Android Oreo is not the latest version of Android anymore, Google recently at the 2018 event finally debuted the Android P 9.0. The Android P is a major overhaul and offers huge improvements over the existing Android experience. The latest version of Android comes with major AI features, support for gestures and much more. Surprisingly enough the Android P 9.0 beta is also available for some Android devices rather than the Pixel devices which used to exclusively get the beta update.
Motorola is known for offering stock vanilla Android Experience since Google’s takeover, and now even with Lenovo, the American giant continued to do so. But we had seen a major sluggishness when it came to budget Motorola devices which earlier was not seen. Motorola is on par with Google’s Android Program when comes to updates for its flagship devices that’s the Moto Z series and the Moto X series.
However, the same is not true anymore for its budget devices. They’re still waiting for Android Oreo. Now the latest version of Android that is the Android P 9.0 is finally out in the real world. Some Motorola users will surely ask the question on which devices out of the Moto Z, X, G series will get the Android P treatment. In this post, we’ll take a look at the which devices are eligible for the major update. Google’s habit of rolling out new updates is going out of hand year by year. There are not even 2% devices running Android Oreo 8.0 and 8.1, and we are already talking about Android 9.0. Motorola devices launched in 2018 could be updated due to the streamlined portfolio.
As we have close to Stock Android, Motorola should be quick enough to deliver Android P 9.0 for its Flagship Moto Z and Moto X4. As a new rumor states that, the upcoming Moto X5 2018, is on hold or in some cases reported to be canceled and might show up next year.
But before that, let’s take a look at what’s new with Android P 9.0.
Android P 9.0 Features
1) Dark Mode for AMOLED screens
2) New updates to the Messaging and Notifications
3) Notch Support or Cut-out support is now available
4) Performance enhancements for Kotlin based apps
5) Enhanced Auto-fill with machine learning
6) Strict permissions for apps as well as apps that are idle
7) Support for Multiple Camera API (Dual, triple camera support now available)
8) The Screen Shot option now available in the Power-Off menu and New icons for the Settings menu
9) New HEIF Image compression and improved Video Codecs for HDR VP9 video profile 2
10) Neural network API implementation is now also supported
Motorola Android P 9.0 Update
List of Motorola Moto Z devices getting Android P 9.0 Update
- Moto Z2 Force (On all carriers in the US and worldwide)
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto Z3 (Unannounced)
- Moto Z3 Play (Unannounced)
The modular Moto Z line up in 2017 had just a single flagship variant that’s the Z2 force and also a Play variant. So, with these fewer number of devices, we can easily say that Motorola will be among the first Android OEMs to bring Android P 9.0 for the Moto Z2 Force at least, if not the Z2 Play.
The company even updated the Moto Z2 Force on Verizon before any Android One device received the Oreo update. Even before the Moto X4 Android One edition, the Moto Z2 force got the Oreo update. So, with that said the Android P 9.0 update should be coming to your Moto Z by the end of this year or by the year. But before that by Late October or early November, we shall start seeing soak tests for the Z2 Force and the Moto Z3 2018.
Lastly, speaking about the Moto Z 2016 series along with the Moto Z Droid’s with Android Oreo update, they will complete their proper two-year update cycle.
List of Motorola Moto X devices getting Android P 9.0 Update
- Motorola Moto X4 Android One
- Motorola Moto X4 Unlocked (Regular variant)
- Motorola Moto X4 Amazon Edition
The Moto X4 Android One will get the Android P update as soon as it’s officially available no doubt about that. Now talking about the regular and the Amazon variants they should also get the Android P 9.0 treatment shortly after few weeks of its Android One sibling. According to the last scenario, in the US soil, Motorola Updated to Moto X4 Android One edition, and soon after the next couple of days the regular variant in India also started receiving the Oreo upgrade.
So, there’s a good chance that we might see, Motorola skipping the Oreo 8.1 version and hop directly to Android P 9.0. This will probably happen by Q3 to early Q4 2018.
List of Motorola Moto G series device getting Android P 9.0 update
- Moto G5S Plus (Might be Possible)
- Moto G5S
- Moto G5 Plus (Controversial)
- Moto G5 (Controversial)
- Moto G6 Plus (Unannounced)
- Moto G6 (Unannounced)
- Moto G6 Play (Unannounced)
The upcoming Moto G6 Plus and its variants might be launched with Android Oreo 8.0/8.1 and are easily eligible for the Android P 9.0 update. However, the Moto G5S Plus and the G5 Plus are still on Nougat and waiting for Oreo, which leaves them with one update cycle completion, and thus it is still uncertain whether it will get Android P or not.
The Moto G4 Plus got the Android Nougat update, and now it is set to get the Oreo update as well. So, it is receiving two major updates, and also keep in mind that only the Plus variant gets the major update. So with the Moto G5S plus we can expect Motorola considering it for the update, or skip the Oreo and directly jump to the Android P 9.0 which would be a much better deal.
List of Motorola devices not getting the Android P 9.0 Update
- Moto C
- Moto C Plus
- Moto M
- Moto E4(XT1766, XT1763 )
- Moto E4 Plus
- Moto G4 Plus
- Moto G4
- Moto G4 Play
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z Droid Edition
- Moto Z Unlocked
- Moto Z Force Droid
- Moto Droid Turbo 2
- Moto Droid Maxx 2
- Moto X Style
- Moto G 3rd Gen
- Moto E3
- Moto E3 Power
While the Moto M and Moto C will be no longer be produced, so there’s no point in discussing these models. But the Moto M did get an update to Android Nougat despite running on a MediaTek Chip. Interestingly, in 2018 Motorola is planning to back to its roots(reports suggests) with just three model series that’s the Moto E, G, and Z like the old days. Hence, it gives a lot of hope that the smartphone giant might update its lower budget offerings as they did earlier, with the Moto E2 and Moto G4 Plus series.