The Moto E5 line might not receive any major Android updates

The Moto E5 line might not receive any major Android updates
Motorola isn’t promising any major OS upgrades for its newly-announced Moto E5 series. The company launched the new line of devices yesterday alongside a trio of Moto G6 smartphones. Despite guaranteeing at least one major update for the latter series, though, it appears the company couldn’t make the same promise when it came to its budget line.

In recent history, the company has been historically slow pushing out software updates to its devices, despite the fact that all run a near-stock experience of Android. At yesterday’s launch, however, the company did give a glimmer of hope by announcing the new Beta Experiences program that would allow users to test out features and updates before their final release, thus signaling a renewed focus on device updates. Unfortunately, this new focus appears to be limited to slightly more expensive devices, with those who purchase a Moto E5 smartphone not expected to gain access to the program. Instead, Motorola could limit it to those who purchase certain Moto G or Moto Z devices.

In any case, the promised OS upgrade for the Moto G6 series isn’t exactly impressive either. After all, the majority of smartphone manufacturers now support their devices for around two years after launch and, considering the support for Project Treble that Android Oreo includes, future updates should also be much easier to push out than before. Furthermore, it appears Motorola will also be skipping the monthly updates for both the Moto E5 and Moto G6 smartphone lineups, instead choosing to send out security patches every two to three months.

Regardless of the updates, those interested in Motorola’s new smartphones will be able to get their hands on them pretty soon. The Moto G6 line will be available in most markets, including the US, starting sometime next month, while the new Moto E5 devices are said to be arriving in the near future.

source: Arstechnica

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18 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

And I was thinking about buying the G6 Plus, even though SD 630 and 3200 mAh battery didn't appeal me. Now I have another concern. Thanks Motorola!

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7188; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The G series has always received updates. The E series is even cheaper again. Some E models are less than $100. So is anyone expecting a lot of updates for a smartphone less than $100? Think about it for a moment, if you could buy a new $100 smartphone every year. Then why would you care if they updated the OS or not? An iPhone 8 is $700. So that is 7 years of Moto E's that come with the latest version of Android every year. The best part is knowing that you are getting newer hardware every year. Plus if you look at this years Moto E plus it has an 18:9 aspect ratio display with a higher resolution than an iPhone 8. Plus it's battery lasts a lot longer. No matter how many updates you get on the iPhone 8, you will always have a smaller screen with a low resolution display. If you look at the latest Moto G6 it has a higher resolution 18:9 display than an iPhone 8 plus. The G6 even has dual cameras. So who knows what is going to happen in just 3 years from now.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

A smartphone's price should not be an excuse to not update it for atleast an year, if not 2. I thought you will now resort to making less Apple-hate comments, which will be sensible. But Alas, I was wrong..... Let me kick some sense in you. Not everybody wants to buy a new phone every year. Neither does everybody have the financials to buy a phone every year. Many people want to rely on their old phones for years. If you wanna buy a new Moto every year, then do so. But don't tell us we should do the same and so it's not necessary for us to get updates.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

According to Googles update policy every phone with Android OS should recieve 2 years of OS updates & 3 years of security updates and Google doesn’t say that phones pricing from $500-900 should only get this, every other Android phone should get this updates but this OEMs are so lazy & careless that they don’t care for the products once they sell them they just move on to other products and say that if you want updated device get a new device. And here Motorola has no excuse as Nokia 2 is also getting Oreo updates than why does Motorola can’t give it? Also every other Moto phones runs on stock android, so it’s much easy for Motorola to give updates for their every other device. Accept the fact that Moto is digging its own grave.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Is Motorola starting to dig it’s grave?

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

It certainly looks like it.

6. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

It appears that way, yes. Very unfortunate.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1376; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Motorola, you've become a rather disgraceful company. I'm switching to Nokia.

10. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Moto z3 play is there to fill ur midrange device choice with a good hardware & software updates with a nokia 6,7+ price tag.

12. Akilesh

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Z3 play can't match the 7 plus. And Z3 play can compete only with Nokia 3 in terms of updates.

11. Akilesh

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Right decision ! Great ready to experience fast updates

5. antroid

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It should got Android one, instead of regular Android. This way it would have got software updates

7. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Meh. I wouldn’t expect much for updates with Moto phones. Good thing about them though is the decent community rom support, and easily unlocked bootloader, if you have to have the latest.

8. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

No updates, even for those Phones with Project Treble support??? Then Moto (or Lenovo) can go and duck themselves...

9. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Anyone surprised?

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup me here as I’m a Moto X owner and when it comes to updates Moto was the best.

13. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

on the other hand, Nokia is promising 2 major software updates and 3 years of security updates. foe the same price, you can get a better Nokia phone (with better specifications) than a Motorola.

15. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I don't see the big deal. Oreo is fine anyway.

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