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 released the First Developer preview of Android O in March. The Search Giant also released the Second Developer Preview and Public Beta at I/O 2017 in May. Google is trying to give fluid experiences to users with Android O. The exclusive features of Android O include Notification Channels, Notification Dots, Picture in Picture mode, Project Treble, Adaptive icons, New Quick Settings and so on.
5. Fast App installs and Reboots
Android 8 is coming with exclusive optimizations to speed up app installs. So in Android O, apps install in no time. Google also made special optimizations to reduce app launch time. Many beta testers also confirmed that in Android O, apps launch faster than in Nougat. In I/O 2017, Google also demonstrated the improved app launch time. Refined reboot time is also due to some optimizations of Android 8. The Search Giant claims that reboot times will be reduced to about half with the Android O update. This improvement also facilitates to reduce OTA install times. More details about these refinements will be revealed in coming days.
According to Dave Burke, the VP of Android Engineering, the final build of Android O may come in the ending of Summer. According to the earlier road map released by Google, the Final release will be in Q4 of 2017. So probably Android O is coming in September 2017.
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 10/6/2017 :
Google released the Android O Developer Preview 3 with many improvements over the previous preview. The latest preview confirmed that Android O is coming with the version number 8. Android 8 APIs are also finalized with this preview. The API level of Android O is 26 and API 26 SDK is ready to download through the Android Studio for developers. The search giant introduced the Background Apps notification feature with this update. With the Background apps notification feature, users can reduce the battery drain.
According to tech analysts, the final developer preview of Android O may come in the first or second weeks of July. So the official Android 8 final build probably come in the beginning of August.
We will update this post regularly with latest news about Android O for Moto G4 and G4 Plus.