 8 operating system is coming with many upgrades regarding Bluetooth. The new Hi-Fi Bluetooth codecs coming with Android O include Qualcomm’s aptX, aptX HD, Sony’s LDAC, AAC and SBC. Along with these codecs, there are many refinements in Android O to improve Bluetooth Audio Quality.
Android O for Moto G4 Plus Release Date
According to the previous rollout of Nougat to G4 Plus, Motorola may start the rollout of Android 8 to G4 Plus in November or December 2017 in India. In the US and other regions, Moto G4 Plus might be upgraded to Android O by the end of March 2018. Official rollout dates are yet to be announced.
Android O for Moto G4
Moto G4 may get the Android O update in December in India and some other regions. In North America, Motorola may release the update in March 2018. Official rollout dates of Android O for G4 are yet to be announced.
Update on 13/8/2017 :
According to 9to5Google, the Search Giant will unveil the next iteration of Android on August 21st, the day of the Solar Eclipse. Android Police’s David Ruddock tweets that Android O most likely to be released on August 21st. Google Pixel and Pixel XL flagships also may get the update on the same day.
Another tipster, Evan Blass claims that the Search giant is going to unveil the 8th major iteration of Android in the week of August 21st and most likely on 21st. At least Google will announce the Codename of Android O on August 21st, if the release not possible due to technical issues.