Motorola’s latest lineup of affordable Moto G and Moto E handsets were unveiled last week, but there’s one major aspect which the company neglected to mention in its publicity blitz. It seems the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series won’t be getting much support in terms of software updates.
To recall, the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play all run on a near-stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. You would assume that having a pure Android experience would make way for quick OS and security updates, but you’d be wrong.
According to Ars Technica, the Moto G6 will get at least one OS update to Android P. This is below the industry standard of at least 2 major software upgrades. Things get even worse for the Moto E5, since the series is not guaranteed any OS promotions.
Of course, Motorola could always surprise everyone and send out updates anyway, but the fact that it’s not promising them right now is a big drawback for people who want to have the latest and greatest Google has to offer. The company further said that security releases will arrive every 60 to 90 days.
This again means that you won’t be getting the security updates which Google puts out every month. It’s too bad, since Motorola used to be known for prompt upgrades. Things have changed recently, with phones as recent as 2017’s Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus yet to get shifted to Oreo.