Pixel and Nexus devices way back in December 2017 as a relatively minor revision of the 8.0 build that made its stable debut a few months earlier. Of course, the Moto G4 never got the Android 8.0 update, jumping from its pre-installed 6.0 OS version to 7.0 Nougat around two years ago.We're talking about Android 8.1 Oreo, which was initially released for
This painfully late UI makeover comes mere weeks after the G4 Plus received the same archaic goodie pack, and for the time being, there's no word on a US OTA delivery. In fact, Brazil is the only country where Moto G4 users are able to leave Nougat behind in favor of a slightly more modern Android flavor right now. That's probably going to change soon enough, sparking hopes of better software support from Motorola down the line.
After all, the company never intended to bring Oreos to the Moto G4 Plus, let alone the "regular" G4, making that promise by mistake and ultimately following through on it. The promise never extended to the Moto G4 either, so you should actually be happy you're getting this Android 8.1 update if you still own the Snapdragon 617-powered mid-ranger from 2016.