Android 8.1 for Moto G5 Plus Release Date and Features
The Moto G5 Plus is a mid-range budget smartphone from Motorola arrived with pre-loaded Android Nougat. Motorola already confirms that Moto G5 Plus devices are going to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update very soon and now the details of the next update after Android 8.0 have been revealed.
Google released the Android 8.1 Oreo update on December 6th with many awesome features and bugfixes. Prior to the consumer release, two developer previews of Android 8.1 arrived, one on October 25th and another on November 26th.
When will Android 8.1 come to Moto G5 Plus
Currently, the Android 8.0 Oreo update is under testing in some regions. Motorola hasn’t revealed the confirmed rollout dates, but most likely in March the consumer rollout of Android 8.0 update for Moto G5 Plus will take place.
So after the rolling out of Android 8.0, Motorola may start the development of Android 8.1. So in Q2 or Q3 of 2018, the Lenovo owned company might release the Android 8.1 update for Moto G5 Plus devices in select regions.
Android 8.1 Exclusive features
The Android Oreo update contains some bugs like UI freeze, Bluetooth issues, Picture in Picture issues and automatic Mobile data Disable. Some users also reported that their devices are sucking up Mobile Data when Wi-Fi is turned on. Some Pixel users also reported Battery drain and random reboot issues. So the Search giant may address these issues in the forthcoming update. Some Google executives also say that Mobile data bug and Bluetooth issues will be fixed through the next update. So we hope that these bugs are fixed in the Android 8.1 Oreo update.
The Android 8.1 Consumer version arrived with exciting features like Neural Network API, Bluetooth battery levels, Redesigned power menu, Buttery smooth scrolling and many more. But as the Android 8.1 final Release is nowhere near, many features might be added or improved in coming days.
New Storage Management
The Android 8.1 update will free up some storage space due to the reduction in size of inactive apps. The features by clearing the Dalvik compilor cache of inactive apps. As we know, Android considers recently unused apps as inactive after certain time.
Also Read : Moto G6 Plus smartphone is coming with Android 8.1 Oreo.
Moto G5 Plus users don’t have to do anything after updating to Android 8.1, the system itself automatically optimizes inactive apps and will increase the free space. Most likely, the performance of Android also improves due to the increase in free space and reduction of size of inactive apps. Full details about the feature will be revealed in coming days.
Refined Power Menu
In the upcoming iteration of Android, Google refined the position of power menu. The new power menu design already arrived with Pixel 2 series launched with Android 8.0 Oreo on-board. Now with Android 8.1, the new power menu design is coming to Moto G5 Plus devices. Google shifted the power menu to the right edge of the screen from the centre of the screen.
The user interface of the power menu also improved and dark mode for the menu also added. So in the day time, powermenu appears in day theme, while in night time the menu appears in night theme to reduce the eye strain.
Google included multiple security bug fixes in the update. Two security patches dated on 5th and 1st December which contain tens of security bug fixes are included in Android 8.1
Where are the Bluetooth Battery levels
In Android 8.1 update, Google brings the Bluetooth battery levels feature which appears in the Quick Settings toggles besides the Bluetooth icon. So Moto G5 Plus users just swipe down on the screen to check their Bluetooth battery levels. Originally, Pixel 2 was the phone to sport the Bluetooth battery levels feature, now with Android 8.1, it will come to all other eligbile android devices. In the final release of the Android 8.1 update, the Search giant may refine the feature further.
Buttery smooth scrolling
One of the awesome features arrived with the Android 8.1 Oreo update. In Android 8.1, Google implemented an additional frame buffer to increase smoothness of systemwide scrolling. Till now only iOS features smooth scrolling with nary frame drop rate, now it comes to Android through the latest update.
Buttery smooth scrolling comes at the cost of slight decrease in performance, but the trade-off acceptable to most users. Probably the Search giant may improve the responsiveness and smooth scrolling further in future updates.
We will update this post soon with more details about the Android 8.1 update for Moto G5 Plus.